KNCSB enters partnership with Hungary

The KNCSB Mission Board approved a five-year international mission partnership with Hungary in Eastern Europe.

This action came during the board meeting on Friday, Sept. 5, at First Southern Baptist Church, Topeka, Kan.

Mari Parker, leader of the KNCSB Sending Team, told how Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptists can help bring Christ’s hope to Hungary. The Hungarian people have discovered that freedom from communism has brought not the happiness they thought it would, she said. Depression and alcoholism are common in the country.

“Hungary’s suicide rate is one of the highest in the world,” Parker added.

Southern Baptist volunteers in Hungary are needed to:

  • Lead English classes and camps
  • Lead sports camps. American football is highly popular in Hungary
  • Train pastors
  • Continue the ministries of International Mission Board workers while they are on stateside assignment

A Kansas-Nebraska couple who serves in Hungary will be at the KNCSB annual meeting. The meeting will be held Oct. 13-14 at CrossPoint Church, Hutchinson, Kan.

In other activity, the Mission Board examined the final report of the KNCSB Future Directions Task Force. This report will be presented during the KNCSB annual meeting for a vote by messengers.

KNCSB Executive Director Bob Mills created the Future Directions Task Force in October 2011. Members of the task force examined three questions—Why, How and What?

The group looked at why KNCSB exists—“In order to accomplish the Great Commission task of disciple making, KNCSB exists to glorify God by serving the churches and leaders in Kansas and Nebraska.”

Next, the Future Directions Task Force looked at how KNCSB can more effectively serve Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptist churches.

The Mission Board also learned that Marie Clark is retiring as leader of the KNCSB Bible Teaching Team. She will continue to serve with her husband, Bob, as planned-giving consultants for the Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptist Foundation.

Board members approved Ken Beckner to take Marie Clark’s place as leader of the KNCSB Bible Teaching Team. Beckner is director of missions for Smoky Hill Baptist Association.