Wednesday December 29, 2010

This morning I got up really early. I had to get up at 4:00am because I had to leave for the train station at 4:30am! I’m not a morning person at all so I’m so glad God helped me to get up.  No one answered when I called for a taxi so I got in a panic but thankfully my friend Stefan gave me another number and I was able to get a taxi. I got to the train station at 4:50am which was 5 minutes after I should have arrived but thankfully Stefan bought the tickets before I arrived and we got the train on time.

I went to Timisoara with five people (all young adult age). Two of the people that went I

A view of the hall and the third class compartments in the train.

was already close friends with them (Stefan and Dana) and three of the girls I just met that morning (Simona, Anca and Ana). The girls I met were all so nice to me and welcomed me into the group right away. Two of the girls (Anca and Ana) knew English but one girl (Simona) didn’t know English. I am glad that I was still able to communicate with Simona even though I’m not that fluent in Romanian. I’m so grateful for the people who went in our group because God has given me a couple of new friends which is a real blessing!

Our train to Timisoara was four hours from Oradea. If we drove there it would have been

Here we are freezing on the train!

only two hours but because the train stopped at every town and village it took longer to get there. It was nice though to be all together in the same compartment and it was quite cheap too (we paid 20 Lei each which is only $6 CAD). The only thing was when we travelled to Timisoara the heater didn’t work in our compartment so it was freezing most of the way there! We were able to change compartments but I didn’t find it that much warmer, maybe just a little warmer but not by much. I was so tired too because I only had two hours of sleep. I’m thankful that I got at least two hours of sleep because Anca and Ana didn’t even have any sleep and they accidently got to the train station an hour earlier then when they were suppose to (poor girls!).

We left Oradea at 5:00am and we arrived in Timisoara at 9:00am.  On Monday I found

I took this picture from the train. I love it!

out when I looked at the church’s website that the conference doesn’t actually start until 6:00pm this evening so I called my friend Stefan who was in charge of organizing our group and asked him why we are going so early. Stefan knew that the conference started in the evening but he wanted to take the morning train because if we took the afternoon train we would arrive after the service started. He told me on the phone yesterday not to worry and that everything will work out.

When we arrived in Timisoara we decided to have a “sightseeing day” in the city which actually worked out perfect because if we didn’t arrive in the morning we wouldn’t have had any time the rest of the week to do that. Before we went out into the city we went to the Agape church where the conference was going to be so we could leave our bags there and not have to carry it around all day.

We had a really great time exploring Timisoara! First we decided to go the Iulius mall to

I love this background of the snow on the trees!

warm up, shop a bit and eat lunch. I couldn’t believe how large the mall was! In fact Iulius mall is the largest in Romania besides the one in the capital city! I have been to the mall in Bucharest but I don’t remember how it is in size but I really couldn’t believe how huge the Iulius mall was! The mall was decorated so beautiful for the holidays. For lunch I ate at Pizza Hut with Anca and Ana. That was a nice treat from home! After we spent time at the mall we spent the rest of afternoon exploring the old part of the city.

It was so interesting for me to see the old part of the city because this is where the

Do you see the bullet marks in the building?

revolution started in Romania in December 1989. After the revolution started in Timisoara it then moved to the capital city in Bucharest where Nicolae Ceausescu was eventually overthrown. I couldn’t believe that there were still bullet marks in some of the buildings and the revolution took place 21 years ago! If you would like to read more about the revolution that took place in Romania here’s a good link to look at:

After our time exploring the city we went back to the Agape church around 5:00pm. We stayed in the sanctuary until the service started. I was so surprised to see a couple of myWhat a great group picture! friends that came from Târgu Mures! I didn’t even know that a group was going to come from Târgu Mures so it was really nice to see a couple of my friends again and catch up.

A little about the conference: The House of Prayer in Bazna organized it and the Agape church hosted it. Claudius who is the leader from the House of Prayer led the conference and we also had a small team from the United States too. The theme for the conference was called “Unlucru” (One Thing) and the scripture verse was Psalm 27:4. “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.” People from all over Romania attended the conference and there were around 300 people that attended.

The first service was amazing! The worship was incredible. The last couple of months I have been really struggling with focusing and connecting with God during the worship time at church but today it just felt different as I worshipped God. I felt everyone at church was hungry to worship the Lord which really made a difference in the atmosphere. Everyone was so excited to be there (including me)! Daniel Matei who is the Pastor at the church spoke about being fascinated by the beauty of God. What a great topic to start the conference!

After Daniel Matei spoke one of the American speakers (David Gordon who is the leader of

Agape church

the House of Prayer in North Carolina) shared how he had been praying for the spirit of revelation and prophecy for this week at the conference. David even received a prophetic call for healing specifically for prayer for people who have stomach problems. David said many times we don’t pray for the root of what the problem is which are: anxiety, fear and worry. I was shocked that he was even received a prophetic healing word for this because yesterday when I wrote down the schedule I just blurted out when I wrote that there will be prophetic ministry time that I never “get chosen”. Well God obviously heard that so be careful what you say!

David asked us to stand up in faith if we would like prayer. The whole time he was telling us about this, tears just came streaming down my face because I had been struggling with this all my life and as a result I often got stomach aches. Honestly I’m just sick and tired of struggling with this and I want to change but I can’t do it by myself but only with God!

I went up for prayer. I just felt the presence of God come upon me. David told the ladies who were praying for me just to embrace me and pray for me. They asked me to sit down and they prayed for me more. One of the ladies prayed for me in English and the other lady prayed for me in Romanian. Both of them after they prayed for me really encouraged me to pray scripture verses especially Philippians 4:6-7 and 1 John 4:18. They encouraged me to pray for more of God’s love and peace and that I will have a deeper faith and trust in the Lord. I felt so encouraged after those two ladies prayed for me that evening.

I spent the night with Anca and Ana at one of the young ladies apartments that goes to the Agape church. Two other university age girls also joined us for the night. It was quite the interesting night because there were six of us all cramped in a small room (two of us on the floor and four on the bed). It was quite the sight and I wish I had taken a picture! Well that’s it for the first day of the conference. Keep reading for the rest!

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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