Ilona has been serving as a global mission worker in Romania since 1993 and Csaba since 1998. They both currently serve in the DIAKONIA, the Hungarian Reformed Church’s social action ministry in Transylvania (in north west Romania), which was founded in 2001.

 

Csaba is the coordinator of children’s and family ministry for socially disadvantaged children in seven villages in his home county of Salaj. His work involves administration, supporting and resourcing staff to enable them to minister to marginalised families through educational programmes and family support. Csaba works closely alongside local Reformed congregations and local councils in each village to bring the good news to needy families and help those living in poverty.

 

Ilona works as educator and family worker with a Roma community in the village of Méra. Her day to day work involves teaching in the afterschool programme, as well as adult literacy, family support, Bible teaching, women’s fellowship and evangelism.

 

For the past 18 years, Csaba and Ilona’s summer months have been spent organising and leading Bible camps, holiday bible clubs, evangelistic youth events and programmes, often partnered by teams from the Presbyterian Church of Ireland. 

 

Prior to working in the Diakonia Csaba was the general secretary of the Hungarian Reformed Church’s youth board, and Ilona ministered at Aksza Centre for street children in the city of Cluj. Ilona grew up in Sloan Street Presbyterian Church, Lisburn and Csaba in the Hungarian Reformed Church in his hometown of Zalau. Csaba and Ilona have two daughters in their late teens.

 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Csaba and Ilona have continued to serve in Romania and have adapted their work and witness to comply with local restrictions. Their work when restricted has included socially distanced visiting, online meetings and supporting children with home schooling by providing lap tops to some children who did not have one.

 

Prayer Points

  • Give thanks for the work of God through the Diakonia over the past 18 years, bringing help and dignity to needy communities across Transylvania through education, healthcare, community development and Bible teaching.  
  • Praise God for those Roma who have come to faith in Christ. Pray that they will grow in faith and be faithful witnesses to God’s power and grace, and that God’s kingdom would continue to spread among the Roma.
  • Pray for Csaba and Ilona and the staff of the Diakonia, for teachers, social workers, educators who minister to the Roma communities daily. Ask God to bless their special skills and give them hearts of compassion and opportunities to share their faith in a clear and sensitive way.
  • Pray too for the Veres family.

Csaba and Ilona have recorded two film clips (a short 3 minute clip and longer 15 minute clip) which can be downloaded and used in church services, prayer meetings or events to raise awareness and prayer for what God is doing across the world, as we seek to go deep and wide in global mission involvement.


(For previous Digital Dispatches video clips click here)


Latest Report

December 2021 / January 2022

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
 
In this another difficult season of coronavirus related challenges and restrictions, so we ask for prayer for staff in the Diakonia to have a courageous love like Jesus, in both word and deed.
 
Diakonia Homecare 
During this winter with a higher Covid-19 infection rate than ever in Romania and one of the lowest vaccination rates in Europe, the Diakonia homecare and palliative care nurses are at the frontline, going out every day to care for the ill and suffering in the community. Tunde (nursing manager) and her team work tirelessly to bring healthcare for a growing number of patients
  • Pray for the Diakonia nursing team, for strength and patience as they comfort and treat the sick and weak. Pray they would be strengthened in their faith and be protected and sustained in difficult moments. 
  • Pray for opportunities for the nursing team to bring the message of hope in Jesus and to be a reflection of God’s love to the ill and their families. 
Children’s Ministries
We give thanks that schools in Romania have been reopened so Diakonia afterschool programmes can resume to offer healthy meals and educational support for Roma children. Contact with families is limited to phone calls and messenger groups, and home group Bible studies and the Good News club have remained online. As we move into Advent we pray that distractions will be cut away and believers would experience a new sense of presence and worship of the Lord. 
  • Pray for the Mera online Good News club and the online Bible studies. 
  • Pray that especially during this fourth wave of coronavirus, churches in the village would be united in purpose and be faithful witnesses to the hope and peace we have in Jesus. 
In mid-November after a time of hand-over we travelled to Northern Ireland for a period of home assignment. 
  • Pray for a good time of rest and also time to reconnect with family and church before deputation in January
Contact Details: Str Intre Lacuri 43
Cluj-Napoca
Jud Cluj
ROMANIA
 

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