IMB News – Coronavirus Response: Praying through the crisis

“For 175 years — through famine, war, global pandemics and civil unrest — Southern Baptist missionaries have maintained an uninterrupted witness among the nations. This could not have happened apart from the grace of God and the prayers of His people.

As all of us face the worldwide struggle caused by the COVID-19 virus, this generation of IMB missionaries asks for your prayers as they share the hope of Jesus Christ with those living in fear and despair…”

Read more and download prayer guide at imb.org

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.”  John 14:27

Bakers in Hungary: people starting to take this seriously

For those who were wondering more about the situation here, schools, clubs, sports, etc. closed March 16. Large groups are banned from meeting but some small church groups are still meeting. Most people are working from home. Stores and restaurants are still open with limited hours. Public transportation is still operating but they are cleaning everything, even the paper money is being quarantined and cleaned by the Hungarian bank. No one is required to wear a mask or gloves, and people are still allowed outside. Hand sanitizer is out of stock, masks are for sale at the pharmacy, and there is plenty of toilet paper. We chose to start self-quarantine March 12 because of possible exposure. There was a panic rush at the stores last week with many items running out of stock – mostly the fresh meat! The border is closed to foreigners, and we will not be going anywhere for awhile. Hungary’s rate of infection is still very low, but wide-spread testing isn’t being done. I think people are getting over the shock and are starting to take this seriously.

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Pray for Hungary! 

April Baker
March 21, 2020

The Moving Blocks: Fall 2019 Update

The Blocks enjoying a hike while on vacation

Daniel and Rachel write:

This fall has flown by for us! As of September 20th, we have lived in Hungary for ONE year! We are so thankful for how the Lord has sustained us and challenged us in the last year! Thank you to all who have prayed for us this last year and continue to do so, we could not be here without the many prayers of God’s people….More on “The Moving Blocks” blog

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for us as we continue to acquire language and learn more about Hungarian culture.
  • Pray that we will not get sick as winter approaches and the temperature drops.
  • Pray for the people we have shared the gospel with, that God would bring them to faith.
  • Pray that we would not be discouraged.

 

A turning point for Sáránd

Sáránd, a village near Debrecen in eastern Hungary, is 800 years old! As a part of this week’s “village days” celebrations, a big all-day event will be taking place on the sports field today, Saturday, September 21. There will be cultural activities, food, kids’ programs, and lots of mixing and mingling of community members.

Several of our dear friends and national partners live in the village and have been working to plant a church there* – they invite us to pray with them for all who will visit the „Sárándi Baptist Good News tent” today. Pray that many spiritual conversations will take place and that the Lord will use this special event to draw people to Himself; intercede for encouragement and strength for our precious brother and sisters in Christ who long for a new church and are shining the light of the gospel in a place that has not been receptive in the past. May today be a spiritual turning point in the village of Sáránd!

*Note: this mission point is a work by and for nationals. We are very encouraged to see their faith in action and want to encourage them through our prayers!

European Peoples season of prayer

Stats show that about 99% of people across Europe aren’t yet born again believers, but God is moving, things are happening.  There is hope in Christ even when things seem to be pretty crazy in this world!

Join us starting TODAY in praying for the peoples of Europe — download the  prayer guide pdf here from the IMB European Peoples : 40 Days of Prayer 2019.

Alleyway in Europe

Alleyways in Europe tell stories full of life and history. The crisp air surrounds this woman as she walks home from the market. (Photo courtesy of  IMB.org)