VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 6/30/16)—Amanda and Rev. Jon Good have been formally endorsed by American Baptist International Ministries (IM) for mission service in Hungary. The Farmington Hills, Mich., couple will serve through the Baptist Union of Hungary, an IM partner, and will work primarily with the Baptist Church in Debrecen.
“God is doing great things in the nation of Hungary,” Amanda says. “After accepting the challenge to run something like 50 public schools, Hungarian Baptists are reaching out to help children and their families know Jesus and grow in their relationships with him. We feel drawn to Hungary and are excited to see what God has in store.”
Amanda and Jon will serve in the Baptist Church in Debrecen’s programs of evangelistic outreach, discipleship and church development and in the church planting initiatives of Hungarian Baptist Aid (HBAid), another IM partner in Hungary. Amanda, currently a music teacher in Northville, Mich., public schools, will also assist with music education in several Hungarian schools. Jon, the senior pastor at Covenant Baptist Church of West Bloomfield, Mich., will train pastors at the seminary of the Baptist Union of Hungary.
“It is very exciting to partner with the Hungarian Baptists in evangelism, church development and teaching,” says Jon. “I am looking forward to building relationships through which I can share the life-changing message of Jesus.”
In preparation for full-time ministry, the Goods are now beginning to build their partnership network in churches throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as entering into pre-field training and orientation. Once ongoing financial support sufficient to underwrite their personalized support goal is reached, they will move to Hungary with their four children—Rachel, 14; Sarah, 12; Elizabeth, 10; and Andrew, 7—for language study.
The Goods will be joining Carmella Jones, Carrie and Kurt Smalley and Larry and Rebecca Stanton as IM missionaries in Hungary. Carmella is endorsed to serve in Hungarian schools in partnership with HBAid, and Larry and Rebecca are serving in schools administered by HBAid. Carrie and Kurt are associate missionaries, serving jointly through IM and Pioneers, who minister in church planting and evangelism.
More information on Amanda and Jon is available on their profile page. To send words of encouragement or support, contact Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org and Jon at email@example.com.
American Baptist International Ministries celebrated 200 years of ministry in 2014. American Baptist International Ministries (IM) was organized in 1814 as the first Baptist international mission agency in America. It began its pioneer mission work in Burma, (now called Myanmar) and today serves God through more than 1,800 short- and long-term global servants in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. Its central mission is to help people come to faith in Jesus, grow in their relationships with God and change their worlds through the power of the Spirit. It works with respected partners in over 70 countries in ministries that meet human need.
American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with over 5,200 local congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.