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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.)

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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.

Signs of Spring

The end of March brought some really lovely weather to Hungary!  Trees and flowers are coming to life, people are out and about with no more than a light jacket, and we are reminded of how much we have  to be thankful for as we look back over the last months, as well as what’s on our calendar for the days to come.

We’ve been dealing with some illness, so please pray that the Lord will give us strength and energy for each day’s work, and that we will continually be reminded to live in His joy and to share it with others.

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

Carolyn with spring buds and bushesIn the picture above you can see the blossoms on the tree in our front yard and the neighbor’s flowering bushes across the street. You can also see how the still-cool, gusty wind has turned my selfie into a real….glamour photo!

Conversations that matter

The first full week in March we were blessed to have David Knight with us in Debrecen serving as a volunteer through Bob Hartman International Ministries. David’s had many years of experience pastoring and working with young people, and is currently a PhD student in apologetics. Some things that we’d thought he might do during his time here didn’t come together, but as the days went by we could see that there was a better plan than ours! It’s always exciting to see how the Lord puts things together in ways that we never could on our own.

Debrecen University main building

Debrecen University main building

With David’s background and current studies, it was a very natural thing for him to spend time on the Debrecen University campus meeting students from around the world and dialoguing with them about their belief systems and views on life and God. He found the students very open to talking, and across the week some of them came back for more discussion…bringing friends with them! We’re so thankful for the contacts that were made and the conversations that took place.

We had a wonderful time on Saturday afternoon visiting the English Fellowship, an interdenominational group that meets monthly on campus. David preached, then most of the group stayed to eat and chat. What a blessing to worship and spend time with brothers and sisters from around the world!  (Visit the English Fellowship’s Facebook page.)

 

  • Pray for the young people who took part in important conversations during the week, that God would continue to work in their lives. Ask that the Lord will bring more believers across their paths and open up further opportunities for dialogue.
  • Lift up the English fellowship group, as they will soon be losing access to the facility where they’ve been meeting. Pray that God will guide in what comes next for the ministry, and that He will use this transition to expand the work among the substantial number of English speakers in the community. Ask God to guide and bless as English-language ministries are used to reach further into the lost community.