This is our second year doing Fusion camp in Bratislava and it was really a fun camp. I did not have a whole lot of responsibility so I was able to spend more time with some of the students who were there. Two of these guys were in my Acoustic guitar workshop. David is a Slovak who lives in the States and was visiting family in Bratislava who sent him to camp. The Second guy was a Venezuelan, Cuban, American who David is friends with and invited to camp. These two boys were quite opposite of each other. David was always looking down on everyone including himself. Andres was willing to try anything and got along well with everyone, despite language differences. Andres and I were in the same discussion group in the evenings and ended up going on the same survival team (a hiking trip in the middle of the week). One of the nights, Andres told our group that his dream was to go to heaven. During the survival hike, I brought this up to him and told him I could guarantee that he could go to heaven. He asked how, and I shared the gospel with him. When I finished I asked him if he would like to make a decision and he said he would like to follow Christ! I then shared with him that he must admit his need and accept God’s gift for him. He prayed out loud as we hiked in his own words! I then got him a Bible and we began reading through the book of John. As we did this everyday, I noticed that the other guy David, seemed pretty uncomfortable with the whole thing. He came up and would make negative comments about it.
Later on in the week we had a gospel night and a Labyrinth (a walk designed for people to reflect on their lives and the gospel). I was one of the leaders waiting in the final room if anyone wanted to talk with a leader. One boy Paulo came to me and told me he knew about Christians, but was not one. He then told me he was ready to make a decision. I asked him if he understood the Gospel and he said, yes of course! I heard you telling Andres the other day. You see he had been following behind us the whole time listening. I had inadvertently shared the gospel with two guys at once! He then prayed to accept Christ! After this I went to bed so excited about what had happened! The next morning I got up and went to breakfast and sat down next to David. One other Slovak leader sat down with us. David was his typical down self and then all of the sudden Jan (the slovak leader) and I began talking to him about this and just told him in a gospel filled way that he needed to start acting like a man. It was exactly what he needed to hear! By the end of our talk he asked if we could pray for him, that God would give him the strength to be the man that he needed to be. It was an amazing time with him that morning.
During camp we were able to have two concerts. One was our normal concert and the other was a special invitation concert from the town we were doing camp in. The students did so well during the concert. I was very proud of them. The day of our final concert, the two American teams for our next camp arrived, Blackhawk and Battle creek friends.