This past weekend, from August 4th to the 6th, the fourth World Meeting of Hungarian Baptists was held in the eastern Hungarian city of Debrecen, wire service MTI reports.
Speaking at a press conference on the first day of the event, Paul Msiza (pictured above), the president of the Baptist World Alliance, said that his organization was pleased to join Hungary’s Christian community in commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in Europe. He noted that the Baptist World Alliance, established in 1905 as “the church of Jesus Christ” has more than 100 million members in 125 countries.
István Gergely, the vice president of the World Alliance of Hungarian Baptists (Mabavisz), emphasized the fact that this year’s World Meeting coincides with the 20th anniversary of his organization’s founding.
In addition, János Papp, Mabavisz’s president, said that, in honor of the Meeting’s motto, “Something New Has Been Born”, the group will send gifts to children born in Debrecen during the week of the event.
The meeting ended on Sunday with a closing worship ceremony. At this event, Hungary’s Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog emphasized the importance of Hungarian Baptists to the country.
Balog told ceremony attendees that the future of Hungary, Europe and even of the world is “inconceivable” without living Christian communities who are not only bound together by tradition but also by “the love and mission of Christ.”
The minister thanked the Hungarian Baptists on behalf of the government for their role in raising and educating children across the country, providing help for the needy and for their prayers.
He praised the Hungarian Baptist community that gathered in Debrecen from 13 countries and expressed hope that they felt at home in Hungary.
Balog noted that Hungary will mark the fortieth anniversary of the returning of the Holy Crown of King Stephen I to Hungary from the United States in January next year. The HR minister told the story of the Hungarian Baptists living in the United States who, in 1978, and with the help of world-famous evangelist Billy Graham, appealed all the way to President Jimmy Carter for the return of the crown, an effort which was ultimately successful.
This year’s meeting was attended by about 10,000 people. The third world meeting of Hungarian Baptists was also held in Debrecen, in 2006.
Via MTI and Hungary Matters
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