Thursday January 19, 2012
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy”. – Matthew 5:7
This morning I met my co-workers Norbi and Mircea and also Jim and Teresa at the
foundation’s office at 9:30am to go to the Săbolciu gypsy village. Before we left we spent almost 30 minutes arranging and loading up the van with the 41 sacks of food. Just before 10:00am we were on our way there however just after we left we forgot to put the bread in the van from Mircea’s car so we had to go back.
I am so glad we remembered and we didn’t arrive without the bread that was freshly made this morning! We usually don’t include bread along with the food packages but this time we had some extra money which was such a blessing from God! I’m so grateful that we were able to include bread because the parents seemed to have really appreciated that. I was especially touched how one of the mothers thanked us specifically for the bread because the last few days they haven’t had any so they had gone without it. It was just awesome to see how God provided for their needs today!
Before we arrived at the village we picked up Steve (he works with us here and he’s a
missionary with his family here from the States) at a store in Oradea which was right on our way there. We ended up spending just over two hours at the Săbolciu gypsy village which was so great that we didn’t have to rush for time there. I just want to give God praise for the special time that He gave us today when were with the families in the village! They didn’t know that Jim and Teresa were in Romania and they also didn’t know that they were going to receive food packages either so they were all very surprised today because they were not expecting it at all.
It was such a blessing to not only personally give food packages to all the families in the village but also to take time to pray for them and encourage them too. I really believe that the Lord gave us some divine appointments today as we were in the village. Jim, Teresa and I all took turns to pray for the families as we went to their houses and give them their food package. They all seemed very happy that we took time to pray for them and encourage them. None of them told us they didn’t want prayer but they were all open and some even took time to pray as well.
At the end of our time in the village Ica (she is the older woman who has been opening up
her home to have church there on Sundays) invited the six of us into her home to spend a bit more time with her. Jim and Teresa didn’t really know her so they asked me if I could pray for her. I told them that I would love to that so I did. What a blessing it was so pray for Ica and then she also took time to pray as well. She has such a beautiful heart for God and I pray that the Lord will continue to raise her up as an intercessor for the Săbolciu gypsy village!
The only thing that was too bad of our time in the village was almost all of the children were at school when we were there so we didn’t see many kids there today. I am definitely very glad the children were at school but of course I just really missed not seeing a ton of the kids there when we were there. Some of the children did miss school, or some ended school a bit earlier than others so they were home. I think though the parents appreciated that we took time for them today and loved on them which I think is also very important.
I thought it was so very sweet when Maria and her younger brother Medalion saw me
outside and then they wanted to stay with us the rest of the time we were there. Maria is 5 years old and her brother is 2 years old. It is hard not to pick favourites but I have to admit Maria is one of my “favourites” and her brother is just so cute too! Most of the time we were there I held onto Maria’s hand as we went to the different houses. I asked her at different times if she wanted to go home because she looked a bit cold (I felt her hands and face were cold) but she wanted to stay with us. I’m really thankful for the special bonding time that we had today!
Yesterday when we went shopping for the food at the store and then today when we handed it out in the village I got such a strong desire to do this when my family comes here to Romania this year. My parents and my brother will visit Romania in September for a week and I’m very excited that they are coming! I think it would really be quite special to give out food packages to the families in the village when they are here and it will also give them an opportunity to reach out to them in a practical way too.
I asked Norbi yesterday how much money would be enough to feed the entire village
including giving them bread. He told me that $800 would be enough. Now that amount may sound like a lot of money but this is enough to bless and feed 145 people (77 adults and 68 children) in the whole village. I also figured it out if we ask people to sponsor families which may be a more reachable goal. Then all we would have to do is look for sponsors who would donate $20 per family and then when we find 41 sponsors the goal will have been reached! I believe in my heart that God will help fulfill this desire that He has put on my heart to bless the families in the village with food.
In the evening I went to the international church for the Thursday’s service. Jim and
Teresa wanted to check out a Romanian church so I invited them to come along with me. It was such an incredible time in God’s presence as we worshipped Him, sought Him in prayer and heard a great sermon by my Pastor! When we came out of the church after the service there was a beautiful snow fall coming down from the sky!! What an amazing incredible day in the village and then at church!