Sunday January 16, 2011

This morning I had a great time with God! I can’t believe that today marks two weeks of me doing my quiet time at 6:00am.  I’m so grateful that God has helped me discipline myself and not miss a day with Him in the mornings. It is still difficult for me to get up in the mornings but at the same time I am really starting to enjoy my time with the Lord.

Church this morning was wonderful! I am so thankful that God is helping me focus more during the service because before the conference I struggled a bit with that. It wasn’t like I didn’t want to be at church. I did want to be there but I just struggled Sunday mornings with tiredness but praise God that it has gotten a lot better these past few weeks!

After church my friend Simona spontaneously invited Meg and I to walk around the centre of the city because it was such a beautiful afternoon. We both wanted to and we had a wonderful time together! I met Simona when I went to Timisoara for the conference. Simona is one of my friends who doesn’t know English (though she understands a little bit so we only speak in Romanian with each other) and I praise God that we are able to communicate with each other just fine!

I was just blown away today and so encouraged that we spent an hour and a half together and we just spoke in Romanian! I even translated for Meg because I wanted her to feel a part of our conversation too. I just praise God how much my Romanian has improved since I have moved to Oradea. What a blessing from God to meet new friends when I went to the conference in Timisoara!

The rest of the day I spent it at home. I did my laundry, chatted on messenger a bit and talked to my parents on Skype in the evening. I had a great talk with my Mom on Skype. I spoke to my Dad too but just for a little bit. I was shocked when my Mom expressed that she is interested in returning to Romania and she already gave me the dates too! She told me that this summer will be the 25th anniversary for the Kingdom Bound festival (I’m sad that I’m going to miss it!) so she doesn’t want to miss it but the following year she told me instead of going to the festival she wants to come to Romania.

I was so surprised to hear that because the only year my family has missed the festival was the very first year that it started. Kingdom Bound has really become one my family’s traditions that we do every summer. I love the festival because we get to worship with thousands of Christians, go to concerts, soak in all the wonderful teachings, enjoy the rides at Darien Lake amusement park, etc, etc! When I miss the festival sometimes I feel a bit sad. This summer will be my second summer in a row missing it so if I miss it next year too it will be third year in a row.

However being in Romania is where my heart’s passion is, I know that Lord wants me here and besides if my parents come back next summer then it’s more than worth it! This time I really, really want my brother Jonathan to come with my parents. I’m going to start praying that God puts that desire in his heart because that would be a huge blessing for me to see him to come here to see where I live and the children I work with. By the summer of 2012, it will be just over 5 years that I will be in Romania so it will be so great if Jonathan can come this time!

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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