IMB prayer plan on YouVersion Bible app

The IMB invites you to “pray your way around the world” using a YouVersion Bible app reading plan.

How to get the YouVersion app for your device.

About the “Pray Your Way Around the World” IMB prayer reading plan and how you can be involved.

Both the app and reading plan are available at no cost to you.

Hungarian communities in France

The need is great for evangelism and church planting among ethnic Hungarians in France.  The IMB Research Team shares what they have learned and asks, “Will You Be Part of Reaching this Group?”  [Click on the image below to download the flyer as a PDF.]

IMB Research Team flyer: Hungarians in France

Celebrate with IMB: 175 years of continuous ministry

175 DAYS OF PRAYER: May 11 – November 29, 2020

CELEBRATE 175 years of continuous ministry by joining us in 175 Days of Prayer. Each day will feature one request and can be sent to you as a push notification from the IMB Pray app (iOs / Android), accessed at imb.org/pray, the Pray Daily newsletter, or seen through IMB social media (FacebookTwitter or Instagram).

Please register your intent to participate at imb.org/175-days-of-prayer.

REJOICE over what God has done and continues to do as we INTERCEDE for missionaries, the ministry, and for the nations.

Also visit the history of the IMB on our  timeline at imb.org/175/.

Covid-19 impact: IMB financial update

To all faithful supporters of IMB missions in Hungary and around the world: We are so very grateful for how you continually team with us for the sake of the Gospel through your prayers, through your financial gifts, and for how many of you have come to serve with us as volunteers on the field.  We want to keep you updated on the reality of the current situation – below is a letter from IMB President Paul Chitwood:

We are incredibly grateful to steward the sacrificial investment that SBs have been making in getting the Good News to the nations for 175 years. A growth in giving through the CP and LMCO leading into March of 2020 has enabled the Company to enter into the storm of this pandemic from a strong financial position.

The impact of Covid-19, however, upon local SB fellowships — and, thus, the impact upon the Company — is quickly becoming evident. Our revenue totals for March and April have dipped $2million below budget. Moreover, we have made a significant investment in evacuating and relocating overseas personnel from certain places around the globe for a host of reasons related to the pandemic. These were unbudgeted expenses that are coming in at about $2 million. That amount includes getting our personnel back to the field or, in some cases, getting them established in new places. Some of our personnel were required to leave everything behind and will need to start life anew in another harvest field.

We are accounting for this combined negative impact of $4 million by cuts to spending and a hiring freeze for most stateside staff positions. Because of the past generosity of SBs, we are in a solid financial position, but we will need help staying there. So we are appealing to any faithful givers to make an additional gift through the LMCO right now as an investment in caring for M’s and ensuring that the witness to the Good News among the nations is not interrupted. Every gift through the LMCO is dedicated to SB Ms on the field.

We also believe that just as our Master prayed fervently, the prayers of SBs undergird our mission efforts. Each M faces unique challenges, and those challenges are compounded during this unexpected time. Will you ask the Father now for opportunities for advance during this pandemic?

M’s are eternally essential workers, and their witness is needed more in the midst of this pandemic than ever before. Our continued work relies on SBs rallying together now through giving and pr*ying. Thank you for committing to meeting these needs.

Blessings,

Paul

Bakers in Hungary: April 29 update from Budapest

Dear Family and Friends,

Baker family photo

The Baker family, Spring 2020

Time spent waiting on God is never a time of inactivity. These words I heard often from Henry Blackaby in his preaching and writings. When God has not given us more instruction, we are to be faithful to obey the last things He told us to do and continue being who He wants us to be, exhibiting His love and His nature.

We remember His command to make disciples. The mandate to “make disciples” was the reassuring truth God shared with me when I asked Him to confirm that we were to take our 3 small children and our soon to be born child to the mission field. In this unsure time, when we do not know what is next, those same precious words spoken by Jesus appear very clear and tangible, “make disciples.”

What does discipleship look like now?

Now we are having ministry meetings on-line that include people from different cities. We are making individual and group meetings through Zoom, messenger and by phone. We are now planning to start an On-line Bible Study for the Turner Syndrome community which lives all over Hungary. The men’s discipleship group are from different cities also.

What are we doing as a family to handle isolation? How do we spend free time?

We play games, read books, ride bikes, take walks, cook, bake, talk with family and friends through internet, and watch things in English.

We would appreciate your PRAYER for the following:

  1. Men’s discipleship group – pray for men to make lifestyle adjustments to position themselves to hear and follow Jesus. Obedience calls for adjustment.
  2. Pray for the start of a Turner Syndrome on-line Bible Study. These ladies and families live all over Hungary. Pray that it will start in May, and that God would build this group from a few to many.
  3. Pray for the development of a Special Needs Ministry Training Program. Ask God for wisdom as we seek His leadership to put together a training program for the Hungarian Churches to reach those with special needs.
  4. Pray for two youth, that they will believe the gospel and be saved and that we will be able to have regular contact with them.
  5. Pray for “K”, a woman who weighs 57 pounds, to gain weight and believe the gospel.
  6. Pray that we will not be distracted from doing His will. Life can be distracting

Thank you for your participation in the ministry in Hungary through prayer.  May you be filled with joy and all the fruit of His Spirit.

Monte, April, Joshua, Elizabeth, Olivia, and Stephen