Focus Church: We are so blessed to be meeting at our new location and have had visitors come every week. Despite the resurgence of the Covid outbreak in Hungary, we continue to have good attendances at our services - often 60-70 which equals or exceeds our pre-Covid numbers.
We have also had several special weekends at Focus Church. The first was a baptismal service held on September 20th. We were excited to baptize Barbie Toth. This was our first baptismal service since our launch, so it will always have a special place in our hearts. We pray that we will see many more baptisms follow in the next few years!
The second was a weekend retreat that we held October 9-11 at a conference center near Lake Balaton. We had 38 attend the weekend and had three main services focusing on three different themes: vision, surrender and evangelism. There was a lot of free time for sports, games and fellowship. Several non-members also joined us for the weekend, and I think they are drawing closer to the church.
The third special weekend had a focus on spiritual gifts. We had 13 of our members join us for an all day training on this subject. It was great to see the openness and desire of our people to learn and grow in this area, and also their desire for the Lord to use them in ministry.
Esztergom Baptist Church: These have been busy days at our church in Esztergom as well. In September we had two weddings. Then in October we had a baptismal service. I rejoiced to baptize Adam Kruska. He is a young man of 18. It is hard to believe that I also did his baby dedication 18 years ago!
We have begun the search for a new pastor, and Lord willing, we will have two prospective pastors meet with our leadership team during the month of November. I can see potential in either one of them. We are trusting that the Lord will bring us the right man in his timing. Would you pray with us to that end?
Family News: The big family news is the birth of our first grandchild. Ben and Kelsi welcomed their daughter Wonder Ellie Patton on October 29th. We are so excited! We will have to wait a few months to meet her in person, but we are looking forward to enjoying this new stage of life!