Sunday August 8, 2010
Dear Family and Friends,
I hope you’re doing well and enjoying your summer! It is hard to believe that summer is more than half over and also I have now been in Oradea for over four months already. Wow, where does the time go?!
First Summer Team
This team was the first team I worked with Pathway to Joy Ministries in Oradea. It was also the largest team I had worked with as well (there were 31 people). One of the reasons this team was so large was because there were two teams in one (one group from Atlanta and one group from Texas), plus one couple checking out the ministry to see if they’d like to serve here long-term and our summer intern as well. Unfortunately the team didn’t have the greatest start to their trip when half of the team missed their flight from Paris to Budapest so we spent the rest of the day in Budapest with the other half of the team until the rest arrived at 9:00pm that evening. That night I got home at 4:00am on Sunday July 4th!
The team’s ministry outreach week was from Sunday July 4 to Friday July 9. It was definitely a very busy and full packed week! In the mornings we split the team up into two groups and in the afternoons we were all together. In the morning the group from Texas did a VBS with the children in the Tinca gypsy village (they were quite shocked with the turn out they got when 200 children showed up!) and the group from Atlanta did a VBS with the children in the Sabolciu gypsy village. For me personally it was a real joy to see the kids from Sabolciu with the team because they really enjoyed it! In the afternoons we did a program with the orphan children from CP2 (Children’s Placement Centre 2). Three events of the week that were some of my highlights were: the families in Sabolciu received food packages, BBQ dinner with the foster care families and the outreach evangelism concert in Tinca.
Water Baptism Service in Sabolciu
On Sunday July 18th, I was blessed to be able to attend a very special event at the Sabolciu gypsy village together with just over one hundred people where three women got water baptized. What an amazing time we had as we celebrated! There was lots of singing, preaching, laughter and eating. The weather was beautiful and so were the faces of those who celebrated their commitment to Jesus Christ. I have to say it was also the most interesting and moving baptism service I think I ever attended as children swam in the river, there were sheep, horses and even a snake showed up at the end of the service! I am so humbled by the simple faith the people in Sabolciu have in God. It was also such a blessing to see many people hear the gospel for the first time too when we were there that day.
Orphan Camp in the Mountains
It was a rainy and cold week but at the same time it was an incredible week in the beautiful mountains with the 52 precious orphan children! The camp started on Monday July 26 and went to Saturday July 31 but the team, staff and translators went the day before and left the day after camp for us to have more time bonding with each other. We were blessed with a wonderful team of 18 passionate people who were ready to come and serve from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I didn’t know how the week would turn out since I had hardly any prior connections with these kids but it turned out to be a great week to get them and I felt so encouraged by God for the connections that He gave me throughout the week! It was such a joy to be able to communicate with them in the Romanian language and get to know them more. I especially praise God for the close bond that He brought between Andreea and I throughout the week! I really enjoyed my small group I was a part of in the mornings and the best part was our group won the talent show at the end of the week! The camp theme was “Transformat de Isus” (Transformed by Jesus). I truly feel in my heart these kids experienced a transformation in their hearts especially as many of them surrendered their lives to Christ!
- I praise God for bringing such incredible teams here to reach out to the children!
- I praise God for the three women who got water baptized in Sabolciu gypsy village!
- I praise God for the many children and teens who gave their lives to Christ at camp!
- I praise God for the great result of my Aunt Debbie’s surgery and the tumour is removed!
- For spiritual grow in Sabolciu and also the orphan children (it is very difficult for them to be Christians. Sometimes orphans kids are even mocked from being a Christian).
- For my continual Romanian learning especially fluency in my speaking.
- For deeper friendships. I still very much desire to have a prayer partner.
- For my relationship with God that I will continue to have a heart that is hungry for Him.
Thank-you for all of your prayers and encouraging e-mails. I appreciate it so much!!
My Contact info:
Address: Pathway to Joy Ministries. Bd. Stefan cel Mare 88, Oradea, Bihor, 410437, Romania
Home Landline phone # 011. 40. 359. 424. 077 (if calling from Canada or USA)
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