Archive for COVID-19

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 1 update from Budapest

Budapest has heart shaped lights shining through the building windows to show support to those involved in Medical Service.

From the Bakers in Budapest:

We have been able to spend time talking to people, listening and praying with them. Many have lost their income. Some just want to talk and share their difficult experiences. We have an opportunity to point them to God and encourage them with truth.

  • Pray that internet Bible study groups would start, and book clubs, reading books and meeting on line to talk about them as we read.
  • Pray for a men’s online Bible study group to start next week, and that the people invited will join, and that God would add to the group.

We are thinking of everyone back home and here abroad. We hope all are doing well. May God bless you with His Love and His Peace during this time and always!

Monte Baker
April 1, 2020

Bible study goes online

Lots of changes are happening in life and ministry in Hungary as people deal with the current situation. But ministry goes on, and the Lord is still working!  An IMB worker based in Hungary writes,

“The home Bible study with an elderly couple has moved to an online format where the scripture verses from our local church are discussed. Pray that God would use his word to bring about full obedience to him.”

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