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Gardening outreach update

Ever since the outreach gardening program began last year we’ve been asking for prayer that the Lord would raise up nationals to take over leadership.  Praise God, while the volunteer US horticulture expert Dr. Curtis Smith was in eastern Hungary in January, the very national that we had been thinking would be a good leader volunteered to act as the future coordinator for the program!  Her calendar has opened up and she is willing to begin moving into a leadership position.  She will assist with planning, communication between teachers and program participants, and other duties.  While Dr. Smith was in-country new connections with other churches and interested nationals also developed. 

Praise God for how He has been working!  Pray that He will continue to lead as the program moves into the next stages of its development, that it will maintain the vision of sharing Christ in both word and deed.

Photo of those at gardeners outreach group meeting
Dr. Smith, the Millers, and one of the Hungarian teachers met with some of last year’s participants for feedback and discussion about moving forward with the program

Month of prayer – Day 24, denominational leaders

Today our prayer request is for denominational leaders as they guide the churches’ missions and outreach. Pray for wisdom and strength for them as they move boldly forward in training, encouraging, and setting a strong biblical example of evangelism, discipleship, and church planting.

As you pray, lift up in particular the President of the Hungarian Baptist Union, János Papp [Yaː’-nōsh Pŏp]; the General Secretary, Kornél Mészáros [kor’-neːl meː’-saː-rōsh]; and the Director of Missions, István Durkó [ēsht’-vŏn dur’-kō].  

European Baptist Federation photo taken at the Baptist Union of Hungary’s Annual General Meeting in Budapest on April 23rd, 2016:  http://www.ebf.org/hungarian-baptists-re-elect-their-president-and-general-secretary

More photos of the meeting on the Hungarian Baptist Union’s website: http://www.baptist.hu/mbe-valaszto-kozgyulese-ujpesten/

TLTI: Practical training for ministry

TLTI training around the dining room table

As happens everywhere, pastors here are often stretched far beyond their limits in serving the people.  Some work other jobs to support their families, and we have pastor-friends who are responsible for four or five churches in an area, requiring them to travel more than an hour between the towns.

We’re excited to partner with Timothy Leadership Training Institute (TLTI) to help provide practical training for church leaders; the workshops teach them how to train their people to join in the ministry of caring for one another.  One of these seminars is being held right now in Debrecen.

Unfortunately, several of those planning to come were unable to attend after all, but great discussion is going on now as I type this post. Since the group was so small, it was relocated from a local church to our dining room…conveniently close to the coffee maker.  🙂

Pray that God will give wisdom as new action plans are being drawn up and acted upon, and that the training will be passed on to others.  Pray that in the future more pastors and church workers will come and participate, and that the Lord will bless them as they implement what they’ve learned in their churches.

Special request: please lift up TLTI trainer George DeVuyst (at left in photo) and his family, as they live in Ukraine and are being affected by events there.