Jim and Valerie Knies’ Ministry in Hungary
In 1986, Jim and Valerie Knies were appointed with Baptist World Mission to minister in the country of Malaysia. They worked with the Chinese believers of Bible Baptist Church of Kuala Lumpur. After four years of ministry, Pastor Bill Toh took over the pastorate, and the Knieses transferred to the then newly opened mission field of Hungary. Dr. and Mrs. Knies recently (delete recently) returned to Kuala Lumpur in 2010 for the 30th Anniversary celebration of the church. The Knies family arrived in Pécs, Hungary, on July 2, 1993 to begin language school. They started services in their living room on September 4, 1994. With the help of their Hungarian co-workers, the Oláh family, other Hungarian believers, and much prayer and provision from the Lord, the church presently owns and meets in a large building. Bible Baptist Church of Pécs chartered on May 1, 1997. Through the years of ministry many people have found the Lord as their Savior and have been discipled to become mature believers. On April 5, 2009, the church was turned over to national leadership. During the following summer, James, Jr. was married to Jamie Harvath after their graduation from Maranatha Baptist Bible College. James completed his Master’s of Divinity at Maranatha Seminary in 2012. Anna graduated from the Baptist College of Ministry in Wisconsin in 2013 and has joined her parents in Budapest, working in the church ministry. Mary is presently enrolled at Maranatha Baptist University.
In the summer of 2010, the Knies family relocated to Budapest, the capital of Hungary. The Lord provided an apartment in the 11th District, very near Gellert Hill, the Freedom Bridge over the Danube River, and the Citadella Statue. After two years, the distribution of 85,000 tracts and invitations, 300 visitors, and two baptism services, the Fõvárosi (Capital City) Baptist Church was chartered on September 15, 2012. This young church is growing steadily and is looking forward to the Lord using it to reach many more in this needy city where the cry for the gospel is urgent and overwhelming.
For more information about the church there you can go to: http://www.fovarosibaptista.hu/