Summer is winding down, and we are looking forward to the fall. Here is an update on our summer activities.
It was a huge blessing to have Nancy and Ben with us for several weeks during the summer. We are excited to see what God is doing in their lives and their desire to know Him and serve Him. We also had the opportunity to take a family vacation together. One privilege of serving in Europe is the many exciting places to visit within easy reach. This summer we were able to spend a few days in Venice, Italy and also the Zell am See area of Austria.
Day Camp in Tata:
June 27-July 1st we held our annual summer day camp in Tata. About 35 children participated this year, and more than half of the children are from families who do not attend our church. Charin was very involved in teaching and leading one of the small groups, but our people in Tata also did an amazing job, and everything went smoothly. I brought a brief message to the parents at our closeout session. We were pleased to see one of the children return on a Sunday, and also the grandmother of another child has been to church a couple times since then and seems interested.
English Camp in Esztergom:
July 18-22 we held our annual English Camp in Esztergom. We had a great team of eleven Americans help during the week. We had about 55 children attend the morning camp, and about 40 teens and adults attended the evening classes. The spirit was great throughout the week. The morning is basically Vacation Bible School with an emphasis on English. The children learn English Bible verses, stories and songs. The evening classes lean more toward language learning, but the teachers use the Bible and talk about the Lord. It is a great opportunity to plant seeds. We also invited everyone to our Sunday service where we closed out the English Camp. We were thrilled to have about 70 visitors come on Sunday, and they all heard a very clear Gospel message.
Since then we have not seen any of these visitors return to church, but we are planning to invite many of them back again this fall. We will be inviting the teens to our regular youth meetings. We will be inviting teens and adults to Charin’s Monday evening English classes. I will also try to launch a monthly English Bible study for those who are interested. So we will continue our follow up on these contacts. Please pray that the Lord would work through these efforts.
During the same week as our English Camp we also held our annual VBS in Nagysap, which also went very well. We are always able to attract a good group of children, who enjoy the program and the attention of our American helpers. Our prayer was that we would see some adults and children begin attending our weekly service, but this has not come to pass yet. We continue to evaluate what the Lord would have us do in this town.
Thanks again for your faithful prayers and support of our ministry. God bless!
Serving for His Glory,
Marc, Charin, Nancy, Ben, Esther and Hannah Patton
|Patton Family in Austria|
|English Camp - American helpers|