Two months ago today I moved to Oradea. Wow, where has the time gone? I can’t believe that it has been two months already! I actually flew out from Canada on March 23, arrived in Romania on March 24 and then I moved to Oradea on the 25th of March. It is amazing how quickly time flies by. These first two months living in Oradea it feels like I have been on an emotional rollercoaster as I have had many up and down days. It has definitely not been an easy adjustment and transition for me but God is faithful and I believe He is carrying me through this time. It will probably take me another month until I truly feel more at home here in Oradea especially with really connecting with the team, making friends and feeling more at home at church (I praise God that I feel I have found my place at Salem church and I feel it will be a better fit for me to have as my home church here!). Even though I don’t yet truly feel at home here in Oradea I want to praise God for already bringing such a close bond between the children I work with in Sabolciu. I think it took me at least three months to feel that close bond with the orphan children I used to work with in Târgu Mures at Life and Light group home. So, this is a huge praise report that there is already a close bond with the children I work with in Sabolciu!
This morning from 9:00 – 10:30am I went to the foundation’s office for the staff meeting that my director Cornel leads every Tuesday morning. Even though I have been here for two months already this was the first staff meeting I had attended because Cornel was away for almost a month and before that I’m not sure why I didn’t go. When I was in Târgu Mures I worked with missionaries so all of our meetings were in English but now since I am now working with Romanians the meetings are all in Romanian which is a change for me! I am starting to get used being immersed in Romanian without getting translation with church and small groups (now I’m going to two groups). It is still difficult to understand everything at church and also in a group context but hopefully it will get better over time.
After I went to the staff meeting I took the tram to Emmanuel church where I have my Romanian lesson with Mihaela. My lesson was good. Mihaela felt bad about yesterday and she asked me how she can make it up to me so I asked her if she can help me go somewhere and get my haircut (I need help with translating what I would like done as I don’t want any miscommunications when I get my haircut!). Mihaela has an aunt that cuts hair so she is going to see if we can go there next week. I’m looking forward to getting a haircut!
Today just Norbi and I went to Sabolciu because Mircea had something he needed to do. I thought it was kind of strange when Norbi picked me up at the church after my lesson and told me to sit in the back. I never had anyone tell me to sit in the back of the car before! It felt like I was in a taxi! So, I asked him why and he told me he is engaged and it is just his rule. I had no response to that but okay I think it is a bit extreme but I want to respect his boundaries. I just wish he would have told me that straight up before and not beat around the bush about it. Well, at least now I know his reason.
When I got to Sabolciu I was so happy to see the children because it has been three days since I saw them and I really missed them! I really would like to spend a lot more time with the children instead of going there for just an hour and a half to two hours each time. I would really like to be there all day with them and do a lot more with them. This is where having my own drivers license would come really in handy but of course I would need my own car too. I hope once Aubrey comes we will be able to spend A LOT more time with the children in Sabolciu. Please pray for that, that God will really increase my time with the children from 2 hours to least 6 or 8 hours per day. My heart is to be there all the time and not just part-time. Even though I am working full-time there I feel like I am there right now part-time which isn’t what I had wanted before I came back to Romania.
Today I taught the teens English for my English class. I taught colours one more time. Everyone did very well! I was especially impressed with one of the girls (Marioara) because she did not come for the previous lessons when I taught colours and she did very, very well! She learned all of the colours very fast!
In the afternoon at 5:00pm I met with my landlord to pay my rent and some bills. I had my rent prepared for him but I wasn’t exactly sure how much I owed for all of my bills because he didn’t tell me about the water and gas until he arrived. My electricity and RDS (for my TV, phone & internet) bills were cheap and I was thankful for that. However I had a shock when he told me how much the bill was for my water and gas for the month of April (255 Lei which equals to $80 CAD). I told him it is quite expensive for one month for a one room apartment. He told me he thought so himself so he figured out the numbers one the where you read it in the kitchen and bathroom. He told me it didn’t seem right so he decided to go to the office. When he came back he gave me good news that the amount was incorrect and there was a 90 Lei difference! So, instead of paying 255 Lei, I only had to pay 154 Lei ($48 CAD) which is a $32 CAD difference. I am so glad I said something to him! I am also so glad that I speak enough Romanian to have these kinds of conversations! I praise God that I have seen a lot of improvement in my Romanian since I have moved to Oradea! I also praise God for His continuous financial provision in my life for me to live and serve Him here in Oradea, Romania.
The rest of the evening I stayed at home and just relaxed. Oh, I spoke to Kathy on the phone. She called me while I was watching TV and told she missed me on Sunday. That was so sweet of her to call! I told her how God reconnected me to a friend of mine that I met in Târgu Mures. I told her that he invited me to check out his church and how I really like it a lot and I’m thinking of going there now. Her response was “so they are stealing you from us”. I told her I know and I’m sorry but I didn’t feel that warm welcome like I did at Salem when I attended Viată Nouă church. I told her that Salem is a really friendly church and I really felt God’s presence during the worship time. She told me “yeah I know Viată Nouă church is not a friendly church.” Isn’t that sad to say a church is not a friendly church? I mean I don’t want to be judgemental but when you also hear it from someone else then I think it is not only yourself that you feel that. I told Kathy that if I go to Salem church I would still love to spend time with her and the girls on Sunday afternoons or whatever we can because they are such a blessing to me. I am glad she was not upset to hear that I’m thinking of changing churches but instead she was happy for me that I have found a good fit of a place where I can belong and grow here at church.
Well that’s it for today. I have gotten into the habit of writing much longer blogs then I had intended it to be! Oh well what can I do when there will be some days where I’d like write more? Thanks for taking the time to read my blog!