Please understand that everything we do starts with prayer. It can't be
explained with predictability like Newtonian physics, but prayer to God
does something. Prayer is how God gives dignity to human work in
his kingdom. After all, he could do everything himself, but he really
likes for us to get in on the act. We thank you heartily for praying to
God for the Hungarians, for the Deaf, for us, and for our colleagues.
Lea here. Every year, on the first day of school after New
Year's, I give some of my classes a chance to ask me questions. Each
team chooses a representative who tries to predict what I will say.
Yesterday one class asked me, "Do you love us?" and all three
representatives said, "Yes!" I'm grateful that they can see my
love for them, which exists because Jesus first loved me.
Thank you for praying for students for Doug. God has answered
our need in an unexpected way: A Hungarian company recently asked
Doug if he could do regular proofreading for them. He agreed. This
is really good for our English-teaching company (and for future
residency permits). Now, we ask you to pray that both of us manage
our time well.
Doug and our colleague David will meet on Tuesday to make
baseball plans for this year. Pray that they figure out good ways
to recruit more kids. Pray for parents and adult helpers to pitch
in. Also, pray for mutual encouragement and good conversations.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
- 2 Chronicles 7:14 Many Hungarians are called by God's name. They consider themselves Christians because they were born here. However, very few of them care about spiritual things, and most have been brought up believeing that there is no God, no life after death, and nothing beyond what can be seen or measured. Please pray that those who are called by God's name will realize that God exists, that God loves them dearly, that they do not really know him, and that he longs for a close relationship with them.
Say to those with fearful hearts,
"Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
he will come to save you."
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
- Isaiah 35:4-5
When Jesus was on earth, he healed some deaf people (see Mark 7) and some blind people (see John 9). We are not perticularly interested in curing physical deafness or blindness. A worse condition is that of spiritual deafness and blindness. There are many people in Hungary without faith, without hope, and without love. Please pray that they will see that God has come to save them, and pray that their hearts will see his face and hear his voice.