Entrust has several staff members based in Hungary. Jeff and Barb A., John and Kriszta Brouwer, Monty and Ibolya Taylor, Mark and Beth Van Bebber fill many roles: publishing Christian literature, training and encouraging Hungarian pastors, teaching theology students at a Hungarian seminary (sometimes even leading them to Christ in the process!), serving in local churches, ministering to internationals and facilitating Entrust training in surrounding European nations. Mark Van Bebber serves as Entrust’s Director of European Ministries.
NATURAL WONDERS: Lake Balaton, the largest lake in central Europe and a huge tourist draw; Danube River, Europe’s longest river, dividing the capital city’s two towns of Buda and Pest; hot springs, thermal waters.
CUISINE: goulash, stuffed peppers and cabbage, a vast variety of sausages, Dobos cake (sponge cake layered with soft chocolate butter cream and topped with a slice of caramel). And of course, paprika, derived from Hungary’s pungent yellow peppers.
CELEBRITIES: Albert Szent-Gyorgy, discoverer of Vitamin C, extracted from, what else, paprika; Laszlo Biro, inventor of the ballpoint pen; classical musicians Ferenc Liszt and Bela Bartok; actors Bela Lugosi and Zsa Zsa Gabor; escape artist Harry Houdini.
SPIRITUAL CLIMATE: Traditional, cold and unresponsive, as influenced by post-modernism as the rest of Europe; 2.8% evangelical Christian.
PRAY FOR: spiritual awakening across this nation, Christians to unite in reaching out to neighbors and friends, strong Christian witness to the thousands of refugees here, Entrust staff to wisely make use of each new development in this strategically-located central European nation for the glory of Christ.