As I sat in the chapel in Szentmargitfalva last weekend during the building dedication, I realized that one question seemed to be coming up amongst many of the townspeople.

“Will you come back?”

We had all noticed that over the six weeks of the project, people had become more friendly, and we had more ‘visitors’ coming by. We got to see the rhythm of life in this small town, from various members waiting for the bus, or riding bicycles, to a young boy, Zsombi, fishing for his dinner.

And somehow, as the Holy Spirit does, we found that something else was being built whilst the chapel was erected. A relationship was formed, and as it was expressed by townsfolk, I realized that we too felt that we didn’t want this connection to end. As I’ve talked to many of the volunteers who helped on the project, they have also expressed similar feelings and an affinity for this little town on the Hungarian border.

Isn’t that just like God? We came to build a chapel, bringing our skills, experience, hard work, and plans. We came to minister and somehow, as the Spirit does, we walked away feeling ministered to. They have a chapel now, and we have memories and a relationship. That’s God economy, somehow you always end up with more than you bargained for.

Phase two of the project, walls, doors, and windows, is coming this fall. If you would be interested in being part of the transformation, contact Keith Smith at

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