Monday, June 4, 2018

Mr. and Mrs. G ask for prayer

I just got off the phone from a very sad conversation with a friend.  She and her husband ask for prayer that they will hear from the Lord soon in what to do next, and that He will provide jobs for them that pay enough to cover rent, food, and basic necessities. They moved here not long ago from a neighboring country, believing that it was a calling from God and that He would use them to further His Kingdom through their lives. Now they are wondering what His plan is and are not able to maintain things as they are while they wait for direction.  They are both educated and very hard-working, able people, but just can't find jobs that they can live on.  She has been doing some housecleaning for someone but they can't go on this way.  She said they are willing to stay here or go to another country, but she's aware that many times jobs you find on the Internet are scams and dangerous situations. 

Please pray for this precious brother and sister, that the Lord will strengthen them and lead them in the way He would have them go; ask that He will soon show them what steps to take next and that He will provide for their needs.  May He bring them through this time of difficulty to a place of joy, somehow using it to His glory and their good.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Day 30 of Month of Prayer

Thank you so much to everyone who's been praying with us through the 2018 May month of prayer!  To our great surprise we've discovered that according to the calendar we published there's apparently....no May 30 this year.  (Definitely a moment of shock and awe here.)  Sorry about that!  Please join us in lifting up this very important prayer request today:

May 30, 2018:  Pray for those around us who have been hearing a Gospel witness, that God will soften their hearts and they will turn to Him for forgiveness and new life.

Many of the spiritual conversations have been one-time encounters, some including the gift of a Bible or Gospel of John, but a large number are ongoing, ever-deepening discussions in the context of a real relationship.  To respect the privacy of these friends we of course do not publish who they are, but God knows and is calling them by name. Join us in urgent prayer that the walls around their hearts will come down and they will find the peace and freedom that Jesus gives.

"For he says, 'In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.'  I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation."   2 Corinthians 6:2 (NIV)

Friday, May 25, 2018

Data Protection Matters

This is a special note to everyone who is on the mailing list for our monthly email prayer updates.  You may have found an unusual email from us in your inbox this week.  Yes, the one with subject line "Your confirmation is requested."  We want to reassure you that it really is from us, and is not spam or a phishing attempt from shady characters...we want to assure you it is safe to click the provided "Update Profile" button in that email.

The European Union's new privacy law, the Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), officially became effective on May 25, 2018.  In order to keep in touch with you while complying with the new regulations, we were required to confirm that you'd like to keep getting our prayer updates.  

If you would prefer to opt out at this point we do understand (although we would miss you!)  If you do not update your preferences to give permission for us to keep emailing you then you will drop off the list.

If any of you reading this are NOT getting our prayer updates but would like to, we would love to hear from you!  Request our monthly updates through the contact form at http://www.heartforhungary.com/teams/eastern-hu-team/.

Thank you!

Carolyn Miller
on behalf of IMB Eastern Hungary Team

Friday, April 27, 2018

May Month of Prayer for Eastern Hungary

“Kalocsai flowers 3” by MexCraziness, deviantart.com  
Wow, what happened to this last year? Incredible as it seems, May is already peaking around the corner at us...which means it's time to get ready for our 16th annual 31 Days of Prayer for Eastern Hungary!

Please join in by downloading your very own copy of the May prayer calendar and praying each day for people, places & ministries in eastern Hungary.  Every person and place on the calendar is very dear to us---part of our life---and we would love to have you pray for them and maybe sometime come visit and get to know them yourself.  (We love volunteer mission teams!)   Feel free to copy the calendar to share with your church, Sunday school class, or prayer group...some churches use it as a bulletin insert, which we really appreciate.

Download the calendar as a PDF in color or black and white.  

Thank you very much for praying with us -- prayer is foundational to the missionary task, as well as an awesome way to join in to what God is doing around the world! 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday update

Praise God, the protests over the weekend did stay peaceful! We're very thankful that although large crowds did gather, things did not get out of hand.  Organizers say that protests will continue, so please keep praying for the nation of Hungary.  Ask that God will use this somehow to His glory...He is wonderfully able to do that.


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Prayer needed for Hungary today

Our adopted country is in a very unsettling time, and we ask that you pray with us.  Mass protests are planned for today in Budapest and in other cities across the country:

https://budapestbeacon.com/we-are-the-majority-protest-to-take-place-saturday/amp/
https://bbj.hu/politics/anti-fidesz-protest-planned-in-hungary-europe-on-saturday_147995

As you pray, please ask that God will move in the hearts of the people and that protests will remain non-violent.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Budapest encounter--and no, I'm not Russian

Photo by RitaE, Pixabay.com (my own gyros disappeared too quickly)
Coming up the stairs from the Budapest subway and needing a quick bite to eat, I stopped by the Döner Kebab kiosk for a nice, spicy gyros.  The guy who took my order tilted his head slightly as he listened to my Hungarian, commenting politely, “I perceive that you may not be from around here…are you Russian?” Not the guess they usually make when they hear my accent!  He was amazed when he heard that I'm American, and asked how it is that I speak his language...it's a difficult one, and most Americans don't bother to learn more than just enough to get by.


The conversation continued as he put together my order, and I explained who we are and why we are here. I told him that the Lord loves Hungary and the Hungarians - as He does all people - and that He sent us to share that good news.  Instead of scoffing or giving me the "you're crazy" stare, he asked simply, "When you say, 'the Lord,' are you talking about Jesus?" 


At my "Yes!" his face broke out in a big grin.  Apparently this young fellow and I had something in common! Unfortunately the customer who had come up behind me was also hungry and we couldn't continue to chat, but as I grabbed my fragrant bag of dinner and stepped apologetically out of the way, Döner Kebab guy called out a "God bless you!"


Praise God for this "chance encounter" that encouraged both of us!  Pray for the young man and others like him who have a Story to tell, that they will fearlessly and lovingly talk about Jesus with those they meet throughout the day.