Friday, June 22, 2018

June Prayer Letter

Dear Friends,

Family News:
Thank you for praying for our daughter Esther, who recently had corrective surgery on torn ligaments in her ankle. Everything went well, and the doctor is pleased with her progress. Please pray for her recovery to go well, as she still has several more weeks on crutches. We pray she will be back on her feet in time to head back to college in August!

Ministry News:
Besides our church in Esztergom, I enjoyed preaching in three area churches during the month of May. On May 13th I preached for Marton Csiha in Oroszlany. You may remember that Marton and his wife Rachel served with us in Esztergom for several years before taking the church in Oroszlany. They have moved the church to a new location which is larger and more „family friendly.” The church is beginning to grow, and they have several new people attending on a regular basis. On May 27th I preached in Tata Sunday morning. It was good to see that Tata is still doing well under Gergo’s leadership. That same afternoon I preached at an open-air evangelistic service in the city of Gyor.

On June 17th I took a group of 9 people from our church to minister at a conference in Noszvaj, Hungary. We were able to minister to about 200 people from a number of area churches. The theme was the Vertical Church with an emphasis on worship. I brought two messages on worship, and our worship team led the worship in both services. God met with us in a special way, and we pray that God will use these messages to inspire a passion for the glory of God in these churches. 

Prayer Requests:
1. Trip to the Ukraine.June 29-July 1st I will be taking the Vertical Church vision to the Ukraine. I will be speaking all day on Saturday to a group of leaders and Christian workers and then be preaching in church on Sunday. You may not know that there are thousands of ethnic Hungarians living in the Ukraine, and this is a ministry working with Hungarian people in the Hungarian language.

2. English Camp in Esztergom.July 9-13 we will be holding our annual English Camp in Esztergom. Please pray for God to touch the lives of all the children, teens and adults that we will be working with that week. We long to see fruit that remains come out of these weeks!

3. Our daughter Nancy will be visiting us from July 21-August 9th. We can hardly wait to see her! Please pray for her travels to go well.

                                               Marc, Charin, Nancy, Esther and Hannah Patton

Worship service in Noszvaj

Saturday, May 19, 2018

May Prayer Letter

Family News:
On May the 5th both Nancy and Ben graduated from Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Florida. It is hard to believe that four years have passed since we dropped them off to begin their studies! We are really proud of their hard work and faithfulness. Trinity was a great match for them and served as a great launching pad into adulthood. Nancy will be staying in the Jacksonville area for the time being. Ben and Kelsi are currently in Zambia, Africa participating in a three month missionary training program with Overland Missions. Please pray for God’s continued blessing on their lives and ministries.

Esther had a great first year at Trinity. We are excited that she will be home in Hungary for most of the summer. Unfortunately most of her summer will be spent recovering from surgery on her ankle. Two years ago Esther tore a ligament in her ankle. An MRI was ordered, and the MRI showed not only the torn ligament, but also an OCD (Osteochondritis Dissecans). Over the past months it has begun bothering her, so we have arranged for her to have corrective surgery here in Hungary, so she can recover during the summer months. Esther arrives on May 26th, will have some presurgery tests the next week, and then hopefully the surgery in early June. Please pray for both the surgery and recovery to go well, so she will be back on her feet in time for the Fall semester in mid-August. 

Ministry News:
April was an extremely busy month with many opportunities to influence other churches and ministries. Besides my usual duties in Esztergom, I preached in Balatonszemes, Komarom and Kisujszallas. I also met with a church planting team from Petofibanya to help them think through the next steps in their church plant, participated in a forum discussion on church growth at the annual meeting of the Baptist Union, participated in a board meeting at Word of Life Hungary, and met with the Vertical Church team to discuss future plans for the movement. Please pray that these investments would bear much fruit for the kingdom.

Future Coworkers:
From April 25-May 14th two sisters, Alicia and Andrea, were here visiting our ministry. This was their second visit, and the Lord is leading them to come work with us full-time in the future. They are currently raising their support, and they hope to join us early next year. We enjoyed their visit, and we believe that they will be a great asset to our ministry. Please pray for their support to come in quickly. If you would like to learn more about their plans and ministry, please contact them at a2missions@outlook.com.

                                                Marc, Charin, Nancy, Esther and Hannah Patton

Nancy, Esther and Ben

Alicia and Andrea

Monday, April 2, 2018

April Prayer Letter

April  2018

Greetings from Hungary. Spring is finally beginning to break through. We are looking forward to better weather and a great season of ministry.  

Vertical Church Conference:
The month of March was definitely dominated by our conference which was held March 16-17th in Kecskemét, Hungary. If I could describe it with only one word, I would choose the word amazing! Our goal for the conference was to not only talk about Vertical Church, but to actually experience it. What would it be like if 400 Christian leaders and workers would unite to seek the glory of God through passionate worship, fervent prayer and Spirit-filled preaching? We truly felt like God’s presence was there in a special way. Many pastors and leaders said that the conference was life-changing for them. Here is a brief exerpt from a letter we received:

„I have attended many conferences in my life, where I heard many good things, but this conference was different. God was present. The theme was vertical church and you modelled this for us, and we experienced exactly what the speakers spoke about: God’s glory showed up in our midst. And I arrived home changed...”

The conference also had a powerful affect on our church in Esztergom. Our worship team was very involved leading worship in two of the sessions. All of our leaders were also present, as well as a number of our members. We pray that our church in Esztergom will be an example and inspiration to other churches in Hungary.

It has also been interesting to see the continued „after-affect” of the conference. The services were live streamed and several hundred people followed online during the conference. Since then, the five services have been watched more than 17,000 times on youtube (an average of more than 3,000 per sermon), and invitations continue to come in to speak on this subject in churches and conferences across Hungary. I even received a letter inviting me to speak to some Hungarian pastors and leaders in the Ukraine. God is working, and we continue to seek His guidance in how to respond and continue moving forward in this area. I am thankful for my two Hungarian pastor friends who co-hosted the conference with me: Samuel Mike and Barnabas Uzonyi. I am also thankful for the team from Harvest Bible Chapel in Granger, Indiana who came to help with the conference. Please pray with us for continued fruit and guidance!


Marc and Charin Patton


That's me opening the conference.

Esztergom worship team with Micah Klutinoty helping out.

Trent Griffith preaching with Attila Zeman translating

Worship being led by the Pécel Baptist Church worship team.

Shot of the crowd.

Passionate worship.

Main Speakers from left to right: Cristian Barbosu, Samuel Mike, Marc Patton, Barnabas Uzonyi and Trent Griffith.

Monday, February 26, 2018

March 2018 prayer letter

Greetings from cold, snowy Hungary. We rejoice that even in these cold, winter months that the Lord has been at work.

Esztergom:
We’ve begun the year with a sermon series on spiritual disciplines. In our small groups it has been good to hear that many are being more faithful in personal devotions. A number of our people set a goal to read through the Bible completely for the first time. We have also encouraged our people in the area of fasting and prayer. We believe that spiritual growth in the lives of our individual members will help us grow stronger as a church as well.

We also have been praying for numerical growth. We were pleased to see a family of four begin attending in January. In February we had a Valentine’s Banquet and encouraged our church couples to each bring an unsaved couple with them. Of the 21 couples in attendance, eight were couples who do not know the Lord. Our guest speaker spoke on the family, but also worked in the Gospel message. We continue to pray for souls to be saved and new people to be brought into the church.

Extended Ministry:
In January I taught my class on the Christian Family at Word of Life Hungary Bible Institute. I always enjoy interacting with these students. I had students in my class from 15 different countries, so it is a great opportunity for international impact. At the end of January I preached in Mannheim, Germany for my friend Rodney Kidd. In February I did a Vertical Church weekend at the Baptist church in Eger, Hungary.

Vertical Church Conference:
In previous letters I mentioned how the Lord has used the Vertical Church vision to influence many pastors and churches in Hungary. This past fall I teamed up with two other Hungarian pastors to begin planning a conference for pastors, leaders and Christian workers. The conference will be held March 16-17 at the Baptist church in Kecskemét, Hungary. The interest has been overwhelming. We closed registration one month before the conference, as we had already reached maximum capacity. We are expecting about 420 participants from 95 churches. Our main goal is to spread a fire of passion for the glory of God in the pastors and leaders who are coming. We are praying that they will go home with a renewed faith and vision for their churches. Please pray with us to that end. Thank you for standing with us in prayer and support!


Marc and Charin Patton

Valentine's Banquet