Two weeks ago on February 4 one of my very good Romanian friends moved into my apartment! Her name is Cristina and she was actually my very first Romanian friend when I came to Romania almost two years ago. I prayed and asked God for a close Romanian friend and God gave me Cristina! I had actually been praying for a while that somehow God would open up the door for Cristina and I to live together because our friendship had grown so close we have become like more like sisters in a lot of ways. We met at the New Convent church in the late spring or early summer of 2007 which is the first church I started going to before I switched to The Grace church in Reghin (she also switched churches too and she goes to a Baptist church now). She actually translated the sermons for me at church while I attended there. Even though we both ended up changing churches we still met once a week or a couple of times a month to hang out and pray together. I have always appreciated her encouragement and prayers. I just love her heart for God!
My friend Cristina had been living under a lot of stress and pressure at home with her family especially over the last year. Her parents don’t accept her faith of being a Christian nor do they accept her boyfriend who is also a strong Christian as well. They often speak negatively of her and they just don’t understand or accept who she is. On Monday February 2, I spoke to Cristina on yahoo messenger. She seemed very discouraged and sad because that weekend she had another fight with her parents. I challenged her to reconsider moving out again (I invited her before to come and move in to where I live just after I moved into my new apartment because there is an empty room here. She came and saw the apartment, expressed interest but changed her mind and decided to not move out.). I told her that God doesn’t want her to live under that stress and pressure anymore and maybe being separated from her parents things will change. I challenged her and really encouraged her to step out of her fears about moving out (even if she was living under stress and pressure it became a comfort zone for her and she was used to it so she was afraid to leave that "comfort zone") and told her to really pray about it but not to make a half hearted decision but really step out with a full hearted decision.
The next day (Tuesday February 3) when I came home from work Cristina left me a bunch of offline messages on my yahoo messenger and then when I signed on she contacted me right away. She told me right away that she has prayed about it and she wants to move out and move in! I asked her when and she told me tomorrow (Feb. 4) because that week she was off work on vacation (she is a high school teacher and she had a week off) and it was the right time for her. When she told me she wanted to move out and move in the next day I was like shocked! I mean really shocked but very, very happy! I challenged her to really pray about it but I guess I didn’t expect such a quick answer so soon. She told me if she was going to do it then she didn’t want to put it off anymore and she felt she heard from God to do this. I was very excited and happy for her bold step of faith of doing this!
On Wednesday February 4, at 9:30am in the morning Cristina moved into the apartment where I live! It has been two weeks now. She really likes it here and she has settled in quite well. Her parents were not happy at all with her decision to move out and they didn’t understand why she would do it (they visited the apartment a few days after she moved out and they were very emotional about the whole thing) but she knows she heard from God and she knew she did the right thing. I know it was not an easy decision for her to take especially with her parents but I do believe that God is helping her through this transition time and everything will be fine. Even her parents are beginning to accept it that she has moved out which is a very good thing!
I thank God for the gift of friendship. Cristina is definitely a gift from God. I am thankful that I can be there for her as she has been there for me since I have been in Romania. It has been great to hang out with each at home every day, pray together during the week and now speak Romanian at home too! Please pray for Cristina as she continues to adjust to her "new life" of living on her own and especially for her family to come to Christ too.