The image restored - True education

Jan 23–27, 2019

Budapest, Hungary

„In the highest sense the work of education and the work of redemption are one...”
Ellen G. White (Education)

Speakers

Israel Ramos

Israel Ramos

Pastor

Pastor Israel Ramos serves as the Director and Coordinator of the Public Campus Ministries Department for the Michigan Conference and Lake Union, respectively. He is also the Director of the Center for Adventist Ministry to Public University Students (CAMPUS) in East Lansing, home of Michigan State University.  In 2002 he founded and served as president of GYC—a global grassroots movement for Adventist young adults. For nearly 20 years, he has served in public campus ministry as a missionary, chaplain, pastor, and church administrator. He and his wife Judy have three young sons: Imanuel, Micah, and Titus.

Ernő Ősz-Farkas

Ernő Ősz-Farkas

President of the Duna Conference of the Hungarian Union

I was born in Marosvásárhely in 1966. I specialised in chemistry-biology in secondary school. I graduated at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Medicine in Kolozsvár. I worked as a pastor after graduating at the Adventist Theology College (Budapest). I spent four months in California in 1998 where I studied nutrition science, public health and mental hygiene. I also participated in a course and a clinical practice based on lifestyle therapy at the Weimar Institution. I have been the national leader of the Department of Health Services in the Seventh-day Adventist Church since 1994, and lecturer at the Adventist Theology College since 1999. I teach Bioethics on the Lifestyle and Pastoral Counselling specialised training, and also teach subjects like Bible & Health, and Christian Lifestyle. I was the chief editor of Boldog Élet (Happy Life) Magazine from 2000 to 2005. After that I became the communication manager of the magazine. I served as a general secretary in the Hungarian Union from 2004 to 2008. Since 2008, I have been president of the Duna Conference of the Hungarian Union.
I continued my studies at Newbold College and the University Of Wales (UWTSD) in the field of theology and management science. I finished the training on 31 st December 2018. My research area is the reunion of 2015 (between 700 KERAK (Christian Adventist Community) members and the Seventh-day Adventist Church). My wife, Krisztina is a piano teacher. We have 3 children, Ábel, Kincső and Mátyás.

Milan Moskala

Milan Moskala

Milan Moskala is a Czech dentist-missionary. He worked in Bangladesh for 17 years as an employee of the General Conference. He founded churches as well as schools besides his work as a dentist. He organized revival meetings in Dhaka, Myanmar, Cambodia, Zimbabwe and Kenya. He is now retired, but his enthusiasm for God’s work hasn’t waned. He gets numerous invitations as a presenter from churches and lifestyle clubs in Czech Republic, Slovakia and other countries. He has also been to Miskolc, Hungary, where he had a great impact on the brothers and sisters living there.
„From my childhood I am desiring to be missionary and to help poor people abroad where there is nobody but only Jesus with me to go forward and to proclaim Everlasting Gospel and to preach Three Angels message. Banana project came to my mind on prayer. It is God's project and is very successful. All children young and adult are receiving great blessing from bananas, physically and spiritually as well. Their strength is improving, their ability to study is increasing. Banana is good source of vitamins and minerals. I see great blessing for children when they are receiving regularly minimum one bananas per day. Their health condition is much improved when they are accepting minimum one banana per day and during short period of time you can see difference and His appearance and in his health condition. I am very thankful to our Lord who gave this idea of feeding slum children with bananas and I see it is very good source of very nutritional elements which small children need so much.”
You will hear more from the Banana-project on the Conference. :)

Jonathan Ostrowski

Jonathan Ostrowski

He has worked in Adventist health destinations in Norway, the US and consults in health destination, and hospitality management. He is currently studying in Poland, but is born and raised in Australia. He is an ambassador for Hyvecamp and is passionate about seeing new and innovating ways that entrepreneurs can make a real difference in the world while sharing the gospel. He enjoys running, sauna and good food with friends.

Gábor Horváth

Gábor Horváth

Pastor, music instructor

My most important roles and duties: husband, father and child of God. :)
My qualifications: pastor, educator, addiction counsellor, and in a leadership role at Reménység Rehabilitációs Ház (Hope Rehabilitation Center). Between 2002 and 2010, the focus of my ministry were young people. I have also been serving addicts and their family members for thirteen years. I live in Nágocs with my wife, two sons and daughter, where my job involves alcohol-, drug-, and gambling addictions. Other fields I am currently training and develop myself in are codependency, workaholism, screen-, and sex addiction. I have recently finished a 2 year training program as a family therapist.

Seminars

How to Study the Bible

Israel Ramos

  1. Observations: An Exercise on Biblical Interpretation
  2. The Interpretative Journey: Four Steps for Bible Study
  3. Outlining the Text
  4. How to Do Effective Word Studies

Jesus makes you missionary - John 15:16-17

Milan Moskala

  1. Arise with Me - Is 60:1
  2. Abide in Me - John 15:1-17
  3. Shine by My Spirit - Acts 1:8
  4. Rejoice with Me forever - John 16:20-24

Reunion in light of a study

Ernő Ősz-Farkas

Splits, dissensions and conflicts have always been part of christian history. Many research has been made on why these splits happen, but we can hardly find studies about reunion and reconciliation in the Seventh Day Adventist Church. The Hungarian Union Conference had a unique experience in 2015, when after 40 years, 700 people rejoined the world-wide family of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

The researcher (in the issue of a theological dissertation) investigated the motivation of reunion, comparing them to the already existing studies on culture-change, involving 3 major groups.

During the 4 seminar session we will discuss the following questions:

  • How can the hungarian experience give a positive example for the church in resolving virtual splits?
  • How can a better understanding of the psychology of the reunion help us to disperse concerns, experience integration and increase the efficiency of leadership support?
  • How can the understanding and awareness of the stages of change help us to overcome changes in other aspects of life?

The seminars:

  1. The anatomy of the hungarian adventist schisms and the abortive attempts of reconnection

    With their communist background, the 3 major schisms show us a unique pattern. What are the recurring patterns? Could similar phenomena happen with different political backgrounds? What can we learn from the past?

  2. The psychology of reunion

    Understanding the method of the research lays the foundation for the authenticity of the results. How can we expand a sentiment of 30 people to that many person? After 8 unsuccessful trial to reconnect, what circumstances helped the process of 2015? The patterns of reunion, according to the analysis of 3 focus group.

  3. William Bridges’ Transition Model and the process of integration

    The results and lessons of the study. Is there a surprise to what we see from the outside or experience from the inside? How can we use these lessons?

  4. Theological reflections on the biblical bases of reunion

    History is not written by us. 2000 years ago the millennial dividing wall between the Jews and Gentiles was destroyed. What happened at that time? How can we apply these things today? What would happen if we followed the biblical way? What are the dividing walls within the church today? Is there any hope for true unity? Or do we chase shadows?

What are the leadership challenges of the reunion? The concluding, relevant lessons of the study.

Disclaimer: The presentations are built on each other. They are recommended for those, who are able to listen to all sessions.

Innovation in mission

Jonathan Ostrowski

Codependency or love? What’s the difference?

Gábor Horváth

Codependency and healthy relationships in the light of the Bible

The covered topics of the seminar will be:

  1. Codependency and healthy relationships in the light of the Bible

    Basic relationships

  2. Two extremities of codependency and their characteristics

    Where are my boundaries? How can I see others’ boundaries?

  3. Characteristics of a healthy relationship

    Basics of a lifelong relationship

  4. How does God want to relate to me?

    Solid foundations, solid relationships

Schedule

Wednesday

15:00-18:00 Registration
18:00-19:40 Opening Plenary, Testimony (Milan Moskala)
19:30-20:30 Exhibits open

Thursday

Personal devotions
08:30-09:30 Morning Devotion, Prayer-time (Réka Marosán)
10:00-12:00 Seminars
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-13:30 Exhibits open
13:30-14:30 Testimony (Jonathan Ostrowski)
14:30-15:00 Exercise (optional)
15:00-17:00 Seminars
17:00-18:00 Supper
18:00-19:30 Plenary (Israel Ramos)
19:30-20:30 Exhibits open

Friday

Personal devotions
08:30-09:30 Morning devotional (Zsolt Járai)
09:45-10:45 Opening Plenary (Israel Ramos)
11:00-13:00 Seminars
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:30 Outreach
17:00-18:00 Supper
18:00-19:30 Plenary (Israel Ramos)
19:30-20:30 Exhibits open

Sabbath

Personal devotions
09:30-10:40 Morning plenary (Ernő Ősz-Farkas)
11:00-12:30 Divine service (Israel Ramos)
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:30-16:30 Seminars
17:00-18:00 Supper
18:00-19:30 Plenary (Israel Ramos)
19:30-20:30 Exhibits open

Sunday

Personal devotions
08:30-09:30 Morning devotional (Szallós-Farkas Konrád)
09:45-11:30 Closing plenary (Israel Ramos)

Venue

Budapest Central SDA Church

1062 Budapest, Székely Bertalan u. 13

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On weekdays and on Sunday, the Conference will take place in the Central Church of Budapest.

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On Sabbath: Rhema Conference Center

1089 Budapest, Golgota u. 9

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The conference will take place at the Rhema Conference Center, where we had several occasions before as well.

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