Magnificent church buildings occupy places of prominence all throughout the city of Budapest. The central location of church buildings in the major squares of the city is reminiscent of an era in which the institution of the church played a significant role in the life of the city, regularly exerting its influence over many aspects of daily life. But times have changed, and the Budapest of today bears the scars of a godless, communist past while ushering in the reality of a post-Christian present.
While church buildings still remain at the physical centers of the city, the church in its traditional and historical forms and expressions seems to have lost its effectiveness. However, Hungarians are increasingly open to spiritual things and eager to experience Christian community expressed in a form that has relevance for them. True life-change will come about as followers of Jesus penetrate neighborhoods and communities, acting as salt, light, and leaven.
In recent years, God has been bringing people from some of the hardest to reach areas of the planet to live in Budapest. An amazing door has opened to build friendships with men, women, and children from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, and countries across Africa who are transitioning to their new life in Budapest. God is at work through these friendships and we are seeing the potential for a disciple-making movement among these previously unreached people. This is truly a strategic opportunity for the advance of the gospel!
Experience with Muslims and/or ability to speak Urdu, Farsi, or Arabic a plus.