Monday, June 12, 2017

Hughes News #74



"Tie your shoes and pray for the Hughes"

Dear Friends,
 
I’m long overdue in getting a prayer letter written.  The last time we sent a prayer letter, we were about to begin furlough.  Now, we are nearing its end.  The timing cornerstone to this furlough was Viola’s sister’s wedding, which we were able to attend last week.  Leading up to that event we visited a large percentage of our supporting churches and a handful of new ministries, spent time with family, and stayed with a number of friends along the way.  The predominant thought for me at each stop has been, “I wish we had just a little more time here.”  The time back has been a blessing to us. 
 
We are encouraged with what we hear from Soroca.  Attendance to both the Sunday morning service and Sunday evening Bible study has been up.  A good number of visitors have come in the few months we have been gone.  David taught a family conference in May that was well received by those who came.  Please continue to pray for our co-workers as they continue ministering in our absence.
 
Lord-willing, we will be heading back to Moldova the first part of July.  We will have a few days to settle in before beginning VBS.  As we did in previous years, we will repeat the program in a second location three weeks later.  Would you pray with us that we would be able to further influence for Christ the children that have come in the past and that the Lord would bring new kids to hear His Word? 
 
In His service,
Jacob and Viola Hughes 
 
For Prayer:
1. Final furlough road trips and meetings 
2. Individuals that have been coming to services
3. VBS in Zastinca (July 10-14) in Soroca (July 31- Aug. 4) 

For Praise:
1. Safety and provision for many miles traveled 
2. Memorable times with family and friends
3. Good reports from our co-workers in Moldova

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Hughes News #73

"Tie your shoes and pray for the Hughes"

Dear Friends,

In our last letter we mentioned having special plans around Christmas.  A majority of our ESL students came to a Christmas-themed class.  In addition to the lesson, David led a Bible study that clearly explained the identity and purpose of Jesus.  Our candlelight carol sing was the next event.  Several others joined us, including our team’s language teacher.  It was the first time “I” and her son had been to a service.  We enjoyed our Christmas Day service, but were a little disappointed that none of the invited acquaintances came that day.

Candlelight Carol Sing
This year has started in an encouraging manner.  The kids at the children’s home continue to open up to us.  Having a break from ESL afforded us extra time to spend with them after we ran our regular program.  A man who had been coming to services in the spring but whom we had not seen since July came back a couple weeks ago.  Four other people visited our services for the first time in January.  By my count, we had 16 different people come to at least one service last month.  We long for some to join with us and to allow us to come alongside and disciple them.

After a recent Sunday service
Very soon we will be heading back to the States for a four-month furlough.  We plan to visit churches, spend time with family and attend Viola’s sisters’ wedding.  If we are unable to visit your church this time, we can still make our presentation video and new prayer cards available to you.

On a personal note, Viola was thrilled with a fairly heavy snowfall in early January.  It permitted a jaunt to a monument on the edge of town to snap some pictures of the city under snow.  Jacob has been enjoying playing basketball with a team from Soroca.

Snow Day
In His service,
Jacob and Viola Hughes

For Prayer:
1. Tasks in preparation for furlough
2. Gross family and Sarah Bodaly as they minister in our absence
3. God to work in the hearts of people in Soroca

For Praise:
1. More visitors = more souls to encourage in the Lord
2. Deepening connections with kids at children’s home
3. “V” coming back to services

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Hughes New #71

"Tie your shoes and pray for the Hughes"

Dear Friends,

In our last prayer letter we mentioned Viola and Sarah’s new Romanian teacher.  “I” continues to ask them spiritual questions and Viola was particularly pleased with one conversation recently.  Would you pray with us that this lady would be saved?  As we also mentioned last time, the ladies still feel they are not progressing as they would like, due to the structure of the lessons.

Since you heard from us last we resumed English classes.  We have been pleased with the attendance in each of the classes and with the new acquaintances we have made through it.  Following the class time for adults and young people, David is teaching Bible lessons on words that relate to salvation (sin, faith, etc.)  One lady faithfully stays for the lessons.  We are praying more would stay.  Also we were granted permission to hold a Bible club at a children’s home.  We spend about an hour on Tuesdays singing songs, teaching them a Bible lesson and showing them love and attention.
 
Viola teaching the more advanced ESL students
At the end of September we were gone several days for a vacation.  We enjoyed the rest, the sights, the food, the slow schedule and, best of all, the time together.
 
Our vacation
We are planning a baptism for later this month.  One young person is set to follow the Lord in this.  We are concerned for “D,” a young lady who had been attending services.  She expressed interest in baptism, and we met to discuss the possibility.  Since then we have lost contact with her.  We suspect that something has happened, leaving her discouraged.

There are several kids who often knock on our door asking to play on our piano or to borrow my basketball.  Desiring to have spiritual influence with them, I’ve decided that when they come I’ll read a Bible story to them.  My hope is that they will enjoy the reading and that God will work in their hearts.

In His service,
Jacob and Viola Hughes

For Prayer:
1. Upcoming baptism and young lady “D”
2. Viola and Sarah studying Romanian; their teacher “I”
3. The kids who visit us at home

For Praise:
1. Good spiritual conversations with “I”
2. Consistent attendance, more contacts through English lessons
3. Vacation/anniversary trip