Friday April 22, 2011 – Good Friday

Today is Good Friday which is the day when we remember what Jesus did for us on the cross. It is overwhelming if you really about it that God sent His only Son Jesus from the glories of heaven down to earth to die for us. If it wasn’t for his sacrifice that God made for us, we wouldn’t have a way to come to Him. In the Old Testament the priests had to make animal sacrifices when people confessed their sin to God and only priests and prophets could go directly to God.

I praise God that we no longer have to make animal sacrifices or go through a priest to go to God. I praise God for sending His Son Jesus to us. Jesus represented the Lamb of God who was the ultimate sacrifice. I praise God for His great love for us and how He longed to make a way to come to us. God is the one who first initiated a relationship with His children. What an awesome God we serve!

This morning I went to my home church (Christian Life Centre, in Ajax) with my Dad for the Good Friday service. We had a joint service with another church in Ajax. Every year my church has a joint Good Friday service with Southside Worship Centre which I think is so neat that we do that. We had a full packed service! It definitely was the fullest since I came back to Canada. It was so packed that they had to bring my chairs!

The service was awesome. The worship was the best since I came back to Canada! Everyone really participated more during the worship time and I just felt such a wonderful sense of God’s presence.  Pastor Jason from the other church preached a great message on the cross.

During one part of the service we had guest speakers. Marion Cozens is the director of the “Wings” ministry where she houses young mothers right out of her home who don’t have a place to go to. Marion shared a bit of her ministry and then she brought two young ladies up to the front. The first young lady that shared just had a baby and she became a Christian just recently. The second young lady is pregnant and seems to be searching for God right now. All of the young ladies come from very broken backgrounds. I was touched when I listened to their testimonies and I am sure the rest of us were too.

I remember one of the episodes of the Secret Millionaire TV show had a very similar charitable organization that Marion is doing with these young women. I think what she is doing is very inspiring. I really believe that God has really given her such a compassionate heart to do this because I’m sure it is not always easy to do it. I am always inspired by people who desire to reach out to hurting people and make a difference in their lives because it inspires me to keep on doing what I do in Romania!

After my Dad and I got back from church we came home for a short time before we left for the States. When I got back home I quickly changed and packed for the weekend. I also quickly checked my e-mail one last time before I left for the weekend. I got an e-mail from my Aunt Sharon with some exciting news! My cousin Deanne is getting married on October 15th of this year! I feel awful that I can’t fly back for her wedding but that so exciting and special that she is getting married on my birthday!

Around 1:30pm my family and I finally left for Rochester, New York. We decided to go to Tim Hortons before we got on the highway, to get something to eat before our long drive to Rochester, NY. Our drive to the States was not so bad. Traffic was reasonable except for when we crossed the border at Niagara Falls. I think we finally got to Rochester around 5:30pm.

I needed to get some pictures developed at Wal-mart to show the store manager at Old Navy so before we went to my Grandma’s house we did that. I needed to get smaller pictures developed compared to the average size because I wanted to show a lot on one or two pages but the strangest thing was they didn’t have those nice Kodak machines there. We ended up going to three or four different stores and they either had Fuji or these small wall green machines. I couldn’t believe it! Rochester has a large Kodak factory and it seemed like there were no Kodak machines in sight. How weird! I felt so frustrated that I didn’t end up getting those pictures developed but we decided to just do it tomorrow.

After our failed attempt of getting those pictures developed we went to my Grandma’s house around 7:00pm. We were all hungry so we decided to all go out for dinner at the Perkins restaurant. Dinner was delicious! I had a chicken salad and a cookie for dessert. It was nice to see my Grandma again. While we waited for our food to come I showed her my photo album with some of my pictures from Romania. She recently had surgery on one of her feet so I am very glad that she is doing a lot better now. Afterwards we all went back for a relaxing evening at my Grandma’s house.

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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