Vachartyan, Hungary English Camp


Vachartyan, Hungary July 4-11: The summer of 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of English/outreach camps in this small town nestled into hills along the Danube River 30 miles northeast of Budapest.  This was the seventh consecutive year we were able to partner with Pastor Barnabas Ferenc Gergely and his wife Livia in organizing and ministering to local youth in their communities.  Barnabas has been using these camps to witness to the youth of his church congregations and the surrounding communities.  We praise God that we have seen the continued development of faith in many young people who have come back year after year for this camp, and others who have met Barnabas and Livia and become part of their local youth group.  This camp is primarily an Evangelical outreach camp and secondly an English camp.

Attending students come by foot, car, and train to Vachartyan daily from 9am-4pm taking part in three conversational English classes, as well as three different periods of devotions and singing interspersed with lunch and time for games, activities and fellowship.  In this camp, like all of our camps, English lessons are all focused on conversational English, incorporating role plays, games, songs, Bible and faith into the lessons.  Barnabas and the English camp volunteer teachers take turns every day leading devotions, giving testimonies, and sharing the Gospel with the students. As in all of our camps we are thankful to be able to share our faith and build relationships with the young people from this community this past summer.

A record number of students came this year, numbering over 50.  It has been great to see familiar faces and many of the same students come year after year.  We hope and pray that we may have been a Christ-like example witnessing and sharing the Gospel with these young people. We pray for listening ears and open hearts and again look forward to meeting these young people this coming summer. While we are only able to spend one week of the year with most of these students, we are encouraged by the faith and efforts of the local pastors we partner with who are leading churches and youth groups and working with many of these students throughout the year.  A special thanks Pastor Ferenc Barnabas Gergely and his wife Livia, Orsi Gelle, and David and Grace McBrier for partnering is this camp to make it possible.  We also thank, Heather Kaemingk, Wiebke Bartells, Boglarka Orosz, Andrea Kovacs, and Krisztina Sarkozi who all traveled with us to help teach, translate, do devotions, and organize games and singing. Please see pictures of the camp on our photo gallery.



About Eric Hoeksema

Stacey, my wife, and I are located in western Ukraine, living with and working among a Hungarian population in Transcarpathia, Ukraine.

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