Wednesday January 18, 2012

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled”.

Matthew 5:6

What another great day with Jim and Teresa! This morning we went grocery shopping

5 shopping carts loaded with food for the village!

with my co-workers Norbi and Mircea at the Carrefour store to buy food for all the families at the Săbolciu gypsy village. We (the foundation I work with) have given out a lot of food packages to the village but this is only my second time going to store to shop for the food. I have to say it is such an awesome experience to see the shopping carts fill up with food because you can start to envision the families receiving all that needed food!

After our shopping adventure we went back to the office to sort and prepare 41 sacks of food to be given out tomorrow at the village. The sorting went really fast with the five us of working together. We all worked really well together as we divided the food into different piles. These are the items that we put in the sacks: flour, sugar, cornmeal, margarine, vegetable oil, pasta, and rice, two different kinds of spam meat and laundry detergent.

There are different size families in the village so the sacks have four different categories

Food for the families in Sabolciu!

which are: A, B, C and D. The A sacks are the smallest size and they are for married couples that don’t have any children. The D sacks are the largest sacks that have families of six or more people in the family. I’m so very grateful for the donations that have been made for these food packages because the families in the village are not expecting this at all this week so this will be a complete surprise to them when we give it out tomorrow!

We were finished sorting and packing up the sacks of food around 1:30pm so we had the rest of the afternoon free. Jim and Teresa wanted to go to the walking street so I decided to take them there. They had it on their schedule to go there on Sunday but when Norbi and Mircea told them it is closed on Sundays they volunteered me to take them today. At first I felt a bit tired to go out to the walking street but in the end I am so glad I did it because I had such a wonderful afternoon with them!

We got a ride to the area of where the walking street starts from Norbi and Mircea and

I am holding one of the largest sacks of food!

when we went back Jim and Teresa got to experience the tram for the first time in Romania. Before we checked out the stores on the walking street we decided to get a bite to eat at MacDonald’s because we were all hungry from our busy morning.

When we ate our food there was a young gypsy girl begging for food. I wasn’t sure what to do when she came up to our table because it’s not often I do anything for people who beg since there are so many that do it here. However when I heard that she wasn’t asking for money but for food my heart went out to her because I’m sure she was hungry. Jim and Teresa asked me what she was saying so I told them that she was asking for food.

Then the next moment I looked over and Jim was at the counter and buying something. Jim came back with a small packet of chicken nuggets so I went over to the girl and asked her if she was hungry. She told me that she was and then I invited her over to where we sat. She must have been hungry because she definitely ate those chicken nuggets fast and she also with a huge smile on her face too! As she ate her chicken nuggets I spoke to her in Romanian and asked more about her. She seemed very sweet. Thankfully her older sister was around so she wasn’t alone. When her older sister came to where we decided it was best to say good-bye at that time.

We had a great time on the walking street! We went to different stores that sell Romanian

Teresa, Jim and I at the Christian cafe.

souvenirs and we also went to a book shop as well. After our time there I told them about the Christian cafe that is located close to where we were so then we spontaneously decided to go there for something warm to drink. It was really nice to spend a bit of time there and I just love the atmosphere with the Christian music and the simple fact that there smoking is not allowed there because rarely you can go to a smoke free restaurant here. Another thing is so nice there is all the workers are Christians too!

After our time at the Christian cafe we then took the tram to Piaţă Rogerius which is the tram station that is located to both of us. It was great to have a bit of relaxing evening because I was so tired from the busy day. It was also great to see Minnie and spend time with her when I got home because I was out all day.

In the evening I watched the very last episode of one of my favourite TV shows – Extreme Makeover Home Edition. I’m so sad that it was the last one! This was the 200th episode of the 9th season. Wow, so many lives have been touched and changed through this TV series! The last episode was a special one because they built seven homes for seven families in Joplin, Missouri where a whole community was devastated by one of the deadliest tornados in nearly 60 years on May 22, 2011. I’m so glad that the people in this community are rebuilding their lives!

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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