Hungarian Refugee Open Choir opens in Hungary

2018. március 21., tags: scottish mission, refugee ministry, Scottish Mission, refugee

The Hungarian Refugee Open Choir is dedicated to being a place for everyone, a place of tolerance for differing political and/or religious views. A couple weeks ago, the choir opened its doors and began its first rehearsals.

Scholarship for Christians from the Middle East

2018. március 01., tags: refugee, scholarship, Middle East, middle east

The Hungarian Government invites young adults from the Middle East to apply for the Scholarship Program for Christian Young People.

The Widow’s Offering

2018. február 13., tags: middle east, interview, Middle East, reformed church in subcarpathia, refugee

“We are doing everything in our power to ensure that Christianity does not disappear from its cradle of two thousand years,” said Tristan Azbej, Deputy State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, when interviewed by, adding that they are also seeking ways to enable Syrian Protestants to stay in their homeland.

CTS group visiting Central Europe

2018. február 01., tags: Columbia Theological Seminary (CTS), partnership, refugee ministry, columbia theological seminary (cts), refugee

On 11 January 2018, a student group from Columbia Theological Seminary visited the Synod Office. The group was introduced to the various ministries of the Reformed Church in Hungary.

Hungarian elderly help refugees find new purpose

2018. január 08., tags: refugee, refugee ministry

In caring for others, refugees leave traumas behind and gain new friends in ‘sceptical’ Hungary.

New Co-operation in Holistic Mission

2017. december 03., tags: refugee, VEM

The Secretary General of the United Evangelical Mission (VEM), Germany, met with the representatives of our Church between 11 and 14 November and considered joint responsibility in mission co-operation and public responsibility.

#LiveTheBorder. Churches took an ecumenical stance exploring migration issues

2017. október 10., tags: refugee, refugee ministry

“Living and Witnessing the Border”, an international conference held from 30 September – 4 October in Palermo and Lampedusa, gathered a hundred participants from churches and ecumenical organizations from Europe and the US, including the WCRC Task Force on Migration and its member representing the Reformed CHurch in Hungary,

Hungary would like to be a refuge for persecuted Christians

2017. október 02., tags: refugee, refugee ministry

“Hungary would like to be a refuge for persecuted Christians”, Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog said on Friday in Budapest.

Integration Country Program in Full Swing

2017. szeptember 13., tags: heks, HEKS, refugee ministry, refugee

In February 2017, the RCH and Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER) cooperated on a Country Program for Hungary, making refugee integration one of the main priorities. As the school year begins, the HEKS/EPER-funded project is in full swing, helping children at an after-school program and sensitizing the wider church about issues surrounding human migration.

Indispensable Help for Refugees

2017. augusztus 28., tags: refugee, Hungarian Reformed Church Aid (HRCA), hungarian reformed church aid (hrca), interview, hungarian reformed church aid (HRCA), refugee ministry

The Hungarian Reformed Church Aid (HRCA) helps refugees in Hungary by paying regular visits to the transit zones in Röszke and Tompa and also the refugee camp in Nyírbátor. They not only help with supplying food, but they have also enlarged the library, organized sports events and provided spiritual support. Christian refugees are arriving in Hungary in increasing numbers – the opportunity to talk to fellow Christians, or even pastors, is a relief for them. We asked Márton Juhász, the managing director (CEO) of HRCA, to tell us more about their services for refugees.

Living Into God’s Vision

2017. július 13., tags: scottish mission, refugee ministry, Scottish Mission, refugee

A local congregation again partnered with the RCH’s Refugee Integration non-profit to put on a superb English camp at the end of July. The camp brought together a diverse group of children and adults and was a life-changing experience for all of them.

No Longer Foreigners and Strangers

2017. június 29., tags: churches commission for migrants in europe (ccme), refugee

In advance of it’s General Assembly, the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe held a conference in Prague on June 23-24 which brought together more than 70 representatives, including a large delegation from Hungary. The conference of experts from across Europe confirmed churches’ role in creating an atmosphere of welcome and integrating migrants and refugees into society. 

High-level Support for Young Persecuted Christians

2017. június 14., tags: Middle East, refugee, middle east, refugee ministry

The Hungarian government has recently launched a scholarship program to support young persecuted Christians in reaching their educational goals in Hungary. The program will begin in the fall and will be open to youth from countries throughout the Middle East and Africa. 

Hungary Signs Accord to Support Iraqi Clinic

2017. május 31., tags: Middle East, refugee, middle east, refugee ministry

The government of Hungary recently signed an accord with the Archbishop of Erbil to donate a large sum of money to a hospital in Iraq that serves mainly Christian refugees. The gift is meant to cover the clinic’s medicinal supplies for the next six months. 

Working Among Refugees: Challenges and Opportunities

2017. április 27., tags: refugee, refugee ministry

Martina Wasserloos-Strunk, a German political scientist and member of many WCRC groups, lead participants in Budapest in a seminar about human migration. Participants came from a variety of backgrounds and bonded in a day-long seminar about the challenges and opportunities that come with refugee integration in Europe.

Children at the Forefront

2017. április 05., tags: refugee, refugee ministry, eurodiaconia, Eurodiaconia

Members of the Eurodiaconia Marginalization and Exclusion network gathered in Budapest for their meeting hosted by the Reformed Church in Hungary. The group spoke about child poverty issues and did a field visit at Kalunba Social Services Ltd., the RCH’s implementing partner for refugee integration. 

Integration Work Spotlighted in New Case Study

2017. március 08., tags: refugee, refugee ministry

The RCH’s refugee integration work, done in partnership with Kalunba Nonprofit Ltd, has been spotlighted in a recent Social Platform case study report regarding “social investment.” Social Platform spoke with the RCH Diaconal Office’s current Head of the Unit for Refugee Integration, Ms. Dora Kanizsai-Nagy, about the work being done in Hungary.

Refugee Integration in Focus

2017. február 17., tags: refugee, refugee ministry, HEKS, heks

Following months of dedicated work, the RCH and Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER) have cooperated on a Country Program (CP) for Hungary to be in effect from 2017-2020. This is the second CP between the two organizations and will focus on the RCH’s Roma Mission as well as the Refugee Integration. 

Hungary plans to become a centre for efforts to combat Christian persecution

2017. február 16., tags: Middle East, refugee, middle east, refugee ministry

“Hungary wants to become a centre for organisations working to combat the persecution of Christians”, the Ministry of Human Capacities’ Parliamentary State Secretary declared at an international conference entitled: “New Opportunities for Solidarity in the Interests of Discriminated Christian Communities”.

RCH Refugee Ministry Reorganized for Bigger Impact

2017. január 20., tags: refugee ministry, refugee

The RCH has been working with refugees since 2006, and in the beginning of 2017 the Refugee Ministry was reorganized in order to have a bigger impact on clients in need. The ministry now falls under the umbrella of the RCH Diaconal Office and partners with a local implementing partner, Kalunba Social Services Ltd, in the work to integrate recognized refugees into life in Hungary.

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