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We Are Back!

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We are back!
We arrived back in Hungary on August 27th, and after a week quaratine and two negative Covid tests, it has been great to get back into the ministry here once again.

Furlough News:
Our six weeks in the States were a whirlwind of travelling and visiting family, friends, supporters and potential supporters. I had booked a busy schedule, and we were wondering how much the Covid situation would affect our travels.

patton sept 20 1It is quite remarkable that we made it to every one of our 28 scheduled commitments! We also spent quality time with our stateside family members and were able to get Hannah settled at Cedarville University. She is already in her fourth week of classes and is adjusting well. We praise the Lord that six new supporters joined our team and two others increased our support. We are praying that in the next couple of months we will see a few more partner with us.

New location for Focus Church Budapest
Shortly before our furlough, we were informed that we would need to find a new location for our church in Budapest. God has been faithful to provide for us, and we will soon be meeting in a large coffee shop just a 6 minute drive from our current building. The coffee shop has a large room that can seat about 100 where we will hold our worship services. It also has the main coffee shop area which we will use for fellowship and the children, and there is one smaller room that we can use for prayer and counseling.

patton sept 20 2Although the total area is smaller than where we have been, the coffee shop is in a much better location. It has a subway
stop and a stop for one of the major trolleys. There is also a sizable public parking lot nearby with free parking. Across the street is a huge public park with a playground, basketball courts, tennis courts and a lot of open space. A few days ago, Charin and I walked around the park praying for the people who live in the area. It was great to see young people, young families and even older people taking advantage of the beautiful weather. We're already imagining holding a summer day camp in the park next summer. We will have our first service in the new location on September 27th, and
we can hardly wait!

Prayer Requests:
For the time being, we are still pastoring our two churches and have a very busy few weeks ahead. We will have baptismal services in both churches. We also have two weddings scheduled. Our Vertical Church Conference is coming up this weekend (Sept 11-12). Please pray for strength and the Lord’s blessing on all these events! We are also beginning the search for a new pastor for our church in Esztergom. Please pray for wisdom, unity and the Lord’s leadership to be clear. Your prayers as important. Thanks for standing with us.

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