Dear Family and Friends,
I hope you are doing well. It is hard to believe we are already in the month of December and the year is almost over. Last month we had our Thanks-giving celebrations here and now we are getting into our Christmas celebrations. Wow, life can be so busy but I wanted you to know I haven’t forgotten you!
My Nana whom I loved so much
In the evening of Saturday November 28th, I received news from my family that took a complete shock on me that I never expected to hear. My parents had been trying to get a hold of me all day but for some reason they could not get through on my landline phone and I had my computer turned off all day because it was a very busy day spent with friends we had over for dinner. My cousin Aaron called me through Skype which I thought was strange because he didn’t have Skype before. My parents were in Waterloo with my relatives at the time of them telling me the news and when they told me I was speechless.
The previous day on Friday November 27th, my Nana (I called my Grandma Nana) passed away and went home to be with the Lord. I was completely shocked when I heard the news because I had just spoke to her last week on Wednesday on the phone and she was very healthy. The viewing was this past week on Tuesday (Dec. 1) and the funeral was on Wednesday (Dec. 2). This past week has been was very difficult for me to not be able to be with my family during this time. I had a very close relationship with my Nana. I’m so grateful of how she was always there for me, she believed in the call of God on my life and she always encouraged me and prayed for me. The intimate relationship she had with God was such an inspiration to me. I would like to thank everyone who has been praying for my family and I during this time and also for all of the encouraging e-mails. It means a lot to us. I will miss my Nana very much but I am thankful for the hope that we will see each again in heaven.
A successful end to the fall school term
On Friday December 4th, we had the graduation for our fall term at the English school. We had a great attendance as we tightly packed into the lounge of our school downstairs. All the teachers handed out the certificates to the students who passed their English level. Becky our director announced that three of teachers will be leaving the school and thanked them for all of their hard work (Rob and Bek will be returning to Australia and I am leaving too). This past term it was a joy to teach the children! It was a real blessing from God to teach one of my older adventurer’s children’s classes because I started teaching this group when they were in a beginner dolphin’s younger age group two years ago. I didn’t have them last year but then I got to teach them again this term which was such a privilege to see how they have progressed in their English! I will miss teaching and working at the school but I’m looking forward to my next adventure God has for me!
Direction I have received so far…
As you know just over 10 years ago (in the spring of 1998) God first spoke to my heart to serve Him as a missionary to the orphan and abandon children overseas. My first short-term mission trip was in the summer of 1999 in Romania which was a total life transforming trip for me. Ever since then God has took me on a journey of where He has brought me to where I am today. I am so grateful that God brought me to serve Him here in Târgu Mures, Romania as a missionary English teacher and also to minister to the orphan and gypsy children on a part-time basis. Though I enjoyed very much teaching English at the school but I would like to be completely honest with you there was a huge part of me that was longing to minister to the orphan and gypsy children a lot more then what I had been doing. I believe that God has a time and season in our lives to do something very specific which He calls us to do. God confirmed it in my heart this past summer at camp that it was time to step out and at the beginning of this school term God made it very clear to me that this would be my last term at the English school.
One of my pet peeves is matching socks but interesting enough God revealed something to me during my prayer time yesterday. When you match socks sometimes it is not as quick and easy as you would like it to be because some socks look different where as others look similar but are still different, then there are socks you can tell right away that they are a match. As I thought about this concept yesterday morning I thought about the last couple of months of searching and praying for direction in the next step in my journey God is taking me on. On October 6th I had my first meeting with the director of Buckner and then on November 17th I had a second meeting. The first meeting I felt very positive about serving with them but then after I had the second meeting there were some things that did not sit right with me. Originally I thought it would be a good fit for me but God was saying “slow down and wait”.
Sometimes I think God works in mysteries ways because on Saturday November 14th I received an e-mail from the director of Pathway to Joy Ministries organization asking me if I am still looking and if yes if I’d like to visit for a week to see their ministry (I contacted them back in September but for some reason I didn’t receive a reply until now). I thought wow, the timing is so interesting! On Friday November 20th I got an opportunity to go to a children’s conference near Sibiu for the day where different organizations come together that work with children at risk. I got the invitation in September, I was planning on going but then when it looked positive with Buckner I had changed my mind. However a few days before the conference I decided to go because I truly believed God wanted me to go. God gave me a wonderful surprise! I met two of the full-time staff who work with Pathway to Joy Ministries there! Then I knew that God had made it clear to me to visit their ministry to see firsthand what they do in Oradea.
- I praise God for surrounding me with such wonderful friends who have been a real source of support and encouragement to me since I heard of my Nana’s passing away.
- I praise God for the successful end to the fall term and for all of the blessings He has given me through working at the English school in the last two and a half years!
- I praise God that He is in complete control and He is holding our future in His hands.
- I praise God for the bibles that were donated to all of the children at Life and Light group home!
- Please continue to pray for my family and I as we are going through this difficult time.
- Please pray for my visit with Pathway to Joy Ministries where I will be able to meet the staff and see the different ministries that they do in Oradea. I will be taking the maxi taxi there on Monday December 7th and return to Târgu Mures on Monday December 14th. I would really appreciate that you would saturate this week in your prayers for God’s clear confirmation both to me and to the staff. I would also appreciate your prayers for God to work out all of the logical details as well.
- I would appreciate your prayers as I wrap up my time in Târgu Mures, Romania. I will be flying back to Canada on December 29th.
Thank-you again for being my extended hands in Romania! Thanks so much for all of your encouraging e-mails and your prayers! Have a wonderful time celebrating the Christmas holidays with your family! Crăciun Fericit!! (Merry Christmas)
My Contact info:
Address: Fundatia APT, Str. Horea nr 2, Targu Mures, 540020, Romania
Landline phone # 011. 40. 0365. 421. 294 (from Canada)
My blog: http://romaniangirl98.spaces.live.com – Updated pictures on there! Check them out J
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In Canada: Christian Life Centre. 1030 Ravenscroft Rd, Ajax. ON L1T 4R9
In the States: Heaven Sent Ministries. P.O Box 5392 Princeton, WV 24740