The opportunity to freely live the Christian faith is a competitive advantage in today’s world, said President Katalin Novák on Sunday at the closing ceremony of the national kindergarten program of the Reformed Church of Hungary in Kunszentmiklós, southern Hungary.
In her speech, Katalin Novák expressed her gratitude for the fact that 66 Reformed protestant kindergartens have been built or renovated across the country in the past four years, providing opportunities for the education of some 3,000 young children.
I am grateful that there is someone to build for. I am grateful that there are an increasing number of parents who want their children to enter adult life strengthened in faith, equipped with faith, and with knowledge of Christian values.”
She added that thanks to the Reformed kindergarten program, parents in 24 Hungarian municipalities can now for the first time enroll their children in local Reformed kindergartens.
The president also expressed gratitude for the fact that in 13 years, 1,300 Reformed churches have been renovated in the Carpathian Basin and 55 new churches have been built, while “in Western Europe and everywhere in the Western world we see churches being demolished.” She said that
the Reformed Church in Hungary has a leadership that is not content to survive, but wants to thrive, and has the capacity to do so, along with concrete ideas.
Novák highlighted that the values that a young child encounters in kindergarten are decisive, adding that although the buildings are already in place, the work is only just beginning. She recalled that the national kindergarten program has created 450 new jobs with a Reformed-Christian ethos, and twice as many people have applied to become kindergarten teachers this year as in previous years.
L-R: Lászlóné Csákai, kindergarten director, President Katalin Novák, and Gergely Gulyás, the Minister heading the Prime Minister’s office. Photo: MTI/Bruzák Noémi
József Steinbach, Bishop of the Transdanubian Reformed Diocese, stressed that where the word of God is preached with faithfulness and devotion at all times, the word of God will spread. He underlined that the creation of 66 Reformed kindergartens was also given to them so that they could experience the miracle.
The kindergarten program launched by the Reformed Church in Hungary was made possible with government support of some HUF 35 billion (EUR 91 million).
Via MTI, Featured photo via Facebook/Katalin Novák