New Life in Hungary

September 27 2018

Being a calm and quiet type of guy, few things ring my bell. But when I witness new life, I become like butter in the sun … I melt.

As a kid, I was always fascinated watching a chick break free of its shell or of our horses birthing their foals. Being present at all three of our children’s births was a highlight never to be forgotten. There’s something that captivates my heart when I see “new birth” take place that is like no other experience.

That powerful, unforgettable experience happened again this past Friday in a little town in Western Hungary called Szentmargitfalva. As 33 people filled the new chapel in the center of town, 13 stepped forward to become charter members of this village’s first church after 700 years of waiting. We were witnesses once again of a new birth, a spiritual birth where the divine and the human come together as the bride of Christ. Laci, the Methodist superintendent, has been nurturing the people of this village for the last 10 years to draw near to God.

Over a year ago, plans were drawn up for a small wooden chapel to be constructed. The land was donated by a couple in the community. The town offered to help with the foundation and storage of materials. We all prayed that funds and materials would be available. Donations in material and finances came from Germany, Canada, USA, and Hungary. Men for Missions volunteers (from Canada and the U.S.), One Mission Society missionaries, missionaries from a sister organization, and fellow Hungarians, locally and from far away, all labored over a six-month period to see a “dream come true.”

And so it was, on September 20, 2018, at 3:00 pm, under the light of a crimson cross, the body of Christ in Szentmargitfalva took it first breath. Praise the Lord!

By Chuck Long, OMS "Retired" Missionary

Tags: hungary, country chapel, new life,

​A Celebration of Service: Chuck and Luci Long

June 8 2018

A missionary couple who recently helped build a chapel in a small town in Hungary during their last trip to the country is retiring from One Mission Society. The new chapel is the first one in more than 900 years to be built for its residents since the country had been under a Communist rule. Rev. Chuck and Luci Long have been serving with One Mission Society for more than 25 years and were recently recognized at the OMS World Headquarters for their retirement from OMS during chapel on May 24.

The Longs served one term (four years) in Colombia, seven years with Men for Missions (MFM) as the Western regional directors, and they have helped make disciples of Jesus Christ with students at Asbury University and Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, from 1999 to present day. During their service, they were blessed with three children, Jonathan, Roderick, and Juliana. Juliana and her husband, Jim were present at OMS during the chapel celebration. Son Jonathan serves with OMS in Hungary. The Longs also had many of their grandchildren present to help celebrate with them on their retirement.

Chuck spoke on behalf of the couple to the rest of the OMS staff about the handiwork of God and how he uses precise measurements to create everything and everyone in the world. Long has 43 years of experience in construction and used a meter stick he carries around in his pocket every day to demonstrate the good works that God was doing in the world.

OMS President Bob Fetherlin presented the missionary couple with a plaque to commemorate their faithful service for the Lord and OMS. Staff and visitors were invited to a small reception after the service.

Praise God for their amazing work of intentional evangelism in the world and within OMS.

Thank you, Chuck and Luci, for your many years of service!

By Thaddaeus Ristow, Summer Communications Intern

Tags: missionary retirement, faithful service, longs, hungary, colombia, mfm, students,

Young People Stepping Into Missions: Clarissa's Clear Call

September 20 2016

This is part 5 of a 5-part series of stories about millennials working in missions with OMS.

In God’s Word, the message that Jesus values children is evident. He says people must have a childlike heart. King Solomon highlights the joys of youth. Paul encourages young Timothy to set an example for believers everywhere in his ministry. The importance of young people is evident throughout the Bible. And it doesn’t just mention their importance, but it speaks of their responsibility. Just like other believers of other ages, Christian youth have a role to play in glorifying God and bringing his Good News to the world.

Fresh out of college, Clarissa Hunter has felt God calling her to the mission field in Budapest, Hungary. On the field, Clarissa will serve in communications and ministry coordination. As she begins the funding process, she is working at the OMS World Headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana, as the administrative assistant for Development and Marketing.

Clarissa’s journey started in 2014 when she interned for HOPE61, OMS’ human trafficking prevention ministry. She enjoyed that summer and considered applying for another OMS internship, seeking something she could do for a three-month period right after graduation. She found two internship options that interested her.

As she researched the two options, one of those in Hungary, Clarissa connected with Jonathan Long, the OMS field director for Hungary. She learned more about the vision for Hungary, the passion for transformation in that country, and the desire to come alongside the church in a supportive role to impact people’s lives. Clarissa was drawn to that vision, and after praying and thinking more about her decision, she chose the internship in Hungary.

Clarissa’s three months in Hungary was an affirming experience. She spent time writing and editing materials, helped mediate situations, and worked in teams to serve the Hungarian people. Who she was and what she liked to do seemed to line up perfectly with her jobs, and people recognized her God-given skills.

During Clarissa’s time there, Jonathan pitched the idea of her joining the Hungary team. At first, Clarissa was unsure if she should pursue that idea. Yet, before she even returned to the United States, she had applied to serve in Hungary and for a position at the OMS HQ. She soon had interviews lined up. Both of these interviews ended in success, as she was accepted to go to Hungary and also to work at headquarters during her funding and preparation process for the field.

Doors were flying open for Clarissa, but she still didn’t know what to do. Finally, she came to terms with the fact that she had subconsciously made her choice already to go to Hungary. It was almost as if, when she had left Budapest, she knew she would return. So, she jumped in and took the opportunity.

Currently, as she works at headquarters, Clarissa wants to invest her time where she is right now and to be present in this moment, focusing on her work here instead of always looking to Hungary. But when she does go to the mission field, she wants to continue to have that mentality, to be present in her work and choose to make the most of her time wherever God calls her.

Clarissa has a passion for understanding people and also helping people understand each other. She wants to reach out to those who are marginalized and connect with people who are overlooked by others. Her prayer is that God can work in and through her in Budapest, and also where she is now, to do this. She is thankful for the people that have helped her through this journey, and above all else she's thankful for God’s goodness in opening so many doors of opportunity for her.

As a young person stepping into missions, Clarissa encourages other young people to not let the vast opportunities keep them from choosing somewhere to serve. So many youth struggle with shutting down in response to an overload of information and tragedy, Clarissa said. Instead of letting that overwhelming feeling stop them from being involved somewhere, young people need to see what their God-given talents and skills are best suited for. Then, they need to choose a cause they care about and take steps to help others. The more involved you are, Clarissa added, the less focused you are on just yourself, which creates greater empathy and understanding about what is happening in the world.

Please pray for Clarissa as she works at OMS headquarters and prepares to serve in Hungary. Pray that she seeks to be present and relational, that her focus is on others, and that she chooses to always make the most of her time to serve people and God.

To learn more and to give to Clarissa, visit https://onemissionsociety.org/give/ClarissaHunter.

By Jess Mitchell, Communications Intern

Tags: mission call, hungary, serve, hope61, internship, intern, communications,

​Contemplative Questions from a Hungarian Bath

June 22 2016

Fall break in Budapest: My journey to OMS headquarters

“Have you thought about what you want to do?”

I stared at my friend Lauren Pupillo (an OMS missionary serving in Hungary) as we sat in the gigantic Gellért thermal baths in Budapest, Hungary. People lounged in the warm, jacuzzi-like pools, but I stiffened up when Lauren asked me that question.

What I want to do … with my life? I wasn’t sure.

I had studied abroad for the fall semester during my junior year in Florence, Italy. During my fall break, with encouragement from Lauren, I traveled to Budapest for the week. Lauren graciously opened her home to me and showed me around the city. I saw museums, government buildings, historical landmarks and memorials, tried amazing food, learned more about Hungarian culture, and saw Lauren and her fellow missionaries at One Mission Society (OMS) work together to create programs and witness to the Hungarians about Jesus Christ.

Amidst the fun and chaos of that week, there were moments, like the moment in the baths, where we both could be still and quiet and just talk together. It was refreshing. But the question of what I wanted to do in the future always made me squirm.

I wasn’t even sure what I was going to do that upcoming summer, let alone after graduation.

I told Lauren that I wanted to apply for internships but wasn’t sure where to look, and she mentioned that One Mission Society offered internships in the summer.

That was the last time we talked about that topic for the rest of the week. After that, we continued to explore, and I continued to see Lauren and the others in action on the mission field. They lived together and served God together. I quickly fell in love with the city that they loved, and I was fascinated with the work they were doing to reach out to people. I was awestruck at their selflessness and spur-of-the-moment service to organize projects or help people in need, as well as the struggles that came with it.

When I returned to Italy, I started my internship search. I hadn’t forgotten Lauren’s plug about OMS, so I went to their site and came across a summer communications/journalism internship at the OMS headquarters in Indiana. Having a major in journalism (the second in theatre), I was instantly drawn to the opportunity to work at an organization I was familiar with, having the privilege of telling stories about the work that was going on in the world for God’s glory.

I didn’t wait and connected with OMS immediately to start the application process. That was in November. Months later, after I returned from Italy and started my spring semester at my university, I got a call from Greenwood, Indiana. I had gotten the position.

Fast forward to May of 2016. After a long day of travel, I finally made it to Indiana to start my OMS summer internship. Looking back on the whole process, I have to praise God for the opportunity. Who knew a simple invitation to spend a week in Budapest would bring about a two-month writing internship?

I am excited and full of energy as I begin this summer at One Mission Society. But I know there will be some big challenges. Apart from the multiple projects the Communications Department has to work on, I also have to circle back to the question Lauren asked me months ago in Budapest: what do I want to do? But the question has lost some urgency in my mind as I look around at where I am and who I’m surrounded by. The people at One Mission Society, here at headquarters and abroad in places like Budapest, have something contagious in them. There’s no mistaking the presence of God here. There’s no mistaking the passion they have for that “One Mission” of spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth. So now, instead of constantly thinking about myself and my future career, the bigger question that arises is this:

How can I do what I am called to do right now with that same passion?

Ever since arriving, I am constantly thanking God for bringing me here. I can see His hand guiding me since my time abroad. I pray that I can feel His guiding hand again as I seek to do His work and answer this new question on my mind while working at OMS.

From Budapest to Greenwood and beyond, I look forward to this journey ahead of me.

Jess Mitchell serves as a summer Communications intern at the OMS World HQ in Greenwood, Indiana.

Tags: hungary, italy, intern, internship, communications, journey,

It Takes a Team

January 28 2016

In about a week, one of the most-watched sporting events in the world, the Super Bowl, will be played. A lot of attention will be given to the “celebrity” quarterbacks facing each other, but it’s important to note that whoever wins the Super Bowl will win because 53 athletes, countless coaches, managers, and office staff did their jobs for last year. The quarterback will not win the Super Bowl; a team will.

One Mission Society has a team in Hungary. (To learn more about them, check out the OMS Hungary website at hungary.oms.life to read their bios.) But the team that’s dedicated to transforming lives in Hungary goes far beyond the OMS missionaries who live in country.

Over the last couple weeks, hopefully you’ve read their blog posts as well (if not, scroll down and read the other posts on the OSM website). From Florida to West Virginia to Northern Ireland, you’ve heard from team members who are, in many ways, as critical to achieving the goals in Hungary as we are. There are so many more than you have had the opportunity to hear from. Our extended team members support the vision through prayer, financial giving, and volunteering. To each one, we say, “Thanks!”

You’ve read their stories about our team and about how the Transformational Ministry Center in Budapest will play a big role in helping us to achieve our shared goals. They shared their stories because, like us, they want to give you an opportunity to be a part in reaching our unified goal of Jesus transforming lives in Hungary and growing his church.

As a team, we know that youth and young adult leaders in Hungary need support. We know that training and equipping Hungarians to reach this “open generation” is critical to the revival of churches in Hungary. Equipping them with tools, collaboration, coaching, and support through our Hungarian foundation will achieve the goal that we are convinced God has asked us to play.

Together, we ask you to prayerfully consider how you might support the Transformational Ministry Center project. As a team member you would be counted on to pray for our ministries. As a team member, God may lead you to go and be a part of a ministry. As a team member, God may be leading you now to make a contribution to restoring the building that will help us see Hungary transformed.

God owns this team, and we want him to make the decisions. Is he asking you to join us, to play a role through giving that will help us to win it all? In two weeks, the Super Bowl will be past, and the focus will be toward winning it all next year. In two weeks, our team will continue to work toward the kind of win that changes lives for eternity.

Join us, won’t you?

By Jonathan Long, OMS Field Leader in Hungary

Tags: hungary, ministry center, missions, super bowl, team,

​Youth Are the Future

January 25 2016

When I was first introduced to One Mission Society as a youth in 1996 at a Summer English Camp in Hungary, my life changed forever. After camp, missionaries invested in my life, and a major transformation took place that led to a commitment to fulltime service to God through youth ministries.

During my university work in youth ministries education, the topic of “Youth Are the Future” was discussed in many of my courses. While the statement is correct, it only points us in one direction. It only looks ahead at what can come of the youth in a few years. However, the youth are here today. They surround us, and many are ready or nearly ready to lead today.

We are passionate about young people. We pray and work hard to see them transformed through the work of God in their lives. The last couple of months, we have talked with various young people about their spiritual vital signs, and we have been pleased to see great potential in today’s young people in Hungary. Now, we know the situation is not that simple. It is far more complicated than that.

For this reason, we are excited about the Transformational Ministry Center opening. Not only will this center be available for many youth outreach events and activities, it will be a place where we can invest in those who have the greatest impact on the youth—youth leaders! We will be able to invest into current Hungarian youth leaders who desperately need a place of learning both theoretical and practical skills in how to do ministry with young people in a culture that struggles to truly value its own youth.

In recent discussions with Hungarian pastors, I have come to see the terrain that is in front of us. We need a place for the various Hungarian Christian leaders to gather together and learn from one another on a regular basis. We need to provide an environment of common learning, collaboration, and a place where we can love one another as Christ instructed us. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35 ESV). If we imitate Christ in this manner at the Transformational Ministry Center, we have the opportunity to claim that: Youth Are the Future. These young people will be transformed through unity in God and with their fellow Christian brothers and sisters to go to battle for this generation of youth and the following ones. However, it starts today. It starts now. It starts with us!

By Viktor Rozsa, One Mission Society Missionary in Hungary

Tags: hungary, ministry center, youth ministry, fuure,

Working Hand in Foot

January 21 2016

Overwhelmed. Overjoyed. Overexcited. All of the emotions that we experienced as our family of 5 stepped off of that airplane in Budapest, Hungary, to share in the indescribable ongoing work that God called us to be a part of last summer. Quickly, we realized that in an unfamiliar culture and place, with perfect strangers, we had one common bond. One like mind. One Mission as we call it.

Perceptions fall away as you realize that God has prepared you for a time just as this. Each of us is given a set of unique talents, gifts, and resources. Just as 1 Corinthians 1:12 talks about a body with many parts, each doing its function, we saw the body of Christ come together in Hungary.

Each person, clearly ordained for specific purpose, fulfilled their role as the weeks rolled on and opportunities arose. Career missionaries, short-term missionaries, volunteers, various denominations, and churches all working together. Everyone combining their resources to minister through the English Camp, Roma Camp, and outreach projects to the Syrian refugees. A true example of the church.

The team in Hungary is continuing the next step of faith by building a literal place of connection through the new Transformational Ministry Center in the 14th district of Budapest. A physical structure for the body to work and grow for the glory of God. To train, disciple, make connections, build relationships, form partnerships with fellow believers, and transform lives for Christ.

God calls each of us to be used by him for him. How would he have you to become a part in sharing in the next step in building his kingdom in Hungary?

By Shannon & Aaron DePue, Short-term Volunteers in Hungary, Summer 2015

Tags: hungary, ministry center, team, summer english camp, roma, family missions,

United in Mission: How a church in Ireland is partnering with our Hungary field

January 19 2016

Dervock Presbyterian Church is a community of God’s people on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland. So, why do we support the ministry efforts of One Mission Society in Hungary and the establishment of their ministry center?

OMS Hungary seeks to be an early church example

Our church in Ireland seeks, with God’s help, to be a “well” church. Our vision is based on Acts 2:42-47. We seek to be worshipping, evangelizing, learning, and loving. These are all expressions of faith that will be lived out and practiced in this new ministry center in Hungary. Acts 2 is very clear—the church is to be a community of God’s people. This new vison is about being and building community. How did God bless the community of Acts? “He added to their number those who were being saved.” This is also the goal and vision of OMS Hungary.

OMS Hungary is dependent on churches (like Dervock Presbyterian)

We as the church must help causes like this because organizations like OMS need the help of Christians around the world. Maybe there are some reading this that are not in a position to give, but the field also needs and covets our prayers. I am thankful that this activity is partnership in the Gospel. Not only do I hope the project will be completed, and the people will hear of God’s salvation, but I hope that my own congregation will be spurred on in their missionary interest; we are dependent on this type of project because it keeps congregations like ours fixed on the bigger picture of mission around the world and keeps our eyes fixed on the Lamb by praying more, especially for this cause.

OMS Hungary works on the behalf of churches (like Dervock Presbyterian)

We as a church give thanks to God for this type of initiative. Many in our congregation are rural farmers with major commitments to their livestock, livelihoods, and families. They know they cannot drop everything and go, yet, we are grateful for the team working in Hungary, essentially on our behalf. We cannot go, but it is our responsibily to support those who have been called and given up much to see God’s kingdom extended. Paul said that God would put the fruit of his own ministry to the account of the church in Philippi. We want to be as involved in Hungary’s vision as the church in Philippi was in Paul’s vision.

OMS Hungary is sharing the Gospel with people

As an evangelical church, we desire above all else that Jesus Christ be known across the world. One individual can only do so much to spread the Gospel in the world. Yet, through church mission involvement, we are privileged to gather our resources out of our abundance to help fund the spread of the Gospel throughout the world, in particular, Hungary. God wants the world to know about Christ. He has chosen us as individuals and as churches to share that Gospel with others.

We (Dervock Presbyterian) are commanded by Almighty God to help

Before returning to glory, our Lord Jesus gave the church an emphatic command. We are to go into the entire world with the Gospel! As a church, we have sent members of this congregation to Hungary to participate in short-term missions. We also can pray, which we do often in our midweek services and prayer meetings; but what is most needed by the field right now is our financial support… so we give. Paul says to the church in Corinth, and perhaps he’s saying to you, today “See that you also excel in this grace of giving.”

By Rev. Scott Moore, Minister of Dervock Presbyterian Church and Summer English Camp volunteer.

If you'd like to give to this project, click here.

Tags: hungary, ministry center, church partnership, missions,

​Here to Stay in Hungary

January 13 2016

Back in 1989, Hungary was a part of the movement that helped set in motion a series of dominoes that ultimately led to the fall of the Iron Curtain. That was when Hungary first opened its border to the West. It allowed visitors from East Germany to cross over and visit friends and relatives in Austria and West Germany. Once this was done, East Germany had to open its own border. Thousands of people began to stream into the West.

Soon, Communist governments throughout the Soviet block began to crumble, and the Berlin Wall and Iron Curtain came down. In 1990, Hungary held its first free elections. In 1997, it became a member of NATO. On May 1, 2004, it joined the European Union.

Much has changed since Hungary first opened it border to the West. And the country continues to change at a rapid pace. For one thing, Hungary is going through a cultural revolution as a new generation grows up with no memory of what it was like to live under a Communist dictatorship. These young people have very different expectations and a very different way of looking at the world than do their parents and grandparents. So, where is Hungary now? Where has it come over the last 25 years? And where is it going?

OMS has been in Hungary since August 1992. In 1994, we began our summer English camp program in cooperation with the Hungarian military. For many years, we worked alongside the military, teaching English to students in secondary schools. God did amazing things through this ministry, and great fruit was born from these labors. Most of our young Hungarian leadership of today came to know the Lord through our camp and English ministries. Eventually, when Hungary joined NATO, it closed all of its secondary schools. Nevertheless, our English-based ministries have continued on and have gone in several new directions. This has led to new needs, including a “home” of our own — a ministry center.

A dedicated ministry center would not only give our team a valuable home for its English clubs, youth ministry, and other develping ministries, it would make an important statement to the people of Hungary, especially to the younger generation. Such a center would tell the people of Hungary that we are here to stay, and that we are not another fly-by-night organization that has come to take what we want and then leave. Stability, accountability, and commitment are all very important to the Hungarian people. These things provide the foundation for trust and cooperation.

Our team now has the opportunity to establish its own ministry center. We purchased a run-down building that once served as an artist’s studio. It is in a wonderful location, just a stone’s throw from several major public transportation lines. And it offers a wide range of possible uses. But it is in great need of complete renovation. Would you consider helping us bring this project to fruition?

Check out more information on the Ministry Center here.

By Will Dickerson, Former OMS Hungary Field Leader

Tags: hungary, ministry center, history, iron curtain, communist,

​No Lone Ranger Cowboys in Hungary

January 7 2016

A few weeks ago, our church (located in the panhandle of Florida) sent a team of 8 men to Budapest, Hungary, to be a part of what God is doing through the One Mission Society Hungary team. Together, we spent sweat, blood, and forints (Hungarian currency).

Most of our energy went into demolition (the first step of renovation!) of a building the team is preparing as a multi-use ministry space. We worked hard alongside the OMS Hungary team, but the work was secondary.

Over the course of our week, we experienced radical hospitality. We felt the loving acceptance of our Lord through the over-the-top hospitality of the OMS Hungary team.

We saw a team with highly refined skills and strategic vision. Every member of the team told us stories about where God is going in Hungary and how they fit into the kingdom plan. The Hungary team is poised to move forward in power, everyone using their skills in service of a singular strategic vision.

We felt love, and we saw unity. The One Mission Society Hungary team recognizes each member’s individual personality and skill set, and they take advantage of their diversity to reach more people for Christ! Different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. OMS Hungary is not a group of loosely associated cowboys and one-woman-shows; they are truly a team!

We were blessed to be a part of their team for the week. We felt like family. We were impressed by their skill and vision. And we expect to see more great things in Hungary as the team continues to follow the Holy Spirit.

We look forward to seeing some of this progress through update letters and photos; and, God willing, we expect to see some of it in person. God used the Hungary team to build something special among our Crosspoint men. We don’t take that lightly, and we hope our partnership only grows deeper over time.

Gratefully,

Tyler Fuller
Missions Pastor

Yourcrosspoint.org

Tags: hungary, ministry, unity, cowboys, short-term missions,