Salvationists in Hungary are celebrating and thanking God for answered prayer after the country's parliament granted The Salvation Army legal recognition as a church. New legislation which came into effect on January 1, 2012, had cut the number of officially registered churches from 300 to only 14. The Salvation Army was not among this number, despite having worked in Hungary from 1924 to 1950 and again since 1990. An amendment made to the legislation on Monday, February 27, 2012, named The Salvation Army as one of a further 17 organizations to be granted church status. Sixty-five groups were unsuccessful in their applications.

A delighted Captain Andrew Morgan, Regional Officer for The Salvation Army's Hungary Region, explains: "For The Salvation Army this means that our ministries continue unimpeded. We continue to enjoy privileges as a recognized church in areas of taxation, government funding of our social services, and funding of clerical activities such as teaching of Christianity to young people. The confirmation of our church status also opens the way for further expansion of our ministry and services with the full backing of the state and—in some areas—with commensurate state funding."

The captain believes that "the heightened media exposure and parliament's affirmation of The Salvation Army's legitimate status as a church will further endear us to the people and open greater opportunities to present the gospel of Jesus Christ."

The officers, soldiers, adherent members and friends of The Salvation Army in Hungary wish to thank all who brought this issue before the Lord through intercessory prayer.

Captain Morgan asks for continued prayer for The Salvation Army in Hungary—particularly for "wisdom and guidance in decision making and allocation of resources" so that the current momentum will lead to the further expansion of God's Kingdom.


On Sunday, April 1, 2012, Andrea Legath said:

I just happend to looking some site about prayers when i landed on this site and what a blessed experience being Hungarian born but living in canada calgary,alberta and i have stayed in salvation army before,I am so thankful to Lord God this apportunity and a work His doing throu His blessed holy beloved childres in Hungary and all over the world,all the glory to Him and His name.Bless His name.I thank Him for all of you christian sisters and brothers for your holy good work paise God.Sincerely Andrea Legath from Canada,Calgary Alberta.

On Monday, March 12, 2012, Gerald and Evelyn Haggett said:

Hello Andrew and Darlene: We are delighted with this news and feel this has come because of your faithful leadership in Hungary. May you be enabled now to further develop your ministry to meet the needs of your people there. God be with you in every endeavour for God's glory!

On Wednesday, February 29, 2012, Major John Gerard said:

Praise the Lord oh my soul for wonders gifts. Now we must double our efforts in evangelism and care for the people. The door is opening. What an opportunity. May God grant the Captain wisdom and understanding in handling this gift. Pray without ceasing!

On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, Avis Owen said:

GO GOD!!!!! yes and again yes and amen!!!
Praise you Lord for your faithfulness.... "when my people humble themselves in prayer..." and Lord you again come through for your people who believe in faith that when we cry out to you we will see a move of the Spirit!!!
May the Lord carry Hungary through from strength to strength, may all provision be meet in every need area, may God's empowerment sweep through His Army in this land and may souls be won every day of the week!

On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, John Umasanthiram said:

The Salvation Army Hungary, Congratulations for answered prayers. God is good all the time and All the time God is good.

Now it means we have to work hard to bring the message of Salvation and the love of God to the people of this country.

God bless the Army and the country Hungary.

John Umasanthiram

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