Missionary Stories HUNGARY
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HungaryKiskoros Budapest Elek
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Grace Publications is a ministry of
Greater Grace World outreach, inc.
These pages contain what we consider to
be good news from afar. The words are written to
take your imagination to nations, to places, and to
homes so that you would understand more about
the reality of what God is doing in His world. Think
about the people as they tell you about the days of
their youth. We believe their stories will stir you to
pray and that the maps and sketches will give you
a sense of where they are from and of what their
countries are like.
The stories you are about to read are true stories.
They are from people like you who grew up in towns
and neighborhoods like yours and did some of the
things that you do. at some point in their lives, each
of these people became believers in Jesus Christ.
each of them recognized their need for His saving
grace and entered into real spiritual relationship
with Him. also, each of these people came to be a
part of the ministry of Greater Grace World outreach,
a church devoted to preaching the Gospel and to
the mission of making disciples of Christ in every
our prayer is that these series of books on these
amazing people will help you to see the wonderful
work of God. Through the reading of these stories,
you may find yourself wanting to meet people like
these people and to go to new places and be part of
the great adventures of missionary life.
Special thanks to those involved in producing
this publication: Melissa Quickel, for her interviews
and transcriptions; Daniel Dunbar, for putting these
into story form; karen Janssen, for the drawings of
the people and the places; Sue May, for the layout
and design; and for Bruce May, for the printing and
Editor in Chief
Kiskoros attila Jako
Budapest Beatrix Klinger
Elek Erika Szido
attilas Home TownKiskoros, Hungary
Growing up in kiskoros, Hungary, attila Jako was an ordinary Hungarian boy. He went to school and he had fun playing soccer and riding
bicycles with his many friends. He took some guitar
lessons, liked being a little lazy, and got into trouble
at school every once in a while. He was like other
7-year-old boys, but teachers and other adults
treated him differently. in daycare, teachers slapped
him, and in school, teachers ridiculed and hurt
him. Why? He did not know. He was not the best-
behaved boy, but not so bad that he deserved what
these people did to him.
What attila did not understand was that he was
8mistreated because of his mothers job. attilas
mother worked for the Communist Party, which
ruled the country of Hungary. Many of the Hungarian
people did not like the Communist government
and so did not like the people who worked for it.
Because attilas mother worked for the Communists,
he celebrated the Communist holidays, and his
teachers did not accept him or treat him like the
even though his family did not go to any church,
11-year-old attila chose to not use Gods name as
9a swear word and began praying the Lords prayer
every night before he went to sleep. He knew very
little about God, but he decided that, even though
it was acceptable and cool to use Gods name as a
curse word, he would not. He knew this was strange,
but he did it anyway.
When he was older, attila spent some time in the
military. one day he overheard a Christian soldier
speaking to another soldier about the Gospel.
although the other soldier was not interested in
hearing about Jesus, attila was, so he asked the
Christian soldier, Can you tell me? The Christian
soldier said that Jesus loved attila so much that he
died for him so that attila could have eternal life.
No one else loves me like that, thought attila, so
if this is true, i really want it. He became a believer.
Do you remember how attila took guitar lessons
when he was a boy? Well, attila and a friend started
playing rock and roll music when he was 14, and now
he was a rock musician with long hair and earrings
and a nicknameThe Dope Manbecause of his
drug problem. attila believed that God truly loved
him, but when he went to churches, the people did
not accept him as he was. Fortunately, he met a
friend who told him about a church in Budapest and
she gave him a taped message preached by a pastor
named Tom Schaller. What he heard on the tape
touched him so much that he went to a conference
and met Pastor Schaller.
Pastor Schaller asked attila, Would you like to
go to Bible college?
attila thought, if i go there i will have to take
out my earrings, dress normally, and cut my hair, so
he asked, Can i come as i am?
Pastor Schaller said, of course! God loves you
just the way you are, and attila knew right then and
there that he had found his place.
God transformed attilas life. His nickname
changed from The Dope Man to The Bishop. He
stopped singing songs like Highway to Hell and
began to sing songs about heaven. He went from the
boy that the teachers rejected to become a teacher
at Greater Grace international School, because God
and some Greater Grace believers accepted him just
as he was. Therefore, accept each other the same
way that Christ accepted you, (romans 15:7).
Beatrixs Home TownBudapest, Hungary
Have you ever missed out on going somewhere fun because you got sick? Have you ever had to sit and watch everyone else
play because you got hurt? if so, you were probably
disappointed and maybe a little angry too, but you
eventually got better and you could go somewhere
or play another time. But what would it be like if you
never felt better or your injury never healed? How
would that feel? imagine that you could see, but
then you couldnt any more. Thats what happened
to Beatrix kilnger. When she was just a baby in
Budapest, Hungary, the doctors found tumors on
both of her eyes, and when she was 31/2 years old,
she lost her sight.
Blindness did not stop Beatrix from doing the
things she enjoyed. She made handcrafts. She got
a special drawing board that allowed her to feel the
lines she was drawing. She played with her friends
and went to camp for holidays where there was a
lake to swim in and a nearby town to visit. Beatrixs
mother hired a tutor to teach her how to read and
write in both english and Hungarian. at school
she heard about the Bible, even though Hungary
was a Communist country and teachers were not
supposed to speak about religious things. in secret,
some of the teachers told students about the Bible
and taught them a few verses and rhymes.
Beatrixs family moved to vienna, austria. She
went to the Catholic church with her family, but
they did not like it much, so they decided instead to
stay home and pray and read the Bible on their own.
Beatrix believed that God existed, but she could not
understand how he could create the entire world
in just three days. She was being taught about
evolution in school and that did not agree with what
the Bible said. She decided that she needed to know
more about God.
one summer when Beatrix was 14, she went
with her family to Budapest. She met some american
missionaries who were teaching people english
from the Bible, and so she took lessons and learned
more english and more about the Bible. She wanted
to find a church where people spoke english, but
she couldnt, and she began to lose interest in
church. in her teenage years, she drifted away from
God into trouble. Trouble helped Beatrix realize that
she needed to turn back to God and the faith the
american missionaries had shown her.
Back in vienna, Beatrix found work with a
company that dealt with visually impaired and
blind people. The company participated in many
exhibitions and conferences, and one time Beatrix
was asked if she would be willing to have a
Hungarian lady who was attending the conference
stay with her in her apartment. Beatrix said yes and
spent a day with the lady at the conference, going
from exhibit to exhibit, translating from German into
Hungarian so the lady could understand.
By the end of the day, Beatrix was exhausted.
When the lady went home with Beatrix, she asked
Beatrix if she would like to talk for about five minutes
or so. They ended up talk