hungary / europe

Spiritual Climate

Although Hungary has a long history with Catholicism and experienced the Protestant Reformation, the new generation of Hungarians needs a fresh presentation of the Gospel. Their very difficult language has at times separated them from other cultures, with a blending of East and West that can create a daunting challenge for outsiders.

Ground-Level Perspectives

Although many identify themselves with some religious affiliation, only 2.8% of the population are evangelical Christians. Most people live very secular lifestyles, rarely ever thinking about God or a personal religion. Some are turning to paganism and spiritualism. The younger generation is more open to listening to the gospel, and God is also working among the Gypsy and Chinese.
— Keith & Beverly Sellers

Hungarians have lost contact with the gospel, despite enjoying a rich theological history. They seek answers in many places: materialism, hedonism, alcohol and, increasingly, false religion. Most common is a pick-and-choose spirituality that is effectively non-religious, with some personal sentiment.
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Young people remain one of the most receptive groups to loving and culturally relevant witness.
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The small, but historically rich, evangelical movement is growing in size, maturity, diversity and confidence.

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The homeless – who are concentrated in Budapest and number as many as 30,000 – face very difficult living conditions.


History & Future


WorldVenture History in Hungary

Hungary’s political transformation during the 1990s brought complete religious freedom to a land that first adopted Christianity one thousand years ago. Since entering the country, WorldVenture’s team in Hungary has been active in church planting, pastoral training and leadership development. Through its partnership with Church Leadership International, WorldVenture established an institute for Christian education in Hungary. WorldVenture workers also helped several national churches as they sought to break out of isolationist practices and beliefs that developed during the Communist era.

Today &

Hungary Team Goals

Spiritually, Hungary is following the lead of other European countries. Christianity is simply a social category, not a statement of personal belief. Less than five percent of Hungarians profess evangelical faith. It is the goal of WorldVenture’s workers in Hungary to reverse this trend by establishing a church planting team. Other efforts will continue to focus on outreach to youth, women ministries and publishing of materials in Hungarian.

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WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here



Lard, paprika and sour cream make up the holy trinity of traditional Hungarian cooking. Strangely, it is easier to keep your weight down here than in the United States, partly because bottled mineral water is cheap and abundant
— Keith & Beverly Sellers


Friends are few, but the few are loyal and ready to help. People you know are generally lax about minor infractions and miscues, and they want you to not stress out, but to feel at home. They expect you to be the same.
— Keith & Beverly Sellers

Crossing the street is perhaps the most dangerous daily activity. According to one TV news report, eight out of ten drivers do not stop for pedestrians at crosswalks.
— Keith & Beverly Sellers





Relationships are more important than agendas and programs. Fine arts offerings and cultural events are abundant and more affordable than in western cities. Also, if you want to, it's easy to drive away in one day and get away to Venice, Vienna, Prague, or Split. Where's Split? Look it up!
— Keith & Beverly Sellers

Hungarian hospitality to guests is unsurpassed. If someone gives a frank opinion or harsh comment, it means that you are accepted.
— Keith & Beverly Sellers

Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

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Hungary: Urine sample protest against drug test idea - BBC News

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Hungary: Urine sample protest against drug test idea
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A proposal to make young people in Hungary take annual drug tests has gone down badly with one youth party, which delivered urine samples to the local council in protest. District mayor Mate Kocsis, from the ruling Fidesz party, wants all 12 to 18-year ...

Tuesday, December 09, 2014 6:45:58 AM

McCain sparks US-Hungary diplomatic row over Orban - BBC News

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McCain sparks US-Hungary diplomatic row over Orban
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Hungary has summoned the top US diplomat in Budapest after Senator John McCain described Prime Minister Viktor Orban as a "neo-fascist dictator". The Hungarian government rejected the remarks, which it said were totally unacceptable. Sen McCain was ...

Wednesday, December 03, 2014 12:36:18 PM

Hungary police 'blaming victims' of sexual assault - BBC News

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Hungary police 'blaming victims' of sexual assault
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Police in Hungary have been accused of victim blaming after releasing rape prevention advice that warns women of the risks of flirting. They had already faced heavy criticism for a rape awareness film that seemed to partly blame the victim. Safety ...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 8:43:32 PM

Was Russia's South Stream too big a 'burden' to bear? - BBC News

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Was Russia's South Stream too big a 'burden' to bear?
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Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement that he is cancelling the planned $50bn (£32bn; €40bn) South Stream gas pipeline has caused a mixture of surprise, relief and dismay in countries dependent on Russian gas across central and eastern ...

Wednesday, December 03, 2014 9:32:11 PM

Hungary internet tax cancelled after mass protests - BBC News

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Hungary internet tax cancelled after mass protests
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Hungary has decided to shelve a proposed tax on internet data traffic after mass protests against the plan. "This tax in its current form cannot be introduced," Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday. Large-scale protests began on Sunday, when ...

Friday, October 31, 2014 3:47:40 AM

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Carpe Aeternitatem: Teaching third-culture kids to seize each moment with eternity in mind.

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.


Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .


Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.


People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.


Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.


People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.


Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.


Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.


Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.


Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.


Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.


Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.


TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.


"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.


Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.


National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.


National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.




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