In July from the 18th to the 25th, the YWAM Târgu Mureş base where I serve we were very blessed with a church team who serve with Food for the Hungary organization from the United Kingdom. There were 12 people on this team (7 men, 3 women, a 9 year old boy and a 13 year old girl). It was really great to see there was a family on this team who served
together and also to see the men come out to serve on a mission’s trip as well because I do not see so many families and men come to Romania on the outreach teams here.
During their time they spent at our base they were busy and they served in various ways throughout the week they were here. The majority of their time in Romania was spent going to different Roma gypsy villages to give out food parcels to the families but they also spent lots of time at our base for times of prayer, worship, fellowshipping and it was a blessing to be able to take them on a prayer walk and also to pray for the patients at the local cancer hospital as well. I was really encouraged by their compassionate love that they showed to all of us here and how they took time to pray for us as well. One of the men on the team was really helpful with my computer so I really appreciated that a lot. I do miss them and I hope they will be able to come back to Romania again real soon!
I asked Angharad who was one of the members on the team if she can write a summary of her experience that she had in Romania.
This is what she wrote:
“12 of us from Leicester, UK, travelled to Târgu Mureş on Saturday July 18th, to stay at the YWAM base. Our team consisted of 7 men, 3 women, a 9 year old boy and a 13 year old girl. We came out with Feed the Hungry; in order to give out food parcels and minister to people we met. We spent time in three different Roma Gypsy villages, one of which was extremely poor. Our time in these places was spent playing with the children…football, tennis, frisbee…and chatting with the adults. We sang songs and did
craft activities with them. The first village we visited, we sang praise songs which the older kids and some adults joined in with. This was such a blessing, especially as we were singing the same song in two languages, but still praising God at the same time!
We took a group of children from a foster home out to a local park, to play, sing and tell them Bible stories. We had interpreters with us, so interacting with the kids was made easier. We had the opportunity to share Bible stories with them and to act them out in groups for the others to guess. The kids responded really well to this and we were able to laugh together whilst sharing God’s Word.
Our team split into two groups on the Wednesday. One part of our team went to the
cancer hospital to spend time with and pray for the patients there. The rest of us met with a group of teenage mums from the town. They live together in a shelter, as they have been rejected both by family and by society. I was surprised at how open they were about the situations they were in. They were happy to chat and tell us how they’d fallen pregnant and what life was looking like for them in the future. We took beads and elastic for them to make bracelets, then out came the nail polish. This went down extremely well and my husband even got his nails done by the girls! We shared pizza with them before taking them back to their home. They thanked us sincerely and some were crying as they left, as they’d had such a good afternoon.
Our time in Romania was eye-opening. To see such poverty with your own eyes made us realize how blessed we all are and to openly spend time with people who are seen by the country as society’s outcasts, was a real privilege. One thing we all commented on was the freedom that we had whilst playing with the children we met. We were able to give them hugs and chase and be chased and it was ok. You can’t do that in the UK because of all the strict laws we have. We all want to thank the base staff for making us so welcome and for the friendships we have made.”