On Sunday October 2, 2011
Today I went to Budapest for the “This is the Day” event which featured Hungarian bands,
Jesus Culture band and Banning Liebscher. I went with my friends Ramona, Stefan, Daniel and Simona. We left Oradea at 12 noon and spent a full day in Budapest. My new friend Berta also met us there and sat with us (she travelled with my friend Ana’s church in their bus). The event was held at the Papp Laszlo Sports arena. It started at 5:00pm and ended at 10:00pm (Hungarian time which is an hour behind Romania).
It was an incredible event, where there were around 10,000 Christians that gathered from all over Hungary and other surrounding Eastern European countries. The other countries that were represented there were: Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. I represented Canada and I’m sure there were American missionaries there too.
It was very moving how there was a gypsy man who asked for forgiveness on behalf of the
gypsies and there was a Hungarian man who asked him for forgiveness on behalf of the Hungarians. I thought that was moving for them to ask for forgiveness because a lot of times the gypsies don’t feel like they are accepted in society so this is a great beginning and healing for them.
At one point during the event the organizer of the event invited five church leaders up to the front of the stage from different countries to pray on behalf of their country for revival. The five different nations represented during this prayer time were: Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary. I thought that was awesome to see the unity in the prayers for the different nations represented and I’m sure it was a historical point in history to do that too.
The worship time during the Jesus Culture concert was incredible. I cannot even put it into
words how amazing it was to worship God along with thousands of other Christians who are hungry for God! All I can say is wow, God wow! I really felt such a unity as we worshipped God and the presence of God was so wonderful. It was like a taste of heaven to worship with so many people! Banning who is the Pastor/director of the Jesus Culture ministries from their church in California gave us a challenging message which is to be leaders and not followers.
I never really understood the expression “many are called but few are chosen” (from Matthew 22:1-14) until today when Banning explained it more. Basically Jesus has called everyone to serve Him but there’s only a few who have answered His call to do His will and
serve Him with all of their heart (with a heart that is fully surrounded and obedient to Him) and says yes to the cause of Christ. Those people are the chosen ones.
Banning challenged us that we need to embrace the mandate on our lives. He explained that what separates us from the rest is the “yes” in our spirit. God is saying to us and to me specifically “will you lead a nation?” I believe God will use us for His glory when we step out and say yes with all of our hearts. Banning challenged us it is dependent on our lives where our city and nation will go. He then told us that God is looking for people fully surrendered to Him.
When I listened to Banning challenge he gave out to us my heart and my spirit kept saying
“yes Lord, yes Lord please use me for your glory”. At one point I just cried out to the Lord and shouted “yes”! I also thought about Sabolciu and how I want so badly to see revival on the gypsy community that God has called me to. I am so glad that I went today to Budapest for this event. I got home very late (at 2:50am) but it was so worth going and I definitely do not regret going at all.