moved into a new home!

On Friday January 9th, I arrived back in Romania after my Christmas break in Canada. That day I came back I was so exhausted I didn’t even have any energy to go shopping or cook anything but instead I just wanted to sleep (which actually isn’t the best thing when you are trying to adjust to the time zone…boy I hate being jet lag!).  On Saturday I felt more alert so I decided to unpack everything and resettle into my apartment. It felt good to settled back in and be back in Romania.
On Monday (January 12) I went to school for the first day of the winter school term. We had our staff meeting at school in the morning at 10:00am like we usually do and we all received very surprising news from one of the teachers. Sean who is from England has been on the team since last year in April told us that he had an accident on the weekend (he went ice skating, fell down and got injured him and had to go to the hospital) and he didn’t think he would be able to teach this term. I think the accident was his last straw because he also hasn’t been able to sleep well the last couple of months either. So we were all shocked to hear that because it was the first day of the school term and he already has classes assigned to him to teach. When my director heard this he right away told him that he will need to discuss this with him after the meeting.
After the meeting I spent a bit of time socializing with some of the teachers to catch up a bit from the school holiday. I remember I was speaking to Liz who is one of the teachers when Kevin my director approached me with some shocking news. Basically he told me that he needs me to make a decision in 5 minutes. I was like well what is it. He told me that either I move out of my place or Sean is going to leave. I was like "what?" Sean knew that my apartment is in a quiet neighbourhood but I had no idea he would even go as far as asking me to leave. I then asked my director where I would go and then he told me that Anna (she is a missionary with another organization in the city I live in) is leaving and her housemate is looking for another housemate.
I knew Anna was originally going to stay until the spring so I was also very surprised by this news as well. Later I found out that Anna’s mom was going to have surgery and plans had changed so she decided to leave to return to the States to be with her mom and take some classes. I found out later that this was both shocking news both to Anna and her housemate and was totally unexpected to happen too. Anna and her housemate were with Sean that day when the ice skating accident had happened and Anna told Sean that her housemate was looking for someone else to come and stay with her and that’s how Sean knew about it.  
So, I then went on and asked Kevin if I don’t move out and stay what would happen to Sean’s classes. My director told me that all of his classes would just be cancelled. I was like wow and I said well if I say yes I would just be making it out of guilt but if I said no I would feel terrible because we would lose a teacher, those classes and all of the students (on top of that all the money which pays for our rent and other expenses). During this whole discussion Liz was there and telling me that it would be a great opportunity because I would live closer to her. I felt pressured and overwhelmed during that time because I cannot make decisions under pressure. I even asked Kevin if I could have time to think about it and he told me no because he needed my decision right away. It was so hard! Kevin my director was like starring at me and just waiting for my answer. I felt overwhelmed and shocked because I just came back to Romania from my break at home and resettled in and I even felt a bit homesick when I came back. Kevin decided to leave the room for me to think about it without him being there. Liz kept telling me that everything will be alright but I think I was in such a "shock mode" that I couldn’t think straight so she decided to pray for me. When she prayed for me tears came to my eyes but then when Kevin came back into the room and asked for my decision I just said without thinking "yeah, it’s ok" (what a huge step of faith that was for me!).
After that Kevin give me the numbers to reach Anna and her housemate and then I arranged with them when I can go and see the apartment. The next day on Tuesday (January 13) I went to see the apartment with Liz. Anna was there as well as her housemate Evelyne. I was able to talk to both of them and see the apartment. After I spoke with them and saw the apartment I think my "shock mode" was gone because I felt much better about the whole thing. I saw so many positive things about the apartment that moving to another apartment far out weighted the negative.
Some of the positive things about this apartment are: there are four rooms with two balconies (much more spacious), a much larger kitchen with a pantry room in it (my old apartment had such a tiny kitchen), a laundry room with a brand new washing machine (I didn’t have a laundry room before and my washing machine was old and always gave me a headache when I used it), two bathrooms, it’s closer to my school I teach at and the phone and internet is a lot cheaper because it is with a different company! My former housemate Iulia decided not to move back and sometimes it feels a bit lonely to be by myself so moving into another apartment with another girl seemed like another answer to prayer.
That night when I went home from my day at work I thought about it and prayed about moving out (even though I already said yes) and I started to feel better about it. God gave me the peace that I needed to make that transition . The next few days I just felt the peace of God regarding moving out and as I packed I did it with joy and with expectation in my heart that this will be a good change. I remembered as I packed I said to God "Oh, Lord you knew even before I came back to Romania what my future would be and you have a great plan for me even though I didn’t see it at the time on Monday when I heard the news of having to move out of my apartment". I am so thankful that God filled me heart with gratefulness.
On Friday (January 16) I moved into my new home. That day I was actually very excited about moving! Kevin my director and another teacher helped me moved and we got all of my stuff into Kevin’s car in one car load. I was amazed how much stuff I had (things add up over the time I have been here)! The rest of the day I spent it unpacking and settling into my new bedroom.
Now after living in my new home after a week I love it and it has been one of the best things that has happened to me in a while here! Only God knew…
My new housemate is such a gift from God and it’s such a blessing to live with her! Her name is Evelyne and she is a missionary with Wycliffe Bible translators (she is doing survey work in the gypsy community) and she has been here since April 2007. She is from Switzerland and she is one year older than I am. I think she is very gifted in languages because she already speaks three languages (German being her first, then English and then Romanian). She is a lot of fun to talk to and hang out with too!
So even though I had to make a sudden decision to move out after I returned to Romania after I came back from my holiday break I think it was one of the best decisions I have made. It was a huge step of faith for me because I didn’t know what the future would hold to move across town (I lived in Tudor and now I live in another neighbourhood called Dambu) and move into apartment with another girl but I’m glad I did it now.
I give God praise that He holds our future in His hands and He is taking care of us! I would also appreciate your prayers for this transition I’m making now, thanks!

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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