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!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

First meeting at Berekfürdő mission point

Pastor Csaba and small group setting up for meeting
Setting up for the first meeting
Thank the Lord with us for our first meeting in Berekfürdő, where we are establishing a mission point and praying for a church plant in partnership with Pastor Csaba Pesti of Karcag.

We are still looking for a permanent place for the Berekfürdő group to meet, but for now the Catholic priest--who is a friend of Pastor Csaba--is kindly allowing us to use a room belonging to his church.  

Only five of us were present at the July 7 gathering, but it was wonderful to actually be on site in the town for a time of worship, Bible study and prayer. At this point we will be meeting in the town every other week, with alternating Fridays spent in discipleship/evangelism training at the mother church in Karcag.

Continue to pray for Berekfürdő, asking that new connections will form, people will come to Christ, and that a vibrant, reproducing church will be planted.

Small group after the meeting
Small group after the meeting. The courtyard has a very lovely, peaceful garden.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Baptism in western Ukraine

Baptism at the lake
Berehove Baptist church baptism at the lake
Praise the Lord for how God is working! Last week when Gary was serving in western Ukraine, he had the privilege of bringing a brief message at a baptismal service out by the lake. Our friend Pastor Valentin Nehro of the Berehove Baptist church officiated, with the main sermon at the church beforehand being delivered by Pastor István Borzási, former president of the Hungarian Baptist Union in Romania.

Three ethnic Hungarians and one ethnic Russian were being baptized, and besides the church folks that were there, quite a few lost relatives and community members were also on the scene. Some of the family members were antagonistic to the gospel, and we are thankful they were there to hear the Good News. Pray for the new believers as they continue to take a stand for the Lord; ask that they will keep growing and sharing their faith. Ask that God will soften the hearts of the lost ones who heard the gospel, and that one day soon they also will come to Christ.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Longing for the fruit of our labor

Garden harvest
OK, so our garden is yielding vegetables, not fruit!  But as I harvested some of the first produce from our little backyard garden today, I couldn't help but be reminded of our work and the longing of our hearts.

Ministry is full of seed-sowing, watering, tending...yes, there are weeds that must be pulled and pesky dangers that the new growth must be guarded against.  How we yearn to see more of the spiritual seeds that we have sown bear fruit, to have the joy of watching seedlings in the Kingdom garden growing toward maturity and bringing joy to our Creator God.

Pray with us for the work in Hungary, that the coming harvest will be bountiful!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Gardening project

Gardening advice about the Millers' raised bed*
Praise the Lord for the opportunities that come as believers use their gifts and life experiences to make connections and share the gospel!  We're always excited to see how God can use people from any field of study or career background to creatively minister around the world.

Last week Dr. Curtis Smith, horticulture expert from New Mexico, was here serving in eastern Hungary and western Ukraine.  He has been vision casting and sharing his knowledge as we partner with nationals to start a new ministry called "The Master's Gardeners."

 
Pray with us that local leaders will arise for this work  in many communities across the area, which will not only help provide food and business opportunities for needy families, but will also allow believers and churches to minister to their neighbors in new and very practical ways.



Vali and bro-in-law discuss soil quality
Ukrainian pastor Valentin Nehro & his brother-in-law discussed soil quality with Curtis*


Karcag research center measuring water absorption
Karcag ag center researcher Dr. Kovács explains measurement of soil's water absorption*





Karcag research center project to produce heartier wheat
Karcag research center project to produce hardier wheat. A reminder of the harvest we are praying for!
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  *Photos compliments of the Smiths