The history of The Leprosy Mission in Hungary is indelibly linked with the name of Rev Dr Károly Dobos. Responding to a communication in 1973 about leprosy needs, he made the decision, through leading TLM, to attune Hungarian Christians to the need to support overseas mission. For two decades this support was limited to knitting and mailing bandages, production and sale of embroidery and – crucially – the formation of prayer groups. Today TLM Hungary remains the only TLM member in Central-Eastern Europe.
The main base of support in Hungary is individuals and Christian churches. Direct financial contributions to programmes overseas are now normal. Reaching out to the wider population, TLM has regular campaigns in different areas of the country, inserting leaflets into local and regional magazines and newspapers, or in door-to-door visits. Locally, staff and volunteers share knowledge and information on the needs of leprosy-affected people, to stimulate Hungarian people to engagement and active help. Different media appearances and performances in schools are other opportunities for raising and deepening interest. Prayer remains a key part of the support: aside from English, Hungarian is the only language in which the Mission’s annual prayer diary is published in its entirety.
TLM’s country leader in Hungary is Rev Márta Riskó. The annual financial contribution to TLM programmes is around £70,000.