Today was a very busy day but also a very good one! This morning I went with Kim to her women’s Bible study at her church. Wendy who is the wife of the Senior Pastor did the teaching on their last session on the book of Hebrews. I could not believe how many women came to the meeting! I think there were around 30 or 40 there. I think that was the largest Bible study group I ever attended. At the end they split up into discussion and prayer groups but we could not stay for that because we had an afternoon appointment.
After the Bible study we went to Chick-fil-A for lunch. It was my first time trying it out and I really liked it. I had a chicken caeser wrap and it was good. Kim told me it is owned by Christians and they are not even opened on Sundays. People told them when they first opened that they will not be very successful because they didn’t want to be open on Sunday but actually now Chick-fil-A is one of the fast growing fast food restaurants in the Southern United States!
In the afternoon Kim and I went to St. Petersburg Christian School. Vanessa who is the Bible class teacher at the school invited me to come and speak to three of her fifth grade classes. Kim and Irene had already been to the school before and shared about the ministry that we do in Romania but Kim thought it would be good idea to have me share since I am one of the missionaries there. Vanessa was very welcoming and she seemed very glad to have me come and share today at her classes.
I felt quite nervous at the beginning. I know that may sound a bit strange for me to feel nervous in front of children because I work with children all the time in Romania but I had never presented in front of them before so it was the first time for me to do that. Before we went into the school Kim and I prayed together and I really believe that God helped me with my presentations to all three classes. I really praise God that He helped my confidence grow throughout the two hours of being with the children!
I could not believe how interested the children were in the Romanian money and learning a
bit of Romanian! They also seemed interested in the picture poster boards that I did and the DVD slide show presentation that I showed them. I think it really helped too at the beginning of each class that I showed the children maps to help them know where Romania is in the world. The first map I showed them was a world map, then a European map and the last one was a map of Romania.
At the end of the third class we got them to sing a song and say hello from Florida. Kim video tapped it with my camcorder and I also said a short greeting in Romanian at the beginning too. This was an idea that I thought of on the way to the school if one of the classes could sing or do something to say hello from Florida for the children at the Sabolciu gypsy village. The children sang a song called “Love the Lord with all of Your Heart”. They a really great job and I think the kids in Sabolciu are going to love it!!
One thing that totally blew me away and I was not expecting it at all was each fifth grade
class that I presented to gave me handmade cards from each of the individual children. I ended up getting thirty eighty (38) cards that were all beautiful decorated and all so creative as well. I also got envelopes filled with donations from each class which was another thing I was not expecting at all either. When the kids handed me the cards and the envelopes I was very surprised and my heart was filled with gratitude for what they did for me.
Later when I went back to Kim’s house and read all of the cards I felt so encouraged by all of the children from their words that they wrote in their cards. A lot of them wrote a similar theme of “you’re doing great, keep up the good work and don’t give up”. I couldn’t believe it to receive such encouraging cards from children that I don’t even know and for them to bless me in such an amazing way like that! What a blessing from God!!
I had a really great evening with Kim. We went to the waterfront again which was nice.
This time unfortunately we didn’t see any dolphins so I’m really glad that we went to the waterfront on Tuesday. We had gelatos (a European ice cream), I fed the pelicans fish (there were twelve pelicans and I only had five fish!) and then we watched an old classic movie outside by the water. The weather was beautiful and I took some really great pictures! What an incredible day!!