In late March, a delegation visited the Evangelical churches of Lebanon and Syria, signing a memorandum of commitment. We asked the delegates about their experiences in the Middle East, including the situation of local Christians, as well as the significance and further possibilities of cooperation.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 6:27-38
Prayers for Hungary:
God, remind us to stretch outside our comfort zones by trying new things and meeting new people. It's not always easy to step outside of what we know, but we know we grow when we take those risks. We are grateful for church camp and the opportunities for young people to learn and grow with one another. We can learn much from the open minds and hearts of young people. Help us all to be open to new experiences and to listen to differing opinions and ideas. In these ways, we grow as individuals, communities, and the world. AmenRead more
Christmas circular letter to all congregations and institutions of the Hungarian Reformed Church
Growing Partnership in the Middle East
Through many years of cooperation, the partnership of the Reformed Church in Hungary and the Reformed churches in the Middle East only grows stronger. A recent visit of the Syrian church leaders has only strengthened and developed the partnership. The visit included conversations with representatives from various ministries and institutions of RCH, discussion with local Reformed congregations as well as a meeting with the Hungarian Prime Minister.Read more
St. Columba’s Scottish Mission held the annual English Day Camp 2-6 July 2018. This week proved to be a week of much growth in confidence, self-esteem, and friendship.Read more
The Reformed Church in Hungary is present in various ministries for Hungarian society through the Mission Department of the church. The Mission Department’s main task is to strengthen the missional programs in the life of Reformed congregations. A few outstanding areas of this department’s work includes the Roma ministry, providing support for the gypsy population in Hungary, and the refugee ministry. Today the refugee ministry of the church’s diaconal ministries is now tilted “Kalunba”. Despite the new name, the Reformed Church in Hungary continues to support this ministryRead more
Lectionary Selection: 1 John 4:7-21
Prayers for Hungary:
Thank you for the gift of love. Thank you for your indiscriminate acceptance of all people. Sometimes it is hard to understand, accept, and love those who are different, and sometimes there is fear because of the differences. Fill our hearts with your love. Open our hearts and minds to the new perspectives and help us to see the similarities that bind us together. Give us the courage to connect with those who are different, and allow us to find you in surprising ways.
Today we pray for the Refugee Ministry and the Roma Mission of the Reformed Church in Hungary. As our world changes, there is increasing fear of those who are different from us. In this time, we must remember that every person we encounter is someone who is loved and treasured. In the Refugee Ministry, I lift up the wonderful staff of Kalunba Social Services Ltd. Please provide the staff with the wisdom and strength to carry on in their mission in providing the necessities for refugees to find a safe home and a caring community. In the Roma Mission, we pray for the Gypsy (Roma) youth and children. There are more and more children turning to drugs, alcohol and prostitution. Please surround the children with people to love and guide them. Wrap your arms of grace around them, and fill our hearts with the same compassion and love to be a pillar of strength in their lives. Empower us to meet each person as one who is worthy and deeply loved.
In the loving name of Jesus, Amen.Read more
As many of you know, getting my visa for my upcoming Global Mission Intern (GMI) placement has not been easy. My term in Hungary ended at the close of September 2017, and I have been back in the United States ever since, preparing for my next placement with the Evangelical Church in Greece. During my time in the states, I’ve been itinerating and traveling all over the country to speak with congregations about my work with the Reformed Church in Hungary. So far I’ve spoken at churches in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, Texas, Massachusetts, and more.Read more