Our plan is to spend our first term ministering with the Olah family in the city of Nagykanizsa in western Hungary. Gedeon and Yolanda are national missionaries who are leading their church forward in faith and godliness. We desire to encourage them and help them to train their people in church ministry.
In the Olahs’ church, we will be involved in teaching music and directing the choir, leading the youth ministry, developing a Sunday school curriculum, and training in evangelism and discipleship.
Ministering in Hungary necessitates being able to understand and speak Hungarian fluently. We intend to make this our initial priority, as we study full-time in language school. We are praying that our fluency will improve during the first year to the point where we can have effective Hungarian ministry. We also desire to understand the Hungarian culture and way of thinking, so that we can more effectively reach and train Hungarians. Working with the Olahs in their church will allow us to accomplish these short-term goals.
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The future of fundamental Christianity in Hungary depends on national Hungarians having a burden to reach their country and plant independent fundamental Baptist churches. We desire to help young men do this by both training them in the Bible and mentoring them in ministry. We believe that future Christian leaders should see God work through their own lives in church-planting ministry while they study doctrine and theology. Our goal is to partner with these men in a church-planting endeavor that they will eventually own for themselves. We want to see national-led Hungarian churches that are sending out church planters to other cities in Hungary and in Central Europe.
As a part of this vision, there is a great need in Hungary for Christian education materials. The average Hungarian believer has little or no access to conservative biographies, devotional books, theology books, and Christian literature in the Hungarian language. We are burdened to develop our language skills to the point where we can assist in the translation of conservative, biblical books and literature into Hungarian, and effectively evaluate and distribute the existing Christian literature. These materials are vital to the training and education of Hungarian leaders and Christian workers.
In addition, we are praying that God will open up the door in Hungary for the establishment of Christian schools. Currently, the only private schools in Hungary are run by government-recognized denominations, and even these are not accessible to many Hungarians. We need the Lord to open up a door within Hungarian law that will allow independent Baptist churches to establish their own schools. We also need the Lord to bring people into church membership who either have a teaching degree or the desire and ability to pursue one. The Hungarian government tries to maintain a high standard of education, and requires 7-12 grade teachers to have a Master’s Degree. God is able to overcome these obstacles and provide the opportunity for Hungarian Christian education.
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