Hungary

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Ministry Description

The ministry of Word of Life Hungary officially began in 1989, but Word of Life’s involvement in Hungary goes back even further. Beginning in the 1970's, Word of Life brass music teams from Germany were quietly coming into Hungary when possible. Although closely watched at times by communist officials, they sensed an openness to the Gospel. In the mid-1980's a thawing of relations between East and West resulted in Word of Life being able to hold its first-ever youth camp in a communist country. This was done on rented property in Hungary, and the spiritual results were wonderful.

As a result, Word of Life took the bold step of actually trying to find property for a permanent ministry in Hungary. The old-line communists in the government were not pleased with this, leading to some serious difficulties. But through some truly remarkable examples of God’s providence, Word of Life in 1989 signed a 10-year lease agreement with the then-communist government for the Tóalmás property. The terms were that Word of Life had to bring the property up to standards and maintain it, and that each summer, a week of summer camp would be given to 400 Hungarian young people at no charge. It was perhaps the first time in Word of Life history that a camp property was secured complete with campers!

In 1990, the ministry of Word of Life Hungary began in earnest. Through the years the challenges have been many, but by God’s grace, much has been accomplished. Buildings have been renovated and winterized, the swimming lake dredged, basketball and volleyball courts built, the soccer field fixed up, the sewage, heating and electrical systems have been redone, and much more. Thousands of Hungarian young people have heard the Gospel through the ministries of Word of Life Hungary, and many have come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and have grown in Him as a result.
Since the signing of the original lease, the beautiful Tóalmás facility was purchased by Word of Life Hungary in 2002, ensuring a future dedicated to the evangelism of youth to the glory of God. Word of Life Hungary currently has two major areas of outreach. The first is summer camp, where each summer over 1200 Hungarian young people hear the Gospel, and every year hundreds respond. There is a two-year Bible Institute (a teaching site of Word of Life Bible Institute, NY), with a total enrollment of about 80 students.

The Word of Life story is a work in progress, but it is a story that was not written by chance. God has made all of these wonderful things possible, for it is really, in the final outcome, “His story”!


Country Description

Hungary, located in the heart of Europe, shares borders with seven neighboring countries. It is about the size of Indiana, with a climate similar to the southern Mid-West in the United States. Hungary's population is a little over 10 million, but due to border changes resulting from two world wars, several million Hungarians now live in neighboring countries. Hungary's thousand-year-old culture is reflected in its historical biuldings, classical music, and its picturesque capital city, Budapest. In 1989, Hungary became a democracy after over forty years of communist domination. This sparked a period of spiritual interest and greater responsiveness to the gospel. Hungary's integration with the West was completed in May, 2004 with its acceptance into the European Union. Hungary's increased economic prosperity has unfortunately been accompanied by a corresponding decrease in spiritual interest.


Contact Information

Mailing address:
WOL Élet Szava
2252 Tóalmás
Kókai u. 2.
HUNGARY

Phone:
(518) 494 1790 (calling from the US)
+36 29 800 700 (calling from everywhere else)

Email:
info@wolhungary.org


Our Missionaries

Attila & Katalin Ban

Joshua & Haleigh Bramer

Lynette Circle

Gabor & Tundi Csikos

John & Elizabeth Deal

Laci & Zsuzsi Deli

Bela & Ildiko Dobos

Csaba & Krisztina Dudas

Tanner Graham

Al & Sherie Green

Megan Hixon

Peter Hughes

Adam & Annie Jakab

Chris & Lili James

Laci & Szandra Kadar

Casey Locke

Todd & Beth Meyerdirk

Yana Osipenko

Monika Rakossy

Carey Stone

Lori & Gabriella Szalontai

Short-Term Missions

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Please select how you would like your gift to be used
Hungary National Support (05014S)
Hungary Camp Scholarship Project (05050C)
Hungary Contribution (05002C)
Hungary Solid Foundation Scholarship Fund (05005C)
Hungary Summer Camp Project (05049C)
Hungary Technology Project (05004C)
Gift Total: $ 0

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Stories

Summer 2015 Report from Hungary

God allowed us to have 1,048 campers - this means we needed extra beds in the dorms every single week, so that every kid could come. 258 kids publicly accepted Christ as their personal Savior, and 120 campers dedicated their lives to the Lord.

Rebeka, a young camper writes, This is ... read more

Hungary Winter Camp Report

We had a blessed time together in our Winter Camp. 52 teens came, here are two of their testimonies:

A camper wrote to one of our staff members, Tanner Graham:
"Hi, I would like to thank you for your testimony. It helped me a lot in my decision. I have a friend I have been ... read more

Summer Camp Report

This summer was one of the best in the history of Word of Life Hungary! Of the 860 campers, approximately 168 made a decision to believe that Christ died for their sins and rose from the grave. About 180 young people made a decision to fully dedicate their lives to live for Him.
You were a ... read more

Family Day in a Nearby Church

On January 25th, Laci Kadar, our Camp Director, and the Sing Team traveled to a little town about 40 miles from our campus. The local Reformed church organized a family day in the local state-of-the art elementary school and gymnasium. The day centered around the motivations, difficulties, and ... read more

Winter Camp in the Castle

The fact that we had a longChristmas break (school started on Jan 7) made it possible for us to have a great winter camp with 60+ participants. The weather was rather "British": rain, fog, mild temperatures and a little more rain, but the atmosphere was at least Italian or maybe even Brazilian: ... read more

OAE Update

Recently, one of the members of our OAE team was able to continue a conversation with a girl that she had met before on the streets. She said that she believes in science, not God; but she read the tract that she was given and found it interesting. The first time we met this girl, she seemed ... read more

Bible Club Winner

Jenny started attending Bible Club this past March. Over the past few months, she has shown such a growth in her interest in spiritual things. She has worked really hard in learning the Bible and recently won the Bible Club Contest. The video shows a smaller part of her prize which involved an ice-... read more


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