08 July 2021

Myanmar

 After the latest newsletter I was asked if it was possible to see one of the videos I mentioned. Below is the submission on Myanmar. 



For Freedom Christ has set us free

July 2021 McNary Ministry Update
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For Freedom
Three times per year the United Nation's Human Rights Council has regularly scheduled sessions. During these sessions, the focus is on the human rights situations in a selected group of countries along with a special focus on certain countries where there is cause for serious concern. During the current, 47th session, special focus is being given to, among other countries, Ukraine/Crimea, Myanmar, and Syria. 
As Baptist World Alliance (BWA) representative to the UN's Geneva campus, Shane has focused on three of these countries/situations for the 47th session of the UN Human Rights Council. The screenshots above are from the three oral statements Shane prepared.
The conflict in Ukraine/Crimea began in 2014 and the impact on freedom of religion or belief for religious minorities, including Baptists, living in the impacted regions has been dramatic. Churches have been closed. Clergy have been arrested and/or fined. Religious literature, including Bibles that are the same translations used by the Russian Orthodox church, have been confiscated and destroyed for being "extremist."
In Myanmar, the military junta has been increasingly violent in their crackdown, even targeting medical workers and first responders. The BWA statement called for a complete arms embargo and to call for access for aid providers for people who are suffering during the humanitarian crisis. (As an aside, for every preacher who has braved a litany of names from a genealogy in Scripture while preaching, "...ethnic and religious minorities including the Rohingya, Kachin, Shan, Chin, Karen and Ta'ang..." was a challenging list to work through--particularly when pressed to say everything in a 90 second video!)
In Syria, the conflict has gone on for more than a decade. The use of sanctions to limit the power of those who are responsible for many atrocities in the country have had little impact on resolving the conflict. Instead, the biggest impact of most of the sanctions are being borne by ordinary Syrians. Combined with the closure of humanitarian border crossings in some parts of the country not under government control, the result has been more and more aid is now under government control with innocent civilians bearing the brunt of the impact. 
Freedom to have, practice, or change one's religion is promised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As people of faith, as baptists, we speak clearly that the right of all people to have and practice a religion is not a matter for the state to decide. This declaration of freedom is our baptist birthright going back to the very beginnings of the baptist movement. Declaring this right, in harmony with other human rights, is the goal of Shane's involvement at the United Nations.
Prayer Concerns
 
We are beginning to finalize plans for our time back in the United States this fall/winter. Pray that we will find churches receptive to hearing about Global Missions.

Pray for students attending the summer English camps in Lucenec and Panicke Dravce this month. Dianne and Shane will each be leading a group and helping with other duties as assigned.

Pray for those in Myanmar, Syria, and Ukraine/Crimea who live without the freedom so many of us take for granted. Pray for Christians in these areas, many of whom are being persecuted as religious minorities, that they will be faithful witnesses. Pray for peace.

Baptist World Alliance, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, as well as the European Baptist Federation have meetings in the upcoming days and months. Pray for a renewal of calling and a boldness of mission.
Photo from a day hike in the Tatra mountains
A pile of brightly colored tissue paper or shiny ribbons; homemade cake or cookies from a package; a cup of coffee or tea; add some ladies around a table and you have a recipe for a great afternoon of fun and fellowship.
With the loosening of restrictions and increase in vaccinations here in Slovakia, we are finally able to begin meeting with people face to face again. Danka and others from Vazec meet at Samuel house to simply be together after such a long time of isolation due to the Covid pandemic.
We can talk about life – who's sick or well; who's working or not; marriages, births, deaths; church, school, home; hopes, fears, joys and disappointments - all around a table creating beauty and friendships. It's important to have a creative outlet. It's more important to have friends to share life with. I'm blessed to have found friends to share my life.
For those who want to support our ministry but do not give online, you can mail checks to the following address with notation that it is for McNary Programming.  Thank you for your prayers and generous support of the Offering for Global Missions as well as our ministry.
 
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship 
   P.O. Box 102972 
   Atlanta, GA 30368-2972

Home mailing address:
Allendeho 1550/3
05951 Poprad-Matejovce
Slovakia


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22 June 2021

Context, Context, Context

June 2021 McNary Ministry Update
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Context, Context, Context
Facilitating a discussion with multiple churches over the past several months about the distinctives and contexts of CBF Global Missions has been a wonderful experience. We have been challenged and have learned so much through the interaction with churches in different parts of the United States - congregations in urban, rural areas, multicultural congregations, demographically different regions of the country. Each of the congregations are engaging in their ministry context in creative and powerful ways.
Part of what we emphasize during these conversations is the principle that one of if not the greatest determinants of a church's ministry is context. Context determines appropriate ways of engagement, styles of worship, ministry needs, and how theologies are expressed. We share examples of how different ministry contexts are here in Slovakia and Czechia.
Thanks to our long-term presence in Slovakia and an awareness of the different ministry contexts we engage with, our ministry is enriched. We learn from one context and adapt ministry when serving in a different context. Wisdom is learning the context before trying to drive a conversation. We are thankful for the time we have had to learn.
Shane was questioned once about our ability to function back in the United States since we had become accustomed to an international context. The question reveals a belief in the difficulty if not impossibility of learning to function from context to context. As we all emerge into a post-everything context, the church proclaims that it is not only possible but required in order to flourish. How are you personally and your church community engaging your context?
In our previous newsletter we shared that Rene Ferko was installed as Regional Coordinator for Roma ministry by the Apostolic Church, Czechia. The model Rene will follow will be very similar to the successful Roma ministry coordination done by the Apostolic Church in eastern Slovakia. Based out of Kosice, Slovakia, the coordination of Roma ministry in the last twenty years has resulted in dozens of self-supporting, Roma-led congregations throughout the eastern third of the country.
After conversations between Shane and Ben Uhrin, the head of Slovak Baptist Union, about how to better coordinate the work among Roma, the Union sponsored several gatherings of Baptists who are involved in Roma ministry. The latest gathering was in May as part of an online Mission Conference by the Union.
Earlier this month (June), we were able to meet in person with Samuel, the missions leader for the Slovak Baptist Union. We look forward to continued partnership with the Union and local churches who are called to serve in Roma ministry.
Prayer Concerns
 
Vero, a woman we have known for years and who has helped us with camps as translator is having surgery on 23 June. Please pray for a successful operation and a full and speedy recovery. 

We are beginning to finalize plans for our time back in the United States this fall/winter. Pray that we will find churches receptive to hearing about Global Missions.

IBTS, European Baptists' seminary in Amsterdam, is recruiting new students for the online Freedom of Religion or Belief Training Programme Shane designed and facilitates. Pray for a good mix of 20 students for this second round of the course. 

Since we are banned from hosting short-term ministry teams until 2022, we will be assisting two local Slovak Baptist Churches conduct summer English camps - Lucenec and Panicke Dravce. Pray for the students and for tolerable weather during mid-July.  
Igor, one of the elders from the Poprad Baptist Church who is in charge of the STOPKA program, is demonstrating through his body language in this photo how unsure he is about the wisdom of inviting Shane to participate in the first post-COVID STOPKA. I like to think of STOPKA as a Slovak version of the old Between Two Ferns...just without the ferns or Zach Galifianakis. The church invites "interesting people" to have them share their testimony, life experience, or some special theme they have prepared. 
The purpose of this STOPKA was to have Shane introduce us and share a bit about our ministry. It was an interesting time of sharing. Repeatedly Igor expressed fear that if the sound team had to edit every inappropriate thing I said, there may not be much left to put on the church's website! What a joy!
For those who want to support our ministry but do not give online, you can mail checks to the following address with notation that it is for McNary Programming.  Thank you for your prayers and generous support of the Offering for Global Missions as well as our ministry.
 
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship 
   P.O. Box 102972 
   Atlanta, GA 30368-2972

Home mailing address:
Allendeho 1550/3
05951 Poprad-Matejovce
Slovakia


US mailing address:
107 Santa Fe Trl
Little Rock, AR  72205-2201
RShaneMcNary
CBF Romany Ministries
McNary Ministry
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