Sunday March 27, 2011

I had a great morning at church! It was so great to talk to some of friends and supporters after the service. I felt so encouraged when I spoke to them. I feel so grateful for all the people who believe in the call of God on my life. What a blessing from God. During the afternoon I finished typing up the questions and answers when I interviewed the project leaders before I left Romania. Those were just questions to help me gain more knowledge and understanding of the different projects that Pathway to Joy Ministries does in Romania. It really was a blessing for me to meet with the project leaders because I learned quite a lot!

In the evening I went to church with my parents. We had our annual business meeting tonight. For this business meeting it was my first since I became a member of my home church that I was not allowed to vote for the new people going onto the board. I could not vote because I am one of my church’s missionaries and it was a new rule made since my new Pastor came to my church that now no paid staff at the church including any missionaries have voting privileges. Oh, well I’m fine with it either way.

When the business meeting was over my Mom asked if she could have a few minutes because she wanted to see if the board would re-consider doing a church phone dictionary (she even asked people who are interested to sign a petition). Unfortunately that didn’t go so well because our Pastor told my Mom that it wasn’t the right time to discuss it so she just gave the petition to the board.

Afterwards my Pastor came to my parents and I to discuss the issue further. My Pastor told my Mom that he was sorry for confronting my Mom like that. Then he said something that shocked us both which was he asked us if we want to do the phone dictionary for my benefit for raising funds. We were shocked because that was not our intention at all but just for the sake of communicating with people. We both told him no not at all but just for a tool for communicating with the church family. I hope my Pastor understands my heart that I would never do anything like that nor would my parents.

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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