Missions work is crucial for us because we believe only the Gospel through the power of God can truly change one?s mindset and attitude. We focus our efforts on meeting the spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical needs of ethnic Gypsies and other disadvantaged people. We are present in 250 localities.
We have well-equipped teams that can be mobilized throughout the country to go and preach the Gospel. Our key people are trained evangelists with a compassionate heart for the lost. Together with the teams they lead, they are able to communicate the Good News in songs, drama, testimonies and preaching. Our aim is to have lasting results wherever we go, and thus we prefer setting up home groups in these localities, with the purpose of establishing churches.
It is top priority for us not only to preach the Gospel but also establish lively home groups that later become thriving churches. We have over 30 full-time missions workers: evangelists, teachers, musicians and technical personnel, and a vast crowd of volunteers. We cooperate with other missions organizations. Our national prayer network is present in several counties and organizes days of prayer and fasting on a regular basis.
Our youth ministry was launched in 2009. We regularly visit and support existing youth groups and organize youth camps, conferences and concerts. We reach over 1000 young people with youth clubs for secondary school students in several places across the country. The curriculum was developed by Campus Crusade for Christ Hungary, and is aimed at empowering the youth with Christian principles and better self-knowledge in a relaxed and fun environment.
Interested inmates participate in outreaches where they hear the Gospel from our specially trained evangelists and hear about how they can get to know God personally. They can discuss relevant issues and be prayed for in small groups. We also help them recognize how they can integrate into mainstream society when they are given the chance. We receive good testimonies from inmates and positive feedback from facility personnel.
HGMI is a missions branch of the Hungarian Pentecostal Church in Hungary. We are a separate legal church entity, constituting ?Church District Five,? a non-geographical district for Gypsy churches. We have a network of 120 churches, led by a group of elders. The churches are of different cultural and social backgrounds, scattered throughout the country; the majority located on the north- and southeast. The total number of attendees exceeds 6000.
Social services reflect our wholistic approach in helping people. Jesus cared not only for the spirit, but also the soul and body. Through our national network of skilled social nurses we help the needy. Through special events and programs we can offer far more than a secular social assistance organization.
The mission of our social home assistance services is to offer personalized assistance to those who cannot care for themselves properly. Our social nurses regularly visit the elderly in their homes and help them in their physical, mental and social needs right there in their own environment. They carry out basic nursing duties according to the doctor?s prescription, and help around the house and do the shopping.
In our social catering service we provide hot meals to those who cannot provide for themselves because of their age, health or psychiatric condition, disability, addiction or homelessness. These people may apply for hot meals delivered either to their homes or to our elderly daycare facility on working days and they pay a reduced fee for the service. Presently we provide this service in nine locations across our social services network in Hungary.
Our daycare for the elderly may be attended by people that need social or mental assistance during the day, long for company or need to use our hygienic facilities or consultancy services. They may use our facilities for personal hygiene and washing their clothes. Our family daycare is intended to become a prototype facility where disadvantaged Gypsy children can socialize in the warmth of a home and learn basic life skills.
We opened our brand new Dream Castle Nursery in Isaszeg, Hungary in March 2014. The most important thing for the children is to feel loved and secure. Our qualified staff do everything they can to provide an environment where the little ones can feel at home. We know we cannot ? and in fact we don?t want to ? assume the role of the family. On the other hand, we also know that our attitude and behavior will have a great impact on them.
We offer free long-term community-based care for psychiatric patients in Szeged, third largest city in Hungary. Patients can use these services on a voluntary basis in or near their homes. Our purpose is to contribute to their integrated life and activities in a loving and caring environment. We help them deal with the disadvantages of mental illnesses and psychosocial losses and reintegrate in society.