Asking. Seeking. Knocking.

asking-seeing-knocking This week in the high school student ministry we participate in, there were some special moments of digging into Jesus teaching on prayer. I find that the conversations are rich and honestly intense as these students share important things together and process through what faith in Jesus means. We heard from two of the guys this week that this the best part of their week!

Sometimes the conversations, which are mainly in Hungarian, take quick turns into topics that are difficult for us to follow because we're still learning vocabulary. In these times, it is such a joy to know God is at work in us as we pray, trust, and wait for the conversations to come back around to familiar ground. It is also so kind of God to allow us to observe Dávid, the leader of our church-planting team, speaking clearly and his wife Judit, leading the students from a place of close relationship both with the students and God. This week as the students brought up suicide as the opposite of waiting on God to answer our prayer either with “Yes, or no-it would not be good for you, I have something better.” (Suicide is a common topic with the students. Hungary has a very high suicide rate especially in males according to the World Health Organization.)

In Matthew and Luke, Jesus says: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” “In ‘thanksgiving’ we recount blessings received and thus strengthen our confidence and enable ourselves to wait trustingly for what we pray." (Martin Luther)

One of the students this week processed that verse in this way: ”We are giving thanks to God for his answer in advance as we trust Him and wait on the answer.”

It is such a joy to hear and see God at work in these teenagers. This Kingdom community continues to grow in students and depth. My heart is moved as many of the students are the only believer in their family.

– Posted by Cindy, who along with her husband Harold is a part of a pioneer church-planting team in Óbuda, the 3rd District in Budapest.

There are currently a number of unique opportunities to join the ReachBudapest team in disciple-making and church multiplication in Budapest, including joining the faculty of the Hungarian public school that Cindy writes about above. See the opportunities

Peace Be Still

And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But Jesus was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”  And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Mark 4: 37–41

Sometimes I’m in the storm, sometimes the storm is in me. After serving for two years on the ReachBudapest team, I returned to the US to jump into the process of becoming a long-term member of the team. This meant debriefing, reapplying, and raising more support to return all while living stateside. It is a year of in-betweens, feeling the burden of having my heart in two places. One rich asset to my time in the States has been participating in The Orchard Network Residency program. Designed for pastors, church planters and missionaries, the residency involves learning and growing and in the areas of life, skills, and doctrine. I’ve had the great privilege of learning from different leaders at the church and, through our training sessions, have grown in my theological foundation for ministry. Through this residency, my love for God’s word, the local church, and global missions has continually increased. There is a sweet camaraderie amongst participants, and it is a joy to see how God is at work in the Chicago area and around the world.

My heart aches to be in Budapest right now, but this season of in-betweens is how God is teaching me to be still, to be patient. He is teaching me the importance of the local church, and He is calming the waters of my soul. It’s a season of waiting, in the calm and stormy seas. When the wind starts to blow and the waves rock my boat, I sense Jesus commanding not only the waves of the storm to be still, but my own heart as well. In these last couple months of home assignment before heading back to Budapest, I am thankful for the stable foundation of God’s word, for the body of Christ, and for the message of the Gospel, our motivation for all that we do.

– Posted by Betsy, who is learning to rest in the assurance that Jesus is in the boat.

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