That week he met colonel Rothstein, a Christian man with living faith, who was the
leader of Salvationists in Budapest. Andi spoke German well, so he understood what the
colonel said. He explained Andi, who that time felt ashamed about that he was Jewish, that
his Saviour came from the Jewish too. Andi said about the pardon of sins that the Jewish
kill one cock for every man and one chicken for every woman at the big propitiatory feast,
and they ask God to accept the blood of the animals for sacrifice for the sins. Besides, there
are ten penitential days when they recognize their sins, and they ask for God's forgiveness.
"And then I surprisedly heard two convincing truth:
- Firstly, that according to God's order, the prelate has to bring a sacrifice for his own
sins first, and only after that he can ask God for placation for all the people. Therefore,
what we do on the placation day, in the eye of God it is not valid at all!
- Secondly he said God's sacrificial lamb is JESUS, Who gain an eternally valid
placation - for the sins of all the world! Nobody gets lost who believes in Him! That man
lives forever! The blood of the sacrificial Lamb saved those who believe in Him, and God
forgives their sins!" The colonel prayed for him on his knees, while Andi was also on his
knees, and he saw all his life before his eyes, and started to cry bitterly. He did not manage
to pray with his own words, but God heard his cry from deep. At the end he experienced,
weeping for joy, that God's mercy entered his life and from that time on he became Jesus
Christ's property. "Still imperfect, just like a new-born baby, but I already received life
from God. Eternal life."
He had to believe: Jesus from Nasareth is not only his Messiah, but also his
He was God's Lamb, who gained placation! God's Lamb and the Lion of Juda: is the
From this time on he started a new life. He wanted to hear God's word every day. He
attended the meetings, and appreciated all Bible explanations.
Meantime his father got married on the bases of the Jewish traditions. He married the
nearest woman member of the family who became single. He loved his brother who was
born after this too. Because of his new faith he was warned off his family's house. The
Salvationists worked among people whom the official churches could not or did not want
to reach, the beggars living in poverty dwellings, men crippled in the war, maids,
unemployed, starving, unhoused families. He worked for the Salvationists as an
interpreter for seven years, he had a straight spiritual development. He worked a lot for
the Lord's kingdom. The institution had a paper, entitled "Call for Help", in which Andi
reported on the opening of their house of worship on 9 February 1925. Colonel Rothstein
was a man full of love in his heart, who gave very good practical advice to his young,
open, nice, smiling eyed brother, because he saw that he was looking for a companion
among the lot of serving sisters.
- "My little Son, don't care about girls! Let them go! If you run after girls, you are not
increasing in grace..." Seeing the perplexity on the young man's face, he added:
- "You know, she whom the Lord intended to give you, He is reserving her to you,
and you are going to get her!!"
So it happened. One of his fellow-salvationists, Emma Kroll, became his wife. "Little",
the "die Kleine" was a German girl with blond hair and blue eyes, who could already
beautifully sing the songs in Hungarian in the service with Andi. Andi called her
Emmchen, he engaged her in 1930. Andi got the following advice from the colonel on
their engagement: - My little Son, even if nobody else can see, you have to know,
anywhere you are, in your neck there is a sign hanging that says: "NOT FOR SALE" and
also: "NOT TO BE GOT". This was very good advice, that Andi also gave to the young
listeners more times.
After that he asked for a permission to marry her from the German centre. Emmchen got
to know about this from them. The proposal itself happened in the following way:
- "Emmchen, would you be content with that you can only occupy the third place in my
life? The first place is the Lord Jesus's, the second one is for the service and I can only
offer the third place for my wife" She answered yes.
By self-training, he studied almost all day and all night beside the service. In order to
get to know the Bible in a deeper way, he spared no time or effort, he who used to get out
of the duty of studying at school. Now, by getting to know the Word, he received living
water. He had an acquaintance Hugo Berliner, a Jewish engineer who received faith in
Christ, who advised him to learn English the sooner and the better it is possible, because
many of God's children speaks and writes on that language. In that case he could read the
original of C. H. Mackintosh's explanation on Moses' five books, and enormous
perspectives would also open before Andi as for the relation between the Old and the New
As he improved his English, he got further in faith. The saved people have to increase,
together with the faith, in knowledge too. He decided to leave the Salvationists, and join
Hugo Berliner's group where they studied the Bible together and people who had received
the teaching talent explained the Word. "It was he who "gave gifts to mankind"; he
appointed some to be apostles, others to be prophets, others to be evangelists, others
to be pastors and teachers. He did work of Christian service, in order to build up the
body of Christ."
Andi considered natural that Emmchen went where
He did not conceal that in the military organization of the Salvationists he could not
tolerate the hierarchy any more. "Now, the Lord in this passage is the Spirit; and
where the Spirit of the Lord is present, there is freedom"
(2 Corinthians 3:17)
the Salvationists with two thoughts:
- "I do not want to be at a paid job for the Good News; I want to evangelize for free; if it
is needed, I will undertake any work!
- That time I had the Jewish mission pressing me."
He received proposals from more places; however, finally he accepted the offer of
professor Ferenc Kiss, whom he got to know through Hugo.
"The brothers entrusted to me to visit the country assemblies. They signed where to go. I
had four pengős in my pocket all together. I had a six-week travel before me. I cannot
remember what I left at home for my wife. Besides, I had a bad bicycle, a thick string was
holding its back tyre, it was tied by it, and it jolted at every turn. There were luggages all
over the frame, the luggage rack, but even on the wheel: I was bringing Bibles, hoping that
I would sell them. And I would have some money. After a two day shaking riding, first I
arrived in Miskolc, at my first station. A nice little photography studio served for us for
meeting" The owner of it was Annie Roth, she also was Jewish, at which she was
particularly glad. Those who could hear her Bible explanations, brought the Good News.
On the next occasion, the house was full to overflowing. They got to know later on that
somebody had the local newspaper publish the time of the Bible lesson. The audience
learnt from the few line newspaper article that Aladár Ungár, a Jewish preacher with faith
in Christ was going to hold a lecture on the Christ-problem, the relations of the Jewish
people to Christ, and on the Jewish question that was many times spoken about, on the
conversion, digression and getting saved. In the presence of plenty of Christians and
Jewish, the 28 year old Andi spoke to a journalist about the Jewish Movement with Faith
in Christ. The report was published by the newspaper "Reggeli Hirlap" of Miskolc on
29 July 1933. Dr. Ferenc Kiss university teacher in Szeged, dr. Arpad Fischer dentist,
Hugó Berliner engineer, dr. Imre Somogyi baptist preacher and Aladar Ungar B-list
officer, residents in Budapest, leaded the Jewish with Faith in Christ Movement in
Hungary. Besides Budapest, the movement had its foundation in Miskolc, Nyiregyhaza,
Debrecen, Bekes and Szeged. - "We are not recruiting followers for the churches, we do not
want any conversions "out of" or conversions "from one to another", but we want people
to be saved, having spiritual change, being born again, and we are trying to reach this in
the form of conversations. In the same way as the apostles did it, walking from place to
place, we work by the mean of meetings, in favour of the movement. Everybody can stay
within his/her own church. As far as I am concerned, I am also Jewish. The basic rule,
written law of our movement is the Holy Scripture, that also gives very important,
reliable life principle for the everyday life. The Holy Scripture is God's inspiration, and
first of all Christ brought the salvation to the Jewish people, just because of the political
misunderstandings of that time the Jewish people did not accept that Jesus is the
Messiah! He is the One whom the prophets foretold!"(Particular from the report.)
His clear, beautiful Word preaching, Bible explanations in Hungarian language both
addressed reason and heart at a time. He did all his best to let other people know the
richness of the good News. He preached Christ without any rant, this is why he was a
cordially seen lecturer among all groups of saved people. God's mercy lighted the
awakening in the darkness, because in Europe demonic plans were being prepared.
Sándor Csia head doctor at MAV (Hungarian State Railway), who worked for the
European Christian Mission, a brother with living faith spoke about James A. Stewart,
who was called from the football field by God, and who was travelling all over Europe
with an awakening message. Sandor Csia invited the Scot evangelist to Hungary in name
of the Hungarian Evangelical Alliance Movement. From this time on, more and more
people were praying for awakening. Obeying God's provident guidance, by this time
Andi already spoke good English. Therefore, in 1936 he was chosen to be the
interpreter for the young Stewart, who was 5 years younger than him, being able to
forward the message in the same way he heard and understood, and he was not bound to
dogmas and religious faith principles just like the Scottish young man.
When the "success" of Miskolc repeated in other places too, in his Word preaching tour
Andi was full of experience, he went through an event that he describes in the following
way: "Between Sarkad and Szeged I sat down in the shadow of a tree. I was eating,
reading my Bible, and prayed. The Lord was very near to me. And then, so clearly just as
if a man spoke to me, in my heart I heard the Lord's voice. He asked:
- What do you want? Such success or my will?
Immediately tears came, though I took attention, being a man, I do not cry, and I said:
- My Lord, I do not need any success but what You want to me!
Then I saw how much God blessed this guidance, and that it is not true what other
people said about me namely that I am going to be lost. When I was doing his will, He
gave me his blessings; however, he also showed that he wants to use me in another way."
Later on in Budapest, in Harsfa street he opened the Evangelical Bookshop, where his
real help was his wife. In this shop there was their home too, behind a curtain. Andi put
his arm around his wife's shoulder:
- "Do you think, Emmchen, we could say our flat is in the shop?"
Andi could go to evangelize calmly, because he left the bookshop in the best hands at
The congregation where Andi found a spiritual home, was simply called as Christian
Brothers' and Sisters' Assembly. Professor dr Ferenc Kiss, who due to his age and
knowledge was first among the equal, spoke about that the Scottish young man received
Jonas prophet's task, who was sent by God's mercy before the judgement overtook the
countries. Stewart said that he is asking the Lord for his interpreter in every
country, who is a mate in service, who feels God's message that has to be forwarded in
the same way as he does, and in Hungary only Aladar Ungar can be such. The Lord
blessed the meetings very much. After the Scottish preacher travelled further from the
country, Andi still travelled all over the country, preached the Word, served with
testimony, and in the evenings he also prayed for the listeners, who became his brothers
and sisters all.
The brothers took care of them with great love. Seeing their miserable situation, they
procured a modest flat back in a yard nearby, at the end of a round corridor, where the
German Baptists had their house of worship, at the corner of Wesselényi and Hársfa
streets. They accepted it gratefully.
In the congregation in Budapest there was an older brother who graduated from
theology, and had great Bible knowledge, Andi considered him his fatherly friend. This
brother was working on the Revelation explanations, and in it he drew the attention to the
Lord Jesus' return.
He told Andi: - "Hard times, a lot of suffering are coming to the
Lord's chosen people. The rest, however, will be saved... yes, God is going to collect His
chosen people so that when the Lord Jesus returns, the people shall be together, in their
own country, at the coast of Mediterranean see, at the land that is very small and has a lean
soil, which they are going to make a flourishing state..." This sounded like some kind of
prophecy. The book became published by Advent, one year later the author received the
invitation to the Eternity.
The Hungarian Parliament voted for the Jewish law, in the eastern front-line trench
Hungarian soldiers were shivering with cold. In their congregation they received more and
more Jewish people with faith in Christ. Among them there was Andi's younger sister
too. God found it good that one and a half decades after he became saved she could be
standing on the pulpit of Deak square Church and could be speaking of the discovered
truths. His father did not raise objection against it either, because he received care and
love from their children. For a while he had been living with them in the re-organised
pantry so that if people came to bring him to the ghetto, they would not find him
immediately. Andi was also called to do labour service, but miraculously they let him
go. Once an unexpected visitor arrived to his sister who was living in the neighbourhood,
he came from the eastern front, and was on holiday. He was a young Baptist soldier from
Vecsés who told them about the miserable situation of the labour workers. That time God
prepared Andit that he could praise his Lord even in the midst of fear, of Whom he had
experienced His mercy, His love, His miraculous revelations. He had to go to labour work
more times, but thanks to Christ's goodwill, he had to go to an office to be an interpreter.
He bought medicine for the old, ill Jewish people in the lager. He preached them: the Lord,
the Most High procured a perfect propitiation through the Lord Jesus Christ, He
reconciled himself to the world not blaming them for their sins. He asked them to
reconcile themselves to God for Christ! In his rucksack he brought many New Testaments
to the lager.
He was especially popular among young people, with whom "uncle Andi" loved to
talk. He was an active colleague of the Hungarian Evangelical Alliance for decades, then
he became managing secretary of the Alliance of Free Churches in Hungary.
However, his health already attacked when he was young, got gradually worse. His only
one remaining kidney had to be operated twice. He got diabetes. In 1957 he was operated
for intestinal cancer. He was a real museum of the illnesses, he himself also considered it
a miracle that God still always gave him strength to work. In 1959 he emigrated to his
wife's home country, but he did not stop working even being ill, with big pains, after
having severe operations. In 1961 one of his leg, then in 1970 his other leg had to be
amputated, his vision weakened too, but in the fragile pottery God's light was still
always shining. Just like his trust and faith in his Lord was never broken by the
persecutions, labour work lagers, and just like there he was the comforter for his fellows,
from beside his sick-bed patience and devotional readiness to service were spreading. He
corresponded, held radio-preachings, and he also served with his writings until the last
minute of his life. Before his death he was still doing important things, and was preparing
for a silent day service. In his wheel-chair he was a shining example of how God's
strength wins over the illness. And when he heard the word calling home - on 23
November 1970 - , he moved home to his Lord, his faithful Saviour in complete peace. His
tomb is in Tuttlingen.
On his headstone the following is written:
CHRISTUS IST MEIN LEBEN! IGEN
("Christ is my Life! Yes, my Father!")