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5th Conference of 5 Protestant Gypsy Missions

It was the 5th Annual Conference organised by 5 Hungarian protestant churches (Reformed, Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal) of Hungary that was held in Debrecen on 8th February 2020. The event venue was the large church building of the Reformed Church, where around 1,500 people gathered together from the Carpathian Basin to praise the Lord and to listen to encouraging messages. Daniel D. Szabo, an elderly, yet still active Gypsy mission worker of the Reformed Church said the following words 10 years ago: “It is a surprising miracle from the Lord, that He uses the Gypsies to bring the different denominations closer to each other.” Many years later his words became true.

The theme of this conference was “Create in me a clean heart, O God” from Psalms 51:10. Zoltan Kurdi (Methodist Church) worded well the purpose of the day like this: “Our hearts are under attack, and the Word of God tells us to guard it above all else. That is why we need to clean our hearts.” Several other mission leaders and government representatives greeted the audience as well. The songs for this event were lead by the Exodus Worship Team, who created good spiritual atmosphere at this special event.

Rupi Gabor from Korond (Romania) was the main preacher of the day. He emphasised the following: “God’s love is in the hearts of all people, and this is why the devil doesn’t seek the wardrobes in our houses, but the treasures in our hearts.” Then he addressed the audience with a challenge: “So let us throw out the bad things from there and ask God to give us a clean heart!” His sermon was followed by a prayer time.

Several Christians shared their testimonies during the afternoon session, when they testified about the great changes only God was able to perform in their lives. After each testimony the brave testifiers got prayed for by their own Gypsy mission leaders.

Peter Bakay closed the day with the following words: “We have heard about miracles–so let’s be brave to ask things from God!” God wants us to pray for our loved-ones, for our own success, for the growing of His Kingdom, and last, but not least, for clean hearts and steadfast spirit, in order to be able to stand firm in all challenges of our lives, and to have a live relationship with Him.

Thanksgiving in Alsozsolca

It was already the fourth occasion for a Protestant Gypsy Mission Conference being help by the Protestant Gypsy Mission Forum on 9th February, this time it was in Alsozsolca, in the local Methodist church.

The new building complex provided a worthy home for the not very old initiation, when our Roma brethren, who came to Christ through the mission activities of the protestant churches, give thanks together for the saving grace of God. In this way they somehow also participate spiritually in building the Kingdom of God and in demolishing the barrier walls between each other and between the majority society and the Gypsies.

Mrs. Langer, Katalin Viktor who is the Deputy State Secretary responsible for social inclusion in the Ministry of Human Resources gave a speech at the event, beside other things mentioning “This unity cannot be experienced anywhere else!”

The service of preaching was done by pastor Robert Balogh from the Reformed Church based on the fourth verse in Psalm 100. “Enter his gates with thanksgiving…” what our brethren practiced in small groups. Here we would like to thank the music team of the local Methodist church for their ministry, so by their singing and instrumental music they provided an appropriate musical background for thanksgiving.

The local Lutheran churches in Görögszallas and Nyirteleki, the Baptist church in Tatarszentgyörgy, the Pentecostal church in Nyirvasvari, the Reformed church in Konyar and–being the host–the local Methodist church were given time to introduce themselves. As it had became a good practice before, there were testimonies shared from different denominations in the afternoon, proclaiming the life-transforming power of God. In his closing prayer Zoltan Kurdi gave thanks for us being the Body of Christ together and that truly the small and big, the Hungarian and the Gypsy, the male and female, the noble and ignoble, all of us belong to this spiritual community. Thank God for this!