As of 4 p.m. approached today, a sense of closeness came over the camp. While standing on stage handing out the diploma’s, I realized that camp really was over. The students were leaving later today. Not long after, the goodbyes were said, the tears shed, and we sang Amazing Grace to close out the two weeks worshiping the only one worthy of praise. Angol Tabor 2015 had come to a close.
Camp today was different from the rest of the days. We didn’t go to Lake Velence, we didn’t run around Budapest looking for Americans in disguise. Instead, we surrounded ourselves with the fellowship of campers, and filled the day with conversation about life and the Gospel. Today in chapel, Timea and John shared their testimonies. And by doing this they opened up the doors for many conversations. Timea shared hers all in Hungarian, and it really showed the campers that she is invested in them. John talked about idolatry, and very clearly explained how putting other things before God is a sin. This is something that I believe every Christian struggles with, but no one likes to talk about.
After Chapel John and I talked to two of the campers we grew close to over the two weeks of camp, Zsombor and Balint. We encouraged them to share the good news of Jesus Christ to their friends. They both go to a religious school, but are surrounded by people who do not follow Christ. Seeing them accept our challenges made the two weeks worth it. Zsombor took the challenge to read his Bible and pray whenever he feels the temptation to play videos games, and Balint was challenged to share the Gospel with his friend Benedict who is against Christianity.
After camp today we had dinner on the Vanhjio (a boat-restaurant on the Danube) with the translators, and all of the camp workers. It was a great time to share stories from camp, and talk about returning to Hungary in the future. The food was great, the conversation was great, and the time we had was real, and full of fun and laughter.
These past two weeks of camp has changed so many peoples lives. I have seen team members open up about their past. I have seen students accept Christ as their Lord and Savior, and I myself have seen God show a future for me here in Hungary. I have made so many friends, including Balint, who accepted Christ last summer, and has remained faithful through the year. I am excited to see how God works in his life, as well as those around him. As we leave Hungary we can be confident that God’s work was done, and is in control of what happens after we leave. Nem Felek Tobbe mar. Benned Bizom en (I will not be afraid. I will trust in you).