On Sunday September 14th we had another team arrive in the evening at the YWAM base where I serve at here in Târgu Mureş, Romania. They were a DTS outreach team from the YWAM base in Constanta, Romania. They stayed until Saturday September 20th which was only for a week but we were very blessed to have them here with us even if it was for a very short time. There were six people on this team and they were all girls! It was a lot of fun having an all women team at the base! There were three DTS students and three staff on the team.
It was a real blessing that I was able to meet this team even before they came to the YWAM base where I’m serving at in Târgu Mureş, Romania. I was able to meet Semida who is one of the staff on the team when I was at the YWAM base in Cluj this year when I did my outreach phase this spring. She was in the DTS class in Cluj and I stayed in the same room with her when I was there but we didn’t end up going on the same outreach because she was on the Serbia team and I was on the Uganda team. I grew really close to Semida even if we weren’t on the same outreach team so it was really great to see her again. I also met Sarah the team leader at the national conference last year and then I met the rest of the team at the national conference this year.
This was my very first time that I was able to be the point person for a team. I was able to be the point person for previous teams since I have joined YWAM last year but I did it with other staff and this was my first time that I did it totally on my own so I am very thankful for this opportunity that God gave me. It was definitely a very stretching week for me but at the same time it was a really great experience for me and I really enjoyed it a lot too especially being an all-girls team.
During the week the team was here we kept them very busy with different ministry
activities. On Monday we gave them an orientation and I showed them downtown Târgu Mureş, then on Tuesday morning they had a preparation time for the week and in the afternoon we went to the Coming Home foundation to do a program with older kids who are from the Roma gypsy communities. The children and pre-teens loved the program as they team did an amazing job doing games with them, songs, they shared the Bible story of when Samuel heard God’s voice for the first time but it was a more modern version and they also did a craft with the kids too.
On Wednesday morning we return to the Coming Home foundation where we met teens and adults who are homeless or they are without a “home” so they come to the foundation for some food and much needed love. We sang songs with them (they absolutely loved the music!) and one of the DTS students shared her testimony. Then in the afternoon we loved on some beautiful children at the Cold Valley gypsy village where we did a program with games, songs and a Bible story. The children loved it! I was very impressed with the team of how well they organized the program too and also how well the children listen too!
On Thursday we had another busy day with the team. In the morning we return again to
the Coming Home foundation for their feeding program where we met teens and adults who are homeless or they are without a “home” so they come to the foundation for some food and much needed love. We sang songs with them again (they really love music!) and Sarah who is the team leader shared a devotional with them.
Then in the afternoon I went with Verica along with Sarah and Danielle who are from the team to pray for people at the hospital. I was really encouraged when we met with our new friend Bilona. She told us that the doctor was quite surprised when recent tests were done that the cancer has not spread to any other organs in her body. When we prayed for her on Thursday she again felt heat come into her body which was really encouraging to hear how God is working and bringing healing to her. She might still have to have surgery but more tests will have to be done first. Please join with me and pray for God to completely heal her so that she will not even need to have that surgery. Thank-you so much!
On Friday morning we had a time to clean the YWAM base and prepare for the coffee house which started at 5:00pm. In the evening unfortunately we didn’t have a very good turnout (maybe around 8 people) but we still had a lot of fun getting to know some new people, listening to some really great music and enjoying some delicious smoothies. The coffee house is a really great ministry and it also a really great way to connect with people so I hope the next time that we have it that more people will come out however I am really grateful that we are starting to see some consistently in some people come out who have come before.
Just before I left the YWAM base after the coffee house finished I went around to say good-bye to everyone on the team. I knew they would leave early the next day because they had a long drive back to Constanta so I wanted to make sure that I said good-bye to them Friday evening. It was so great to have the DTS team from Constanta come to the base here in Târgu Mureş and it was a real blessing from God to be able to serve with them while they were here too! I am also really excited for them as they finish their DTS journey and I am definitely looking forward to hearing their stories and testimonies when they go to India for their 6 week outreach!