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Evangelism is Hard Work

Steve & Lidia Hard at work in Budapest

Steve & Lidia
Hard at work in Budapest

Inviting someone to follow Christ is spiritual work. The love it takes to prepare a soul for an invitation is also labor. Join Lidia and Steve and pray for their Hungarian neighbors.

“Marta, one of my coworkers of five years has a difficult personal situation and is now depressed. I have been praying and talking with her.

Since Christmas Steve and I have been helping Sarika, a feisty, retired engineer in our building, who is physically slowing down. I have been shopping for her and building a relationship.

Another non-Christian family – Tamás, Emese and Bence (19) are our neighbors too. They are a relationally sick family and in dire trouble. Both of them have been unfaithful. The wife, has struggled with deep depression and has cancer. Recently Emese attempted suicide and it is a miracle that she survived. Éva, from our church, who is herself battling with cancer, has befriended Emese. “Why did I survive?” asked Emese. Éva replied, “Because God has a plan for your life.” Emese is listening. Lidia takes daily meals to Bence.

On July 5th 10,000 will attend a festival in western Hungary. We lead a prayer seminar andwill hand out bookmarks Steve created to draw interest to Praying Mothers (Imádkozó Édesanyák). Later Family magazine will do an interview about Praying Mothers.”

Does Lidia’s example encourage you to labor in the harvest field in your neighborhood?


Henryville Tornado

How much does a word or a touch mean to the distressed? When Jesus walked the hills and streets of Palestine, he changed lives by a word, some bread or a touch on his cloak. Jesus then taught that God, the Father, notices and blesses each time someone invites a homeless stranger in, shares his coat or gives a thirsty man a drink.

Aftermath Henryville, Indiana

Last week in Indiana tornados ripped through small towns like Marysville and Henryville. People, including my daughter, rushed down to deliver blankets, bottles of water and start picking up the mess. Katrina learned to respect that community’s response. She also learned that the real test of endurance and courage begins in April when their plight drops out of the news and the streams of volunteers leave.

Both my sister-in-law and my friend Slava heard the dreaded word “cancer” last month. Maureen’s doctor assured her the tumor wasn’t serious. Her surgery confirmed it. Slava heard from his doctor, “90% chance of malignancy.” After his affected kidney was removed, post-op tests said Slava was “lucky.” Slava’s brother disagreed. He gave God the credit on behalf of all those who prayed that Slava’s tumor would prove benign.

All of us when we are overwhelming by need, learn to appreciate our neighbors who follow Jesus’ example and make a sacrifice to reach out to us in love.