January 28 2016
about a week, one of the most-watched sporting events in the world, the Super
Bowl, will be played. A lot of attention will be given to the “celebrity”
quarterbacks facing each other, but it’s important to note that whoever wins
the Super Bowl will win because 53 athletes, countless coaches, managers, and
office staff did their jobs for last year. The quarterback will not win the
Super Bowl; a team will.
Mission Society has a team in Hungary. (To learn more about them, check out the
OMS Hungary website at hungary.oms.life to read their bios.) But the team
that’s dedicated to transforming lives in Hungary goes far beyond the OMS missionaries
who live in country.
the last couple weeks, hopefully you’ve read their blog posts as well (if not,
scroll down and read the other posts on the OSM website). From Florida to West Virginia
to Northern Ireland, you’ve heard from team members who are, in many ways, as
critical to achieving the goals in Hungary as we are. There are so many more
than you have had the opportunity to hear from. Our extended team members
support the vision through prayer, financial giving, and volunteering. To each
one, we say, “Thanks!”
read their stories about our team and about how the Transformational Ministry
Center in Budapest will play a big role in helping us to achieve our shared
goals. They shared their stories because, like us, they want to give you an
opportunity to be a part in reaching our unified goal of Jesus transforming lives
in Hungary and growing his church.
a team, we know that youth and young adult leaders in Hungary need support. We
know that training and equipping Hungarians to reach this “open generation” is
critical to the revival of churches in Hungary. Equipping them with tools,
collaboration, coaching, and support through our Hungarian foundation will
achieve the goal that we are convinced God has asked us to play.
we ask you to prayerfully consider how you might support the Transformational
Ministry Center project. As a team member you would be counted on to pray for
our ministries. As a team member, God may lead you to go and be a part of a
ministry. As a team member, God may be leading you now to make a contribution to
restoring the building that will help us see Hungary transformed.
owns this team, and we want him to make the decisions. Is he asking you to join
us, to play a role through giving that will help us to win it all? In two weeks,
the Super Bowl will be past, and the focus will be toward winning it all next
year. In two weeks, our team will continue to work toward the kind of win that
changes lives for eternity.
Join us, won’t you?
Jonathan Long, OMS Field Leader in Hungary
January 25 2016
When I was first introduced to One Mission Society as a youth in
1996 at a Summer English Camp in Hungary, my life changed forever. After camp,
missionaries invested in my life, and a major transformation took place that
led to a commitment to fulltime service to God through youth ministries.
During my university work in youth ministries education, the topic
of “Youth Are the Future” was discussed in many of my courses. While the
statement is correct, it only points us in one direction. It only looks ahead
at what can come of the youth in a few years. However, the youth are here
today. They surround us, and many are ready or nearly ready to lead today.
We are passionate about young people. We pray and work hard to see
them transformed through the work of God in their lives. The last couple of
months, we have talked with various young people about their spiritual vital
signs, and we have been pleased to see great potential in today’s young people
in Hungary. Now, we know the situation is not that simple. It is far more
complicated than that.
For this reason, we are excited about the Transformational
Ministry Center opening. Not only will this center be available for many youth
outreach events and activities, it will be a place where we can invest in those
who have the greatest impact on the youth—youth leaders! We will be able to
invest into current Hungarian youth leaders who desperately need a place of
learning both theoretical and practical skills in how to do ministry with young
people in a culture that struggles to truly value its own youth.
In recent discussions with Hungarian pastors, I have come to see
the terrain that is in front of us. We need a place for the various Hungarian
Christian leaders to gather together and learn from one another on a regular
basis. We need to provide an environment of common learning, collaboration, and
a place where we can love one another as Christ instructed us. “A new
commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just as I have loved you,
you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my
disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35 ESV). If we imitate
Christ in this manner at the Transformational Ministry Center, we have the
opportunity to claim that: Youth Are the Future. These young people will be
transformed through unity in God and with their fellow Christian brothers and
sisters to go to battle for this generation of youth and the following ones.
However, it starts today. It starts now. It starts with us!
By Viktor Rozsa, One
Mission Society Missionary in Hungary
January 21 2016
Overjoyed. Overexcited. All of the emotions that we experienced as our family
of 5 stepped off of that airplane in Budapest, Hungary, to share in the
indescribable ongoing work that God called us to be a part of last summer. Quickly,
we realized that in an unfamiliar culture and place, with perfect strangers, we
had one common bond. One like mind. One Mission as we call it.
fall away as you realize that God has prepared you for a time just as this. Each
of us is given a set of unique talents, gifts, and resources. Just as 1 Corinthians
1:12 talks about a body with many parts, each doing its function, we saw the
body of Christ come together in Hungary.
person, clearly ordained for specific purpose, fulfilled their role as the
weeks rolled on and opportunities arose. Career missionaries, short-term
missionaries, volunteers, various denominations, and churches all working
together. Everyone combining their resources to minister through the English
Camp, Roma Camp, and outreach projects to the Syrian refugees. A true example
of the church.
team in Hungary is continuing the next step of faith by building a literal
place of connection through the new Transformational Ministry Center in the 14th
district of Budapest. A physical structure for the body to work and grow for
the glory of God. To train, disciple, make connections, build relationships,
form partnerships with fellow believers, and transform lives for Christ.
calls each of us to be used by him for him. How would he have you to become a
part in sharing in the next step in building his kingdom in Hungary?
By Shannon & Aaron DePue,
Short-term Volunteers in Hungary, Summer 2015
January 19 2016
Dervock Presbyterian Church is a community of God’s people
on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland. So, why do we support the ministry efforts
of One Mission Society in Hungary and the establishment of their ministry center?
Hungary seeks to be an early church example
Our church in Ireland seeks, with God’s help, to be a “well”
church. Our vision is based on Acts 2:42-47. We seek to be worshipping, evangelizing,
learning, and loving. These are all expressions of faith that will be lived out
and practiced in this new ministry center in Hungary. Acts 2 is very clear—the
church is to be a community of God’s people. This new vison is about being and
building community. How did God bless the community of Acts? “He added to their
number those who were being saved.” This is also the goal and vision of OMS Hungary.
Hungary is dependent on churches (like Dervock Presbyterian)
We as the church must help causes like this because organizations like OMS need the help of Christians around the world. Maybe there are some reading this
that are not in a position to give, but the field also needs and covets our
prayers. I am thankful that this activity is partnership in the Gospel. Not
only do I hope the project will be completed, and the people will hear of God’s
salvation, but I hope that my own congregation will be spurred on in their
missionary interest; we are dependent on this type of project because it keeps
congregations like ours fixed on the bigger picture of mission around the world
and keeps our eyes fixed on the Lamb by praying more, especially for this
Hungary works on the behalf of churches (like Dervock Presbyterian)
We as a church give thanks to God for this type of
initiative. Many in our congregation are rural farmers with major commitments
to their livestock, livelihoods, and families. They know they cannot drop
everything and go, yet, we are grateful for the team working in Hungary,
essentially on our behalf. We cannot go, but it is our responsibily to support
those who have been called and given up much to see God’s kingdom extended. Paul said that God would put the fruit of his own
ministry to the account of the church in Philippi. We want to be as
involved in Hungary’s vision as the church in Philippi was in Paul’s vision.
Hungary is sharing the Gospel with people
As an evangelical church, we desire above all else
that Jesus Christ be known across the world. One individual can only do
so much to spread the Gospel in the world. Yet, through church mission involvement,
we are privileged to gather our resources out of our abundance to help fund the
spread of the Gospel throughout the world, in particular, Hungary. God wants
the world to know about Christ. He has chosen us as individuals and as churches
to share that Gospel with others.
(Dervock Presbyterian) are commanded by Almighty God to help
Before returning to glory, our Lord Jesus
gave the church an emphatic command. We are to go into the entire world with
the Gospel! As a church, we have sent members of this congregation to
Hungary to participate in short-term missions. We also can pray, which we do
often in our midweek services and prayer meetings; but what is most needed by
the field right now is our financial support… so we give. Paul says to the
church in Corinth, and perhaps he’s saying to you, today “See that you also excel in this grace of
By Rev. Scott Moore, Minister of
Dervock Presbyterian Church and Summer English Camp volunteer.
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January 13 2016
Back in 1989, Hungary was
a part of the movement that helped set in motion a series of dominoes that
ultimately led to the fall of the Iron Curtain. That was when Hungary first opened
its border to the West. It allowed visitors from East Germany to cross over and
visit friends and relatives in Austria and West Germany. Once this was done,
East Germany had to open its own border. Thousands of people began to stream
into the West.
Soon, Communist governments
throughout the Soviet block began to crumble, and the Berlin Wall and Iron Curtain
came down. In 1990, Hungary held its first free elections. In 1997, it became a
member of NATO. On May 1, 2004, it joined the European Union.
Much has changed since
Hungary first opened it border to the West. And the country continues to change
at a rapid pace. For one thing, Hungary is going through a cultural revolution
as a new generation grows up with no memory of what it was like to live under a
Communist dictatorship. These young people have very different expectations and
a very different way of looking at the world than do their parents and
grandparents. So, where is Hungary now? Where has it come over the last 25
years? And where is it going?
OMS has been in Hungary
since August 1992. In 1994, we began our summer English camp program in
cooperation with the Hungarian military. For many years, we worked alongside
the military, teaching English to students in secondary schools. God did
amazing things through this ministry, and great fruit was born from these
labors. Most of our young Hungarian leadership of today came to know the Lord
through our camp and English ministries. Eventually, when Hungary joined NATO,
it closed all of its secondary schools. Nevertheless, our English-based
ministries have continued on and have gone in several new directions. This has
led to new needs, including a “home” of our own — a ministry center.
A dedicated ministry
center would not only give our team a valuable home for its English clubs,
youth ministry, and other develping ministries, it would make an important
statement to the people of Hungary, especially to the younger generation. Such
a center would tell the people of Hungary that we are here to stay, and that we
are not another fly-by-night organization that has come to take what we want
and then leave. Stability, accountability, and commitment are all very important
to the Hungarian people. These things provide the foundation for trust and
Our team now has the
opportunity to establish its own ministry center. We purchased a run-down
building that once served as an artist’s studio. It is in a wonderful location,
just a stone’s throw from several major public transportation lines. And it
offers a wide range of possible uses. But it is in great need of complete
renovation. Would you consider helping us bring this project to fruition?
Check out more
information on the Ministry Center here.
Will Dickerson, Former OMS Hungary Field Leader
January 7 2016
A few weeks ago,
our church (located in the panhandle of Florida) sent a team of 8 men to
Budapest, Hungary, to be a part of what God is doing through the One Mission Society
Hungary team. Together, we spent sweat, blood, and forints (Hungarian currency).
Most of our
energy went into demolition (the first step of renovation!) of a building the
team is preparing as a multi-use ministry space. We worked hard alongside the OMS
Hungary team, but the work was secondary.
course of our week, we experienced radical hospitality. We felt the loving
acceptance of our Lord through the over-the-top hospitality of the OMS Hungary
We saw a team with highly refined skills and strategic vision. Every member of
the team told us stories about where God is going in Hungary and how they fit
into the kingdom plan. The Hungary team is poised to move forward in power,
everyone using their skills in service of a singular strategic vision.
love, and we saw unity. The One Mission Society Hungary team recognizes each
member’s individual personality and skill set, and they take advantage of their
diversity to reach more people for Christ! Different kinds of gifts, but the
same Spirit. OMS Hungary is not a group of loosely associated cowboys and
one-woman-shows; they are truly a team!
We were blessed to be a part of their team for the week. We felt like family. We
were impressed by their skill and vision. And we expect to see more great
things in Hungary as the team continues to follow the Holy Spirit.
We look forward to seeing some of this progress through update letters and
photos; and, God willing, we expect to see some of it in person. God used the
Hungary team to build something special among our Crosspoint men. We don’t take
that lightly, and we hope our partnership only grows deeper over time.
January 5 2016
Moses struck a rock in the desert, and
it produced lifesaving water. David put a rock in his sling and brought down a
giant. Jesus declared to Peter that he would build his church upon the rock.
God can do amazing things with rocks. A rock is steady, strong, a sure
We know that even now, our rocks
surrendered to the hands of God can yield powerful results. In Hungary, our
rocks form a 150-year-old building in Budapest’s 14th district. A virtual pile,
stacked on top of each other, making up a refuge, a home, a place of training
and equipping. A place of transformation.
As we engage in our vision to see
Hungary transformed by Christ, our building will be a rock used to build the kingdom
of God in Hungary. In their current state, our rocks need work. In addition to
making up our walls, we need wiring, plaster, windows, flooring, internal
walls, appliances, etc.
We invite you to join us over the next
month for a journey of transformation. Many different people will share about
how God is building his kingdom through the One Mission Society team and how
the Transformational Ministry Center will play an important role in
accomplishing his vision. Join us!
By Jonathan Long,
OMS Hungary Field Leader