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IMB Europe: September emphasis on prayer and fasting

After a year of restrictions, disruptions, and grief, we are expectantly waiting to see how God will use the pandemic for his glory. In Europe, we believe the Lord of the harvest has softened the soil on this unreached continent.

Will you join us and other IMB Europe missionaries for our September emphasis on prayer and fasting as we prepare for a month of bold evangelism in October? Sign up for daily prayer reminders at https://mailchi.mp/imbeurope/euro-newsletter.

An IMB missionary prays with a group of women after house church meeting in Stockholm, Sweden.

An IMB missionary prays with a group of women after house church meeting in Stockholm, Sweden.

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

The Moving Blocks: Fall 2019 Update

The Blocks enjoying a hike while on vacation

Daniel and Rachel write:

This fall has flown by for us! As of September 20th, we have lived in Hungary for ONE year! We are so thankful for how the Lord has sustained us and challenged us in the last year! Thank you to all who have prayed for us this last year and continue to do so, we could not be here without the many prayers of God’s people….More on “The Moving Blocks” blog

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for us as we continue to acquire language and learn more about Hungarian culture.
  • Pray that we will not get sick as winter approaches and the temperature drops.
  • Pray for the people we have shared the gospel with, that God would bring them to faith.
  • Pray that we would not be discouraged.

 

European Peoples season of prayer

Stats show that about 99% of people across Europe aren’t yet born again believers, but God is moving, things are happening.  There is hope in Christ even when things seem to be pretty crazy in this world!

Join us starting TODAY in praying for the peoples of Europe — download the  prayer guide pdf here from the IMB European Peoples : 40 Days of Prayer 2019.

Alleyway in Europe

Alleyways in Europe tell stories full of life and history. The crisp air surrounds this woman as she walks home from the market. (Photo courtesy of  IMB.org)

The Moving Blocks: Summer 2019 Update

The Blocks in AmsterdamDaniel and Rachel write:

This summer has gone by so quickly! We have had the opportunity to travel and visit with many friends and colleagues that work in other parts of the world….More on “The Moving Blocks” blog

Prayer requests:

  • That we would have much focus and determination this fall as we prepare for our first language exam in December.
  • Pray for Nehemiah as he starts preschool on September 2nd! He will spend half days in a full Hungarian speaking preschool 5 days a week. Pray that he would make deep friendships and pray for his ability to continue learning a new language and culture in this season.
  • Pray we would entrust Nehemiah to the Lord, especially in this new season with lots of changes.
  • Pray for many opportunities to share and develop friendships with the lost at N’s preschool. This is a new window of opportunity for us to meet other parents and to build more relationships with others!