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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.)

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

Month of Prayer Day 26: Tiszafüred Church Plant

Sign on the corner of building where Tiszafurd church plant meets

“Baptist Prayer Room” sign with meeting times — this was on the building at the time we were helping lead the group

Today’s prayer request is for the Tiszafüred church plant, a part of the Karcag Baptist church circle in eastern Hungary.  As you pray for this small group, now led entirely by nationals, ask for continued growth both in numbers and in spiritual growth.  Ask the Lord to strengthen them and guide them in how to reach out to their families and community with the love of Christ.

Tiszafüred on Wikipedia

Blog posts about Tiszafüred

Quite honestly

It’s not easy to admit, but Sunday morning we didn’t feel enthused about driving to Karcag for Gary to preach. We both felt tired, and neither of us felt like getting out and going, but we had agreed to serve…and we do love the people. Most of all we wanted to be obedient to what God had for us that day. As we drove down the road, we also reminded each other how so often in the past negative feelings have tried to pull us down as we prepared to go to ministry events — and how many times these ended up being times when great spiritual impact and blessing took place! (We call this “coffeehouse syndrome” since we experienced this feeling of oppression pretty regularly before a particularly wonderful evening of gospel sharing at the outreach coffeehouse we had for many years.) We have an enemy that would love for us to stay home…for ministry to go by the wayside….for blessings to be missed.

Gary preaching in KarcagLooking back on the day, we can say – once again in all honesty – that we are so thankful we went in obedient service rather than giving in to feelings. The message that Gary shared was impactful for us as much as for the people there that morning (Scripture has a way of doing that!) During the service several people got up and shared encouraging testimonies, and a small group of us lingered in the building talking afterward.

  • Pray for the Karcag church, that they will be encouraged, will grow, and that more leaders will be raised up to help in the ministries and mission points they are involved in.
  • Some really difficult and tragic things were shared with us. Pray for the people and their families, that God will give them wisdom, would provide for their needs, and bring them through life’s trials.
  • Pray for us and other Christian workers, for health, strength, and encouragement when times are hard.
  • Praise God that He gives strength to go on serving even when feelings/emotions tell us to give in!

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

“Day 6” update

Greetings from Debrecen, where we’re thankful it’s cooled down to the 80’s today…fans are still running, but we’re so thankful for the reprieve from the really brutal heat!

I wanted to thank you all for praying for last week’s “Day 6” outreach event, which was a follow-up to the recent Grain Game Bible camp in Karcag.  Since it was so hot, Gary switched plans from indoor teaching to outdoor lessons including water activities.  The kids learned about the life of Jesus, baptism and it’s meaning, and about spiritual warfare. They paid attention to all the topics, but interestingly were most attentive to the one about spiritual warfare.  Most are unchurched and still not sharing a lot of their deep thoughts, but perhaps they find it interesting to hear about the spiritual battle going on in this world all around them.  We know that even at their young ages they’ve seen some of its effects!

Pray that these young people will continue to go deeper in studying the Word, and will soon give their lives to the One who has already fought – and won – the battle for our souls.

 

Bible Camp Follow-up Event

Please be praying with us for a follow-up event taking place this Saturday for the kids and youth that took part in the recent Grain Game 5-day Bible camp in Karcag. Gary is billing this event as the camp’s “Day 6″…the fun and relationships will continue, with the focus still on Bible truths experienced through interactive, creative demonstrations. This event is not only a follow-up to the camp, but will also serve to connect these kids to ministries that take place during the school year.

  • Pray for Gary as he plans and presents the program, that the teachings will connect with where the kids are spiritually and be very clear in Hungarian.
  • Ask that the Holy Spirit will soften hearts and open spiritual eyes to Bible truths.
  • Pray that the young people and their families will be drawn to faith in Christ and get involved with discipleship and service in the local church and community.