IFES

Students Reaching Students with the Gospel

Hungary

Europe faces increasing challenges, with so-called ‘tolerance’ from a secular agenda on the one hand, combined with authorities’ uncertainty about how to handle the growing influence of Islam on the other. There are increasing restrictions on religious activities on campuses and national movements need your prayers for wisdom, creativity and boldness. In countries where Christianity has been oppressed for many years, where the national churches are young, and believers are few, we pray that student movements will raise up godly alumni to impact these challenging societies with the gospel.

Hungary is a post-communist country in Central Europe. The majority of the population is Roman Catholic, however their numbers are decreasing rapidly, as are those of other Christian churches. The vast majority of the people are far from God and spiritually desperate, while Hungary’s economy is also in serious trouble. MEKDSZ believe their hope lies only in the good news of Jesus Christ.

MEKDSZ is thankful for committed students who are enthusiastic about sharing the gospel at their universities. They are excited about student-written materials that are helping others dig deeply into the gospel of Mark. In their winter camp each year about 400 students and high school seniors gather for fellowship and encouragement.

Shorter academic years (following fairly recent changes in Hungary’s education system) have created greater academic pressure, with less time for students to be involved in MEKDSZ groups. MEKDSZ is formulating a strategy looking ahead to 2020 to work more effectively in response to these restrictions. Also, with increasing numbers of international students, MEKDSZ is seeking new staff who can dedicate themselves to this aspect of ministry.

MEKDSZ has a strong graduate ministry which has a yearly three-day conference, prayer groups and mentoring schemes for current students.

View from the inside

Márton Járay, General Secretary of MEKDSZ, shares, ‘Since the inspiring years I spent in my own student group, I have had a calling to be in student ministry, and I am excited about the constantly changing challenges we face. “Be strong and very courageous”, says Joshua 1:7, and that speaks to me daily.

‘Interestingly, despite changes in the movement itself, the most basic questions surrounding student ministry remain unaltered in 20 years, and both the grass-roots and interdenominational nature of our community, built in love, fostered by students themselves, is always attractive for both Christian and non-Christian students.’

Please pray for:

  • plans to put on the Mark Drama (performance of the gospel of Mark);
  • courage for the students to share their faith;
  • the fundraising project to fund a full-time staff worker for international students.