Thursday April 14, 2011

Yesterday I sent Sorina an e-mail to see if she met with the lawyer yet with the process for opening up the office for Pathway to Joy Ministries in Canada. I got a reply from her while I was downstairs and watching TV with my Mom.

This is what she said in her e-mail:

Hi Andrea,

I just got back from the meeting. We will have the original documents circulated for signatures and file for the corporation this month. This will be one step forward but the next step (filing for the charity) will take longer, especially that involves the organization in Romania. I will have to talk to Cornel about this about this.

I also checked with Power of Faith Missions and it will not be possible for you to go to Romania through them. We have to find another way.

We will talk more about this on Friday

Have a wonderful evening!

Sorina

After I read this e-mail from Sorina I felt frustrated and discouraged. Hearing that Pathway to Joy Ministries’ Canadian office will not be finalized before I return Romania is disappointing and then hearing that this other organization that is already working in Romania and is a registered charity in Canada also cannot help me temporary is disappointing too.

Lately it seems for me that I have just been getting bad news after bad news which can get very discouraging after a while. I am really starting to feel that weight of discouragement get heavier and heavier which is not a good feeling at all. I need to remind myself to keep trusting in God and not lose faith because the situation I am in is really beyond my control.

This evening around 9:30pm I had a very encouraging and uplifting conversation with a good friend Kim who works at Pathway to Joy Ministries’ office in Florida. I shared with her some of the struggles and challenges that I have been facing with my financial support situation. I told her that I been worrying a lot about how the result of my financial support would be. She asked me how much money is my monthly budget. I told her it is $750 per month. Then she told her fingers and told me this is nothing to God. She reminded me that this is not difficult for God to do and He will provide but I just need to trust in Him more.

She really encouraged and challenged me a lot. One of the things that she challenged me to do is to re-shift my focus from the “finances/covering” to totally focusing on the children in Romania and the ministry. She is right I have to re-shift my focus, share my passion with people more and trust in God more! She told me that when I focus on my passion with people then they will notice my heart and will take more of an interest in what I am doing with the kids in Romania compared to someone who is worrying and complaining about the situation they are in.

Kim is totally right. I have been wasting all of my energy on the wrong thing so it is time to re-shift my focus. At the end of our conversation she prayed for me which I really appreciated that she took time to do that for me. I am so thankful for God arranging that Skype call that I had with Kim because I really need someone to encourage and challenge me like that.

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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