(Hi friends! Sorry it’s been a little while since I’ve posted.. but I’m back with a few little stories for ya.)
A few Sundays ago, there was a kick-off for the start of the school year’s religious education program. The program began with a few songs after my introduction. It was nice to hear familiar “camp song”-sounding tunes, but I couldn’t place if they were singing any songs that I knew. After a few songs, I was asked by the leadership to suggest an English Bible song. Maybe the kids would know the Hungarian version? I was totally unprepared for this question, so (naturally) my mind blanked and I didn’t know what to say. The man playing the guitar, Sámuel, said, “Do you know ‘This Little Light of Mine’?”. Ahh, yes! Sámuel started strumming, and I was intrigued to hear one of the songs I grew up with in Hungarian. Guess what? EVERYONE STARTED SINGING ENGLISH. You can bet your bottom dollar I joined right in. Of course, I was “that girl” that shouted “No!” the loudest, but I didn’t really care. I was jamming.
The first full day I was in Pílís, my mom drove me to buy a SIM card. When I hopped in the car for her to pick me up, Imagine Dragons was playing on the radio! My first reaction was, “Hey! I know this song!”, and she responded with her enjoyment of the radio station that plays a mixture of Hungarian and English pop songs. We rode away from our home with my head bobbing along to the music and my lips whispering the lyrics. I saw my mom sneaking a grin at me out of my peripherals.
This past Sunday, I attended Sunday School with the children. We were about to open with a song out of the children’s songbook, and the pastor asked me if I knew the song in English. After just glancing at the Hungarian text (that I could not decipher), I said I didn’t think so. The children started singing and by the time they got to the chorus, I recognized the song! It was “You Are my All in All”! Because I knew the tune, I picked up singing it in Hungarian easier because I just had to focus on the pronunciation of the lyrics. I told the pastor after we finished that I did actually know it, and I taught his 4th grade religion class how to sing most of it in English the next morning.