MFM-Hungary Chapel Project

Recently, I had the opportunity to take part in a ministry team to Hungary. Our goal, for the time we were there was to finish construction on a chapel in a small village in Western Hungary.

By Bill Heubner and Chuck Long

Recently, I had the opportunity to take part in a ministry team to Hungary. Our goal, for the time we were there was to finish construction on a chapel in a small village in Western Hungary. Previous work teams had worked on the foundation, framing, roof, and laying the flooring. Over a two week period, our team was planning on finishing up the exterior of the chapel with wooden siding, installing windows and doors, and to finish any other exterior work.
Terra Haute MFM’ers finish siding the front of the chapel.
Terra Haute MFM’ers finish siding the front of the chapel.
Originally our plans called for the exterior of the chapel to be finished in a rough cut board and batten style siding. However, as we arrived at the job site for the first day of work, the local community members asked our team leader if it would be possible to have the siding run through a plan-er to be made smooth before installing the siding on the church. We were happy to try and grant the request for smooth siding. A local community member provided an older, but very powerful planer for us to use in providing a smooth finish to the boards.
Superintendent Laci preaches and installs 11 charter members.
Superintendent Laci preaches and installs 11 charter members.
I had the privilege to run over 300 boards through the planer. Over the course of two days, our team ran about three quarters of a mile worth of board through the planer. Many of the boards only needed to go through the planer one time to be transformed from a rough board to a smooth board. However, there were many boards that required multiple trips through the planer to end up with an acceptably smooth finish. As I ran those boards through the planer, I couldn’t help but see the parallel to our own lives. Many of us are a little rough around the edges, but God continues to run us through his planer until we come out with a beautiful smooth finish.
Local Hungarian family hosts Hungarian, German and American volunteers for a preservice meal.
Local Hungarian family hosts Hungarian, German and American volunteers for a preservice meal.
The end result of the project is that a beautiful chapel has been built in this small Hungarian village. God used a long term process to create a beautiful finished product. Laci, the Methodist superintendent in Hungary, has been nurturing the people of this village for the last 10 years to draw near to God. Over a year ago, plans were drawn up for a small wood chapel to be constructed. Land was donated by a couple in the community. The town offered to help with the foundation and storage of materials. We all prayed that funds and mate-rials would be available. Donations in material and finances came from Germany, Canada, the U.S.A., and Hungary. Men for Missions volunteers, One Mission Society missionaries, missionaries from a sister organization, and fellow Hungarians, locally and from far away, all labored over a six month period to see a “dream come true.”
That dream came true in a little town in Western Hungary, called Szentmargitfalva. As 33 people filled the new chapel in the center of town for its first service, 12 stepped forward to become charter members of this village’s first church.

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