Where is Keszthely and how do you pronounce the name?

Keszthely, Hungary is the control center if you will, for huge amounts of ministry going on in various parts of Hungary and a number of other countries this summer. If you aren’t familiar with Hungarian pronunciation, your first question may be how to properly say Keszthely – or maybe you aren’t asking but just saying it wrong :)

In Hungarian the letter “e” is always pronounced like a short e in English. K is the same. “sz” sounds like an English “s”. “T” is the same as well so the first half is pronounced “Kest” No sweat.

In Hungarian “J” and “LY” are pronounced like an English “y”. The “h” is the same – so the second half sounds like “hay”. Run that together and we get “Kest-hay”. (The second “e” sounds different because it is in front of the “ly” – this is the only case (vowels in front of “j” or “ly”) that I know of where a letter’s sound changes.

If you want to know more about the town itself, Here is a link to the wikipedia article on Keszthely. It is a very nice town right on Lake Balaton, a major summer vacation destination for Hungarians and many other people from all over. Tourism is a big part of Keszthely though there are also many people who live here year round. We hold our English camp at a catering, tourism and commerce school – VSZK.

The English camp happens right on the campus with campers and most staffers living in the dorm. We have classes here, and use the field and basketball courts outside. The beach is a short walk from the school and so is the downtown of Keszthely. It’s a great location.

At the same time the English camp is happening (with primarily American’s working) many of our Hungarian staff form up teams and head out into Keszthely and other towns aroung lake Balaton to share Christ with people that they meet. We’ve also sent out other teams to help run similar camps in Slovakia, Albania, Romania and Siofok, Hungary.

Speak Out! 2012

All 5 of us are arrived in Keszthely, Hungary on the 28th of June. We will be here until the 29th of July. We are participating in the Speak Out! project that is being run by the Hungarian ministry. It is a huge project that involves many staff from a number of countries. Keszthely (say it like kest-hey) is a sort of central command for a number of activities. We have people who have come from the US (and Americans who already live in Hungary) to work the English camp. The camp takes place over 3 weeks with about 120 new Hungarians coming each week to learn English from native English speakers. Each of them will hear the gospel multiple times.

We also have a large number of Hungarians here working as staff. They will be going out to the beaches and town to share the gospel. They will also visit other towns around Balaton, including another project that will be run in Siofok. Other Hungarians will be going to Slovakia, Romania and Albania to do outreaches there. It’s an exciting time to be a part of this huge evangelistic opportunity.

Since we’ve arrived we’ve been focused on getting ready. Ingrid and I each have groups of young people that we are discipling. We are helping them learn how to share their testimony and share the gospel. Once campers start to arrive, we will help them be English tutors and witnesses to the Hungarian campers. We covet your prayers as we take part in transforming Hungary and by extension, the world. Here are a couple short, rough video clips (I just grabbed them with my phone) of our worship time together.