Sunday January 23, 2011

This morning I went to church with Meg. The worship was great and I was so thankful that

The Rostas family (Soneta is in another family and Cristi wasn’t there when we took the picture)

Stefan translated the sermon for us.  In the afternoon I went to Sabolciu with Meg, Dan, Tabita and six teen orphan girls from the orphanage we work at. Every Sunday afternoon Dan teaches at the church and his wife Tabita and some orphan teens help with the children while he teaches. I hadn’t gone to Sabolciu on a Sunday in a while so I thought it would be a great opportunity to spend more time with the kids and also Meg wanted to go too. I’m so glad that I went to Sabolciu today!

I had a wonderful time spending time with the children. Most of the time I was there today I spent it with the Rostas family. This family I have grown very close to over the last few months and I’m so grateful for the great relationship that God has given me with them. I was shocked to learn today that the Mom of this family is only 28 years old! I really thought she was at least in her mid thirties because she looks older then her age. Can you image she is a mother of six children and she is 28 years old? They have five girls (ages 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9) and one boy (age 12). Wow, that really shocked me today!

Today the kids taught me how to say “I love you” in the gypsy language! I wish I knew

Meg and I with Cristi, Eliza and Dana

how to write it because the gypsy language is so different then what I’m used to and I don’t want to forget it. In fact I wonder if they even have their language in a written form or if it’s just oral. It was cute how Eliza, Dana and I kept telling each other “I love you” back and forth! I just love all the bonding moments that I had today! Oh, it was cute how Elena came to me because she was a bit jealous when Tabita spent time with her other siblings. Elena really likes Tabita and she wants her all to herself 🙂

It was great to see Tabita and the orphan teen girls interact with the kids. It really touched my heart to see their love and compassion for the gypsy children and the families that live in the village. What a blessing to see people interested in reaching out to the children and families there while Dan teaches at the church!

The rest of the day Meg and I stayed home and rested. I watched a live stream church service on the internet from the Life Church from the United States on their online campus. It was really great! There was a chat room, sermon notes and other stuff. This church is going through a series called “I quit…” Today the Pastor spoke on “I quit complaining”.

It was so refreshing to hear an English sermon! The message really spoke to me a lot

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Eliza and I

because when I listened to it I realized that I complain way too much which isn’t a good thing. I learned that complaining actually grieves God’s heart. I really want to stop complaining and choose to rejoice instead. It is my prayer that God will help me to choose to rejoice and be grateful a lot more.  It is also my prayer that God will transform my heart because the words that come out of my mouth come from my heart.

In the evening I also spoke to my parents on Skype. Well actually most of the conversation I spoke to my Mom. We had a good talk. We spoke for around an hour. I am so grateful for such a great day!

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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