Thursday March 10, 2011

This afternoon I went to the Sabolciu gypsy village with Mircea and Norbi. On the way there we had a full car because we had to take back two people from the village who that doctors appointments in Oradea. We had a great time with the children today. Mircea did an amazing job with teaching the children the chorus of the English song. He basically taught the children line by line and even word by word so the children sung it with the correct pronunciation and they also understood it too. I was quite impressed at how well the kids did or maybe it was because they knew they were going to get candy if they learned it but seriously they did a great job!

I told Mircea and Norbi that I have to have a paper from the mayor from Sabolciu for my Romanian visa. When I told them about that they got all upset at me. A bit later on they explained to me that Pathway to Joy Ministries is not actually registered as a foundation at the Sabolciu gypsy village because it is quite expensive to do that so that’s why they felt uneasy about doing that. Another thing is Pathway to Joy Ministries’ office is in Oradea is it would be better to get the paper for the city hall in Oradea and not from Sabolciu. After that whole discussion I apologized to them for getting upset at them too.

After our time in Sabolciu we went to the city hall to see about getting the paper that I would need for my Romanian visa. Mircea and Norbi spoke to someone there and found out that I cannot get a paper from the city hall because I am not doing any projects directly with the city hall. After Mircea explained everything they told him, he then told me that I should ask Tabita if I could get a paper from the orphanage where we work at. When I got home I phoned Lori and asked if that would be alright to get a paper from an institution and not from a mayor and she told me that would be fine. Wow, what a big headache to get a Romanian visa!

The rest of the evening I stayed home. During the evening I did a quick clean up of my

The main room of my apartment

apartment and then I took some pictures of my apartment because I didn’t take any since I moved to Oradea. I’m not sure why I put this off to the last minute but I’m really glad that I finally took time to take pictures of my apartment to show people in Canada. I took pictures of my bathroom, the little area where my washing machine is, the main room, my kitchen and the area where my door is. It’s great to finally have pictures of my apartment in Oradea! I have included a picture of the main room in my apartment in this entry for you to see.

After I took a bunch of pictures of my apartment I went to the market to buy some fruit for the rest of the week. I have been going to the market near my apartment since I have moved to Oradea to buy fruit there from the same lady. I have found this lady has been very kind to me so I have just kept going to her over the course of the year. I told her that I’m from Canada and that I work with orphan and gypsy children when I first started buying fruit from her. Every time I have bought fruit from her we always have short conversations about what I do or other things.

She doesn’t know English so we just speak in Romanian. She has been very patient with me when I speak to her. I am always thankful for people who understand me that I’m learning the language because it makes me feel more comfortable to speak to them in Romanian. Last week I told her that I will be going to Canada for three months so today I wanted to go to the market to say good-bye to her.  I decided to give her a postcard from Canada and write a short note on the back of it as a good-bye gift. I asked one of my

The people I buy my fruit from at the market

friends to translated it for me so I wrote it in Romanian. She seemed very happy that she got a postcard from Toronto, Canada and that I took time to say good-bye. We talked a bit and I was even able to take a few pictures of her stand at the market.

I told her that I wanted to buy some fruit before I left. When I was ready to pay she really surprised me and told me that today is free. I totally did not expect that at all and that was so sweet of her to do that! After I got my fruit I said good-bye to her and told her that I’ll see her when I get back in June. Then she came over to me and wanted to do say good-bye with the kisses on each side of the cheek which was really sweet. Ah, what a great person she is and what a blessing to have such a sweet lady to buy fruit from at the market near where I live in Romania!

The rest of the evening I relaxed at home. I ate dinner, watched a bit of TV and played with my Minnie. It turned out to be a great day after all.

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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