Budapest update

Avi Snyder reports, “The team is coming together nicely, though we come from a wide range of cultures and languages. In addition to our regular sorties (tract-passing expeditions), two teams held music and preaching rallies at a major intersection called Blaha Lujza. Three young Israelis joined in the singing, and two of them gave us their contact information to hear more about Jesus. Aaron preached powerfully, and the musicians played very strongly. All of this drew some ugly heckling from anti-Semites, one of whom  punched Magda (one of our faithful volunteers) in the stomach. She carried on valiantly, and the rally continued and ended very well.

All of us are grateful for what the Lord has accomplished so early in the campaign, and we’re excited about what lies ahead. I was especially encouraged by a particular interaction, and hope you will enjoy this true story:

"I Don’t Have the Time"

The young man nodded and smiled politely as he took my broadside tract. So I called after him, “May I ask you a question?” He kept walking, and that was my cue to continue handing out my tracts. But then he stopped and called to me in English, “I don’t have the time right now.” He didn’t have the time, yet he’d stopped to tell me so, after which he stood there, reading the tract.

“May I ask you a question?” I repeated as I walked in his direction.

“I really don’t have the time now,” he said politely. And yet he was still standing there.

“Just a quick question. Who do you think Jesus is?”

“I’m Jewish,” he announced, as though that were the answer.

“So am I.” I introduced myself, and learned that his name is Gabi. Though he was born in Hungary, he’d studied agriculture in Israel. Now, he’d moved back home. We spent the next few minutes talking about Jesus, Israel and the gospel. When I asked him for his contact details so that I could send him more information, he reminded me once again that he didn’t have the time right now, even as he took my pen and filled out his information on the card I’d handed him.

Please pray that Gabi will "have the time" to read what I send him, "have the time" to meet with me afterwards to discuss the gospel more fully, and finally come to the Lord, in the Lord’s good time.

Our 2014 Budapest campaigners and stewards


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