"In the current situation it is our common responsibility to alleviate people’s neediness regardless of gender, religion or nationality," Follow the activity of Hungarian Reformed Church Aid (HRCA) among refugees and read the daily updates, published by HRCA's Communication Service.
We talked with multi-awarded head of RCH Refugee Ministry Dóra Kanizsai-Nagy and the Mission’s project coordinator Balázs Acsai about the dangers of the misconceptions about refugees and the Christian attitude towards them.
There are people, who want to discriminate them, who want to misuse them and there are those people, who want to help them. So did the Hungarian Youth together with more volunteers from other countries in Europe and Middle East.
For World Refugee Day 2015, the Refugee Ministry of the RCH is encouraging anyone available to join in the UNHCR Celebrations and events organised by the ministry. To mark this day we share Sophie’s story, a benefactor of the Refugee Ministry and featured in the poster stories for UNHCR.
The Teach Overseas program has been sending native English speakers to Hungary for more than 20 years. Most recently this connection has been manifested through the organization’s relationship with the Refugee Ministry of the Reformed Church in Hungary.
Maria Kojdecka came to Budapest as a volunteer with no real plan of where she would work. All she knew was that she wanted to teach and wanted an adventure. She found herself at the community center of the Reformed Church in Hungary’s Refugee Ministry.
The effects of the consistently escalating political situation in Ukraine since the autumn of 2013 are becoming more and more noticeable in the average household. Day by day the crisis can be felt not only in the crisis regions but also in Sub-Carpathia, within the Hungarian minority.
“Hungarian people become angry quickly, but there are patient and kind ones too,” said Sally, the 10-year-old who came from Syria with her parents. She learns a lot at the Refugee Community Center in Budapest with other foreign young people.
For those refugees and migrants settling in a new country, studying the language is the first step to integrating into society. But what do you do if there are no resources with which to learn? For Somalis coming to Hungary, this is the exact situation they encounter upon arrival.
Abraham and Sarah, the newborn Jesus and the first Christians all experienced the compulsion to flee and the difficulties of integration, but all of them also knew the care of God. The Hungarian Bible Society and the Reformed Mission Centre have prepared a traveling exhibition that urges us to see the vulnerability of refugees.
"Our mission is to provide a home to 'newcomers,' to help rebuild their lives in humanity and to give Christ's love to them," said Dóra Kanizsai-Nagy, the head of the Refugee Ministry who won the Equality Prize on the Day of Social Work.
Zoltán Balog, minister of Human Resources, presented several awards on 11 November, the Day of Social Work. The heads of the RCH's Homeless Ministry and Refugee Ministry as well as the Mohács-Kölked congregation social home and its director were among the recipients.
The RCH is filled with joy to welcome a group of 10 U.S. teachers to Hungary from the Teach Overseas program. They will spend the summer teaching English at refugee camps in Debrecen, Bicske, Fót and at the Refugee Mission's new community center in Budapest.
A new United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) report states that the number of refugees and internally displaced people is at an 18-year high with the crisis in Syria being a leading factor. However, the RCH Refugee Mission decided to honor World Refugee Day in a more positive light.
It is an extremely busy but exciting time for the RCH's Refugee Mission of the Reformed Mission Centre as it works to organize a newly acquired building in the heart of Budapest. The building will serve as the the Mission's new community centre.