Hungarian United Methodism

A report from time with United Methodists in Hungary:

They have been a witness for Christ in this country for over a century – not as much as individual Christians, but as the unified body of Christ. I worshipped at the oldest Hungarian Methodist Church in Budapest a few days ago. This church was filled with young and old, singles and families. They played violin and organ, drums and guitar. It was lively and warm. And it had a history – one that everyone knew. As a church, they protected and hid Jews during WWII. When the Soviets took over they persevered as a community, continuing to worship faithfully despite the anti-religious environment. Now they are looking outward once again, working with the oppressed Roma people and partnering to provide ministry to the homeless.