Mercifully, Hungary was not as seriously affected by the virus and the government started to ease restrictions in May. Gatherings were permitted where families and not individuals must socially separate.
Fine weather allowed the church to meet outdoors in a garden while vulnerable members still “attend” online.
The challenge for the church now is to move virtual attendees into physical attendees. Mark comments that when lockdown restrictions were lifted, people were happy to meet him in a coffee shop, but less willing to attend church.
Mark and Csilla are in the process of building a house in the small town of Mórahalom (pop. 7,000), 20km west of Szeged. They plan this to be the location of a new church plant as the town is in great need of a Gospel witness. The only place of worship is a Roman Catholic church where only 40 regularly attend.
Mark and Csilla have visited the house on several occasions to work on the garden and meet their neighbours. They have found them friendly and open to talk about spiritual matters. The town’s folk were impressed that Csilla, a doctor, should get her hands dirty! This is a small but important witness in a farming community.