Moving

Tomorrow, I will be leaving for Suceava.  Gabi and Mihaela will be going as well in their car.  Lord willing I will be able to sign a rental contract on an apartment this week before camp starts next Monday.  During my trip last week to Suceava, Sister Condria and I found a wonderful apartment.  I stepped through the door and knew I was home.  I pray that it will be ready this week.  Please pray for safe travels, moving mercies, and for the prep work involved with camp.  Please pray for the team coming from PA, that they will have travelling mercies and no lost luggage!

Thank you for praying.  Your prayers do mean a lot to me!

A visit to the Doctor

In order to get my one year visa for Romania, I had to get a certificate from a local doctor stating I was in good health. The certificate would then go to the Minister of Health in Bucharest.  The government wants to ensure I don’t keel over or have some contagious disease. 

So yesterday, Mihaela took me to her family doctor.  The doctor and Mihaela chatted for a moment then the doctor asked if I like Romania.  “Yes, I like it very much,” I replied in Romanian.  She asked my age and I told her.  She asked about my heart.  “Its fine.”  She asked if I had any problems.  “None.” And then she signed the certificate saying I was in good health.  I signed the registry book and we left.  That was the easiest physical ever.  It was a joke!  I have been told, when/if I am sick, the doctor will actually come out from behind her desk.  Just glad there wasn’t a charge.

Just another funny quirk in Romania.  I still love it, though!

Instructions for the Pictures

In order to get the captions and the names of the kids you must go to the actual site.  I didn’t realize this was happening with all the pictures.

Summer Camp

Camp starts on July 6th.  We have 27 kids from the village with a total of 32 kids.  We are super excited.  I am posting pictures of  almost each child from the village (didn’t get a shot of a couple of them).  Please pray for them individually.  Thank you.

Vacation Bible School

We had a great time at VBS this year.  About 50 different kids came over the course of the 4 lessons.  We had about 20 kids who came to everyone.  Many of the kids had to work with their parents cutting hay in the fields, watching over the sheep in the pastures, cutting wood in the forest, and tending to the gardens.  One child, Danut (pronounced Duh-noots) was allowed to come on Tuesday morning, but had he come, his father would have been all alone working in the family garden.  He choose to do the right thing instead of the fun thing and helped his father. He was able to come in the afternoon.   Danut took the final spot for our summer camp in two weeks. 

We did lots of activities and crafts with the kids.  The kids were always showing up early and leaving late.  They really enjoyed being the amazing team from PA and NC.  A specail thank you to the team: Debbie, Kathy, Shaun, Krista, Jocelyn, and Andy!  They had ceaseless energy with the kids.  They also did a ton of manual labor around the church in the village.  The pastor came and told us, he had been praying for someone to do this work.

Cristi, the budding photographer, tooks some amazing pictures and even took my camera home with him for the afternoon and captured some great shots that I would never have been able to get.  Last Summer, Cristi was planning on dropping out of school after the 8th grade and he wanted to go to England and work construction.  Well now, Cristi is going on to the 9th grade and will be in trade school where he will study to be a mechanic.

Thank you for your prayers for VBS.  Enjoy these pictures!

Driving in Romania

Last Friday, I bought a car.  After a lot of prayer, research, and conversations with Romanian and some supporters, I ended up getting a new car.  To buy a used car here in Romania can be risky because of the poor road conditions and the damage poor roads can do to a car.  This is what the US State Department says about the road in Romania: 

Road conditions vary widely throughout Romania. While major streets in larger cities and major inter-city roads are in fair to good condition, most other roads are in poor repair, badly lit, narrow, and often do not have marked lanes. Many roads, particularly in rural areas, are also used by pedestrians, animals, people on bicycles, and horse drawn carts that are extremely difficult to see, especially at night. Road travel can be particularly dangerous when roads are wet or covered with snow or ice. This is especially the case concerning mountain roads.

So, because I’m a single female, it was thought that getting a new car would help keep me on the road and out of the shop.  The car will hold a good amount of luggage, so I will be able to pick up folks from the airport.  The car is also big enough to transport some kids and ministry supplies.  By the way, it is a stick shift, too!!

 

I have taken some driving lessons here.  I not super comfortable driving in the city yet, but I’m working on it.  I’ve driven out of the city and longer trips and have enjoyed driving on the inter-city roads (2 lanes).   I’m to drive around the city each day, especially in traffic.  Romanian drivers tend to be very aggressive.  I’m also working on learning the traffic laws.  Today, I bought a book with all the signs and rules.  Reading this book will also be a language exercises, too!  Some of the traffic patterns are very confusing, ohmy!   Here again is what the US DOS says about Romanian driving: 

Romanian traffic laws are very strict. Any form of driver’s license or permit can be confiscated by the Traffic Police for 1-3 months and payment of fines may be requested at the time of many infractions. Some examples are: failure to yield the right of way, failure to yield to pedestrians at crossroads, or not stopping at a red light or stop sign. Romanian traffic law provides for retention of licenses and possible imprisonment from 1 to 5 years for driving under the influence (alcohol level over 0.1% limit) or for causing an accident resulting in injury or death. In spite of these strict rules, however, many drivers in Romania often do not follow traffic laws or yield the right of way. Therefore it is strongly recommended that defensive driving be the rule of thumb while driving throughout Romania.

Please pray for safety as I drive here in Romania.

Children’s Day

In the US, we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day,  here in Romania they add Children’s Day.  June 1st was Children’s Day.  On June 2, the PULS Center had a little party for the children and their mothers.  It was a chance for some of the moms to visit with each other and find encouragement.  It was also an opportunity for the kids to play together and just get out of the house.  I lost count of the number of kids who came because they were always coming and going.  I had the kids draw picture in between eating cookies!  Each child was able to choose a gift from our prize box.  Some kids went for the practical school supplies and some went for the fun items and got balls, cars or dolls. It was great fun!  Here are some cute pictures of the kiddos!  (Just click to make the pictures bigger.)