It feels like every time that I write a new post I am always saying that this is the first time we did this, or the first time we did that. Well, I have to admit that I again must say that we have a new “first”. Every Wednesday we will be going to Nové Zámky, for the youth group meeting and the Bible Hour, which is a Bible study time for members of the church.
It was our first time for both of these activities, so we were both excited and nervous about meeting new people. We met with Pal before to go over some details of our work in Nové Zámky. Then we headed over with the other missionary to the youth group meeting.
The youth group meets in an apartment of one of the members of the church, since they would like to feel more at home and comfortable. It was a very nice place. We had met the family who lives there last week, and they told us this would be the last time we were guests in their house, and that the next time we would be family, aka, we could go in the fridge or make coffee whenever we wanted!
There are four youth that meet each week. Most of the time the lesson is in Hungarian, but this week they did it in Slovak, mixed with a bit of Hungarian. Lenka and I were able to introduce ourselves. The kids were really nice, and even had a few questions. The lesson was about Jesus, different facts about who He was, where He was from, and what He did for us.
After the group finished we had a little time before the Bible Hour. The lady who lives in the apartment had cooked a meal for us of fried cauliflower , fried broccoli, fried mushrooms, and cooked potatoes. It was so good! I think that most fried things are good.
The Bible Hour started a little bit later since we were waiting for someone. There were five people there, besides Lenka and me, the other missionary, and the leader. This time they spoke Hungarian, since they understood it better than Slovak. We did not really have a topic for discussion, so Lenka and I both shared our testimony. The other missionary also shared her story of how she came to Slovakia. After that we had to leave because we had to catch the train back to Hurbanovo.
On Thursday we went to the Protestant seminary that is here in Slovakia. It is located in Banská Bystrica, which is in the central part of Slovakia. Darko, the pastor in Hurbanovo, was giving a lecture on the Slovak Baptist Union, how it functions, and the different boards and committees. It was very informative, and helped Lenka and I understand the organization better.
I tried to take notes in Slovak, and listen carefully to learn some new words. Overall it was not as bad as I had thought, as far as understanding basic ideas. Most of the time I was able to follow along, and when I was lost I could ask Lenka to translate. I am trying to rely on Lenka less and less, and try to figure things out on my own.
On Thursday and Friday afternoon we had the DEPO club, both days we played a lot of soccer, which is not a problem for me, since I could play it all day. On Friday Lenka and I taught them how to play 4-square, which was a lot of fun!
Saturday morning Lenka and I had a meeting in Komárno, which is a city about 15 minutes south of here right on the Hungarian border. Franklin Graham is having a three day festival in Budapest, and our church is going for one on the days. Lenka and I are responsible for organizing the trip. A member of the Franklin Graham team who lives in Hungary met with us to explain what the festival would be like, and how we should prepare our church. The leader of the meeting explained that when Billy Graham was asked what were the most important things to do to prepare for a revival he responded, “First-prayer, second-prayer, and third-prayer”.
After the meeting Lenka and I were able to tour the town of Komárno. There are around 30,000 to 40,000 people who live there. The church is located not to far from the downtown area, so we walked around there. There are a lot of beautiful old buildings, but since it was Saturday a lot of the shops and restaurants had already closed. We left Komárno a bit hungry, by this time it was 3pm, but we hope to come back again when everything is open.
The youth meeting was that night, so we got back to Hurbanovo and were able to relax a bit before we went to church. They were having a choir practice for Easter Sunday, and after a retired pastor read us a story about Charles Spurgeon, and told us about his experience as a pastor in Slovakia/Czechoslovakia, including being put in prison for being a pastor during communist times. It was a very powerful message that he gave, especially his experiences. We all stayed there for hours asking him questions. We were all captivated by him, and all that he had been through. He was especially an inspiration for me, since I want to do missions in Slovakia. Through God we are all able to witness and do amazing things in His name.
On Sunday the lady who lives next to us invited us over for lunch. She is such a nice lady and is always asking us if we need anything. Every now and then she will also bring us cake or something else she has cooked. This Sunday she cooked a bean soup, rice, and chicken with a beer/honey sauce. It was delicious! For desert we had a poppy seed cake. Here in Slovakia there is not a problem with buying poppy seeds. You can buy as much as you want, so the poppy seed cakes are loaded with them! It has become one of my favorite cakes! You might say that I am “addicted”.
This week we have a few things going on. On Friday we are organizing a game in the DEPO club. We are going to do it after a game show here in Slovakia (5 against 5) which is the Slovak version of Family Feud. On Saturday I am giving the message in youth group, which will be about 30 minutes. On Sunday Lenka will lead children’s church. Then after the service we will be heading back to Košice for a few days.
Please pray for Lenka and I that we will be able to have strength and wisdom to lead in all of the areas that we are leading this week. Also, that He will use me on Saturday as an encouragement for the youth, as well as Lenka with the children on Sunday.
This week I heard a message about prayer. When we pray to God, we need to pray with faith, knowing that God will provide. We need to go before Him with BIG prayers, knowing that He will hear us, and that through Him the impossible is possible!