On Sunday January 31, 2016 I went to my home church in the morning and it was such a pleasant surprise to see Matt, Eli and Betty at church because I thought originally they would be coming back from Craiova today. I really missed them a lot so it was so good to see them again. When I saw them at church I had no hard feelings towards them at all from what had happened with the team when we were in the Czech Republic so I’m truly grateful that God had brought a true reconciliation between us before I left Cheb.
On Monday February 1st, it was our first day of the debriefing week back at the YWAM
Târgu Mureş base with everyone back together again except unfortunately Marianna who is one of our staff couldn’t be with us because she was in Ukraine. On Monday morning we had a time of thanksgiving and intercession of what God did during the outreach phase. It was a time for us to remember and thank God for the people we touched and the places where we did ministry. It was definitely a great way to start off the week together. We then had a free afternoon.
On Tuesday February 2nd, in the morning we debriefed on the six weeks that the team was in the Czech Republic. The questions that we processed were big questions to think about so I’m not quite sure we had enough time for all of us to effectively go through them because we did those same ones when I was in Albania with the last DTS class but it took like two days to go through them. I was really encouraged though of how positive the debriefing time went which was really great to have such a positive processing time especially considering that we went through a difficult trial during our time there so I really want to praise God for that. In the afternoon everyone was free again to get the things done that they needed to do.
On Wednesday February 3rd, in the morning we had a time of debriefing on the last two
weeks of the outreach when the students were in Craiova, Romania. I really wanted to be in Craiova during that time so in one way it was hard to hear everything because I couldn’t be a part of it but on the other hand it sounded like they all had such a great time there so I’m really happy for them that they had a great ending to the outreach.
In the afternoon the students filled out some evaluation forms for the DTS and I completed the C2 form online (it is the outreach evaluation form for the University of the Nations) with my base leader. I was really happy we were able to complete it so fast and I was shocked that we did it just over an hour! After that I went to the print shop to get the students DTS certificates printed.
Graduation Day (February 4th)
On Thursday February 4th, before I left my apartment in the morning I had quite the surprising phone call from Florin who is my base leader. We were originally going to do the graduation on Friday but it had to be changed to today because one of the students will be leaving tonight and flying back to the States tomorrow morning because his flight got changed (he had a family situation and he had to urgently get back home). It was a good thing that I found out about the sudden change of plans before I left my apartment so I could quickly change my top to a nicer sweater and take my dress pants for later that day for the graduation dinner.
In the morning my base leader taught a re-entry class for the students which is a
preparation class before they leave for home. Unfortunately I could not be there because I had to cook lunch that day which almost turned out to be a failure (I had made a mistake of how I had prepared the sauce) but thankfully Betty saved the day with experimenting and adding different spices to it so in the end it was okay.
In the afternoon we all went bowling for a time of fun and to celebrate the completion of the DTS. Then we all went to the Irish Pub restaurant for the graduation dinner. We had a really great graduation and it was a really blessed time as well. The food was great and we had cake for dessert. After that Matt, Eli and Betty got their certificates and then my base leader even thanked the staff individually which I thought was really nice of him to do that and we even got chocolate too as a thank-you gift. It was such a great evening with lots of smiles and laughs!
It is hard to believe the DTS class 2015/ 2016 has now officially ended. What an incredible season it was over the last almost 5 months but it definitely did come with a number of stretching challenges and for me personally some painful experiences as well however God is so faithful and I really believe we all grew a lot during this time. It was truly an honor to be a part of each of the DTS student’s journey and now I’m really excited to see what God has in store for them next!