"..beautiful old architecture
and magnificent cathedrals"

Each time we go to Ukraine we pass through Hungary, a country overflowing with history.  It is easy to get lost in the midst of all the beautiful old architecture and magnificent cathedrals. It could become easy to overlook those who are hurting, hungry, and lost.

In this old country we have had the honor of connecting with several ministry partners that are reaching out to those in need.   In 2009 Fruit of the Vine Ministries was blessed to be a part of the Homeless in Hungary project organized by Hungarian Reformed Church Aid,  and Michigan Bridge Ministries.

FOV Spiritual director, Larry Lievsay,  and his daugher Monica joined us on this trip. Fifty backpacks were gathered in the United States and hand carried to Hungary. Each was filled with needful personal items, warm gloves, hats and a space blanket. Once in Hungary a Bible and food items were added. We joined our Hungarian partners as they went to the streets to find the homeless and give this gift of love.

We visited their makeshift homes in the wood and fields or wherever they could find a spot.   We met the people, prayed with them, and shared a spark of hope.  Our gifts seemed so basic but it was the love that we shared that brought tears to their eyes. Someone cared.

Perhaps in the future the Lord will send us back to Hungary to participate in another project. Until then, we support our Hungarian partners in prayer as they continue to meet the needs of the people.

Our backpack in Hungary photos have been compiled in a video presentation. Click here to view it.