Hungary has a population of nearly 10 million people in an area the size of Indiana, 1.7 million of whom live in the capital city of Budapest. Hungary is one of the more economically advanced of the Eastern European countries and is one of the first of the formerly communist countries to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
The people of Hungary are primarily Roman Catholic, but there is also a strong Lutheran and Reformed presence. In fact, the Reformed Church in Hungary, with whom we partner, is many times larger than the Reformed Church in America and traces its history directly back to the Reformation and John Calvin. Because Hungary used to encompass a much larger territory, there are large Hungarian populations in what are now Romania (Transylvania), Slovakia, western Ukraine (known as Carpath Ukraine), and Yugoslavia.
RCA mission coworkers in Hungary work to empower the Roma (Gypsy) people, who are extremely poor and isolated from the rest of society. They also work with volunteers who teach and serve in Hungary, Romania, and Ukraine.