Trip Start Jun 04, 2010
33Trip End Feb 08, 2011
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We are just loving every moment!
Presently at the Ministry Centre, construction has been underway now for well beyond the years that most of the staff wish to remember...but is in the very exciting stages of nearing completion of the amazing 830+ m2, three-level facility. It is perfectly located in the center of downtown Budapest - only a five minute walk from the main metro station.
Until completion of the renovation and permit process, they are currently only able to utilize about 30% of this incredible space - in which venue those serving here are reaching out to the people of Budapest with a vision so much bigger than they can presently capacitate
Friday nights are looked forward to with the greatest anticipation, where, in the underground cellar-type room of the finished basement, there is live music and coffee served in the refreshingly relaxed atmosphere of a place known as the Rézkígyó Kávézó - or, in English, the Bronze Serpent Coffee House.
This place often exceeds capacity without any formal advertising - or even a sign out in front! - and is set up as place to reach out to the Hungarian youth. People sit at the funky tables (which very much resemble an artists pallet) playing games & talking, listening to the fantastic music of many talented artists, and just absorbing the atmosphere as we serve them drinks and enjoy extending fun and friendship.
Rézkígyó ~ Lifting up the Bronze Serpent in the wilderness...
Left only with destroyed hopes from every failed system promising them change and a better life, Hungarian youth in Budapest wander in a dark wilderness without a successful model for how to live their lives; without a compass to find their way in a confusing and challenging world.
"Just as Moses lifted up the bronze serpent in the wilderness, so the Son of Man just be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life." (John 3:14-15)
Rézkígyó is a professional establishment of the highest caliber offered as a gift to the people of Budapest..
The dream here is to create a coffeehouse filled with life and opportunity: special interest groups, English and book clubs, discussions, lectures, concerts, film nights, open mic nights, poetry readings, art exhibitions, dance, theater, workshops, seminars ... to offer community and to encourage people in seeking God and his kingdom.
The rest of our week is well consumed with the somewhat overwhelming task of renovating and dressing up this massive facility.
So much to do with so little time...I fear our dreams and goals to be achieved during our stay may be a little beyond the attainable - but it's good to dream big and it has given us the urgency in our motivation to throw ourselves at the tasks with a passion and purpose.
Samuels talents and abilities are certainly not going to waste here with so much scope and challenges before him to be actualized. We spent a good day plus going through the building, room by room, with Steve (Building Manager and the one 'hosting' and overseeing our time here) on first arrival to get a feel for the vision of the place and work to yet be done
Prioritizing it down, Samuels first project was to complete the Staff Kitchen on the 3rd level...much to the happiness of those working here - who have, for the past decade or so, had to go from the top level where the offices are to the bottom level just to get themselves a drink.
So we prepared and painted the walls, Samuel tiled the floor and completed what tiles were yet missing on the walls, then designed and built from scratch the Kitchen cupboard units. Despite being able to list off all the components so easily in one sentence, it was not always the case with actually putting all that into being!
Amongst that, many of the tables used for the Coffee house are in much need of repair and re-finishing so he has been helping to work on those in the between times.
As well as assisting Samuel where and as much as I can, my first mission was to tackle the menu blackboard and five other signs, essential yet cluttering, the bench top of the coffee house. I was given some cash, shown where the art supply store was, assisted with the Hungarian then given free range to come up with a fresh new look and solution. It's been great fun
And from there I've seen more and more things that can be done in lifting the presentation and feel of the place...
Both of us are definitely not short of something to do, that's for sure!
We've loved hanging out with all the staff here, who have really gone out of their way to extend friendship and include us in all the happenings around this place.
Living on the second floor of the accommodation apartments are Rosie (Serbia), Misha (Bulgaria) and Eugene (Romania) who we have shared lot's of laughs with over pretzels & popcorn...and desert/games evenings that we have organized on the top floor.
Despite the business we are feeling more and more refreshed in our time spent here, and once again so blessed by the opportunity to serve in this place......