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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!

New Hope trauma healing training

Too many around us suffer from the hidden scars of life traumas that have never been properly dealt with. The last week of June four national believers and two IMB Team Hungary couples, Gary & Carolyn Miller and Monte & April Baker, took part in a New Hope conference in Budapest.  During the four-day training we practiced techniques for working with trauma survivors to promote healing in a Bible-based, small-group setting.

We are so thankful for the training opportunity and pray that we  will be able to apply what we’ve learned in future small group ministry.

Intercede for trauma survivors in Hungary, that they will find healing and hope through the application of biblical truth in a loving environment. Ask that they will learn that no matter what has happened – or is happening – in their lives, they can trust the Father to walk through it with them and give them grace and healing.

The historic Baptist church in the Rákospalota neighborhood of Budapest kindly hosted the conference.  It was a blessing for the Millers to get to know the people there and to spend a good part of Sunday with them; Gary was asked to preach the Sunday morning sermon, and a family graciously invited us into their home for a wonderful meal and time of fellowship. In the photo of the pulpit and organ, note the Scripture verse carved on the front of the pulpit:  “The Word of God stands forever.” Pray for the dear brothers and sisters of the Rákospalotai Baptist church as they minister to those around them. (Visit their Hungarian-language church website to enjoy more photos.)

Month of Prayer Day 31: Gary and Carolyn Miller

Photo of Gary and Carolyn MillerPray today for Gary and Carolyn Miller, IMB personnel based in the city of Debrecen. (Debrecen on Wikipedia)  Gary serves as Team Leader for the IMB Budapest Team and the Eastern Hungary Team, and Carolyn is the Team Prayer Coordinator.  Ask God to grant them His wisdom in ministry, as well as daily strength, health, and safety as they travel.

Current primary ministries that need your prayer are a church plant in the town of Berekfürdő in partnership with the Karcag Baptist Church, and the continuing development of a gardening outreach ministry, the “Master’s Gardeners” in Debrecen.  (Posts about the Berekfürdő church plant and the gardening program.)

Request the Millers’ prayer updates on the Eastern Hungary Team contact page

Month of Prayer Day 15: Gardening Outreach Training

Today’s prayer request is for the gardening outreach training group in Debrecen.  Patterned loosely after the US Master Gardener program, it’s being developed to work through local churches rather than state universities.  In addition to training laymen in the art and science of horticulture in order to become community volunteer “master gardeners,” the Hungarian program also includes evangelism and discipleship training.  As “the Master’s Gardeners” volunteer in their communities and among their neighbors, they will be equipped to use gardening and nature topics to “bridge” conversations to the gospel.  Spending time together in nature and gardening lead very easily into discussions about the Creator of it all!

Now in its second year of development, the current group is meeting twice monthly at Debrecen Baptist Church and is taught by Hungarian university teachers, research scientists, and gardening industry specialists; the evangelism component is taught by IMB worker Gary Miller.  The creation of the Hungarian manual for the program is now in progress to keep future classes on-target with high-quality academic articles as well as guidance for keeping the program’s purpose and missional vision in focus.

  • Praise God for the program’s development so far and for all those who have been helping: US advisor Dr. Curtis Smith, the Hungarian teachers and trainees, and the new Hungarian program coordinator, “Miss Judy.”
  • Pray for the continued development and spread of the program to other communities, and for the translation and creation of the program manual.

Past posts about the gardening program

 

Month of Prayer Day 14: Baptist Academy English Classes

Today let’s pray for the English classes IMB personnel are helping to teach at the Baptist Academy in Budapest.  They are taking place Tuesday and Wednesday evenings through the end of May, and are a partnership ministry with the Baptist Theological Seminary.

  • Give thanks for this opportunity to help students prepare for language exams required for graduation, and to serve alongside some very hardworking Hungarian language teachers. This is allowing our workers to spend time both with Hungarians preparing for ministry and also with other community members who need help with their language skills. Good spiritual conversations have been taking place from week to week.
  • Pray that the Kingdom will be built up, and that strengthened relationships with the Baptist Union and its next generation will lead to valuable partnership ministry throughout the coming years.