On Saturday August 16th, I took the train with most of the team to Bucharest and then spent the rest of the weekend in Bucharest. It took a little longer for all of us get our tickets and we almost missed our train! We all managed to get the train on time and it was quite the experience running to the train and getting onto the wagon! We had a fun time on the train as we sang songs on the way there. When we got to the train station it was time to split up and we had to say our good-byes. They were a great team and I’ll miss them!
In May a lady and her daughter visited my home church here in Romania from Bucharest. That Sunday they visited we had a BBQ with my church. They also came along as well. They invited me to go to their church and visit them sometime. A week before I left for Bucharest to join the OM team I decided to contact them and see if it’s possible to stay with them for the weekend so I wouldn’t have to travel back to Târgu Mures the same day the outreach ended. They e-mailed me the next day and told me I’m welcome to stay with them for the weekend!
Her name is Anca and her daughter’s name is Iulia. It was a blessing to stay with them for the weekend and I felt very spoiled! On Saturday morning Anca met me at the train station and then we went to her apartment. The rest of the day we relaxed at their place. Anca made lamb for dinner which was the first time I ate lamb in Romania and she also made all kinds of sweets too. In the evening we went for a walk and then afterwards we met Iulia (she was away at camp and came back that evening). They have a large park right near their apartment. It was nice to walk around and practice my Romanian with her. That’s one thing I miss about Bucharest is the parks.
On Sunday (August 17) I went to church with Anca and Iulia in the morning. The Pastor from their church spoke at a conference we had at my home church last year in May and my Pastor and a group from my church here also were at their church for a conference they had. So, it was great to visit their church (The Mustard Seed church)! The service was great and the pastor also asked one of the guys from the team and I to introduce ourselves and briefly share which was a complete surprise to me! I’m glad I was able to go to their church while I was in Bucharest!
On Sunday I was able to spend the afternoon with my friend Jenn from Canada and we also both go to the same church as well. I haven’t seen her in a couple of years so it was nice to reconnect with her and spend some time with her! She is also a missionary in Romania where she ministries to children in Bucharest. Jenn and her friends took me to Ikea and the mall right next to Ikea. Ikea opened up in Romania a year ago so it was nice to see it and it is exactly like the Ikea in Canada! The mall we went to was huge, very modern and I almost felt like I wasn’t in Romania because it looked like a mall that we would have in North America!
On Monday morning Iulia went with me to the autogara station where I took a maxi taxi back to Târgu Mures. My trip back to Târgu Mures was long (7 hours) but I was thankful I had a good driver and I didn’t feel sick from winding through the mountains. It was a great weekend in Bucharest even though it was very hot there. I am very thank-you that Anca and her daughter invited me into their home and hosted me for the weekend.