Missions Conference 2019
The purpose of Open Air Evangelism is to take the gospel message to public places, so that those who would never visit a church might have the opportunity to hear the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Open Air Evangelism takes place in an environment where most people feel confident and secure, and therefore many people are willing to talk for a few minutes to members of our team, despite the fact that they are strangers. We generally choose an open area and use sketch board, music, pantomime, one-on-one conversations and other methods to present the gospel.
We also are ready to help local churches with their evangelism and outreach ministry, and are equipped to hold training sessions in open air evangelism, that can be tailored to fit the needs of a particular church.
In order to achieve this, WOL Bible Clubs help young Christians to develop godly habits in their lives to deepen their personal relationship with Christ. Among these are:
- Having a daily Quiet Time of Bible reading and prayer
- Memorizing Bible verses
- Maintaining a good testimony
- Attending church and having regular fellowship with other Christians
- Being involved in Christian service and ministry
At every sports event organized or facilitated by us, the gospel is presented in a variety of ways: through personal testimonies, short evangelistic messages, sketch board presentations, drama, music, and one-on-one conversations.
We offer our assistance and experience to churches and youth groups who would like to use sports (soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball) as a means of outreach, especially among youth that have been hard to reach. We will gladly help organize and facilitate the sport and evangelism parts of outreach events.
- Due to a political decision, the government of Hungarian Public schools have been given to Christian denominations.
This way WOL Hungary is often invited to public schools to hold a day of evangelism, when we have the opportunity to play games, sing Christian songs, and share the Gospel with hundreds of young students. Groups coming to WOL Hungary have the opportunity to actively join this ministry, by leading games, singing, and sharing testimony or / and a Gospel message.
- At WOL Hungary we have a Bible Institute where in average we have 80 students during school year, summer time we host 8 weeks of summer camps, with approximately 150 campers and 100 volunteers on a week. The infrastructure on our property, like buildings, sport courts, community areas are under constant development. Groups coming to WOL Hungary have the opportunity to join our renovations, thus serving toward our students and campers through physical work.
- WOL Hungary have several youth meetings held on a regular basis at different local churches. Mission groups are welcomed to join our staff as they visit the different youth meetings, where they have to opportunity to serve in various ways.
- Staff and guest Bible teachers from WOL Hungary often visit local churches where they serve at Sunday Worship services in various ways. Guest groups are also welcomed to join and will be given the opportunity to serve toward the Body of Christ in Hungarian local churches according to their gifts and talents.
My name is Chris Condos, and I am the Director of Spiritual Life at Salisbury Christian School, in Salisbury, MD. Every year we take our seniors on an international mission trip, and in April 2018, I had the opportunity to lead a group of 31 seniors and 5 chaperones to Word of Life Hungary for 8 days. When I started planning trips for our students...
I developed what I call an “intentional imbalance,” in which our focus is being the hands and feet of Jesus and devoting a majority of our time and efforts to the work of the ministry while on the trip. Of course, we would take in the culture and the beauty that is Budapest and the surrounding areas, but our focus was ministry. The program that WOL Hungary put together for us was a perfect blending of ministry and culture experiences! For most of the trip, the students were ministering alongside current WOL students through sports ministry, music ministry, and youth ministry. Our group was able to split up into 9 smaller groups and go to 9 different locations for youth and teen evangelism! We were even able to go to a Church History class on campus!
To conduct a trip of this magnitude, the students had to be prepared, so in the months leading up to the trip each student prepared a testimony, some prepared special music, and a group of students formed a Hungarian study group on the Duolingo app to try to learn some basic words and phrases as a group. The students were willing to participate in any activity that was available, and they were warmly welcomed as they participated alongside children and teenagers in each community they visited.
One of the ministry highlights for the students was the opportunity to spend the morning ministering with WOL representatives in two gypsy schools. Although we learned a few words in Hungarian, it was not enough to have complete conversations, but the language barrier was never an issue – the representatives from WOL made sure we were involved in every capacity to help share the gospel with the students. In addition to these fantastic ministry opportunities, we enjoyed two full days of touring Budapest, which is an incredibly safe, incredibly beautiful city. During our touring days, we walked over 18 miles and saw the major sights of Buda on one day, and Pest on another day. Leadership from WOL Hungary accompanied us on both touring days, and their presence contributed to such a successful cultural experience for our group. One might think that a mission trip to Europe would be extremely expensive, but I can assure you that the costs involved may not be as high as you would think. The most expensive part is the flight to Budapest, but once you arrive, the costs are very reasonable. For example, I had a total of 36 people, and with transportation, housing, and meals at WOL Hungary, it cost about $38 per person per day. While in Budapest, there are dozens of places you could take a group that do have a fee attached, but once an activity budget is set, you can fill in some spectacular activities. Some of our favorite sights were Parliament, the Budapest Eye, the Rock Hospital, the Labyrinth, and the Demjen Thermal Pools. Our first mission trip to Budapest will certainly not be the last for Salisbury Christian School!
I am already looking forward to planning another trip to WOL Hungary. What makes this ministry special is their attention to detail, dedication to Christ, and their unbelievable hospitality. WOL Hungary is a ministry that God is blessing beyond measure. I am honored to have been able to spend time with them, and I look forward to going back! I wholeheartedly recommend WOL Hungary as a mission trip destination for any school or church that is looking for an opportunity to minister internationally.
Christopher E. Condos
Director of Spiritual Life
Salisbury Christian School
By 2020 and the following years we would like to have WOL Satellite Camps in all major regions of Hungary, and Central Europe, reaching over 2,000 young people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The price for one young person to spend a week in our camps and hear about Jesus Christ is only $40.
Would you consider supporting a Hungarian teenager to attend a WOL Satellite Camp?
- Go-Play-Plus & Outreach Communities - €2000 / $2500
- Projector & Screen €300 + €150 / $600
- Ministry Van €6400 / $7950
- Sound & Speaker System €190 / $250
- Laptop €1000 / $1300