One of our cofounders, Dóra Kanizsai-Nagy, returned recently from her month and a half long time in the US. She was one of the International Peacemakers that the Presbyterian Church (USA) selected and asked to participate in a time of visits and lectures throughout their presbyteries. Peacemakers in this year’s program came from places like Colombia, Cuba, Kenya, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Niger and Hungary. Dóra visited PC(USA) affiliates in Pennsylvania, New Mexico, North Carolina, Colorado, Ohio and also visited one of Kalunba’s major partners in the US – Calvin College in Michigan.
Dóra spent about four days in each state and her days were packed with both formal and informal meetings. A big part of her time in the US was spent giving presentations – sometimes up to three in a day! She spoke about her work in Hungary in churches, schools, and in presbytery meetings.
Everywhere she went, Dóra met compassionate people eager to know about the situation in Hungary and what the church and its partners do to help refugees overcome difficulties. Many times people reported their fascination for Budapest as a high number of them had visited the city before, usually on a Danube cruise or on a trip to visit partner churches. The audience members during her speeches were passionate about the subject matter and also eager to make practical connections with Kalunba – already eagerly discussing ways to get involved through future visits, mission trips, and internships!
Special meetings were held with university students at Pittsburgh Seminary and at Calvin College, as well as with high school students at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.
In almost each state she visited, Dóra met volunteers that she had worked with over the years. The wonderful hospitality she experienced throughout her trip was refreshing and rejuvenating for her soul.
Kalunba would like to thank PC(USA) and all of Dóra’s amazing hosts along her journey for making it such a special time. We continue to hold you all in our prayers and look forward to possible collaborations in the future!
Read more on the PCUSA website.