Calvary Chapel Golgota Szeged
I didn’t grow up in a Christian family and never stepped foot into a church until I was 16. I thought I was a good person until a friend shared the Gospel with me for the first time. I was completely amazed that God loved me & sent Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. It was at that time I put my faith in Jesus & have been walking with Him ever since. My friend took me to church the following week and it just happened to be that he was going to Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. There I got involved with the high school group and was at church as much as I could because I had such a strong desire to learn God’s Word.
After becoming a Christian I knew that I wanted to serve God because I am so thankful for what He did for me. I would do anything I could and in 1993 when an opportunity presented itself for me to go on a 2-week outreach to Minsk,Belorussia, I decided to go. God provided in miraculous ways for me to be able to go. In 1994, I was part of a team that came to Hungary for 2 weeks. We did evangelism in Esztergom, Budapest, and Szeged.
In the Fall of 1994 a very good friend of mine, who was the youth pastor at Calvary Chapel Vista, called and told me that the church was looking for someone to go over to Baja, Hungary to help out the church there. He asked me to pray about going. I did, and to make a long story short, I arrived in Hungary in February 1995. My plan was to stay one year. God’s plan was different. Here in Hungary I met Odi. We got married in 1999 and moved to Szeged. She was in University here and I was the assistant pastor of Calvary Chapel Szeged. In the Spring of 2000 I became the pastor of Calvary Chapel Szeged. Since then I’ve been leading the church and taking the church through the Bible.
I see our church as a small version of our city. For many, Szeged isn’t a permanent place in their lives, it’s temporary. Over the years we’ve seen hundreds of people come and go at Golgota Szeged. Most simply finished school and moved back to wherever they were from in Hungary of from around the world. You might think it a little depressing, the high turnover, but it’s really not. It’s actually a great opportunity for us. We get to be involved in people’s lives for a period and God graciously uses Golgota Szeged to help people grow in their faith.
My underlying vision for Golgota Szeged is that we’d be a church that reaches the nations and generations for Jesus. I always say I want our international students with a diploma & a love for Jesus to serve Him wherever they end up. I also believe that we have the opportunity to see many people be the first in their family lines to love and serve Jesus.
We believe that Szeged is our “Jerusalem”. From here we want to see the Gospel go forth from our city to the region, our nation, and to the ends of the earth.
HOW TO HELP
Always praying for:
- more people in Golgota Szeged to get a vision for God’s work in the world and get involved in it.
- more people to meet Jesus
- more open doors for ministry