(This post was received Wednesday, July 3)
Kaposvár has been home this week as we have been living with our family in Christ. The team traveled to a town nearby to minister to the gypsies of Vése. Gypsies here in Hungary are a community of people that others may try to ignore, but when people are important to God, they are important to us as believers. The team was encouraged by the people here as they were seeking truth and prayer. Many have recently come to know the Lord, and the joy they had in seeing the drama displayed was overwhelming for some of these. These villages usually are quiet and filled with several families, but today, the streets were filled with dancing and the news of the gospel. Itsel, the pastor's wife, told the team that people they have not been able to reach out came into the streets and saw the drama to ultimately hear the gospel. They were so encouraged and excited about the opportunities here!
After lunch, someone asked the students, "How many times have you done the drama?" Several answered with various numbers such as 30, 100s or too many to count. The next question was "How many times have the people of Vése seen the drama?" Once.
As believers, we never know when we share the gospel will be the time God ordained for someone to hear the call in their life. We know in Revelation 3:20 (NIV), Jesus calls out to us, saying, "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me." We may share Jesus with someone for a long time, and although we are obedient to share, it is Jesus who saves. This reminder was good to remember as Galatians 6:9 (NLT) says, "Let us not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time, we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up."
This afternoon, the team was blessed with an open door at a nursing home in Kaposvár. Our contact had not been able to reach anyone for a while here and wanted to call just one more time. Thankful God is in control, because someone from the nursing home picked up the phone and answered with a yes! The team engaged with the people here and the students were able to share with many who may never hear the gospel again. The ministry here is rich, and we are sad to be leaving this place.
Please join us in prayer for workers over this place as we have seen the need here. Tonight we leave by train for Pécs to continue ministry. Thank you all for keeping up with us and praying for us this summer!
--Eastern Europe Leadership