Dorcas Holand was founded in 1983 by Dirk Jan Groot who was called by Matthew 25 which talks about people serving the poor. The organization he started with his wife, in their family home, became an international organization in the following years. Dorcas International now has offices in 20 countires. Hundreds of social projects are implemented in Africa, Near East and Eastern Europe. In 1991, Dirk Jan founded the Hungarian organization which is seated at Erdőspuszta, near Debrecen. Dorcas Resort is a 5,5 hectare big area which offers the opportinity for visitors to do sports, camp and organize conferences. The BoD of the Hungarian Dorcas consists of interdenominational and lay members. Dorcas Hungary is an independent non-profit organization since 01.01.2016 but still maintains a good relationship with the Dutch brother organization.
Present and Future
The Hungarian Dorcas Ministries works in 15 settlements, joining forces with 40 churches and other organizations to implement its projects for the benfit of Hungarians living in the country and outside of the border. The main target groups of Dorcas are poor families, children in need and elder people living in difficult circumstances. Through its diaconial projects, Dorcas distributes 24 tons of clothes and 11 tons of food annualy among 8000 beneficary. The organization is continually expanding its territory to implement more social projects in new areas and support new target groups.
Jesus says: "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' (Matthew 25:31-36) When do we get to see Jesus? How can we help him? How will we get to the right group of poeple on the last day? These questions are answered by our social projets which bring help to those places where its needed the most.
“let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” 1. Jone. 3:18. There is still a great gap between the poor and the rich in Hungary. Catching up to the European Union and the sociopolitical decisions made in the past years resulted in the fact that some social layers strengthened their financial position but for other layers it meant a daily struggle to provide for their basic needs (more than 38.000 people live under the living wage). The mission of Dorcas Ministries is to generate economic recovery among people in need. We share the love of Christ in a tangible way . Permanent recovery can only be reached by the help of local christian communities. I hope that many of my fellow citizens joins our mission!
Ábel Lukács Kiss
When economic status of our country gets stabilized, strengthens and some social layers advance, we cannot forget about the 1/3 of the population which still live in poverty and hundreds struggle daily. While the upper middle class has the opportunities of moving forward, the lower middle class, and those on the periphery, face the problems getting poorer day by day.
I have been serving in the BoD for more than 10 years and I have seen lives being changed by our work. People in poverty and extreme poverty were created the sme way by God to live a decent life and create liveable circumstances. Dorcas Ministries can only do its work efficently if people stand together and work together with communities to reach our common goals. For this reason I ask you to join Dorcas in its mission!