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Bakers in Hungary: April 29 update from Budapest

Dear Family and Friends,

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The Baker family, Spring 2020

Time spent waiting on God is never a time of inactivity. These words I heard often from Henry Blackaby in his preaching and writings. When God has not given us more instruction, we are to be faithful to obey the last things He told us to do and continue being who He wants us to be, exhibiting His love and His nature.

We remember His command to make disciples. The mandate to “make disciples” was the reassuring truth God shared with me when I asked Him to confirm that we were to take our 3 small children and our soon to be born child to the mission field. In this unsure time, when we do not know what is next, those same precious words spoken by Jesus appear very clear and tangible, “make disciples.”

What does discipleship look like now?

Now we are having ministry meetings on-line that include people from different cities. We are making individual and group meetings through Zoom, messenger and by phone. We are now planning to start an On-line Bible Study for the Turner Syndrome community which lives all over Hungary. The men’s discipleship group are from different cities also.

What are we doing as a family to handle isolation? How do we spend free time?

We play games, read books, ride bikes, take walks, cook, bake, talk with family and friends through internet, and watch things in English.

We would appreciate your PRAYER for the following:

  1. Men’s discipleship group – pray for men to make lifestyle adjustments to position themselves to hear and follow Jesus. Obedience calls for adjustment.
  2. Pray for the start of a Turner Syndrome on-line Bible Study. These ladies and families live all over Hungary. Pray that it will start in May, and that God would build this group from a few to many.
  3. Pray for the development of a Special Needs Ministry Training Program. Ask God for wisdom as we seek His leadership to put together a training program for the Hungarian Churches to reach those with special needs.
  4. Pray for two youth, that they will believe the gospel and be saved and that we will be able to have regular contact with them.
  5. Pray for “K”, a woman who weighs 57 pounds, to gain weight and believe the gospel.
  6. Pray that we will not be distracted from doing His will. Life can be distracting

Thank you for your participation in the ministry in Hungary through prayer.  May you be filled with joy and all the fruit of His Spirit.

Monte, April, Joshua, Elizabeth, Olivia, and Stephen

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

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

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!

Some adventures we’d rather forget

I usually avoid talking about health things – they’re always more interesting to the teller than to the hearer.  But this situation has really impacted life and ministry, and it’s not over yet.  For years I (Carolyn) have had knee problems which always resolved with a little care, but while down on the Debrecen main square mingling with folks at the big August 20 holiday celebration my right knee suddenly gave notice that I was DONE.WALKING.  Pain was so intense that I had to call Gary to come to my rescue in the car (he was working at home that day.)  Not an easy task for the poor guy to reach me since the streets were still blocked for the parade. It was one of those days full of adventure and excitement we’d rather forget!

Here are some photos of the more pleasant part of the day:

 August 20, “St. Stephen’s Day,” commemorates the founding of the nation and its first king. The Flower Carnival in Debrecen includes a wonderful parade. Here we see the float with the royal crown, some Hungarian people in their native dress, and a pony cart displaying the sunflowers which are so prevalent in our part of the country. The parade includes groups from all around the world – the 4th photo shows a flag team from Narnia, Italy. Yes, my friends, Narnia does exist!

Sunset by the Adriatic Sea in CroatiaThe pain gradually eased off some but there was obviously a problem, so Sept. 3 on our way to a vacation in Croatia we got it checked by a well-recommended doctor in Zagreb.  He advised meniscus surgery for that same afternoon.  Things got a little complicated and what normally would’ve been an outpatient procedure turned in to several days in the hospital.  Our vacation was a little shortened, but we did still have four lovely days on the coast (Gary bought a nice folding chair so I could sit by the water and prop up my leg.)  The photo shows the beautiful sunset on the Adriatic Sea that we enjoyed our last evening there.

Back home the knee slowly improved, but then I re-injured it at the end of September and had to start all over with the recovery.  Praise God, this last week I’ve been able to tell that it’s getting a lot better!

  • Pray that the knee will continue to heal properly so I can get back into more of my regular work.  Gary has had double-duty over the past months since I’ve not been able to shop, cook very much, etc. I’ve missed being on-site with him for quite a few ministry events, providing what support I could from home.
  • All of this has really messed up my sleep patterns and aggravated some other pain issues.  Pray that God will grant peaceful sleep and pain relief.
  • The doctor recommends an additional surgery for both of my knees to help put off eventual knee replacements. (Yikes! Guess I’m really not a teenager any more!)  Pray for wisdom for us in making decisions about treatments.
  • Thank the Lord for how He brings us through difficult times, showing us that who we are in Him is more important than the things we can do for Him – this can be a real battle for someone like me who loves to feel useful and productive!  These last months have been an opportunity for me to ponder the fact that it’s about Him, NOT about me or what I can accomplish for Him.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)