Jim and Valerie Knies’ Ministry in Hungary
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 returned to Kuala Lumpur in 2010 for the 30th Anniversary celebration of the church. Pastor Toh continues to lead the church to reach souls in Southeast Asia and China.
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 Masters 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 graduated from Maranatha Baptist University in May of 2016. Bible Baptist Church is presently pastored by Dr. David Potter, BaptistWorld Mission co-worker of the Knies family since 1998
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. The Fõvárosi (Capital City) Baptist Church was chartered on September 15, 2012.
A steady gospel outreach into the city has taken place over the past 6 years with over 200,000 tracts and invitations being distributed, mostly in person. Every visitor who has attended a service has heard the gospel and many have trusted Christ as their Savior. The church has a ministry to university students, some who are members, several are from other countries. There are Hungarians in the membership and all the services are conducted in Hungarian with an English translation. The focus of the church is on Bible preaching and study, evangelistic outreach and discipleship. Every year there has been a Christmas Concert outreach. 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/