Archive for national believers

A turning point for Sáránd

Sáránd, a village near Debrecen in eastern Hungary, is 800 years old! As a part of this week’s “village days” celebrations, a big all-day event will be taking place on the sports field today, Saturday, September 21. There will be cultural activities, food, kids’ programs, and lots of mixing and mingling of community members.

Several of our dear friends and national partners live in the village and have been working to plant a church there* – they invite us to pray with them for all who will visit the „Sárándi Baptist Good News tent” today. Pray that many spiritual conversations will take place and that the Lord will use this special event to draw people to Himself; intercede for encouragement and strength for our precious brother and sisters in Christ who long for a new church and are shining the light of the gospel in a place that has not been receptive in the past. May today be a spiritual turning point in the village of Sáránd!

*Note: this mission point is a work by and for nationals. We are very encouraged to see their faith in action and want to encourage them through our prayers!

New Hope trauma healing training

Too many around us suffer from the hidden scars of life traumas that have never been properly dealt with. The last week of June four national believers and two IMB Team Hungary couples, Gary & Carolyn Miller and Monte & April Baker, took part in a New Hope conference in Budapest.  During the four-day training we practiced techniques for working with trauma survivors to promote healing in a Bible-based, small-group setting.

We are so thankful for the training opportunity and pray that we  will be able to apply what we’ve learned in future small group ministry.

Intercede for trauma survivors in Hungary, that they will find healing and hope through the application of biblical truth in a loving environment. Ask that they will learn that no matter what has happened – or is happening – in their lives, they can trust the Father to walk through it with them and give them grace and healing.

The historic Baptist church in the Rákospalota neighborhood of Budapest kindly hosted the conference.  It was a blessing for the Millers to get to know the people there and to spend a good part of Sunday with them; Gary was asked to preach the Sunday morning sermon, and a family graciously invited us into their home for a wonderful meal and time of fellowship. In the photo of the pulpit and organ, note the Scripture verse carved on the front of the pulpit:  “The Word of God stands forever.” Pray for the dear brothers and sisters of the Rákospalotai Baptist church as they minister to those around them. (Visit their Hungarian-language church website to enjoy more photos.)

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

Month of Prayer Day 24: National Believers & Partnering Organizations

Pray with us today for the national believers, churches, and partnering organizations we are blessed to work alongside. We’re so very thankful for the precious Hungarian brothers and sisters in Christ who allow us to serve beside them in the field, and who are so gracious to us as visitors in their country.  We’re also very blessed by the workers from other organizations who encourage us and partner with us in the missionary task — what a joy it is to serve together!

  • Give praise to God for how His work is advanced as His children serve Him in love and unity of purpose.
  • Pray that the Lord will guide, encourage, and provide for those who are faithfully serving Him.  Many national believers are ministering at great personal sacrifice on the part of themselves and their families.

Month of Prayer Day 21: Bethel Baptist Church, Nagykanizsa

Today let’s lift up Bethel Baptist Church in Nagykanizsa, a ministry of Paul and Tena Brock. Praise God that nationals are stepping into leadership roles!

  • Ask the Lord to continue to grow this church both in spirit and number, and that they will be encouraged and excited to share their faith and disciple others.

Sign up for the Brocks’ prayer updates on the Western Hungary Team contact form.