Thanksgiving celebration dinner

Our second school social event for the month of November we had an American Thanksgiving celebration dinner! The event was on Saturday November 24, from 5:00 – 8:00pm and it was held at the Christian cafe. The whole evening was a huge success! We have around 200 students who are studying at our school but we only had enough for 80 people because of the limited seating at the cafe (which included students, teachers and the other American missionaries). We had so many students who were interested in attending this event that we actually had to turn some people down, which I think was a first!
All of the food was made by the team from the school and also from a couple of other American missionaries. We had all of the traditional food we usually eat for Thanksgiving (turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, salad, bread and pumpkin pie for dessert). I did the mashed potatoes with one of my missionary friends. We peeled and mashed 80 potatoes! It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be to do all of those potatoes because I did it with someone else and we had a lot of fun doing it! The food was so delicious and I never thought of it as being an American traditional meal until my students commented on how they never tasted turkey prepared like that (mostly the dark meat was new to them), stuffing, cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie before!  
Two of my kids came from my older children’s class (Naty and Rares). I was so glad they came! I sat with them and also four of my students from my Intro B class. We had a great time! The way the program went was we ate dinner and then in between dessert we had a break where we had a sharing time. Bryan MC for evening and he did a great job. First Bryan shared what Thanksgiving is all about and then he opened up the floor to the students for a time for them to share what they are thankful for. One of my students from my kids class (Naty) stood up and shared how thankful she was of me being her English teacher. I didn’t expect that and I felt humbled that she did that! Afterwards I shared my testimony and then Niss shared her testimony.
At the beginning of the week at our staff meeting we had on Monday we talked about the preparations for the Thanksgiving dinner. At the meeting Alina asked the staff if two people would be interested in sharing their testimony at the event. To be honest part of me wanted to do it because God has done so much in my life since I have been in Romania but I didn’t volunteer because I hate public speaking so I didn’t give it much thought. Then on Wednesday at my older kids class Naty asked if the school will have an American Thanksgiving dinner. For some reason it didn’t even cross my mind to invite them to the event. I don’t know why. So, then I told them all about the event and I told them they are welcome to come if  they wanted to come. Then Naty expressed interest that she wanted to come and when she told me, I got an impression on my heart that I needed to share my testimony. The more she expressed interest in coming, the more my heart was beating and I knew it was a clear sign from God that He wanted me to do it because a lot of what Naty is going through now is what God has set me free and healed me from (e.g. the way I used to think about myself).
Regardless of how much I hate public speaking I knew God wanted me to share my testimony and I wanted to be obedient to Him. On Friday evening and Saturday morning I had a stomach ache and I haven’t had a stomach in a long time so it was probably nerves. I end up spending a couple of hours before I needed to leave for the event in prayer and preparing for my testimony. I asked God to give me the right words of what He wanted me to share and that He would be glorified. I believe God did just that! So, I stepped out and shared my testimony, which was a step of faith for me but I knew that God was with me and I believe He spoke through me. Most of what I shared about was how God changed my life at the church camp I went to in June. God is so faithful and I praise Him for everything He is doing in my life! We serve such an awesome God!!

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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