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October 29 “The Future of Missions” virtual event

“What does diversity in missions look like? What are the long-term implications of urbanization? What is the state of the U.S. church? How does Gen Z think about missions?”

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the global, cultural and spiritual realities shaping and impacting missions
  • Receive practical tools and actionable takeaways for you and your church to be part of fulfilling the Revelation 7:9 vision
  • Be inspired to pray, give, go and send so that lives can be transformed

It’s not to late to register and take part in this special event featuring Dr. Paul Chitwood, President of the IMB, David Kinnaman, President of Barna, and a panel of experts. 

October 29, 2020  — 7 – 9 PM EDT

Learn more at IMB.org.

There is no fee for participation, although donations are welcome.

Celebrate with IMB: 175 years of continuous ministry

175 DAYS OF PRAYER: May 11 – November 29, 2020

CELEBRATE 175 years of continuous ministry by joining us in 175 Days of Prayer. Each day will feature one request and can be sent to you as a push notification from the IMB Pray app (iOs / Android), accessed at imb.org/pray, the Pray Daily newsletter, or seen through IMB social media (FacebookTwitter or Instagram).

Please register your intent to participate at imb.org/175-days-of-prayer.

REJOICE over what God has done and continues to do as we INTERCEDE for missionaries, the ministry, and for the nations.

Also visit the history of the IMB on our  timeline at imb.org/175/.

Covid-19 impact: IMB financial update

To all faithful supporters of IMB missions in Hungary and around the world: We are so very grateful for how you continually team with us for the sake of the Gospel through your prayers, through your financial gifts, and for how many of you have come to serve with us as volunteers on the field.  We want to keep you updated on the reality of the current situation – below is a letter from IMB President Paul Chitwood:

We are incredibly grateful to steward the sacrificial investment that SBs have been making in getting the Good News to the nations for 175 years. A growth in giving through the CP and LMCO leading into March of 2020 has enabled the Company to enter into the storm of this pandemic from a strong financial position.

The impact of Covid-19, however, upon local SB fellowships — and, thus, the impact upon the Company — is quickly becoming evident. Our revenue totals for March and April have dipped $2million below budget. Moreover, we have made a significant investment in evacuating and relocating overseas personnel from certain places around the globe for a host of reasons related to the pandemic. These were unbudgeted expenses that are coming in at about $2 million. That amount includes getting our personnel back to the field or, in some cases, getting them established in new places. Some of our personnel were required to leave everything behind and will need to start life anew in another harvest field.

We are accounting for this combined negative impact of $4 million by cuts to spending and a hiring freeze for most stateside staff positions. Because of the past generosity of SBs, we are in a solid financial position, but we will need help staying there. So we are appealing to any faithful givers to make an additional gift through the LMCO right now as an investment in caring for M’s and ensuring that the witness to the Good News among the nations is not interrupted. Every gift through the LMCO is dedicated to SB Ms on the field.

We also believe that just as our Master prayed fervently, the prayers of SBs undergird our mission efforts. Each M faces unique challenges, and those challenges are compounded during this unexpected time. Will you ask the Father now for opportunities for advance during this pandemic?

M’s are eternally essential workers, and their witness is needed more in the midst of this pandemic than ever before. Our continued work relies on SBs rallying together now through giving and pr*ying. Thank you for committing to meeting these needs.

Blessings,

Paul

2017 Lottie Moon Week of Prayer for International Missions

The Week of Prayer for International Missions began yesterday, but you can join in!  See the IMB website for each day’s link to a story, video, and photos. Missions comes alive as you hear how the Lord is working among the peoples of the world.

Thank you for praying, for giving, for sharing God’s Story with those around you right where you live!

Here’s just a taste of what you’ll find through the IMB website link mentioned above….

Day 2 Week of Prayer – Muslims of Russia from IMB on Vimeo.

Catch-up time

Whew–it’s good to be home again after being out and about a lot over the past two months!  We’ve had a great time, both in ministry, training conferences, in meetings with team members and ministry partners, and also in precious days with visiting family members.  Now we are busy looking through emails and catching up on to-do list items.

Please pray with us:

  • Gary’s mom has started chemo treatments, and she, Dad, and all the family appreciate prayers very much.
  • Lift up Curtis Smith, who is here right now teaching about container gardening.  Ask for many opportunities for him to share his faith as well as assisting people to know how best to grow food for their families.
  • Lift up a national believer and friend who is in urgent need of a new job that will pay enough that he can reunite his family.  He is currently working long days, 6 days/week, but it is not enough to support the family.
  • Pray for the twice-a-month Wednesday night discipleship group members to live out what they are learning & to pass on the lessons to others, as well as sharing Jesus with lost friends and family members.
  • Ask for wisdom for us re: the brand new discipleship group started on the alternate Wednesday evenings; should we keep it on this night, or change to Sunday evenings – ?  Pray this small group will grow both in numbers and in spiritual understanding.
  • Pray for the Tiszafüred church plant to be encouraged and move forward in spiritual growth, obedience and outreach.  Ask that the lost friends coming will soon become followers of Jesus.
  • Every day we are seeing new opportunities for ministry open up, and we need wisdom from the Lord as to which things to do, which things to pass on to others, and which things to say “no” to.  This is very hard!
  • Lift us up, as we are feeling very tired, that we would live each day in the grace He gives: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9)

We appreciate your prayers very much!   Also a huge “thank you” to those of you who give to support missions around the world through the Cooperative Program and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

Carolyn with Danny, Nicole and Clara
Carolyn in the botanical gardens in Debrecen with our son Danny, his wife Nicole & little Clara

Paula and Erik visit Tiszafured
Carolyn’s sister Paula & bro-in-law Erik visit at the church plant