Matt wanted to announce….

That he is no longer a baby, but a big boy.  And as a big boy, he will be a big brother in April!  He doesn’t really know exactly what this will entail, but as long as he doesn’t have to share his cars and plastic animals, he says he’ll be ok.  Matt will be 2 years old when Baby 2 comes.

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The plan is to come to America in January and stay until Baby 2 is at least 7 weeks old, like we did Matt. We are really excited. I am now 13 weeks, so only a million more weeks to go!  Yippy!!

Puppy Surprise

The vet told us that we couldn’t get Lucy fixed until she was 8 months old.  By the time she was 8 months old she was already pregnant.  Three weeks ago she had 3 sweet little puppies.  If anyone wants one, they are up for adoption!  We don’t need so many dogs.  Matt however is enjoying the little puppies and sneaks them out of the dog house when ever Lucy isn’t looking!

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First Day of Sunday School

We had a great start yesterday for Sunday School!  We had 35 kids including one new boy.  We also had a few kids come back after they heard the mean religion teacher is gone and won’ t causing problems for us anymore!!

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We were really excited that Pastor Tibi and folks from Diakonia Church came with a program for the kids.  They taught the kids 2 new songs and Pastor Tibi did a great lesson.  He taught the kids a Bible verse and challenged them with some review questions.  We are THRILLED that Diakonia will be joining us once a month!  YEAH!

We ended the day by giving out school supplies.  We had about 200 notebooks and folders in total and packets of pens and pencils for each child.  Kindergarteners got new color pencils and crayons.  I only had 4 backpacks and was able to give them to the little boys who needed them most.  The kids went home ready to start school on Monday.

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Teen field trip thanks to Roxbury Camp

“Finally, some thought of us big kids,” was the comment over heard and told to me by the director of the orphanage.  Rarely do the teens get to go on outing or camps.  Selected teens will come to our camp to help work in the kitchen or to help with the little kids on field trips, and sometimes others are invited to other camps, but as a group it is rare for the teens to go on field trips.  Why?  Well, as a group they can be rowdy and many of the teen boys smoke. Folks want to see sweet little kids, not awkward teen angst.   Regardless of this, Roxbury Camp sent money for all the kids, not just the little kids to go on a field trip and for that we are truly grateful.

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The teens arrived early and took a little walk around the city center before coming to Sempre Pizza, a local pizza restaurant owned by a good Christian family.  Our wonderful Pastor Tibi shared with the teens the story of Jesus walking on water and faith.  The teens were so attentive.  One of the girls who had come to camp this summer asked if Pastor Tibi could come and teach at summer next year.  They loved the fact that the message was clear and honest and there was no extra fluff.  Pastor Tibi has been invited to go to the orphanage to lead some Bible studies with the teens.  We’ll see what happens!

DSCN5313 DSCN5359 DSCN5431After the “lesson,” the teens each got their own pizza and ate up.  We had a birthday, so we got a big cake and celebrated all the birthdays for the month of September.  After lunch, we headed to the monastery and then a hike to the castle.  The teens enjoyed climbing over the castle ruins and spending the day in the sun.  The teens got cotton candy.  We were blessed to receive 60 Bibles from Maranatha Baptist Church.  We were able to give all the teens Bibles.  They were really excited to get them.

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It was a great day for the 55 teens.  Thank you Roxbury Youth Camp for giving the teens from the Orphanage a day out!

Roxbury Camp Sends Kids on a Field Trip

A huge thanks to Roxbury Youth Camp for sending over 100 kids and teens on field trips this week!  The youth camp collected money in July for us to take the kids from the orphanage on field trips.  Here’ field trip number 1:

Wednesday, we had 52 kids come from the orphanage about a hour away to Suceava. We thought the day would be fun and special for the children, but we never thought that God would such richly bless us and encourage us–as well as, putting a little “zinger” in there for some non-believers.  We met at McDonalds.  What you need to know is that here McDonald’s is special, its not just where you go to eat in a rush.  For the kids from the orphanage, McDonald’s can be an once in a childhood experience.  The folks at McDonald’s prepared 2 craft projects for the kids and a mask and 2 take home activities and a balloon, all free.

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When the kids arrived, they were loud and happy.  A woman came up to the director of the orphanage, our friend and fellow believer, Emil, and asked, “Are these children from the orphanage?” “Yes,” he replied.  The woman then gave him 200 lei (about $60, but would spend like $100) for us to get the kids something extra. Bogdan told the director to keep and use it for something needed at the orphanage.

Then we debated Happy Meals or Adult size meals?  Toy or full belly?  We decided on full bellies.  McDonald’s then gave the kids a toy anyway as a gift.  What a blessing!

But the most incredible thing happened during the meal.  Bogdan was wandering from one table to another, talking to all the kids.  A man called him over.  The man asked, “who are these kids?”  Bogdan told him.  The man, then said he would like to pay for our meal.  WOW!  I had paid 750 lei for meals–it was a lot, but totally worth it.  As we spoke with McDonald’s management, the man said he also wanted to get Happy Meals for the kids to take with them!  WHAT???????!!!!!!  This was an unexpected blessing.  So we were able to give the kids something to eat on the way home and of course another toy!  Nothing but smiles!

After so much excitement, we were off to the Monastery and then to the Castle.  Ana prepared a lovely lesson about Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, was left orphaned and disabled in one day, but was still called to sit at the King’s table.  It was great.  We sang some songs, learned a Bible verse, and played a review game about lesson.  The kids were really attentive and enjoyed themselves.

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We then treated the kids to cotton candy, since it was way too cold for ice cream and then we toured the castle ruins.

The kids had a great time and we were able to have the directors of the 3 sections of the orphanage come and see what we are doing. Bogdan and I were greatly encouraged!   It was a wonderful that the kids will remember for a very long time.