GEO Missionary Sarah Berta-Somogyi shares an update on the Bible study she leads at a Lutheran high school in Győr, Hungary. In November, the students requested to learn more about the American traditions surrounding Thanksgiving. When they planned this special event, they invited other students to join them and got a big response! Read Sarah’s article about the growing Bible study.
–By Sarah Berta-Somogyi
As I set about planning the big event for this month, I asked my Bible study group when they wanted to gather together for it. They all told me that they wanted to have a special event during our regular Bible study time, so at the end of the month, we had a Thanksgiving celebration. Since Thanksgiving isn’t celebrated in Hungary, people are always curious what the holiday is all about. The regular Bible study group all invited friends, and we had the great opportunity to invite two classes of students (and their teachers) that normally meet at the same time that Bible study is going on. (These are two groups studying English at a higher level.) All in all, we had around 35 people attend, which was the most to ever come to Bible study!
After answering some fun quiz questions about Thanksgiving (and enjoying pumpkin pie), we read Psalm 136:1: “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever” (NIV). We then discussed what we can give thanks for: all that God has done from creation through redemption through what He’s doing in our lives today. Everyone then wrote something they were thankful for on a paper leaf and hung it on our thankful tree (see the pictures from this month). Of course, after this, we had a thankful tree that I decided to share with my colleagues, and I encouraged them to also add a leaf to the tree. Both my principal and vice principal were so happy with the concept and so, in this way, many people were thanking God for all His blessings.
The students also made Thanksgiving cards containing the Bible verse as well as things for which they can thank God. At the end of the event, everyone was invited to join us again at Bible study, and two students said they would come back again! (The Irish teacher, Aisling, also leads a Bible study on Friday nights, and she routinely invites students to attend. After hearing her invitation at the end of our Thanksgiving event, one boy came to Bible study the following Friday and plans to go regularly!)
Through this simple way of sharing, three new students began attending the two Bible studies offered.
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