As already posted by The Orchard Missions Coordinator Georgette, on Oct 6th Tom experienced chest pains and was rushed by ambulance to the hospital ER in Budapest, where it was determined he had 40% and 60% blockage in two arteries, resulting in the insertion of two stents. We are so grateful to the Lord and the doctors for the excellent care that Tom has received, and for a good prognosis. Through this experience, we have both gained a new “heart” for the people of Hungary. (More about this experience is at the end of this blog entry.)
We thank all who have prayed for us. On the first night after Tom’s heart procedure we had English Club, and over 35 people streamed in. It reminded us of John 21:6, where the disciples put out their nets and got a supernaturally large catch of fish. There seems to be stirrings of a move of God here. May the Lord bring revival, and may it start in us.
And we are so grateful that the English Club’s new discussion format has been so well received. After three weeks of the new format, we can see that God is blessing it, by drawing many Hungarians who are eager to discuss biblical matters and even share personally about their relationship with the Lord. We have heard that it can take years for Hungarians to develop enough trust to be open to the gospel, and so the openness that we are witnessing can only be attributed to the Holy Spirit opening eyes and hearts to the truth of God’s word—bringing the increase that only He can bring from the seeds that have been planted by missionaries over the years.
Focusing on a Bible passage/theme each week has allowed for many spiritually rich converstions. For example, one young man asked, “If God knew that Adam and Eve would rebel, why did He create them?” After discussing possible answers to this question we encouraged him to keep asking “big questions”about our “big God.” And in our reading of the creation account, we came across “let us make man in our image,”and one student pointed to the “our,” almost thinking that it should be grammatically corrected to say “my,” but then realizing that this “our” is correct because of the trinitarian nature of God. Then our group shared a worshipful moment as we contemplated the truth of this.
One of our students shared a Hungarian poem, translated into English, with us. It ended with the line, “I have a feeling my friend that in the dust, where I was groping by clogs of earth and souls, I was the guest of a grand and unknown Lord.1” May we be used to help these precious Hungarians to personally know our great Lord, in whom we all live, move, and have our being. (1”Daybreak Drunkenness,” by Kosztolányi Dezső.)
Later this student suggested that I look up Albrecht Dürer, a great German painter, because he’s such a brilliant artist. When I later did this I was amazed to find that this painter is the creator of the famous “Praying Hands.” As I gazed at this image on the computer screen, I was reminded of the importance of praying for our precious Hungarian students.
I could write more, but then I would really go over my 500-word limit, and I really need rest so that I can get up early for English Club tomorrow, and then visit Tom at the hospital. Thank you for your continued prayers for his complete recovery. The Lord has been so merciful to us. We raise our prayerful/worshipful hands to Him, and we’re so grateful that we are still, and always, in His loving hands. It was very frightening to witness Tom experiencing such pain and potential danger, but I could also sense God’s provision, with the ambulance arriving in very good time, ReachGlobal missionaries (including a native Hungarian, who could translate for the ambulance drivers and ER doctors) arriving to help us, and the fact that Tom was first in line at the ER (five other heart cases arrived shortly after him). Before the ambulance arrived, as I paced through our home crying out to God for His mercy and grace in our time of great need, our Great High Priest, who is not untouched by the feelings of our infirmities, had great mercy on us. When we were very weak, he strengthened us in Him. His grace IS sufficient. We praise and thank Him forever more.