Hungary



Legendary Ethnic Group

Located in the center of Europe, lies a beautiful country with streets lined with traditional Gothic architecture, and that is Hungary. Most people are familiar with its capital and economic center, Budapest. With charming Eastern European cobble streets and the Danube dividing the city in half, Budapest is always on the traveler's list when roaming Europe.

Despite the gorgeous landscapes and cities Hungary has to offer, there are a group of people living in the rugged countryside that have long been overlooked. Though their cullture, music, and art has risen in popularity, they are still discriminated by most people today. Their history is filled with constant migration, persecution, slavery, and even massacres. They are the Roma people, most commonly regarded as Gypsies.

Walk into any of their villages and you'll be greeted immediately by dozens of Roma children, since they seldom have visitors. Most of the parents marry and give birth during a young age. Enter the home of any Romani family and discover that most of them have large extended families, as family is a central part of their society and culture.

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315600+
匈牙利羅姆人 Rome Population in Hungary



Focusing on both Leadership Training and Basic Infrastructure

1996 : Pastor Huang was sent by Taiwan Chinese Christian Mission to preach the gospel to overseas Chinese people in Hungary. 

2004 : Pastor Huang was invited into the Roma people's home for the first time to preach, his heart for them started to grow.

2006 : Taipei Bread of Life pastors were invited by Pastor Huang to Hungary, to meet the Roma people and their leaders.

2009 : Taipei Bread of Life invited leaders and pastors from Hungary to its 55th anniversary celebrations.

2012 : Pastor Yeh, Pastor Jon, and Pastor Peter starts to get connected with local churches.

2013 : Bread of Life sends its first missions team, led by Pastor Peter, to Hungary. They assisted Pastor Bela and Pastor Zsuzsanna in their ministry in Nyírbéltek and Tiszavasvári with children's camp and leaders training. They also got to meet Bela's disciple Vili.

2014 : The Bread of Life  English Ministry set out for another missions trip to Nyírbéltek and Tiszavasvári, to assist in leaders training.

2015 : Main leaders of Bread of Life in Tiszavasvári undergo 3 months of theology training.

2015 : Vili becomes the main pastor in Tiszavasvári.

2015 : The English Ministry sends out another missions team in the summer to Tiszavasvári, cleaning up the streets, hosting a children's camp, and an outdoor crusade.

2016 : Bread of Life Life Training Institute sends its first missions team to Nyírbéltek and Tiszavasvári, serving the children there.

2016 : Bread of Life International sends a summer missions team to serve the children in Nyírbéltek and Tiszavasvári and do leaders training. The team also had the chance to do home visitation for the very first time.

2017 : Bread of Life in Taipei sends its first superteam to Hungary, with a total of 54 participants. They went to Pálmajor to host an outdoor crusade, seeing the sick get healed and the lame walk.

2017 : Bread of Life Life Training Institute sends a team in April to serve the children in Taktaszada.

2018 : Bread of Life in Taipei sends another superteam in the spring with a total of 98 participants, going to Pálmajor and Tiszavasvári. They hoseted an outdoor crusade, served the children, assisted in repairing the church venue, and did home visitation.



POLITIC

Roma people throughout Europe are mostly discriminated, especially in Hungary. Parties on the far right seek to use various measures in driving them away, such as forcing Roma people to move away by expropriating their lands. As more and more Roma people are more aware of their own rights, they have started to speak up for themselves through the European Union court system.

ECONOMY

Due to being marginalized by society, unemployement rates are high. Most Roma people rely on government social welfare as means of income. Because of their constant moving lifestyle, they often look for jobs that offer high time flexibility, high mobility, and fast cash. Most choose to be fortune-tellers or horse dealers. Some prefer more traditional and artistic careers like being a craftsman, singer, or musician.

EDUCATION

Roma people children are often discriminated in public schools. They are often treated differently and are separated from normal classrooms. Some parents might even transfer there child out of the classroom or school if they find out a Roma child is also in the same class. Education reforms were initiated by the government of 2010, aimed at centralization, more state controled, and promoting a national curricula. Most people worry that such reforms encourage recitation and memorizing instead of critical thinking.

RELIGION

Most of their traditional belief systems are built upon superstition, focus on material gains, and a rough concept of good verses evil dualism. They don't believe in fate, as oneself is the true master of their own life. Throughout history, the Roma people were originally Hindu but have also come to adopt Christianity and Islam.

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Szedmak Bela

Bread of Life Church in Hungary Pastor

Once a bus driver, the passion and burden for Roma people was always deep in Pastor Bela's heart. His oldest son was completely healed by the power of God from leukemia when he was 6, now he's 31. Pastor Bela and Pastor Vili continue to commit to expanding the kingdom of God in the Roma community.

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Vili Lakatos

Bread of Life Church in Tiszavasvari Pastor

Once a criminal for many years, Pastor Vili's life was completely changed after meeting Jesus. He's now devoted himself completetly to preaching the gospel to the Roma people. Signs and miracles have also become normal in his ministry, including the dead raised to life and the lame walking.