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Month of Prayer Day 23: Relationship-building

Real, loving relationships are so important!

  • Pray today for all of our missionary families as we build new relationships in our communities and continue to strengthen old ones.
  • Ask that we will be good listeners and true friends, and that our language and cultural skills will keep growing so that we can be good neighbors and truly share life with those around us.
  • Pray that God will lead us to “persons of peace” in neighborhoods who will welcome us and the gospel witness we bring, willingly serving as a gateway relationship into their family, neighborhood, or community.

Learn more about “persons of peace”

Month of Prayer Day 20: Billy & Sheri, Field Medical Coordinators

Today we’ll be praying for Billy & Sheri, IMB Field Medical Coordinators for Europe.  They are based in Budapest but minister to personnel and their families from all across Europe, and are often on the road (or in the air) as they carry out their ministry. Sometimes they are helping people to work through routine matters, but all too often things are quite serious.

  • Lift up as Billy and Sheri as they assist personnel & their families in times of trouble, pain, and difficult decision-making. Ask the Lord to give them strength, wisdom and endurance as they deal with the needs that come their way.
  • Praise God for such caring, compassionate co-workers who assist missionary families to keep them functioning well and on the field.

A time of fellowship

We had a wonderful time the past couple of days with a young man we had the privilege of hosting during his visit to Debrecen. A native of Alexandria, Virginia, James is a student at Judson University; at the age of 19 he already has a lot of missions, teaching, and leadership experience under his belt. He stopped over with us while waiting to connect with Commission to Every Nation missionary Clinton White to head on to Uzhgorod, Ukraine.  Among other ministry opportunities, James will be sharing the gospel with refugee and at-risk youth at a youth camp in Lviv, Ukraine.

Last night was a special treat for us, as our Hungarian friend Adél came over to join the three of us for a Tex-Mex dinner (well, our version of it!)  We enjoyed hours of fellowship…time talking about life, the Lord, and our favorite Scripture passages. A huge “thank you” to James for playing the guitar as we sang worship songs together!  The evening ended in laughter over some goofy YouTube videos before we took a group photo by the tree and said goodbye for now.  We look forward to a day when we can fellowship together with no more partings!  But in the meantime, there’s work to be done….

For more about James and how you can join in his mission through your prayers, check out his latest update. Thank you for praying for him and those he’ll be sharing the gospel with over the coming two weeks in Ukraine.

“Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.”  Psalm 96:3 (NIV)

Unsettling times call for renewed trust, fervent prayer

The International Mission Board is in the news, as our leaders announced a plan this week to deal with revenue shortfalls and “reset” the organization.  “We must get to a healthy place in the present in order to be in a healthy position for the future,”  IMB President David Platt said. “We want to move forward with innovative vision, wise stewardship, and high accountability to the churches we serve, the peoples we reach, and the God we worship.”

The reality of the situation requires that we reduce the number of missionaries and staff by up to 15%.  One part of the plan will be voluntary retirement incentives.  We don’t yet know exactly how all of this will affect us and our colleagues, but major changes are in the works.  Pray with us as IMB personnel and for the organization as a whole, that we will be very sensitive and obedient to how the Lord leads in this process, that He will be glorified and the Gospel will go forth stronger than ever.  (More details are in the IMB website article.)

Thank you so much for your support and prayers!