Monday, January 4, 2016

Hughes News #64

"Tie your shoes and pray for the Hughes"
Dear Friends,
At the beginning of December we took a trip to Russia to help Matt and Katie Northcutt, friends from college.  They plan to begin ministering in a village in March and need to remodel their apartment before then.  I helped Matt and his coworker with remodeling while Viola spent time with Katie.  We were so blessed to have time with friends and to learn about their mission field.  If you ever have a chance to visit a mission field- take it!  I don’t think you will ever regret that decision!
Two days before Christmas we added a piano to our meeting place.  David and I had looked at this one a few weeks before and eventually decided that it was our best option.  Minor repairs have been done, the instrument has been tuned and we’ve been enjoying it in our services.
We had special services for the holidays.  For Christmas Eve we had a candlelight carol sing, and for New Year’s Eve- a time of fellowship, snacks and games after the Bible study.  It was a blessing to have two families of believers join us for those services.
A friend gave our ministry calendars with Scripture to distribute.  Passing them out to some of our contacts in the city led to several good conversations with people. 
We plan to start offering English lessons in a couple of weeks.  While teaching English is not our primary goal, we see it as a way to get to know people better, meet new people and invest in people’s lives.  Could you take a moment right now to pray for this endeavor?
In His service,
Jacob and Viola Hughes

For Prayer:
1. English class: starting Lord-willing January 19
2. The lost to be saved and believers to be encouraged
3. Wisdom to balance ministry and long-term housing plans

For Praise:
1. A piano to use for our services
2. Special times for Christmas and New Year’s
3. Further conversations with people in Soroca

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