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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Young people remain one of the most receptive groups to loving and culturally relevant witness. Pray especially for:
a) Teaching of religious knowledge in schools, in the several hundred Christian schools and in public schools that invite this input. Increasingly, restrictions prevent teachers and evangelists from sharing the gospel in the public school context. Pray for freedom to witness in schools and for gifted people who focus on this ministry.
b) Children's and youth programmes in churches. Since Hungary opened up, denominational and parachurch youth associations, such as YMCA, Awana, CEF, Dunamisz and others, have grown in scale and impact. Large-scale youth conventions are proving attractive. Foreign mission groups contribute much in this area of ministry.
c) University students, who are open to most spiritual influences, both healthy and unhealthy. Nationally led international ministries such as CCCI, MEKDsz(IFES) and YFC continue to grow in size and impact. But with over 200,000 university and college students in Hungary, the majority have no contact with a Christian group.
d) Summer outreach programmes by many Hungarian churches and by Barnabas Csoport, The Bible League and OM train scores of young people from various denominations to participate in evangelism and follow-up work.
a) The Jews. Before the Holocaust, there were 800,000. Now their numbers are 90,000 which is still Eastern Europes largest concentration of Jews outside of Russia. There are several Messianic Jewish communities. Pray for a reconciliation between Christians and Jews.
b) The Romani (Gypsy) community, Hungarys largest minority and most certainly its most socially and economically disadvantaged. This group has not seen the same spiritual breakthrough as have the Romani in Spain, France and Romania, but several new Protestant and charismatic fellowships are among them. Also, a number of agencies are attempting to meet their social and spiritual needs and, increasingly, ethnic Hungarians are gaining a burden to show the love of Christ to this needy people in both spiritual and practical ways.
c) The homeless who are concentrated in Budapest and number as many as 30,000 face very difficult living conditions. Pray for the ministries of churches and missions that seek to reach out to them; pray for the establishment of Christian facilities that can care for them and demonstrate the gospel in real ways.
d) The many immigrant peoples who make Hungary their home. These include mostly the various Slavic peoples, Chinese and others. Most have a better chance to encounter the gospel in Hungary than in their own nation.
e) Hungarians abroad. Concerns remain about discrimination against Hungarian ethnic minorities in Serb-controlled Vojvodina, Romanian Transylvania and southern Slovakia all remnants of Greater Hungary. Pray for reconciliation between these minorities and the various national majorities, and pray for Hungarian Christians to reach out to their own who live abroad.
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