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Month of Prayer Day 3: Berekfürdő mission point

The prayer request for today is for the Berekfürdő mission point, a partnership work of IMB Eastern Hungary personnel and the Karcag Baptist Church.  The group is struggling to grow, partly due to the fact that it’s been unable to find a meeting place that’s consistently available. It’s also only open for the group’s use at a time that makes it basically impossible for most working people to come.  Pray that the group will be encouraged, and that God will supply the right place that will be conducive to growth. Ask that new relationships will be formed with more people in the community, and that hearts will be softened toward the gospel.

Some history of the Berekfürdő group

English Bible studies to begin

There’s an exciting development in the Debrecen area!  Debrecen Baptist Church will soon be providing English Bible studies twice a month.  There are quite a few people who speak English since this is a university town with a lot of international students, and there are also some pretty big industries here. Hungarians who want to improve their language skills will also be interested.

Debrecen Baptist Church and partnering workers are sponsoring English-language Bible studies every 1st and 3rd Monday at 6:30 pm, beginning May 6.  For those who use Facebook, learn more on the English Bible study page.

We aren’t personally serving in this new ministry but definitely want to raise awareness and prayer for it!  When our own work schedules allow we look forward to taking part and helping however we can.

Pray that the Bible studies will be a blessing to both believers and to seekers, and that the Word will impact lives and draw people to the Lord. Lift up those who are organizing and serving in the ministry, including national believers from Debrecen Baptist, Jon & Amanda Good (Global Servants to Hungary with American Baptist International Ministries), and others.

“…So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11 (NIV)

Apologetics update

The last months have been a flurry of activity — and busy times are not over yet — but we don’t want to neglect sharing how God has been working!

Praise the Lord for the training that was done and the conversations that took place in early October when Donnie (a volunteer through Bob Hartman International Ministries) came to teach an apologetics training seminar.  This was the third year he has come, and we appreciate his service and friendship very much!  It wasn’t a huge group each night of the training and different people were able to make it different times, but there were a good number of believers who came and took part.

Our thanks to Donnie, “D,” and “S” for sharing their photos.  We wish we could post more pictures from the week showing the wonderful friends at the training and those who met to chat while Donnie was here, but we want to respect the individuals’ privacy and EU laws.
  • Pray that seminar trainees will use what they’ve learned to clearly and lovingly share their faith with people of all worldviews.
  • Pray for the follow up that needs to take place —  it will be a challenge to coordinate schedules to provide make-up training for those who missed nights. Some people have also requested additional topics.
  • Pray for the friends of various cultural backgrounds who met for conversation throughout the week, that God will continue to work in their lives and draw them closer to Him.
  • Ask that God will bless, strengthen, and continue to work through hosting church Debrecen Baptist, trainer Donnie, and translators Dénes and Eduárd.  We are so thankful for faithful friends and partners in the work!

“…But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” 1 Peter 3:15 (NASB)

 

Quite honestly

It’s not easy to admit, but Sunday morning we didn’t feel enthused about driving to Karcag for Gary to preach. We both felt tired, and neither of us felt like getting out and going, but we had agreed to serve…and we do love the people. Most of all we wanted to be obedient to what God had for us that day. As we drove down the road, we also reminded each other how so often in the past negative feelings have tried to pull us down as we prepared to go to ministry events — and how many times these ended up being times when great spiritual impact and blessing took place! (We call this “coffeehouse syndrome” since we experienced this feeling of oppression pretty regularly before a particularly wonderful evening of gospel sharing at the outreach coffeehouse we had for many years.) We have an enemy that would love for us to stay home…for ministry to go by the wayside….for blessings to be missed.

Gary preaching in KarcagLooking back on the day, we can say – once again in all honesty – that we are so thankful we went in obedient service rather than giving in to feelings. The message that Gary shared was impactful for us as much as for the people there that morning (Scripture has a way of doing that!) During the service several people got up and shared encouraging testimonies, and a small group of us lingered in the building talking afterward.

  • Pray for the Karcag church, that they will be encouraged, will grow, and that more leaders will be raised up to help in the ministries and mission points they are involved in.
  • Some really difficult and tragic things were shared with us. Pray for the people and their families, that God will give them wisdom, would provide for their needs, and bring them through life’s trials.
  • Pray for us and other Christian workers, for health, strength, and encouragement when times are hard.
  • Praise God that He gives strength to go on serving even when feelings/emotions tell us to give in!

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

Bible Camp Follow-up Event

Please be praying with us for a follow-up event taking place this Saturday for the kids and youth that took part in the recent Grain Game 5-day Bible camp in Karcag. Gary is billing this event as the camp’s “Day 6″…the fun and relationships will continue, with the focus still on Bible truths experienced through interactive, creative demonstrations. This event is not only a follow-up to the camp, but will also serve to connect these kids to ministries that take place during the school year.

  • Pray for Gary as he plans and presents the program, that the teachings will connect with where the kids are spiritually and be very clear in Hungarian.
  • Ask that the Holy Spirit will soften hearts and open spiritual eyes to Bible truths.
  • Pray that the young people and their families will be drawn to faith in Christ and get involved with discipleship and service in the local church and community.