Romania Day

Romania National Day is December 1st, but since the kids will be out of school they had their program on Friday.  The 2nd graders sang and recited poems.  It was very nice!

Winter Wear

Here are the children in there lovely handmade hats and scarves loving made by folks in Minnesota!  I think their faces say it all! I still have more to pass out to some of the little kids too small to come to group!  I am looking forward to doing that sometime this week!

Thanksgiving-Romanian Style

So this Thanksgiving, I got together with some friends, including some American Mennonites who have a foundation on the north side of Suceava.  We had a nice time, eating, playing games, but there was no turkey.  Turkey is expensive here.  So I have decided that I need to raise some turkeys for next year.  However, my friend, who owns the farm, won’t let me keep them there because he doesn’t like the sound they make.  I hope he changes his mind!  I have even picked out the names of my turkeys: Thanksgiving and Dinner!

Yummy Thanksgiving Dinner on the Mennonite Compound.

Monthly Prayer Requests-Updated

Hi Everyone,

I have updated the prayer requests for December. www.melissainromania.wordpress.com and click on the Prayer Request tab.

Thank you for Praying for all of us here!

Christmas Boxes

While you are all celebrating Thanksgiving this year, my apartment has been turned into Santa’s Workshop!  I received 180+ Christmas Shoeboxes for the children of Stroiesti this morning.  Along with the shoeboxes were lovely winter wear including handmade scarves and hats from a group in Minnesota, toothbrushes and tooth paste from a dentist’s office in PA, extra toys and school supplies and clothes for the children!  It is overwhelming.  Even more so that the boxes came almost 2 weeks early!!!  Praise the Lord.

In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be putting the names of the children on the boxes.  Each child will see their name on the box and know that it was packed with love and prayers for a wonderful new year.  Thank you to everyone who packed a box, make a scarf, and sent all the extras to the children of Stroiesti! 

Christmas boxes, clothes, toothbrushes, oh my!

Boxes of Shoeboxes!

Boxes of Shoeboxes

Yesterday’s Election

I have posted the link to an article about yesterday’s election here in Romania. It is interesting to see the similarities and differences between the Romanian and American electorial process.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34089368/ns/world_news-europe/

Field Trip

Yesterday, the children of Stroiesti were invited to an event in the city at a sister church. The event was kind of like a harvest-thanksgiving celebrations, kind of…..  35 kids from the village were there and there was 125+ kids in total.  There was a lesson about the tree that produces good fruit and bad fruit.  Followed by a game and then fruit eating.  The kids stuffed themselves with fruit.  They ate kiwi, coconut, and pineapple, some for the first time.  And it was only the kids from Stroiesti who decided to eat the veggies.   It was a fun event and the kids really enjoyed themselves.

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Music time

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Ionut playing "guess that fruit"

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All the fruit was gone in 30 mins.

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The boys eating peppersEnjoying Fruit

 

Prayer Request

I found out yesterday, Bogdan’s father, Vasile, along with 11 other men from the village, will be going to Portugal on Thursday morning.  They will make the 3 day journey by bus and will pick up other Romanians on the way.  They will spend 3 months in Portugal picking olives.  They will be back in February.  While there, they will earn 35euros a day, about 2 1/2 times the daily wage here in Romania. 

This is the first time the kids will be apart from their father for longer than a week (camp) and of course everyone is sad.  The family sold their horse and will buy a new one in February.  It’s too expensive to keep the horse in the barn all winter, esp if it’s not being used. By going to Portugal, Vasile will be able to provide more for his family.  Please pray for safe travel and good working conditions.  Pray for the families who will be separated from loved ones, esp at Christmas.

In the details

We all know God is in the big things, but I know I sometimes forget that God is also in all the details.  He has reminded me of this many times recently, but yesterday, it was even more apparent.

 

You know we like to celebrate birthdays at Sunday School in the village.  Yesterday Gabriela’s 7th birthday.  We usually have about 20-22 kids come, so I made cupcakes and brough a couple extra. I had a total of 26 cupcakes.  Usually, we sing “Happy Birthday” at the end of the program and the kids can eat their cupcakes on their way home.  Well, this week, I decided that they could eat their cupcakes while watching part 3 of the “God’s Story” film  we have been watching.  There were 25 kids.  Each child got a cupcake (Gabriela decided to save her special cake for home).  No sooner than all the cupcakes were eaten and the papers thrown away, did 4 girls come in for Sunday School (we had changed the time and they hadn’t gotten the message about so they were very late.)  Had we waited, there would not have been enough cupcakes for everyone and feeling would have been hurt and children would have been upset.  Or no one would have gotten cupcakes (and I would have had 26 chocolate cupcakes to eat!).  But God knew and inspired me to have cupcakes early.  I am always amazed at how God is truly in all the details!

 

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Happy Birthday, Gabriela!

 

All moved in

Yesterday, I hired 3 teens from the village to help me move stuff. I couldn’t have done it without them.  We made many trips in my car.  Turns out you can get a fridge in my car!!  A friend let us use his big truck for the stove and washer and other pieces. And then last night we got the rest out. 

We had about 4 inches of snow, which started to melt yesterday afternoon, and then turned into ice.  Today, it’s really cold and gloomy, but the snow that is here, is really pretty.

I’ll take some pictures of my apartment and post them soon.