One of the latest tragedies in Europe’s immigration crisis was discovered on August 27, 2015, in Parndorf, Austria, a village just across the Hungarian border , located between Budapest and Vienna. The decomposing bodies of up to 70 immigrants were found inside a freight truck registered to a Romanian citizen and a resident of the Hungarian city of Kecskemét. Read the entire story, as reported in the Washington Post.
Please pray for the ReachBudapest team as we seek to discover how to best engage this critical situation. We are exploring opportunities for cooperation with several secular and ministry organizations.
PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters
Since the beginning of 2015, Hungary has registered 120,000 migrants, mostly from Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq, as asylum seekers. The flood of immigrants intro Hungary across the Serbian border is a controversial issue that has sparked a fierce debate in all corners of society and across the entire political spectrum. Train stations, underpasses, and city parks have become temporary homes for many of these migrants, including young children. As the debate rages on not only in Hungary but across Europe, the undeniable reality is that the immigrants are here on our doorstep. The Wall Street Journal provides this report on how the country is responding.
A year ago we were still frantically placing chairs and cleaning up last piles of rubble. A year ago we barely knew each other but had to somehow figure out how to work together as a team. A year ago some of us couldn’t even communicate in each others’ language!
Now – 36 concerts, 9 exhibitions, and various other programs later – we are like a well-oiled machine (almost!). We can communicate, we know where everything is, musicians regularly grace our stages, people await the new exhibition each month, and we can make darn good coffee. We’ve invented new drinks, adjusted prices, and learned a countless number of things about God, ourselves, and the world we serve.
What a joy it’s been to see the coffeehouse develop as we get to know the people walking through our doors. It’s a privilege to be able to work in a setting that allows time to sit and talk with strangers, to get to know new people, and to build lasting friendships. As we move into the second year, I hope that we’ll continue to do the things we’ve been doing so far: serving fantastic coffee, creating relationships with our community, supporting local musicians and artists, and looking more like Christ through it all.
Cassidy Baker, Café Program Manager
(to view a gallery of photos from the first year of the café, CLICK HERE)