Greetings from Budapest!
We arrived yesterday just after noon by train from Bratislava. The difference in atmosphere between these 2 cities is like night and day. Bratislava’s sweetness is nowhere to be found in Budapest, which is a hardened city. One teammate said that she felt a Nazi-like spirit here. This was confirmed when the local pastor told us that Hungary had made laws against the Jews 3 times.
Nevertheless there is a thriving Jewish community, which we will be visiting today. I had been to the Jewish Cultural Center in Budapest 2 years ago during my Faith Trip (see my book, Look, Listen, Love). Today we are going to the Jewish Museum, which is near the JCC. Since Budapest was the starting point for my Faith Trip 2 years ago, all this feels very much like a reunion—and even more so because it was also here in Budapest that I met the head of Operation Capitals of Europe (oceprayer.com), and 2 of our teammates. I met 2 other teammates in Kalisz, Poland at the Feast of Tabernacles. None of these 4 had ever come on another prayer trip. All of this helps lighten the heavy Budapest spirit, and perhaps that was what God had in mind.
Scottish Mission Church in Budapest
Yesterday afternoon after worshiping and praying together, we had an appointment in the Parliament building with an MP. He talked to us about some of the history of Hungary, and answered our questions. Then we had a time of prayer with him and for him. Afterwards he showed us around the building, and into one of the parliamentary chambers. We only had a brief time there, so instead of prayers, we made brief declarations about godly decision-making in that place.
The Parliament building is enormous because when it was built Hungary was much larger. The MP told us that Hungary had once had 66 counties, and now it only has 16. Slovakia was once part of Hungary. The symbol for Hungary once was a 2-headed eagle, which speaks of division—and indeed, division came.
Budapest is currently building a new subway line near the Parliament building. Because of the work underground, the streets all around the Parliament building are dug up, exposing as it were the building’s foundation. Interesting that we should visit it just at the time that its foundation is exposed. So we made declarations and proclamations that all evil laws and corruption be pulled-up by the roots and replaced by seeds of righteousness.
We heard one of the local believers tell about a prayer initiative that God had given him called Seven Towers. They have set 7 places, 1 in each district of Budapest, as prayer towers. Each week there is a 24 hour prayer vigil in one of the towers. We recognized this as an important work in restoring Budapest to the Kingdom of God.
Weeping Willow Memorial to Holocaust Victims
So the Hungarian government will be rebuilt on a foundation of righteousness and restored to the Kingdom of God. And we will see the oppressive spirits and Nazi-like influence scatter and vanish as Jesus takes His rightful throne as Lord and King of Hungary here in Budapest. God is good!