Hungary has a population on 9,8 million people. Hungary lost 60% of its land area at the breakup of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918, leaving large Hungarian minorities in surrounding lands. After WWII, the Soviets imposed Communism, only leaving in 1991.
Hungary was the first Communist bloc state to abandon Marxism and institute a multiparty democracy (1990) although most of the leaders were the same ones as under Communism. Corruption and unpopular policies kept any party from gaining conclusive control of parliament, until 2009, when a centre-right party gained the two-thirds majority needed to change the legal system, the constitution, etc. Political scandal has brought much disappointment and skepticism in society of Hungary.
In 1600, Hungary was 90% Protestant. Many reverted to Catholicism during the Counter Reformation and the periods of discrimination that followed. The Communists enforced strict controls on all Christians from 1948-1988, through discrimination, intimidation and infiltration. In 2000, Hungary celebrated 1,000 years since its conversion to Christianity.
There has been freedom of religion since 1990, but Hungarians have lost contact with the gospel. They seek answers in many places: materialism, hedonism, alcohol and, increasingly, false religion. Postmodern mentalities predominate. In recent years, public spiritual life is characterized by an alarming rise in occult activity and eastern mysticism, including pagan witchcraft, ancient Magyar shamanism and Tibetan Buddhism. Most common is a pick-and- choose spirituality that is effectively non-religious, with some personal sentiment.
Still there has been answers to prayers: the small evangelical movement is growing in size, maturity, diversity and confidence. Many types of ministries are springing up around the nation, and the vision exists to see an evangelical church planted in every city, town and village in Hungary. Unity across denominations is also experiencing a much-needed growth, as churches come together to pray, worship and minister.