I don’t, and won’t do this often, but I think everyone should read this blog post from a survivor of the Colorado shooting. What admirable faith, hope and peace she has even in the worst of times. Praying for the friends and families of the victims… that God will provide them with comfort and healing as they deal with this tragedy.

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July 22 – a note of explanation

I’ve tried to leave this post just as it was originally written because it was a heartfelt response after a very traumatic experience.  But I’m sometimes clumsy with words and even when I think I am writing clearly, there is always the reader who doesn’t know my heart or doesn’t hear the words the way they were intended.

I feel as though a few people have taken what I said and twisted it. When I wrote my post on Friday, I had a grand total of eleven blog  followers. Yes, eleven. I generally post on facebook and have had a loyal little group of readers that numbered thirty or so. That is who I generally write for.  People who know me  know that I dislike talking on the telephone. I’d pretty much rather clean a toilet than spend time on the phone. I…

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VBS with Bozeman, Montana Team!

On Saturday, a team came from Bozeman, Montana to help run a VBS program for the children that live near the church. They arrived Saturday and planned to leave early Wednesday morning so we crammed a full week of lessons, crafts and games into 3 days! After the VBS ended in the afternoon, we had a short break and then went to a local park to evangelize to the locals. I can’t post pictures of the kids at the VBS because we don’t have their parents consent and we like to protect them on the internet BUT I will tell you that they LOVED it! We went to pick them up at about 10am everyday….walked about a mile to their apartment block. For them, it is quite early so most of the kids had just rolled out of bed. We went back to the church and sang songs, had a Bible lesson, did a craft and then fed them lunch. After lunch we played a game, had another Bible lesson, did another craft and colored. The kids really don’t want to go home because they have so much fun at church!

We had a short break between VBS and the park evangelism. Then we headed to the park with surveys and tracks.(small information cards about Jesus, and the location of our church if they wanted to come) It was crazy to see how open and willing the people were to talk about Jesus. We found the most responsive group were teenagers. We are continuing to pray that God will be working in their hearts and they will come to church.

After the park, we went to dinner. The last night the team was here, Tuesday night, they wanted a traditional Romania meal so we ate at the church. Dragos, one of the guys who attends Calvary Chapel Bucharest, is a chef so he cooked!Of course, it was amazing!

Here are some pictures of the Calvary Chapel Bozeman Team and us in the park!

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And here are some pictures from Tuesday night. A delicious last meal!

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aaaand DESERT! Mikes wife, Dana, made these. They are kind of like a donut (but still warm) with raspberry sauce and amazingness dripped all over it. Image

That is all for now! I am spending the next few days in the office and then my sister is coming to visit on Saturday! I am excited and will be taking Monday off so we can explore the city!

Please join me, the Bozeman team, and the rest of CC Bucharest in praying for the gypsy children we ministered to this week. We will be having a kids program for them on Sunday so pray that many are still excited about the VBS and will attend. Also, for the people we talked to in the park. One group even prayed with a teenage boy to accept Jesus into his heart. It is encouraging to hear that God is working in the hearts of so many people!

Sometimes it can get tiring working with the kids, but seeing how much they enjoy being at the church is so encouraging. Your prayers are working over here as many children showed up to learn more about Jesus everyday! So again, thank you for your continued prayer and support!

Camp! Day 2!

Here are pictures of each group with their leaders.

Group 1: (the youngest kids)

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Group 2

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Group 3:

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Group 4:

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aaaand group 5!

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So after our short quiet times, the kids split up into three groups and went to their activities…music, craft and English class. I was pleasantly surprised when the kids loved learning English. I did make it fun by adding games but they generally enjoyed learning and conversing with me!  One of the days I taught them body parts and right and left and ended the day playing twister with English commands! They loved it and I will try to get some pictures of me teaching them.

On Friday, the last full day of camp, we went on an outing. We took a bus and a van for 90 minutes through the mountains….. and while the scenery was great, many kids got very car sick.  Here are some pictures of the journey!

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We finally arrived to a big open space to have a picnic!

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After we ate lunch, we drove to a nearby cave! We hiked up, what felt like 3000 stairs, to the entrance!

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We finally made it to the cave where it was much much cooler than the hike up. It was my first time in a cave and when they turned out all the lights it was incredibly dark! I have NEVER experienced complete darkness!

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We then headed for a nearby castle!

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The view from inside the castle!

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And the view from the top!

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Then my camera battery died. I am thankful to have gotten the pictures I did though! We went home on Saturday and went to church on Sunday with all of the kids. We went on stage and sang the songs with learned at camp, watched the slideshow of pictures, and let some of the Romania’s Got Talent contestants perform in front of the church. It was a great way to “end” camp. Like I said, I had a really great time with these children and they didn’t want to leave camp! I think that’s a good sign!

This week we are recovering from camp 🙂 A lot of effort and energy was put into making last week as great as it was! A team from Montana is coming to Calvary Chapel this weekend to run a short 3-4 day VBS camp for the gypsy children. I am 99% sure I will be helping them out during those few days and staying at the church to serve them.

As if this weekend wasn’t busy enough, I also moved into my apartment. I am so blessed to live in a place where I feel safe, comfortable and I am close to work! It feels like home already because, for the first time in 6 weeks, I am not living out of a suitcase! I am so thankful to have everyone’s support and encouragement. It can be tiring out here, but it certainly gives me energy and motivation hearing from all of you, and knowing you are all praying for me, and especially the kids out here. Please pray that the VBS program runs smoothly and more importantly, that the kids get to know Jesus more. Hope everyone is doing well! Talk to you sooooooon!