Hungary (MNN) – Mission Cry has had the opportunity to send $350 million worth of free Bibles and Christian books to 175 nations. Yet even though they’ve reached far corners of the world, there are still some places where they haven’t been able to send resources.
Up until recently, Mission Cry did not have many opportunities to send materials to Hungary. Now, they have sent a sea container filled with nearly half a million dollars’ worth of free Bibles and Christian books.
“We’re so excited about that, due to that being a nation that we haven’t got to reach very much,” Mission Cry’s Jason Woolford says.
“Within that container, our Bibles and books that came from people that are listening, those that had extra Bibles or Christian books on their shelf, and they sent them to our ministry or brought them in.”
Mission Cry is looking forward to seeing how these materials will spread and make a difference in lives throughout the nation.
Christianity in Hungary
Though Europe may have a history of Christianity and evangelism, Woolford says the need for God’s Word remains great.
“You look at the United States of America and estimate[s] say that there’s about 80 percent of people that are Christians. When we really narrow it down, the statistics show that possibly only 40 percent or less,” are believers.
This is similar in Hungary, a Christian nation.
A census from 2011 in Hungary, determined that about 54 percent of Hungarians are from different sects of Christianity. Thirty-eight-point-nine percent said they were Catholic, 11.6 percent said they were Calvinists, 2.2 percent said they were Lutherans, .1 percent said they were Orthodox Christians, and 1.3 percent followed other Christian sects.
However, Berkley Center estimated that there is only a rate between 12 and 22 percent of Church attendance in the nation.
“So when you look at other countries that have been evangelized, and all those things, many places have been evangelized, but not everyone has the Word of God. Not everyone has the ability or even knows to read their own Bible in some of these countries, and once they know they can, they don’t have the ability necessarily to buy one,” Woolford says.
By sending Bibles and Christian materials, Mission Cry is helping to set up future Christian leaders in Hungary who will lead their generation and the next generation into stronger relationships with God.
Partnering for Bibles
Mission Cry wants to continue sending materials to Hungary, but they are facing a shortage of Bibles and Christian materials.
However, they have started partnering with The Lockman Foundation to print and provide brand new NASB New Testament Bibles.
“It’s the Mission Cry Christian Resources International Bible with the G-300 discipleship program in the back of the Bible, with the plan of salvation in the front of it,” Woolford says.
“This is a real blessing because it gives us and [MNN] listeners the opportunity. For every Bible that’s sponsored at $2, it buys a brand new Bible and puts it in the hands of someone overseas absolutely free, and this will help fix that shortage that we’re having of the used Bibles coming in.”
With just $2, you can give the Word of Life to someone in Hungary. You can help provide future leaders with the discipleship tools they need. Help send more Bibles and Christian materials through Mission Cry here.
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