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Energy, engaging, and openness describes this evening’s high school meeting. Students from various parts of the city converged on a meeting hall in central Budapest. Our team had been part of the efforts of 30 Americans who spent the week in high school English classes with the goal of inviting these students to tonight’s meeting (The Bible Chapel team alone spoke in 25 or more classes). There were games, led by our own Jonathan Lingenhoel, an interview of another of our teammates, Noah Brown, about the meaning of ‘normal’, and a talk by a Cru staff member that challenged the students to be willing not to be normal in the sense of acknowledging their need to consider Christ.
Many students who attended were here for the first time as a result of our being high school classrooms this week. Praise God! The evening ended with numerous group and individual conversions. The conversations were designed to help the high schoolers think about the message and feel welcomed to the Cru high school meeting.
Tonight’s meeting was the culmination of a day that began with a visit to Cru headquarters to learn the 40 year history of Cru Hungary. We were challenged by the Cru National Direct, Lazslo Baczynski, to follow Caleb’s example who had a ‘different spirit’ and followed God despite setbacks and disappoints (Numbers 14:28). We then traveled to a high point overlooking downtown Budapest to pray for the students who attend that evening.
Tomorrow we have a chance to do some shopping and sightseeing before a banquet with the Cru staff. Thank you so much for your prayer this week.