Report from Budapest
Becky and I just had the privilege to spend a week in Budapest, Hungary, with six others from our church family—Pastor Ron and Mystele, Randy and Robin Kohl, Mike and Eileen Paslgrove. We went over to visit the Kelenfold Ministry Center in Budapest, a project our church has been involved in for some time.
The Kelenfold Ministry Center sits in the middle of ancient Buda (Buda and Pest are two separate cities, now combined into one). The Ministry Center sits strategically in Buda, surrounded by (literally) several hundred thousand people who live in Soviet-style, concrete block housing. There is also a brand new Metro line that just opened less than 100 yards from the site. The line opened the Friday we were in country. Anyone could ride the entire weekend for free. Now, thousands of people pour in and out of this new station just a few hundred feet from the Ministry Center.
What takes place in the Ministry Center? A lot! There is an international church that meets on Sunday mornings. In the afternoons, a Hungarian Free Church meets. A coffee house is opening soon (a huge ministry outreach opportunity), and during the week, there are classes and other activities. The Ministry Center is a buzz of activity and potential for the gospel. The team leaders, Mark and Jodi Revell, are a sharp couple who have a huge heart for the nations—and for the people of Hungary in particular. Hungary has been an occupied country for centuries, most recently being ravished for decades by the Nazis and Soviets. But there are signs that it is coming back to life. Becky and I also enjoyed the opportunity to see Robin Kohl in action. (Robin is part of the EFCCL church family and also serves part-time on the Budapest City Team.)
Hungary presents a great opportunity for our church family. Lord willing, in the days ahead, you will be hearing more about it.
by Jay Childs, Senior Pastor