Hungarian Baptists are important to Hungary, the human resources minister said at the closing worship ceremony of the fourth world meeting of Hungarian Baptists in Debrecen, in eastern Hungary, on Sunday.
The futures of Hungary, Europe and the world are inconceivable without living Christian communities who are not only bound together by tradition but also by “the love and mission of Christ”, Zoltán Balog said.
The minister thanked the Hungarian Baptists on behalf of the government for their role in raising and educating children across the country, providing help for the needy and for their prayers.
He praised the Hungarian Baptist community that gathered in Debrecen from 13 countries and expressed hope that they felt at home in Hungary.
Balog noted that Hungary will mark the fortieth anniversary of the returning of the Holy Crown of King Stephen I to Hungary from the United States in January next year. He said that back in 1978 there were Hungarian Baptists in the US who took their case to get the crown back to Hungary all the way to then President Jimmy Carter through famed evangelist Billy Graham and others and secured the crown’s return.