Eszter Dani was appointed as head of the Synod’s Mission Office in 2012, and she played a pivotal role in strengthening the national Reformed Roma ministry. Rev. Dani, who is also a pastor in Solymár, has been senior advisor of the Mission Service since 1 January this year.
Since September, a new team of mentors has been accompanying the institutional development of schools participating in the HEKS-funded inclusion program of RCH. The initiative is part or the strategic cooperation with the Swiss Protestant Church Aid in the Ministry among Roma.
The delegation of the István Wáli Reformed Roma Special College visited Italy, together with representatives from other similar institutions. The joint trip marked the tenth anniversary of the Network. Participants also had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis.
It is heartening to see that our church has diverse and hopeful programmes in the area of youth ministry, but we seldom talk about the ways we can provide examples to younger generations with our personal lives. Report about the annual conference of the National Reformed Roma Ministry.
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Christian Roma Colleges Network, a large delegation travelled to Rome to represent the organisation, where Pope Francis received the Hungarian Church leaders and the Roma Students.
Mrs. Ferenc Gondi, host of the Morning Star After-School, an institution for Roma children in Kecskemét, is a real angel in everyday life. The National Roma Ministry of RCH recognized her ministry granting her the 2021 Reformed Roma Pedagogical Assistant of the Year Award.
The National Reformed Roma Ministry organised a seminar on Reconciliation among Nations from 6 to 8 August. During the event, which focused on the mutual reconciliation of Roma and non-Roma, lectures, dramas and small group discussions paved to way for participants to journey together from recognition of pain to mutual forgiveness.
In 2021, the third four-year support period of HEKS (Swiss Protestant Church Aid Organization) and the Hungarian Reformed Inter-Church Agreement began. In the framework of the cooperation the Swiss organization supports the mission among Roma and disadvantaged.
A limited number of colleges were able to get together at the service for the Protection of the Theotokos Greek Catholic Church on 19 April 2021. Zoltán Balog, Ministerial President of the RCH Synod, preached the Word.
The Reformed Roma Special College in Budapest (RefoRom) launched a campaign to help disadvantaged roma students, collecting donations so the students are able to buy the right quality and amount of food, notes, books and clothing for themselves.
The new Country Program of HEKS starts the 1st of January 2021. One of the primary goals is to encourage the RCH’s congregations to be more open towards roma communities and to support ministries among roma families, children and youth.
Zoltán Beck is known in Hungary as the frontman of 30Y rock band. It is lesser known that as a senior lecturer in the Department of Romology at the University of Pécs, he has had a decades-long acamedic career.
The Roma Mission Theologian Tield Trip had to move to the online world. Senior theologian-pastoral students at Károli Gáspár University were able to take part in an intimate and informative three day course where they gained good experience for their future service.
We prepared for the Roma Ministry Conference with this in mind: we have to do what we must for protection. This is why we’ve changed our personal event to online where we had Bible study discussions to deepen faith, prayers, and cultural programs.