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After the Summer

Dear Friends and Family, 

The Summer has quickly passed and we were very sad not to have been able to visit the UK. Summer however was a fun time with a good rest at the end.  We very much enjoyed the summer church-youth camp in an idyllic setting with around 160 of us. Andy led the morning teaching together with Szilárd from Mark's gospel  and we both benefited from the Christian Conflict Resolution sessions that our Pastor Robi gave.  

The summer was also busy working hard to encourage youth pastors and youth leaders to join our Acorn Bible Training course (ABK). We praise God that after lots of prayers, phone calls, conversations, emails and more prayers of desperation - God has brought 15 people to the course (for the 12 places advertised). PTL. 

This very much helped us relax in August. Restrictions, and unknowns made us steer for the cautious option of staying in Hungary. Sadly Andy's Russian vaccine isn't recognised in the UK, so a 10 day quarantine is a must at any point. But we are planning to go back for Christmas. 

So we have much to thank God for as another academic year has begun. Réka is settled in her new school (together with David). Emily enjoys being the only Oatridge at her school, and David's friendships are growing. Some classmates have joined the church football on Tuesdays, and are interested in coming to youth group. 

We also highly recommend a book "The Ruthless elimination of Hurry" by Mark John Comer.  We are both reading it, and finding it helpful, encouraging and quite a challenge!!! 

Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support, and do drop us a line and let us know how we can pray for you.
Andy teaching on camp for the whole church family...
... including the teenagers
Chilling at the camp site
Emily with a friend whose family coming on camp was a miracle!
Praise God for … 
  • answered prayers regarding students applying for the ABK, we now have the more students than we hoped (15, instead of 12)
  • the kids settling well back into school life: David deepening his friendships with classmates he only met for a couple of months last year; Réka enjoying her new school and making new friends, learning lots in English; Emily starting and loving gymnastics and it also helps her be less stressed about school life.
  • youth group: being able to meet regularly and having socials as well as sleep-over events and as a result forming into a closer community, for the first time since we took over last year.
  • our church choir practising again for Christmas and for the great encouragement (and joint hobby) that is for us as a couple  
 ABK staff
ABK students
Please pray for …  
  • the first ABK Saturday on 2nd, the course has slightly change from last year, please pray for the team to work well together and for the Lord's blessing on the students studying God's Word together 
  • Szabó András joining the Acorn team from 5th, for him to settle in well and to be a great help for Andy in his role as operations manager
  • Andy preaching at Anglican church in Budapest on 17th
  • Youth weekend away on 22-24th, for Andy leading the teaching and that many young people to come (50) including David and Réka's friends 
  • our family: Emily, Réka, David, Zsófi, Andy to keep putting God first and priorities time with Him.
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Réka and siblings at her School-leaving ceremony in June
Dressed up in different Acorncamps T-shirts to mark the 20th celebrations
Peeking into November ... 
2nd-3rd         Staff training with Gareth and Claire Wroe
6th                 ABK course during the day. Andy teaching Jonah 3 at evening youth group
11-14th          Andy on XCC physical and spiritual challenge with the men's group from church
21-24             Evangéliumi Fórum, conference for evangelical leaders in Hungary
Thank you for your ongoing care, support and prayers. 

With lots of love

Andy, Zsófi, David, Réka & Emily

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