Washington team

On Saturday July 14, I went to the school at 10:30am to meet the team that arrived from Washington the night before. They must have been tired because they had like four flights with delays, they flew into Bucharest and then had another five hour maxi taxi ride to Targu Mures! There was twelve on their team (three adult leaders and nine high school students) and they came for a week (until Wednesday July 18) to minister to orphan children here in Romania.
 
I really enjoyed working with this team. They brought so much joy, enthusiasm and energy! I loved their servant hearts and their love for the children. The first two days they were in Romania (Sat July 14 & Sun. July 15) half of the team went to the baby hospital with Niss, Lindsay and Alina and the other half of the team went to the Light and Life group home with Bryan, Einer and I (plus our translators – Alin, Alina and Tabita). They switched on Sunday, so half went on Saturday to the hospital or group home and then the other half went on Sunday.
 
It was such a privilege for me to be a part of taking the team to Light and Life group home because I have been volunteering there since June and it was so great to minister to the kids I have been working with, with the team! The two days we were there with the team we taught them a couple of songs (Head and Shoulders and Hokey Pokey), did some fun organized games with them (Duck, duck goose; What time is it Mr. Wolf? and Ug) and the rest of the time we just played with the kids with balls, skipping ropes and frisbees. It was really great to spend two days in a row with the kids! The more I spend time with them, the more God increases my love for them! I am also starting to get to know one of the girls who works with the kids at the group home too. I’m excited about continuing to go there and be with the kids every week. Also, another great thing is a couple of my Romanian friends want to come with me to minister to the kids too! God is so good!
 
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:30am – 2:00pm we went to a small group home in Balauseri. The team organizated a VBS type program for the children at the group home based on the theme of God’s creation. They did a great job with the discussions, games and the crafts! I also really enjoyed being the kids. It was a lot of fun and they also had a great time too!
 
After we went to the group home on Monday, Kevin our director took us to a gypsy village for a couple of hours. Before we went there Kevin gave us some "warnings" to not take anything valuable with you, to be careful of your belongings, if we bring any toys with us expect them to be left there because they will disappear and if we bring any candies to give them out just before we leave.
 
When we walked into the gypsy village I have to admit I did feel a bit timid but it turned out to be such a great experience! As we walked down the road of the village, all of the children came out of their homes and walked with us. We went to a field near where the village was and started to play with the kids. The kids seemed excited that we came to play with them but yet a little hestiate. We brought frisbees and balls with us. I had such a great time with the kids! It brought so much joy in my heart to see the kids smile and laugh because I don’t think they get many opportunities like this.
 
My eyes couldn’t believe the poverty these kids were living in. They were living in shacks with no running water, probably no heat, they used outhouses for their washroom, their clothes were in very poor condition and some kids weren’t even wearing any clothes. In spite of the poverty God helped me to see how beautiful these kids are in His eyes. They really captured my heart. You can tell these kids were just carving for attention and love. I spent a lot of time playing with this one boy. He wanted to be by my side almost the whole time I was with him and he just loved to get pig backs!  I noticed he had burnt his legs pretty bad. I asked him what happened and he told me a car did it but I’m not sure what happened. My heart went out to him and all of the children we were with.
 
Since that day we were with them I have been thinking about these kids a lot and I’d really like to minister to them in some way. Gypsies are considered outcasts in Romania but God doesn’t see them that way. He loves them so much. Kevin asked me if I am interested in teaching at this special school for poor families and gyspy chidren in September. He told me a lot of the kids we were with go to that school. I am very interested in volunteering at this school. I really hope to be able to give English lessons there starting in September, even if it’s once a week.  It would be such a wonderful way to reach out to them!
 
On Tuesday evening we had a social event with our students at the school. For our event we had a barbecue and an English quiz night.  was quite surprised of the turn out we had! We had around twenty students come out, which is great especially in the summer time! It was a lot of fun and it was great to see some of the students again!
 
What a great week with the team from Washington! It was such a blessing to have them come to Romania to reach out to the kids here and it was a blessing for me to be a part of it too!
 
 
 

 

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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