The Hungarian Reformed Church (HRC) was formed in the 16th century. It is a confessional church with its standards of faith based on the Heidelberg Catechism.
PCI began to develop its relationships with HRC in the mid 1980s and by 1988 a number of direct congregation-to-congregation links had been established. In the intervening years, most of these initial links have lapsed.
In more recent years other links have been established and personnel have been sent to serve with HRC in a number of locations and countries. In addition various BMO, youth and congregational teams have helped develop our understanding of, and links with, HRC.
Many of the challenges and opportunities the HRC faces are not so very different from those faced in Ireland.
Ilona Veres works with Roma children and their families on the Mera Project run by the HRC Diakonia Foundation and helps with the work of the AKSZA Home for Street Children in Cluj. Her husband Csaba works with IKE – a youth movement linked to HRC.
PCI has sponsored a number of HRC leaders-in-training, who have come to study at Union Theological College in Belfast.