Friday, January 19, 2018

Hughes News #78

"Tie your shoes and pray for the Hughes"

Dear Friends, 
 
We hope you all had a Merry Christmas and that you’ve begun the New Year continuing to seek our Lord Jesus Christ!  In our last letter, we mentioned a village where we were distributing Bibles.  Since then, we have been given the opportunity to preach in that village for a group of believers.  David and I go out there on Sundays and he leads another study in the middle of the week.  Several of them have grown children who are away from the Lord.  I know they would appreciate prayers for their kids.
 
Like most of you, we had several special events around the holidays.  A few days before Christmas we had an evening service in which we sang carols and read Scripture by candlelight.  Then on New Year’s Eve, we invited the group from the village to join us for our service in Soroca.  (With a few regulars out of town, it more than helped fill some empty seats!)  There was instrumental accompaniment with the hymns, our regular service, and a meal together.  Afterward, David led some Bible-themed trivia games for all who could stay. 

On January 3-5 we held our first winter VBS.  Our hope was to reach out to some un-churched kids and funnel them into our Sunday school.  We met for two hours a day and had Christmas themed lessons, skits, games and snacks.  In addition to our coworkers’ kids, we had just one girl show up the first two days and three on the final day.  While we had hoped for more, two of the three had come in the summer and we are thankful for the additional contact with them.  We will update you again in a few weeks- may the Lord bless you!
 
In His service, 
Jacob and Viola Hughes
 
For Prayer: 
1. At center we visit: needs of single mothers, runaway girls
2. Wisdom for decisions regarding long-term housing 
3. Viola’s dad is having some health problems
 
For Praise: 
1. Preaching opportunity in Bulboci 
2. Special holiday services remembering the Messiah’s birth
3. Further contact with girls at winter VBS

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Hughes News #77

"Tie your shoes and pray for the Hughes"

Dear Friends,
 
In October our team began a weekly outreach to a place we referenced while back on furlough.  In Cosauti, a village about 15 minutes from Soroca, there is an Austrian-funded home that functions as a multi-purpose center.  Their main activity is caring for the small number of children and mothers with children who live there.  Both the center’s kids and others from the village have come for singing, games and a Bible lesson. 
 
Also in October, Viola organized and taught the first women’s Bible study for our church.  For now, they plan to meet monthly, having lunch together and discussing how to effectively study the Bible.  Viola has been encouraged by the attendance and the other ladies’ responses to the study.  
 
Back in September our team assisted a medical missions team that served for a week in Bulboci, a village in our region.  At the clinic, people were asked if they would like to receive a copy of the Bible.  For the past several Sunday afternoons, David and I have been visiting the village to fulfill that request.  It has been encouraging (and a bit surprising) to see the openness and eagerness with which people have accepted the Bibles.  Once we finish distributing, we hope to visit more with the people we’ve met. 
 
A couple other weekly tasks are English classes and coaching basketball.  On Tuesdays Viola and I teach English classes, after which we offer a Bible study for those interested.  We have one lady that consistently stays.  At the request of some friends, we help run a basketball practice one day a week for girls in Cosauti.  I love playing and teaching the game and these types of interactions allow us to know others and get a glimpse of their needs.  Our prayer is that by building relationships with the girls we can address their spiritual needs as well. 
 
You may remember that our house project has been at a standstill due to a water main running directly through our property.  I eventually found a contact for the other owners on our street (no houses there yet) and they obliged by adding their signatures to a group request to the water company regarding the problem.  I turned that request in two weeks ago and am waiting on an answer.  Thank you for reading about our ministry- would you also take time to pray for us?
 
In His service, 
Jacob and Viola Hughes

For Prayer: 
1. Our hearts and the hearts of those to whom we minister
2. Distribution of Bibles in Bulboci and visits to follow 
3. Our house project, and specifically the answer from water company
 
For Praise: 
1. Open doors in Cosauti and Bulboci
2. Good start for the first two ladies’ Bible studies 
3. Residency permits for the next two years


Friday, September 1, 2017

Hughes New #76

"Tie your shoes and pray for the Hughes"
Dear Friends,

August began with a week of VBS at our rental location.  With several ads posted and invitations given, we had no idea how many children might come.  It ended up that our numbers were just slightly higher than last year- 22 different kids throughout the week with a high attendance of 18.  Overall the week went smoothly and the children listened well to the Bible lessons.  In fact, some of them posed good questions that showed they were comparing what they were hearing with what they had been taught.  When an invitation was given on Friday, several children responded, with four girls calling on Jesus Christ as Savior.  It was a blessing to have some visible results of our labor with the kids!

Kids getting ready for a game
Jacob teaching the lesson
Being maybe the biggest vacation month for Moldovans, August is a good time to evaluate the ministry.  Our team got together for a few days to thank the Lord, pray, discuss and plan.  While some decisions were made (to expand some ministries and start others), there are still a few opportunities we are considering and need to decide if we should pursue them and, if so, when they would fit into our weekly schedule.  We want to do all we can, but we also want to be careful to neither overpromise nor overextend ourselves.  Would you take a moment now to pray that the Lord would help us discern His will regarding these opportunities?

The Grosses, Sarah Bodaly, and us
In His service,
Jacob and Viola Hughes

For Prayer:
1. The start of some ministries and expanding of others
2. Wisdom for other ministry decisions
3. Believers to grow in their faith and the lost to believe

For Praise:
1. Salvation decisions made at Soroca VBS!
2. A productive and enjoyable team retreat
3. Jacob taught an adult lesson in Romanian for the first time