This afternoon when I was at the Sabolciu gypsy village, Mircea and Norbi told me this is
my last day there so they told me just to enjoy spending time with the children. I kind of missed doing a regular program with them but it was nice to have a laid back day and just hang out with the kids today. I didn’t really announce to anyone before that I’d be going back to Canada so a lot of the children and parents seemed surprised when they heard that I will be going back to Canada for three months. I didn’t get into any details of why I’m going back to Canada that long but just told a couple of the parents that I have to resolve some things in Canada.
It felt really nice to hear that I’ll be missed and to see that some of the children didn’t want
me to leave. I received lots of hugs. When we were leaving to go there were a bunch of kids gathered around the car and one of the girls even told me not to go! Today was a hard day for me to say good-bye to the kids at Sabolciu. This is my first time leaving them for this long. Wow, I’m going to really miss them a lot!
I went to the orphan chapel in the evening. It was nice to see the kids again one more time before I leave. There was a young girl there that I didn’t recognize so I’m assuming she just moved into the orphanage recently. I actually thought she was a boy because her hair is so short and then when I found out that she is a girl I was shocked! I don’t understand why her hair is cut like a boy because all the girls at the orphanage have girly long hair. Unless where she was before they required her to keep her hair short for some reason. Andreea (the girl that I’m mentoring) told me today that she broke up with the guy that she is dating. I was extremely happy to hear that because the guy that she was dating was way too old for her!
Today for the orphan chapel we watched a movie. The movie that we watched was a Walt Disney film called the “The Prince of Egypt”. Even though the movie was out over ten years ago (1998 it was released) and I have seen it before I still really enjoyed it a lot. I was quite surprised how much God spoke to me through that film too. The movie is basically about how the Israelites were in slavery to the Egyptians and how God delivered them through using Moses.
Do you know what God spoke to me about? At the beginning of the film as I watched the
Israelites in slavery to the Egyptians and how they were treated so hard, I related it to the gypsy community where I’m currently working. Now of course the gypsies are not slaves to anyone and they are not being whipped or doing hard cruel tasks. However the thought that came to me while I watched the movie was they are in slavery to poverty and it is almost like a generational curse that is on them. My heart broke when I watched the Israelites being treated so cruel and how they were in bondage and in slavery to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians.
I kept thinking as I watched the movie how much the gypsies are really like in bondage to poverty and how much I want to see that cycle of poverty broken in their lives. At the end of the movie Sephora (who married Moses) looked at Moses after the Israelites passed through the red sea and said “your people are free now”. Oh, how much I desire the gypsies to be free from the bondage of poverty! When that thought came to my mind my eyes filled with tears. I sat beside Andreea during the movie, then when the lights came on she saw that my eyes had tears in them and she asked me when I cried. I didn’t want to say so I just shrugged my shoulders. Then she gave me a hug.
Wow, I can’t believe how much God spoke to me through an animated film! I am so glad that I went to the orphan chapel to see the kids again one last time before I go back to Canada and I’m glad I saw the movie too. Tomorrow afternoon I’m going to get together with Eva and Andreea and I’m looking forward that!