On Friday afternoon (Sept. 21) we had a team of nine ladies from Virginia State come to Romania for a week to do ministry outreach here. I wasn’t able to meet the team before I left for Budapest so I met them on Monday morning when I got back. They weren’t actually here for a complete week (they left on Thurs. Sept. 27 in the morning), which was a bit too bad because it was so short that they were here!
The team went to the Light and Life group home (where I volunteer at) during the weekend I was in Budapest, they spent two days at the Rozmarin school, spent some time with a group of girls at another group home, went to a gypsy village and even went to Sighisoara for a day of sightseeing. That was what the team did in a nutshell while they were here, so they had a full packed schedule!
When the team went to Rozmarin School I went along with them on Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 24 & 25). I wanted to go with them because next week I will start volunteering there. I will teach an English class to the 7 & 8 year old class for an hour on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:30 – 2:30pm. Rozmarin School is not like the average public school. This school provides education to lower economy families, especially to the gypsy community.
When I went to the gypsy village in July the kids just captured my heart and when my director asked me if I would be interested in teaching the children English at Rozmarin School I immediately told him yes. I am so grateful that God gave me the opportunity to go to Rozmarin a couple of days this week to see where the school is and meet some of the children before I start volunteering there. On Tuesday I spent the whole time with the kids I will be teaching. The children are very sweet. I was surprised how affectionate and loving they are. My heart is full of praise for the opportunity to minister to the gypsy children at Rozmarin. I see a real need to reach out to the gypsy community and I’m excited to not only teach them English but also to share God’s love with them too!
Even though the team was only here for a short time I am very grateful that God brought them to Romania. All of them showed a real genuine love for the children and they all had servant’s hearts that were such a blessing. The team brought a ton of resources for us to use here with children’s ministry and our classes at the school which was a real blessing. I also felt very encouraged by the team how they affirmed our ministry. Now I am realizing more of the importance the role a short-term ministry team has and how they fit into the ministry with the full-time staff here in Romania. They might only be here for a short period of time but God brings them along to encourage the full-time staff to keep doing what we are doing. We all need encouragement at times, so thank-you Lord for bringing the wonderful team from Virginia to Romania!