Two Global Interns from Romania visit Lehigh Presbytery
As part of Lehigh Presbytery-Worldwide Ministries covenant and partnership with the Hungarian Reformed Church in Romania, we are hosting two global interns from Romania. Csongor Tussai is from the Hungarian Reformed Church-Transylvania District and Sara Antal Forizs is from the Hungarian Reformed Church-Kiralyhagomellek District where we have our partnership covenant.
These young adults are here for four weeks, July 18-August 17, 2019. The first two weeks they are here, they will share their culture and heritage with the youth at Kirkwood Camp. On the weekends they will be staying with host families, worshipping at the local churches and seeing the sights in the U.S. Joe & Noralee Manzek have graciously offered to host Sara Antal Forizs and Bill & Diane Bryson are graciously hosting Csongor Tussai. We thank them for opening their heart and their homes for these two young adults.
On Saturday, July 20, 2019, Worldwide Ministries of Lehigh Presbytery hosted a welcome dinner with the Moderator, Deb Prince.
Sara Antal Foriz attends the Partium Christian University in Romania with a particular interest in the Faculty of Arts program. She has experience as a supervisor at a children’s camp in Romania. She speaks and understands English, Romanian, and Hungarian. She enjoys jogging, crafting, hiking & swimming.
Csongor Tussai has graduated high school. He is studying and working on his pilot license to become a private pilot. He has worked as youth leader at the local YMCA and has experience organizing their summer camps. He speaks and understands English, Romanian, Hungarian, and German. He enjoys working with youth, outdoor activities, and flying.
Mission does not belong to us; it belongs to God. God invites us to participate in God’s global mission, across town and across the world.
Whether your congregation is planning to go on a short-term mission trip, study tour or partnership delegation, the new Short-Term Mission Trip Toolkit has resources to help trip leaders and participants prepare to engage in cross-cultural travel trips. To learn more, visit pcusa.org/toolkits/short-term-mission.
Revs. Szilard & Ingrid Szatmari visit Lehigh Presbytery.
As part of our covenant with the Hungarian Reformed Church in Romania, we were excited to have two pastors with us from July 10 – 25, 2012. On Sunday, July 15, 2012 they worshipped with The Barn and on Sunday, July 22, 2012 the Rev. Szilard Szatmari preached at the Pleasant Valley Presbyterian Church in Brodheadsville, PA and the Rev. Ingrid Szatmari at the First Presbyterian Church in Lehighton, PA.
Ingrid was raised by her grandparents in Kolozsvar. After finishing her schooling she had a call from God to serve in the church and attended the Protestant Theology in Kolozsvar between 1993-1998.
In 1998, Ingrid Breirer (Szatmari) was invited to the United States by Worldwide Ministries of Lehigh Presbytery as the first global intern and was hosted by Jack Ferlino. She had the opportunity to visit several churches and made relationships that are still going today.
In 1999 she was ordained and served as chaplain in a big church. She then married Szilard and they have two children. In 2007 they all moved to Csikszereda. The Bishop placed her as youth pastor at the University. She is now serving as pastor of a local congregation.
Szilard Szatmari attended school in his home-town. He then attended the Protestant Theological Seminary in Kolozsvar (Cluj) from 1995-2000. He was ordained in 2001 as priest to serve in the Reformed Church District in Transylvania. His first congregation was in a little village, Magyarozd. It was a 400-member traditional church. He married Ingrid Breier in 2000. In 2007 he was elected to his hometown, Csikszereda (Miercurea-Ciuc) to be pastor in a 2300-member church.
They have two children, Erzsebet (2002) and Albert-Gyorgy (2005).