Last week of June Update!

I cannot believe I have been here for a MONTH! I have been so busy this last week I haven’t been able to update! So sorry, but I am definitely going to make up for it right now. I have tons of pictures and stories to tell you! I will start with the pictures I promised to post last week. These pictures are from the fellowship night we had at the church. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

That was such a fun night! I seriously cannot believe it was two weeks ago- time is flyyyying by!

Last Wednesday, Costi (the Romanian missionary from America,) and his wife invited me to come visit a foundation with him in the afternoon. It was a foundation for kids to come to after school and get help with homework, play games and eat. Most of these kid’s parents are gypsy’s and they were so excited when we got there! Here are some pictures with the kids and us! The little boy I am with gave me his angel craft he had made! He was such a sweet boy!

 

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As if this week wasn’t busy enough. Elizabeth and I decided to cook a big Mexican meal for whoever wanted to be brave and try it! I posted it on facebook and jokingly said, RSVP so I know whether we are cooking for 4 or 40. The joke was on me because over 30 people came! We shopped multiple times for hours to find the right ingredients! (funny story: I had to make one last run the day of the meal for canned beans, canned corn and other really heavy food that I didn’t realize was heavy until I put it in my bags. I was alone and 5 miles from church with 5 REALLY heavy bags. Did I mention I was carrying heavy bags? Anyways, I hopped on the first tram and was already sweating. On my second tram I was exhausted and scared my bags would break on the walk home. I was already imagining in my head what I was going to tell everyone I did. “I carried 5 HEAVY bags home, ALONE, in the middle of the HOT day”… basically bragging. That all changed when I saw a 90 year old lady carrying TEN heavIER bags than I was holding. Shout out to that old lady who is stronger than me and clearly has more stamina than me.. I hope to be like you one day!) We cooked for over 24 hours to prepare but in the end it was worth it! I think everyone liked it and so far I haven’t heard of anyone being food poisoned so I think it was a success. Elizabeth and I wanted to do this as a “thank you” for everyone at Calvary Chapel for helping us and being so kind as to let us stay there.  William who was the assistant pastor as Calvary Chapel is moving to Brasov and it was his birthday this week… it kind of turned into a thank you/birthday/moving away bash. Here are some pictures from last night!ImageImageImageImageImage

This week has been crazy! I am now at the office, finalizing my lesson plans and gathering all the supplies I need for the games and lessons.  Sunday morning we leave for camp with all the children. Please pray for safe travels, good weather, that the kids will learn something from my English lessons, have fun and most importantly that these kids will get to know Jesus better. We have a lot of really fun stuff planned for this week and I am really excited to see the children enjoy it!

 

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I won’t have internet for the week so I will try and post pictures and stories as soon as I get home BUT I am moving next weekend so it might be a little crazy. I am so sad to be leaving the church but really excited to be moving into my new apartment. It is really close to work and right across the street from a tennis court 🙂

Thanks for your continued support and prayers. Please pray for my back as I carried very heavy groceries home yesterday for over 5 miles and its sore…. just kiddingggggg! Praise God for a wonderful, safe, exciting, fun, crazy first month in Romania!

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Hala House Update

Last August, when the team from Rolling Hills Covenant Church and I came out here to do a Vacation Bible School program, we not only did it at the church for the kids living nearby, but we went to a big abandoned building named “hala.” This building was a former house that had major fire damage, no running water, and close to 40 people living it.

We brought all the supplies and ran the camp there. By the end of the week the parents and adults were also joining in and singing and were eager to get their own Bibles from us. We had such a great experience there because the children were SO eager to learn about Jesus and spend time with us.

Unfortunately, the owners of the land finally came to claim it. They tore down the building and forced the people living there to leave. I am not sure where the people went, but fortunately two of the children from there are coming to the camp I am volunteering at. It will good to see them again.Image

The pictures on the left are from last August. The picture on the right was taken very recently by Claudia Enescu. This whole situation makes me sad, but also thankful knowing we got to do our VBS program last summer before they had to leave. Please join me in praying for these families, especially the children, for their safety and that they will remember what they were taught last summer and continue to read the Bibles we gave them.

My Weekend

I seriously had SUCH a good weekend. Remember last blog I promised to weed out the pointless details? I am not doing that in this post, everyone must know everything! There’s your warning… here we go!

Friday I came home (Calvary Chapel) to a family who is staying at there until the end of this month. Elizabeth and Costi are here from Southern California (woop woop represent) with their two children Anna (3) and Jasmine (2) Costi is originally from Romania and Elizabeth from America. They met when Elizabeth came over for a short term mission 10 years ago and fell in love, got married and have two of the cutest children I have ever met. The extra company in the house is great and spending time with their children is fun too, even if we do have tea parties 15 times a day! Elizabeth and I decided to practice Romanian together every night and I think it will really help me to “teach” her what I know.  I am going to really enjoy these next two weeks with them and going to miss the company when I move.

Saturday was another great day. Costi had some friends over and we played football, basketball and ate all day long. In the afternoon, some friends from Calvary Chapel started to come to set up for the fun outreach night. Basically, they have theme nights once a month where they invite friends and play games, hear a short message, and just enjoy hanging out. Saturday’s theme was childhood. Claudia (who organized it) wanted us to feel like children again and we decorated the church with balloons, stickers, hopscotch and toys. After we played some games, (my team won… juuust for the record) we all shared funny childhood stories. It was such a great night and I will have pictures coming soon!

 

Sunday was a busy morning for me. My boss, Alex, invited me to his church so that he could introduce who would be going to camp with the kids. Ten more kids signed up for the camp which brings our total to 50 kids. We are also going to bring some kids from outside Bucharest from a very poor village to camp with us. Alex and I were just talking about how important it is to mix middle/lower/upper class children together so that they learn from a young age we are all in God’s family together and financial status doesn’t matter.  I am really excited for the camp but still have a lot of preparing to do. Please pray for Alex and his family who are planning this entire camp, on top of normal work. It takes a lot of work to put this together and I hope we can continue to focus on why we are doing this, how much the kids are going to learn and how much fun they will have.

After Alex’s church I went back to Calvary Chapel and ate lunch with everyone. Mike is out of town so we actually didn’t have the children’s program this week. Everyone from church spent the entire day and night playing games and watching a movie. It makes me so happy to see everyone relaxing and enjoying fellowship together, everyone here works so hard to service others that I love seeing them enjoy a Sunday together. The church was clear close to 10pm, I don’t think any of us WANTED to leave, but alas, the work week begins. (Did I really just use the word “alas?” awesome!)

BIG thank you to everyone here in Romania for helping me transition so well. Without fun, prayer and fellowship it would definitely be hard.  It is safe to say I absolutely LOVE it here. I am really looking forward to working at the camp in a couple weeks and seeing the kids at the next children’s program. For now, I am brainstorming some fun English learning games and preparing for a week with enthusiastic and crazy kids.

I am not sure if I am covering enough information or forgetting to answer some obvious questions that people have. If that is the case, feel free to email me at camillacroxton@yahoo.com and I will get back to you shortly.

If you are still awake after reading that novel, this is for you…. , thank YOU for making this possible. I am so blessed knowing I get to work with children and for God IN Romania. I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I can’t think of anywhere else I would want to be.  This was God’s plan but it also wouldn’t be possible without your help and support. Thanksssss 🙂