This summer truly has been a summer of good-byes for me. It’s always very special how God puts people in your lives for a period of time and the friendships are such a blessing because we can pour into each other lives for that period of time. The difficult part is saying good-bye especially when you are serving on the mission field which is something that is a part of missionary’s lives.
On Tuesday July 1st, it was my first farewell I did this summer. Bryan and Alina who are from Colorado came to Romania in September 2006. They were a part of the team here for two years (I was here in Romania for a little more then a year while they were here). They originally came to Romania for a one-year commitment and then they decided to stay for another year. I’m so glad they did otherwise I would have only worked with them for one school term! I grew very close to them and they were both such an encouragement to while they were here in Romania. After they prayed about direction of what they should do next God guided them to return to the States. Alina has the desire on her heart to become a sign language interpreter so they returned to the States where she can further her studies and pursue that. I already miss them very much!
On Friday July 4th, it was my second farewell I did this summer. Becky who is from Michigan came to Romania I think four years ago. She served as full-time missionary with ABWE (Association Baptists for World Evangelism) here in Târgu Mures, Romania. After four year they go home for a year for home assignment. I met Becky when I came here a year ago but I didn’t really start to get to know her until she joined our team on a part-time basis here at the school last January (’08). Becky also was a great help with the team that came from Michigan in June as well. Even though Becky is only going home for a year I’m still going to miss her!
On Saturday July 26th, it was my third farewell I did this summer. Hilya who is from Scarborough, Canada came to Romania in April 2006. She was a part of the team here for two and a half years. She was also my apartment mate. We lived in the same apartment together for just over a year. Hilya came to Romania on a one-year commitment but she also decided to stay on for another year. Hilya has decided to return to Canada as she also feels her time in Romania is finished. She is also missed here on the team and in Romania.
On Thursday August 21st, it was my fourth farewell I did this summer. Lidia who was my Romanian teacher left to go to the States with her family on Thursday August 28th. Lidia and her husband Nicu went to Chicago with their two daughters for four months for surgery for their youngest daughter. Back in the spring they found out they were accepted for a free surgery for their daughter (with everything paid for) I think at the children’s memorial hospital in Chicago. They also have relatives who live there as well so they are able to stay with them during that time. This is an answer to prayer because this surgery is very important for their youngest daughter to be able to get her hips straighten so she can walk properly! Even though they may only be there until December I’m still going to miss them. Lidia was my first Romanian teacher and I grew close to her during my first year in Romania. She was such a great teacher and I am so encouraged how much I have improved in my Romanian since I came here a year ago. When I first started my lessons with her I hardly knew anything and now I can have conversations in Romanian! I will miss her and I can’t wait to see how much I will improve in my Romanian when she gets back!