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The past two months flew by and now Christmas is right around the corner. We are so excited that Esther, Ben, and his wife, Kelsi are able to be here for Christmas. Nancy will be working and staying in Jacksonville during the holidays.


National Ministry:

Patton Dec 18 1.PNGWe recently had two big events related to our Vertical Church movement. The first was a regional conference held in the eastern part of the country. On October 27th nearly 200 people packed out the Gyula Baptist Church for the one-day conference. Many of the Baptist churches in this area have been struggling with a period of decline, so we were asked to come and stir the fires of revival. I opened the conference with a message from Ezekiel 37 on the Valley of Dry Bones. A supporting pastor from the US spoke on worship, and one of my Hungarian partners spoke on personal revival. The Lord moved in a special way, and we received a lot of positive feedback from those who participated.

The second event was our Vertical Church Pastors Workshop which we held in Pecel, Hungary on November 27th. About 35-40 pastors gathered to learn more about how to lead their churches in a more God-centered way. We had sessions on worship, prayer, evangelism and leading positive transition. We also spent time in concentrated worship and prayer. Our new worship leader, Daniel Revesz, led the worship. It was great to work together with him and see his gifts and heart for worship in action. We really sense a hunger in both pastors and leaders to see God work in a new and special way in their churches.

Esztergom:
patton oct 18 1Our new worship pastor and his wife spent most of November working on their move to Esztergom. They have been very busy remodeling their apartment and getting things moved over from Debrecen. Hopefully in the next week or so they will be finished. We are excited about having them plug in and begin their ministry here. We have also had a number of visitors in church over the past weeks. Several have expressed interest in coming back. Please pray that we will see a new period of growth in our church. We also had the unsaved husband of one of our church members make a profession of faith. This is a huge answer to prayer! Please pray for Gyorgy to be strengthened in the faith. We hope to see him baptized early next year.

Preparation for Budapest:
We continue to work at putting together a church-planting team. I recently connected with a family of six, who will be moving to Budapest next summer. They are excited about the opportunity of being a part of a new church. I also met with a couple of university students who may join our team. Please pray that God would bring us just the right people to form the foundation for this new church.


Let me close by expressing our gratitude for your prayers and support throughout this past year. We could not do what we are doing without your help. We wish you all a blessed holiday season! Christmas is such a wonderful season both to celebrate Christ and point others to Him!

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