Today I had a bit of a humbling experience when I was at the Sabolciu gypsy village. One of the teenage girls (her name is Laura and she is 16 years old) asked me if I would like to walk with her to the store because she needed to get some basic grocery items (bread, oil, sugar and a couple of treats for her younger siblings). I went with her to the
store which was like a 15 minute walk from the village. It was so nice to have that time together to just hang out and talk because lately we haven’t spent much time together.
After we left the store she handed me the biscuits that she bought and told me that they are for me. I was shocked and I couldn’t believe that she bought them for me. I felt so bad! I wanted to share them with her but she only wanted one and told me to eat the rest as walked back. I mean here’s a teenage girl who is taking care of her five younger siblings (yes, five – she has two brothers and three sisters) because her parents recently just left again for Ireland for three months to work there. Then she goes and gives me biscuits when she is barely surviving on her own. I felt so humbled because she has hardly anything yet she gave me something because I walked with her to the store.
I posted a short message about what happened at Sabolciu on my facebook status. One of my friends told me not to feel bad. She also told me that they need to know they can do something nice for me and it is a good sense of dignity to be able to treat us as equals. I thought my friend had a very good perspective on this. She also works at a school in a gypsy village herself so she has a bit more understanding of their culture which was great that she posted a comment. It’s encouraging to know that I have developed a good relationship with the people there and also to see the trust and respect that we have between each other especially in such a short amount of time (less than a year). How awesome to see how God is working!!
Here is a really great song called “Light up the Sky” by The Afters. It has become one of my favourite songs over the last few weeks. I just love the message. Enjoy the song!