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Bakers in Hungary: April 29 update from Budapest

Dear Family and Friends,

Baker family photo

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

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 22: Nagykanizsa English camps

Paul and Tena Brock of the IMB Western Hungary Team ask that we pray with them for the June 24-28 and July 1-5 intensive English outreach camps that will be taking place in Nagykanizsa. Preparations are going on now both on-site in Hungary and in the US as volunteers prepare to teach English lessons and share their testimonies with students.

  • Pray that preparations and logistics will go smoothly.
  • Ask the Lord to bring students to the camps full of enthusiasm to improve their language skills and with hearts ready to receive the message of the love of Christ.

More info about Nagykanizsa on the city’s Wikipedia page.  Join the Brocks’ prayer team by requesting updates through the Western Hungary Team contact form.

Month of Prayer Day 17: Békásmegyer Alpha Group

Pray with us today for the Friday night youth Alpha group that’s meeting in Budapest’s Békásmegyer district. (Békásmegyer on Wikipedia)

  • Praise God for the young leaders of the group, for their willingness to serve the Lord and witness to their friends.
  • Ask the Lord to empower these teens and give them wisdom and the words to say; ask that the Holy Spirit will direct the conversations, speak to hearts, and draw the young group members into a saving relationship with Him.