My Birthday! (Saturday October 15, 2011)

Today is my birthday! I can’t believe that I am 33 years old today. Wow, that makes me sound old! It really just shows how quickly time has flown by. I just want to thank and praise God for giving me life and bringing me into this world with such a clear purpose and calling which is to reach out to the hurting orphan and gypsy children in Romania!! What a joy it is to serve the Lord and to know Him!

The Lord is my hope, joy and peace! I honestly don’t know where I would be without God in my life. The Lord has been so faithful and I’m so grateful for His constant presence, provision and care in my life. Two of my favourite scripture passages are Psalm 139:13-14 and Jeremiah 29:11. God is our wonderful creator and He gives us so much hope for our future!

This morning I finally got to open up my birthday gifts after waiting for almost two weeks of them of being wrapped up and put away in my cupboard. I just love my gifts that I got from my parents! I got two new CDs (the bands are: Tenth Avenue North and Mikechair) and a book called: Angel in the Rubble which is a about a miraculous rescue of the 9/11 last survivor. I am so thankful for my parents in blessing me with these gifts!

Today I felt a bit homesick for my family and relatives because everyone got together today for my cousin Deanne’s wedding in Waterloo, Ontario. My two cousins (Nicole and Caitlin) from California even flew in for the wedding. I did get to see them when I was home in the spring for my cousin Aaron’s wedding which was really great to see them again. I really wanted to be there today for Deanne’s special day but it is just too expensive to fly home for a weekend. She totally understood and she didn’t expect me to fly home for the weekend but it still would have been nice to be there for her.

On a brighter note…even if I wasn’t with my family today I am thankful that I spent the afternoon with the staff, the orphan kids and the new team that arrived today. It was so great to spend time with the orphan kids and I was a bit surprised that I got a gift from the girl who I used to mentor. Some of the kids wished me happy birthday and it was so nice to spend the afternoon with them.

I am so very excited that we got a brand new short-term team that arrived today! What a blessing it is to be able to serve with another team! Our new team did not have to travel by the plane this time because they were already in Europe so they travelled by train.  They are all students from the Calvary Chapel Bible College which is located in Vajta, Hungary. One thing is great for them is they didn’t come exhausted from jet lag!

This is an international Bible College so all of the team are Americans except for one of the girls who is from Hungary. There are twelve people on this team (11 girls and 1 guy). One thing which I found was quite interesting out of the 11 people on the team they are from all over the United States (California, Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Wisconsin). What a diverse team yet I really saw how God brought such unity between them!

I actually went to this Bible College last year in June for the Eastern European Leadership conference called Foundations. I went with some of the staff I work with and it was a really great conference. I wanted to go again this year but the conference was the week after I arrive back in Romania and I was just out of the country for 3 months so I felt bad for leaving my cat for another week and I also was just feeling the need to get re-settled back into my life here in Romania. I do hope I will be able to go again next year.

Today we just had a lighter day for the team because even though they were not tired from jet lag they were still feeling tired from travelling on the train for 4 hours. We spent a couple of hours with them at the orphanage so they could meet the kids. The children seemed happy to meet a new team. I felt so bad that I repeatedly forgot their names as I introduced them to the kids! Oh, I’m so bad with names! Hopefully I’ll remember all of their names within the next couple of days. I’m looking forward to serving alongside of them during the next week that they are here.

I am very shocked and overwhelmed by how many people wished me “Happy Birthday” today on facebook! I actually looked back and counted because I was curious and I got 93 greetings from family, friends and supporters! Wow, I never expected that much at all! I want to say a huge THANK-YOU to everyone for remembering me on my birthday! I felt so loved!

You all made my birthday very special to know that I haven’t been forgotten on my birthday. May the Lord bless you all to the overflowing! I want to also thank-you for all of your encouragement and prayers. I want you to each know that I miss you all very much and you are often in my thoughts and prayers!! A big hug to you from Oradea, Romania!!

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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