We have been blessed in the past years by a growing partnership with the Armenian Evangelical Community in Syria. In an interview we asked Rev. Dr. Harout Selimian, president of the community, to reflect on the cooperation, the support of the Hungary Helps Program and the actual situation in the country.
Two partner churches of the Reformed Church in Hungary (RCH) received aid through the Hungary Helps Program in the past two years, the project period closed on the end of 2020. The Hungarian help served Reformed institutions of the country which are in critical condition and made bigger investments possible.
During a video conference on December 22nd, the Debrecen Reformed Theological University (DRHE), the Transtibiscan Diocese and the Both Antal Theological and Cultural Foundation delivered their joint donation to the Protestant theological school in Beirut, which suffered damage in the explosions on August 4th.
RCH joined the initiative of the Christian Solidarity International (CSI) urging to stop sanctions against Syria. Bishop István Szabó supports the appeal and signed the open letter to presidents of the US and the European Council.
RCH joined the initiative of the Karachi based Tehillim School of Church Music & Worship in partnership with the Presbyterian Church of Pakistan to support the reformed families in the country as they prepare for Christmas and witness about Christ's love for all.
On December 16, 2020, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received the keys of the building which the Government of Hungary gave to the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate to administer as a Syriac Center for the period of 50 years.
Red Wednesday is a worldwide action initiated by the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), a Catholic Pontificial Foundation, in 2015. Hundreds of churches, monuments and buildings will be illuminated tonight in red light in a global call for religious freedom and solidarity with the persecuted Christians.
The Károli Gáspár University of the RCH established a scholarship scheme for young Christian students living in minority in selected countries of the Middle-East, Asia and Africa. Applications are no open for the Acedemic year 2021/22.
The Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) has been sheltering displaced families from Artsakh in Armenia with the support of the Hungary Helps Agency and the Hungarian Reformed Church Aid. Hungarian support for Armania is a symbolic sign of unquestionable solidarity.
The Hungary Helps Agency, in cooperation with the Hungarian Reformed Church Aid (HRCA) and the Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA), provides an emergency fund for the rehabilitation and humanitarian support of civilians in Armenia.
RCH joined the WCRC's call for prayer and support for those affected by the explosion in Beirut. Bishop István Szabó sent letters of solidarity to NESSL and UAECNE and assured RCH's partner churches of symphaty and support.
The Presbyterian organisation Tehillim Pakistan has started a food supply campaign for day labourers and marginalized poor Christian families amidst of COVID-19 lockdown in Karachi. Also Muslim families in need received food packages and support.
The Hungarian Reformed Church Aid launched a donation campaign to meet needs of people mostly affected by the novel corona virus and at the same time invited congregations to support the Sunday School project of Reformed congregations in Syria, an initiative which RCH has been supporting since 2018.
Károli Gáspár University of the RCH founded a scholarship scheme to provide study opportunities for young Christian students who are living in minority in selected countries in the Middle-East, Asia and Africa. The University offers 5 full scholarship a year. Deadline for applications is 30th April.
Students and teachers of Hungarian reformed schools in the Carpathian Basin answered the call of the Church Leaders, opened their hearts and raised more than 60 000 USD for the renovation of Syrian evangelical schools. A 10-years high in the history of the Reformed Educational Fund.