By Bence Fonyad & Bill Drake
Bill Drake Band at Baracska Prison - Hungary
I would like to share a story with you from yesterday when we had a concert in Baracska, a male prison. This is another testimony of how Jesus is lining up encounters for us decades before we even show up. It also testifies to the reality and significance of Romans 12:1, which says to present our bodies as a living sacrifice. Basically showing up at a certain place at a certain time in this case regardless of opposing circumstances.
The inmates at Baracska responded very well to the Bill Drake Band concert. At the end, when Bill gave the invitation, at least a third of men (around 30) raised their hands to indicate that they wanted to receive Christ; to surrender to "The Lamb" before every knee will have to bow to "The Lion". It was an awesome sight to see these convicts being set free from spiritual chains in Jesus name!
Some inmates were chosen to stay behind to help us load the equipment and they started to talk to me. One of them was a gypsy man named Csaba (pronounced Chaba), and he just began to share his son's story with me:
His son had an accident about 20 years ago when he was almost four. He was playing outside and fell off of something, got hooked into a rope or something, and basically got hanged by his throat. He was taken to the hospital where they said he will most likely not make it, but even if he did, he will have severe brain damage. He spent the night on the ICU where his bed happened to be between the beds of two old ladies. One of ladies died during the night.
In the morning the son woke up and was completely fine and wanted to have his favorite breakfast! Later Csaba asked him what happened during the night, and how does he feel now? The son shared that a guy with a shiny face in a white robe came to him in the night, stroked his face and told him he needs to go back because he's got nothing to do there yet. As he was going back through some kind of a corridor he saw one of the ladies who had been in one of the beds next to him coming past him...
The father then said to me, "Three year old kids don't lie about things like this. They don't make up stories like this either. Ever since then I have been looking for this man with a shiny face in a white robe, and I wanted to know who he is."
I then asked him, "Have you found Him yet?" He said, "No". I immediately replied that he actually had just found Him and His name is Jesus - the Savior that we all had just sang and talked about during the concert, and Whom so many just received when they put their hands up to indicate their surrender to Him. I told Csaba that he can get to know this Jesus better from the Bible and through a personal relationship with Him.
After this I prayed with Csaba, and asked Jesus to meet him, in the same way He did with his son. Csaba was saying he will try hard to meet Jesus, but then I told him, "No need to try hard, He will come to you so just expect Him to show up sometime soon."
Csaba shared proudly that his son is a successful young man today, who speaks 4 languages.
As we drove away from the Prison, I was reminded again that God meets us right where we are at, reveals to us what we need to know, and is always waiting to receive those who will humbly receive Him.