Narnia Elementary School got a special treat in May when Trinity International University gave concerts in Banská Bystrica during their European tour. The kids loved the mini-concerts during chapel and some of them brought their parents to the evening concert in downtown Banská Bystrica.
Every three or four years TIU takes its concert choir and symphonic band on tour through Europe. This is the second time they’ve made a stop in Slovakia.
Jana and I helped make the arrangements for their stop in Banská Bystrica with Jana being the main liaison with the school and doing most of the concert translation.
They gave two concerts at Narnia during the elementary school and junior high chapels. The kids loved it.
The kids got to hear some music you don’t often hear in Slovakia (American marching band tunes or negro spirituals) in a form they don’t often hear (lots of wind instruments!) they also gave testimonies that fit in with Narnia’s theme of the month, which was faithfulness.
Besides the chapel concerts, some of the members of the tour also visited English or religion classes where they played ice breakers with the kids or shared more testimonies. On top of that, Narnia families provided housing for the 38 members of the tour so the kids (and their families) got to practice their English with native speakers that couldn’t communicate with them in Slovak.
I suppose the climax of their trip was the concert they put on in the old Lutheran church near downtown Banská Bsytrica. Some of the kids loved the chapel concerts so much they “dragged” their parents to the evening concert.
And a good time was had by all.