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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Expatriate missions increased numerically in the 1990s, but have since levelled off. Pray for sensitivity and a true servant attitude in seeking to help the Hungarian Church. The main ministries required of expatriates are leadership training and mentoring, equipping the laity and imparting missionary vision. The need is still very real for long-term workers who will learn the language and culture. The Hungarian missions movement is still in its infancy, but the great promise is beginning to be realized a Missions Expo recently attracted 20,000 people. The largest agencies are: CCCI, YWAM, RG, ABWE, Greater Grace World Outreach.
Christian help ministries:
a) Scripture distribution. The Hungarian Bible Society was revitalized in 1989. Pray for its ministry in distributing the Bible. A revised New Translation of the Bible in 1990 marked the 400th anniversary of the original Hungarian version.
b) Christian literature is in demand. Many new Christian publishing companies have been founded. The need continues for Christian books, written in Hungarian, that communicate the gospel to non-Christians in todays language and idioms. Balanced books, written in Hungarian, for the spiritual growth of believers are also needed. CLC has two bookstores in Hungary. The Hungarian Literature Mission is a major source of evangelistic materials.
c) Christian media. In addition to many broadcast hours a week in Hungarian by TWR, opportunities are increasing for local Christian programmes on TV and radio. Hungarian Gospel Radio Foundation and the Reformed and Lutheran Churches have their own radio programmes. IT has a music-recording studio to serve Central Europe. The Internet and a host of Christian websites offer another means for discipling believers and reaching out to non-Christians.
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