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I am with seven members of Myers Park on a mission trip to Debrecen Hungary. We are visiting our brothers and sisters in Christ at the Great Church. So far we have enjoyed meals and laughter with our friends here.

This evening we attended a special church ball that began with short presentations from the lead elder, the pastor and the mayor of the city.  After some entertainment, we ate a delicious family-style banquet and then enjoyed dancing to the music of a live band.

It was clear to us that the members of the Great Church have a great sense of community connection. The event was intergenerational and the dance floor was crowded with children and adults of all ages having a wonderful time. Joy abounded!

– Millie Snyder, Executive Pastor

Today we were afforded many opportunities to worship, pray and commune with our Hungarian brothers and sisters. First, we joined a monthly prayer service in which our Hungarian friends pray for their partners around the world, including Myers Park Presbyterian.

Next, we participated in worship at the Great Church celebrating their 200 anniversary of the Reformed Church in Hungary. After lunch, we joined committee members from the International Minister committee and talked about our different experiences with our partners and our long partnership. It was a very boisterous table!

Later in the day we joined the Contemporary service and sang Hungarian versions of songs that many Celebrate attendees would recognize. Afterwards, we joined the attendees for tea in the prayer room.  Guests at my table were students, one at the church for her very first night. I learned later that in summer months, tourists often wander into this service.

In between all of these things we got to talk with our Hungarian brothers and sisters about how life is the same and different, how to involve church members in the ministry, and some complicated decisions I had never considered before. For example, here in Hungary, interfaith marriage might be a marriage between a communist and a Christian. This is something I had not considered before.

– Kary Beaman, Hungary global team member