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Find Confidence in God's Word

It has been evident throughout my life that when I am met with struggles , the Word of God is the most important place for me to look when seeking wisdom, clarity, support, and direction.  As part of the Christian Studies curriculum at ICSB all of the students memorize scripture throughout the school year.  One evening I was watching Noah work on his verse for the week and it brought me some encouragement. 

Proverbs 3:5-6
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all of your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight."

May these words of scripture be an encouragement to you as well!
Mike made this video as a morale booster for the staff.  It will give you a glimpse into the hearts of the staff and students and highlight the God honoring ministry that is taking place at ICSB!
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I have an amazing team of dedicated missionary teachers that serve the students of ICSB!  We were able to take an ICSB High School staff photo on the last day of exams for the first semester.  This photo includes all but five of my current staff.
Ministry Update

As the pandemic continues, the yo-yo of emotion goes up and down.  In mid-December the Hungarian government announced that secondary schools would resume in-person learning one week after the Christmas break.  This was great news and the school began to prepare for the return of the high school students.  The first week back from break, planning went into full gear and anticipation grew.  Late in the week an announcement came from the minister of education that we should be prepared to continue online learning, but that a formal decision had not been made.  Just before the weekend the announcement came that distance learning would continue until February 1st.  We are now beginning to plan for the students to return in February, but are planning with a bit less optimism.  Please pray for the staff and students of ICSB High School, as this has been an exceptionally difficult time for them.  Pray that we will all trust the Lord more and rest in his plan for our school.

On a positive note, the high school was able to host the students for three days in order to complete the semester 1 exams.  Although most students don't generally get excited to come to school to take exams, this year was a bit of an exception.  It was great to hear the voices in the hallway again and to spend some time talking with students.
Over the Christmas break we went on a hike with about six missionary families that have students at ICSB.  The hike was in a nature preserve on the north side of Budapest.  In some ways it felt like Michigan, only without the snow.
Abigail celebrated her 16th birthday in December.  It is amazing how fast these kids grow up!
Our youngest and oldest, Lacey and Maggie, on Christmas.
Fawn, the youngers, and I climbed a big hill that has a cross at the top, overlooking one of the suburbs of Budapest.  It was very cold, but sunny and beautiful.
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Prayer Requests & Praises
  • Pray for the emotional well-being of the staff and students at ICSB.
  • Praise the Lord for the way he has provided for the school and for our family in so many amazing ways.
  • Pray for the school leadership as we plan for next year, recruit teachers to serve the students, and begin to work on new student enrollment.
  • Please pray for God to direct Lacey's next steps as she plans for the future.
  • We are thankful for the recovery of loved ones that have been directly impacted by the virus.  We are reminded that He sometimes uses suffering to teach us and draw us to Him.
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Thanks for reading,
Mike, Fawn, Lacey, Abigail, Lydia, Pressler, Sadie, Noah, and Maggie
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