September Romania Update!

Monday October 4, 2010

Dear Family and Friends,

I hope you are doing well and enjoying this fall season we are now in! Here in Romania fall has definitely began as the days feel cooler and it is now getting darker a bit earlier but my favourite part of fall is when I see the leaves change colour!

Prayer Conference in Brădătel

On Friday September 10th, I took a seven hour train ride with my friends Dana and Stefan to Subcetate for the weekend. We stayed at a Christian camp in the beautiful mountains in Brădătel. We went there for a prayer conference which was a gathering of prayer intercessors from all over Romania. It was a wonderful weekend to spend time with my friends, meet new people and seek God together. I was amazed how far some people travelled to come and so inspired by their hunger for God!

 

I am with my friends Dana and Stefan.

 

For me personally it was so refreshing to get away for a weekend to spend time with my friends and take time out of my busy schedule to seek God. Lately I had been feeling a bit dry spiritually so it was such a God divine appointment for me. The Lord definitely taught me a lot during the weekend about faith and prayer. God did something deep in my heart on Saturday afternoon when my friends prayed for me. They prayed for my struggle I have with my negative thoughts and my fear when I speak in Romanian. I really believe God healed and set me free because after that I had so strong desire and such a joy to speak in Romanian! The last service of the conference on Sunday I even gave a short testimony in Romanian about how I used to be afraid but now I know that I can do all things through Christ. This was something I was not expecting to do however I believe God wanted me to take that step of faith!

Back to School in Sabolciu!

The new school year started again in Romania on Monday September 13th. This year the children from the Sabolciu gypsy village are doing a brand new thing as they are now integrated with the Romanian school children in another school near their village. We went to visit the children on their first day of school. The children were so excited to tell us about

 

Beni and Boby in front of their high school in Oradea.

 

their first day of school! When we visited them that day we also brought new backpacks, clothes and shoes for school. The kids were so surprised because they were not expecting it! It was a lot of fun handing them out and seeing their big smiles on their faces! I also want to share some more BIG news with you!! Beni and Boby who are two teenage boys from the village are now going to high school in Oradea! They are the first people ever to go to high school from the village. They are specializing at a mechanic school. They are really enjoying it. We are so proud of them for going back to school because we know this is definitely a huge achievement for them!

My wallet – A miracle by God!

When I look at this picture I took when I was in Brădătel, I am often amazed that the God who created these beautiful mountains cares for the very concerns of His children. God has been reminding me of that a lot this past month and I would like to share with you a miracle God did just recently! On Saturday September 18th I spent a wonderful evening

 

The beautiful mountains in Brădătel!

 

my friend Aubrey at her apartment and a group of the orphan kids including Andreea who I started mentoring.  I left a bit earlier than the rest because I had to get Andreea back at the orphanage by 8:30pm. I took a taxi home but when I went to pay I discovered my wallet was missing! I told the taxi driver I would quickly go to my apartment to get some money to pay him. Then I decided to phone Aubrey to see if she or any of the orphan teens could help me. They were shocked when they heard the news so I ended up going back to the orphanage. When I went back I felt overwhelmed by how many wanted to help me! I

think there were at least 15 teen orphans wanting to help me. Wow, I never realized how much they cared for me! At the end of the evening we found my wallet in one of the taxis that I took with Andreea and the driver was even a Christian too!! Praise God!

Praise Reports!

  • I praise God for what He did in my life at the conference and for the victory I have in Him!
  • I praise God for His continual care, His continual provision, His continual presence in my life!
  • I praise God for all of the little and big miracles I am seeing in the ministry at Sabolciu!
  • I praise God for the daily encouragement He gives me through my family and friends!

Prayer Requests:

  • For continual closer relationships with the children in Sabolciu and for my English classes. I especially would like to ask prayer for better discipline in my classes.
  • For continual confidence in my speaking and understanding in my Romanian.
  • For continual closer friendships and I’m still seeking a prayer partner.
  • For continual daily growth in my relationship with God especially in the area of my  thoughts.
  • For the Lord to help me manage my time better during the day especially to go to bed earlier.

Many blessings,

Andrea

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)

My NEW bloghttps://romaniangirl98.wordpress.com/ – check out my daily updates!

Financial support can be sent to: (please have my name written on the memo line)

In Canada: Christian Life Centre. 1030 Ravenscroft Rd, Ajax. ON L1T 4R9

In the States: Pathway to Joy Ministries 1415 Wiley Street, Hollywood, Florida  33020

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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