Area: 93,030 sq km
A landlocked, central European state on the River Danube.
Population: 9,973,141 Annual Growth: -0.21%
Official language: Hungarian Languages: 17 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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There remains a great need for evangelism, despite the increasing amount and types of outreach and public ministry. Christians need to acquire confidence in the power of the gospel and its effectiveness when shared in the right way and in the Spirit. The number of nominal Christians is high, and millions of people have only cursory contact with the good news. There is still resistance to the gospel in much of Hungary. Pray for Spirit-led, creative forms of witness and for wisdom in how, when and where to reach out. Thank God for increasing levels of collaboration in outreach among churches and denominations.
There is a deficit of Christian leadership in Hungary. Pray for the following:
a) Leaders with high morals and fresh vision. Many evangelistic challenges are unmet, many eyes scrutinize the conduct of Christian leaders and many leaders are cautious because of the past. Pray for Gods anointing and inspiration for those in leadership.
b) The release and empowerment of lay leaders. Most pastors are overworked and spread too thin, and there is a shortage of young pastors, both in active ministry and in training to join the ministry. There is a strong Reformed Elders Association. Lay-training movements are on the rise in most denominations. Pray that the Church might mature in its giving in order to support nationals involved in local and foreign Christian work.
c) Leadership training. Hungary is a Central European hub for theological education. There are four Christian universities providing education in theology, humanities and law, with several thousand students enrolled. There is an increasing focus on missions and evangelism. Pray also for the Protestant Institute for Mission Studies, the Pentecostal Theological College, Calvary Chapel Bible College and for teaching seminars run by New Hope International and others. Central European Theological Academy and Word of Life are two of several English-language theological institutions. TEE/BEE is increasingly used, especially to train laity. Pray for the younger generation to commit itself to the work of the Lord, and for the Lord to provide for those who take on full-time training.
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