I think for the first time in my life I got three invitations to celebrate New Year’s and I am not even home (in Canada)! Cristina who is my roommate’s friend invited me to spend New Year’s with her and a bunch of others at the beginning in December, then my friend Ramona invited me to spend New Year’s with her and her friends and then the church in Reghin invited me to spend New Year’s with them. Wow, it was so hard to choose which one to accept!
I ended up spending New Year’s with my friend Ramona and her friends. To be honest I don’t think I made the best choice because there were three people who were there who were not Christians and I felt a bit uncomfortable at times but other than that I had a good time. There were seven of us all together. I spent the evening and night at my friend Ramona’s place.
I was the only one who wasn’t a Romanian but I felt very appreciative that everyone was very accompanying to me while I was there. They either spoke to me slowly in Romanian, in English or translated for me which was so nice of them to do that and it made me feel included in the group more.
New Convent church had a New Year’s Eve service from 6:00 – 8:00pm. I went to the service there first before we went to the party. The worship time was amazing! The sermon was good but I couldn’t understand Pastor Adi very well because he spoke so fast. A couple of scripture verses he shared though challenged me “forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me to heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13b – 14). These verses are great to hold onto for this New Year! Afterwards Pastor Adi asked everyone to get into their house groups. I don’t have one at the church so I went with my friend Ramona. Every group leader prayed for the people in the groups. Ramona’s group leader encouraged me that I have stepped out in faith and I am following God’s call on my life as a missionary just like God spoke to Abraham to leave his land and go to the foreign land God showed him to go. It was encouraging to hear that. It is all about faith, without faith we cannot grow in our walk with Christ.
At the New Year’s Eve party we ate lots of food (we had snack food, a delicious dinner and a great fruit salad) and we played games late until the night. I think the favorite thing for me of the evening was when we went to the centre and saw the fireworks! At the centre they had a stage there (I think there were concerts there but we just went for the fireworks). We walked there. I have to admit it was quite cold outside but it was worth going to the centre and I was amazed to see how many people were there.
At midnight everyone embraced each other. People had firecrackers going off and drank. There were broken bottles everywhere. What a mess. I just loved watching the firework show because we don’t have that in Canada (I don’t know why)! They had a great ten minute show with laser lights too! It was beautiful! I was able to get some great pictures of the fireworks and the lights at the centre too.
Well, I know it is quite late for me to say this but Happy New Year to you!! In Romanian – An Nou Fericit sau (or) La Multi Ani!! I hope you had a great New Year’s celebration. Have a blessed New Year! May this year be a great year for you to go deeper in God, may you truly tap in and experience all that God has for you this year!