|"Tie your shoes and pray for the Hughes"|
Recently the Lord has given us several opportunities to further our language abilities through various means. When preaching in a church service, I felt much more comfortable expressing my thoughts in Russian. In a couple of weeks, I will be giving a challenge at a monthly young couples’ fellowship that we attend. Viola has been more involved in the music ministry of the church and was asked to sing a solo for an evangelistic service. We’ve had friends over, and have gone to other friends’ houses. The chance to use Russian in real-life situations is a welcomed change from the more dry textbook Russian study. These times have also given us greater insight into the people of Moldova and their understanding of God’s Word.
In preparation for the church plant, David Gross and I have been preparing a doctrinal statement. Once that is completed, we plan to discuss our vision, goals, and philosophy of ministry. We are asking God to give us a Biblical, area-specific, reproducible church planting model.
Before we move to Soroca, we hope to take a quick furlough in the States. Because there are still several unknown factors, we cannot make definite plans yet. The biggest factor is my Romanian study. If it is the Lord’s will, I would like to finish the eight levels my school offers before we head back. If that is not possible, we need the Lord’s wisdom regarding the timing of our furlough and eventual return to Moldova. We appreciate your interest in our ministry and your intercession on our behalf!
In His service,Jacob and Viola Hughes
For Prayer:1. Preparation for the church plant in Soroca
2. The Grosses hope to close on a house in Soroca May 2
3. Timing for furlough
For Praise:1. Semester #4 of Romanian completed!
2. “Living” opportunities to communicate
3. Jacob’s visit to Soroca to view houses on the market