Monday, September 18, 2017

Training youth to serve

Last week some really cool young guys, "G" and "M," came over to our place for dinner and for training in how to lead simple, inductive Bible studies. This is part of a partnership project with Grain Game and the Baptist church in Karcag, with the goal of providing the next step for young people as they age out of the regular Grain Game Bible camps.

Praise the Lord, it was truly encouraging to see these young guys eager to learn how to serve in this way, to make a difference for good in the lives of others! Pray that the Lord will use G and M to reach many youth with the gospel, and also to pass on this training to others.


"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity."  I Timothy 4:12 (NIV)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

40 Days of Prayer for European Peoples

This special prayer emphasis begins today!  Print the prayer calendar and join us in lifting up the peoples of Europe.  Our copy is posted on our refrigerator where I am sure I'll see it many times every day (probably more times than I should.)  ;-)

Thank you for your prayers for Hungary and for all of Europe - so many here have never heard of the hope they can have in Christ.  Of course lost people are everywhere, so don't forget to share the love of Jesus in your own neighborhood, too.

Subscribe to the weekly EuroPrayer Bulletin or view past issues at http://mailchi.mp/imbeurope/40-day-of-prayer-for-european-peoples (see links at the top left of that page.)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Volunteer urgently needed

There is an urgent need for a native English speaker to teach beginner-level English students grades K-4 at a Christian school in Debrecen, Hungary. (Note: this is for the Fall 2017 semester.) The teacher need not have a teaching certificate, but should be able to teach the alphabet, basic words, songs, etc. The regular teacher is dealing with a serious medical situation and is expected to be out at least three months. For more information please contact us. This is the school's website; it's in Hungarian, but you can see photos.

Even if you can't help by teaching, please forward to anyone who might be able to help, and please pray for the teacher and her family during this time of difficulty.  Thank you!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Berekfürdő ice cream shop

Enjoying ice cream cones as we prepare for Bible study
Friday not long before we were to leave for Bible study at the new mission point in Berekfürdő we received the sad message that the meeting was to be cancelled...some people were out of town, others were ill, and the keeper of the door key at the facility was not to be found to let us in.  Gary and I looked at each other, both of us knowing immediately that we still needed to be faithful to make the hour-long drive to the town.  If no one else was there and we couldn't get in to the room, then we would go and prayer walk the town; we had learned from experience that praying on site is invaluable in starting a new work. I sent a message to the Karcag church (mother church to the new group) to let them know that we were coming anyway and that anyone who could was welcome to join us.

When we arrived at the appointed place we saw one dear lady waiting across the street from the meeting room.  She hadn't heard the meeting was to be cancelled and had come on the bus from Karcag; trying unsuccessfully to get into the room, she was waiting, hoping someone else would come.

We walked down the street together, praying for the town and the people that we saw.  When we came to a small ice cream shop with outdoor tables, we decided to stop and have Bible study and prayer there (our friend had not come prepared to do a lot of walking.)  It was a wonderful time of interactive Bible study and prayer...and the ice cream was downright tasty, too!  We were all so thankful for the time we had together.

"...Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." Matt. 18:20


Please continue to pray with us for the people of Berekfürdő, and that the Lord would give clear direction about what He would have us do next - all to His glory!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

GG Camp update

Thank you again to all who prayed for the July 24-28 Grain Game camp in Karcag. Most of those at the camp were not "church kids," and a lot of gospel seeds were sown.  Please keep lifting up those who heard the Good News, and for those who also spent time in inductive Bible study with Gary.    The guys Gary was working with said that they believe in God but that they aren't ready to trust Him yet.  May that day come very soon!

We are thankful for the ministry of the Karcag Baptist church and for the work of Grain Game both in Hungary and around the world. Praise the Lord with us for how He is working through His Word, using His people in many creative ways. Here are some pictures from the week.

Our thanks to Grain Game and Grain Game photographer extraordinaire Marci Erdei for the use of the photos.

  

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A time of refreshment

This past week Gary and I were in Poland for mission meeting.  In addition to providing opportunities for training and discussion with colleagues, for me it was a much-needed time of worship, fellowship, and encouragement. I hadn't realized how tired and "heavy" I had been feeling, and I am so thankful for what the Lord did in me throughout the week.  Our co-workers and the volunteers who came to minister to us were a huge blessing!  Gary and I also took a vacation day on the way, so we had time to spend just talking with each other and wandering through Katowice, Poland. 20,000 steps on my FitBit that day...SCORE! 😀

Please pray for ministers and Christian workers around the world who are feeling exhausted and weighed down in life and service, that times of refreshment and encouragement would come from the Lord.

Carolyn in Jelenia Góra, Poland

Gary in Prešov, Slovakia, on our way back to Hungary

 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Pig fat and prayer

It's been a marathon of activity here, but what a joy it is to see God working!  Gary has been assisting with a Grain Game Bible camp in Karcag, where he's had the opportunity to provide simple inductive Bible study for some of the older kids.  Some very serious conversations have been taking place!  Pray that these young men will open their hearts to the Lord as they look into His Word.

And tonight after camp is over for the day there will be a cookout -- the Hungarian delicacy of pig fat roasted on a stick over an open fire, with the tasty drippings drizzled over thick hunks of bread topped with slices of onion, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc.  Along with food for the body will come some food for the soul.

Pray for Grain Game's Chip Riley and for Gary as they tell the story of how God orchestrated "random" people and events to kick off the crazy, creative wonderfulness that is the Grain Game - Bible teaching for kids unforgettably illustrated through active games, demonstrations, lots of water, shaving cream, balloons and more.  In addition to the Bible truths explored throughout the day, the gospel message will be shared very plainly tonight at the cookout with the campers, family members and friends who come, so pray with us that hearts will be open to receive the message. Pray that nothing--including rain, which caused the postponement of this event last night--will stand in the way of decisions for Christ!