In September, school began again for many children and teens all over the world. It started up for GEO Missionary Sarah Berta-Somogyi in Győr, Hungary, as well. Sarah serves by teaching English-as-a-Foreign-Language at a Lutheran High School there. This year, Sarah is taking a break from teaching after having her daughter, but she continues to serve and to proclaim the Gospel to her students through after school activities such as the Bible study she leads with another teacher. Here, in her words, are the happenings with the weekly Bible study since school began in September.
–By Sarah Berta-Somogyi
School kicked off in September, and although I’m not teaching, activities with my students started, too. The first weekly Bible study of the year had 9 attendees as well as the new Irish teacher and me. After graduating two strong members of the Bible study core group last year, I had really spent time in prayer for new members to start to attend. And God indeed answered my prayer! Unless they are sick or have something very important that they must do during our meeting time, these nine students come to enjoy fellowship, discussion, and God’s Word together. We’ve also been joined the last couple weeks in September by a student new to the group. The first week, we set the stage for our further studies by discussing our sin and how, because of that, we are separated from God. But through Jesus’ death and resurrection and belief in Him, we are forgiven, and our relationship with God is restored.
Our subsequent studies have focused on prayer, because I’ve noticed that many students aren’t sure how to pray or only pray for things they want (like “help me on my chemistry test”). Using the acronym “ACTS,” we have been going step by step through Adoring God, Confessing, Thanking God, and finally, next week, we will finish up with Supplication. This has helped everyone to be more focused when they pray and has encouraged them to pray more regularly, as prayer is just talking to God. We don’t need to worry about knowing what to do, and thinking about prayer using ACTS is a tool to help us get started.
Every week, we’ve been creating acrostics to help us with the theme of the day. During the week of Confession, the students worked together to finish two acrostics: SINS and FORGIVENESS. Here’s what they came up with: Secret It is bad Not nice Serious, and Faithful Oh yeah! Resurrection God Impressive Vital Eternal Need Everlasting life Soaked in God’s love Soul. These two helped us get started on confessing our sins to God and receiving His forgiveness in Jesus.
Since those opening activities in September, Bible study has been continuing, and the new Irish teacher (Aisling), who is also partnering with me in ministering to our students, has taught the last few weeks of October. Our current series is “What does the Bible say about…?” and topics have included worry, what we say (touching on many 2nd Commandment themes), and love. Our students continue to attend, and the last week in October, one student brought a friend that she has been trying to convince to come since school started in September!
When we talked about worry, we wrote down the things we worry about and shared them with each other. I was surprised that many of the things I worried about as a teenager are what my students worry about too, like being alone and what other people think. Although these worries weighed heavy on me then, now I can use my experiences to help others. And together we can rely on God instead of worrying.
For me and all those that attend, this study serves as a safe place to share our lives – our thoughts, feelings, even insecurities. It not only brings us closer together as the people of God, but more importantly, it helps us grow in our relationship with God Himself.