About Us

New Hope Hungary, led by Csilla Lesko, is passionate about serving the hungarian people and hopes to see revival come as a result! New Hope Hungary is devoted to publishing materials to serve as evangelism tools and to strengthen Hungarian believers. The team has translated, edited, and published dozens of well-known Christian books.

New Hope staff travel around the country to churches of different denominations and various events to let Hungarians know these resources are available. Passionate about marriage ministry, New Hope Hungary believes in healing marriages and helping new ones through premarital counseling. In addition, New Hope Hungary offers biblical pre-marital and marital tools thru a DVD counseling set
“I have a desire to see Hungary be a country that Jesus leads,” says Csilla. “We could have been wiped out so many times, but still we have survived, so I know God has a purpose for us.”


Areas of Ministry Include:

Childrens’ Ministry   Public School Ministry
Marriage Ministry   Christian Publishing
Leadership Ministry  


About Hungary

In 1968, Hungary began liberalizing its economy, introducing what became known as “Goulash Communism” and sometimes described as “the happiest barrack in the Communist camp.” For the remainder of the Soviet rule, Hungary enjoyed many amenities not available to other Communist countries in the Eastern bloc.

In the 1980s, thousands of intensely active prayer groups within both Catholic and Protestant congregations came into open conflict with the church hierarchies over cooperation with the government. Though guaranteed freedom of conscience and religion by its Constitution, the State Office for Church affairs regulated church activities, including what was acceptable to preach and print. This regulation continued until the government agency was abolished in the summer of 1989. Opening its border in 1989, Hungary accelerated the collapse of the Eastern Bloc.

The Republic of Hungary held its first multiparty elections in 1990 and initiated a free market economy. Hungary joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union (EU) in 2004. Today, Roman Catholics (52%) and Protestants (25%) account for the majority of those affiliated with the Church. The Hungarian Reformed Church is the largest Protestant denomination in Hungary. A nation of 10 million people, Hungary’s population includes 100,000 Jews (one-eighth of the prewar figure).

While Hungary’s standard of living has improved over the past two decades, alcoholism, drug abuse, and depression are common by-products of an over-emphasis on materialism.