July Update 2013

July 30, 2013

Dear Family and Friends,

I hope you are doing well! It is hard to believe that we are already half way through the summer season. In this update I would like to share with you three of the short-term teams that we had come to our YWAM base just recently.

YWAM Finland Team
This team arrived before I got to the YWAM base where I serve at in Târgu Mureş. They came from the YWAM base in Koivumäki, Finland. They came to Romania to do their outreach phrase part of their DTS (Discipleship Training School) program. They were at our base from Saturday May 4th to Tuesday June 11th and before they were in Romania they had already spent three weeks in Bulgaria for their first half of their outreach. There were seven people on this team which included three staff from the Netherlands, Germany and Finland and there were four students from Cameroon, Canada and Finland.

The Finland team was an amazing group of young people! They did a variety of ministries when they were here including going to high schools teaching English through cultural presentations, games and dramas, they went to Peter’s ministry at the Goresti village where they reached out to the gypsy children, they helped at the Coming Home ministry with the gypsy children, teens and the homeless, they prayed for the sick at the cancer hospital and they also played with the kids at the TB hospital as well. It really touched my heart that they helped me move my stuff to my new apartment. They also did a 24 hour prayer chain and a 24 hour worship chain at the base too which was such a blessing to all of us here that they took time to intercede for us.

YWAM Czech Republic Team
This team arrived the day I moved to Târgu Mureş. They came from the YWAM base in Cheb, Czech Republic. They came to Romania to do their outreach phrase part of their DTS program. They were at our base from Monday May 13th to Saturday May 15th, before they were in Romania they had already been in Serbia for a couple of weeks and after their time in Romania they also went to Turkey as well. There were nine people on this team which included three staff from Serbia, Brazil and The United States and there were six students from Czech Republic, Germany, Australia and South Africa.

The Czech team was an incredible group of young people! The ministries that they did when they were here were basically the same as the Finland team except they did them on different days. Jerry who is my director asked me to be involved with some of their ministry activities so I can get familiar with what the short-term teams can do when they come to Romania. It was a real blessing for me to be involved with this team to see the different ministry opportunities that there is available to do here. The first time I went with the team to the Coming Home foundation where they do ministry to the Roma gypsy communities here in Târgu Mureş God gave me a real surprise! I was shocked I had met some of the children that I used to teach English to four years ago when I taught at the Rozmain School! It was really great to see them again!

”Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” – Psalm 95:1-2

YWAM Germany Team
This team came from the YWAM base in Hainichen, Germany. They also came to Romania to do their outreach phrase part of their DTS program. They were at our base from Sunday June 30th to Saturday July 6th (then they went to an YWAM camp for one week) and they had a second week at the base from Saturday July 13th to Saturday July 20th. After their time in Romania the team split into two groups and went to either Bulgaria or Moldova for the rest of their outreach. This team was a unique team because it was a family crossroads DTS team which was a real blessing to have children on the team! There were ten adults and six children on the team from the Philippians, Germany, The United States and Switzerland.

God gave me the wonderful blessing to be the point person (coordinator) along with two other of our base staff for this team. I used to coordinate short-term teams when I lived in Târgu Mureş and serve at the ministry where I taught at the English School but when I lived in Oradea I was only able to assist with teams. I did not realize how much I had miss coordinating teams until I was given the opportunity to work with this team. It definitely stretched me out of my comfort zone but stretching is always a good thing!

I really enjoyed being involved with this team with the different ministries that we did the two weeks they were at the base. We did park evangelism, prayer walks, spent time with the children at the TB hospital, programs with the gypsy children in the Goresti village with Peter’s ministry and in Corbesti village. We had an opportunity to do a short ministry program at a Hungarian Baptist church. One of the highlights for me was when we prayed for the gypsy families at the two different villages we went to. It also touched my heart to see the children on the team interact with the Romanian and gypsy children as well!

Praise Reports!
• I praise God for all of the short-term teams that God has brought to Romania this summer!
• I praise God for the opportunities that He is giving me to grow and be stretched more!
• I praise God for the good news that I got today of getting a future roommate this fall!

Prayer Requests:
• For God to continue to stir in me a deeper hunger and desperation for Him every day.
• For God to continue to teach me daily every moment to walk in my identity as His daughter.
• For God’s continuous open doors for friendships, ministry, improving in my Romanian, etc.

I would like to thank-you for your continual encouragement and prayers! I appreciate it so much!

Many blessings,
Andrea

My Contact info:
Address: Associatia Tineri Pentru Misiune , O.P.1, CP. 60, 54060, Târgu Mureş, Jud. Mures, Romania
My blog: https://romaniangirl98.wordpress.com/

Financial support can be sent to: (please have my name written on the memo line with my code WA15)
In Canada: YWAM Project Funding, Box 57100, RPO East Hastings, Vancouver BC, V5K 5G6
In the States: YWAM Tyler – not until after I complete my DTS.

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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