New Years in Romania!

3 weeks later I am finally blogging about New Years Eve in Romania. Slight delay but it’s here nonetheless. On New Years Eve, we all met at the church at around 8/9 and spent the entire night together. I didn’t leave church until 8am the next morning. 

The night was filled with karaoke, dancing, fireworks, and two huge meals. One meal was BBQ at 3am.  It was really fun for everyone to get to spend time together and just have fun. December was a really busy month for us all and New Years Eve was a time to just celebrate! Here are some pictures from that night!

 

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In two weeks Club Ricochet is starting again. This time we are focusing more of teaching the kids who Jesus is and going to disciple them through the next couple of months. My goal before I was came here was simple.  Try and bring children to Christ, try and have a deeper relationship with these kids, and try and get people from church involved with these children so that when I leave, they continue to work with them.

Obviously the last Club Ricochet helped me develop relationships with these children. I also couldnt have done anything without the help of EVERYONE from church.  Not only does it show the kids that everyone from the church loves them and accepts them, but it gives people the chance to serve. 

Like I said, we start working with the kids in a couple weeks.  Please pray the children are excited to come back and spend time with us and that they accept our new format and new “theme” for this next session.  Rebecca and I have been working hard to adapt discipleship books for these kids so it is simple, fun and easy for them to understand. 

Next week is my 8 month anniversary being here! I know I say this all the time, but the time is flying. I am so thankful for this opportunity to serve with great people, and be involved with great children who I love so so much.  

Thank you all for the continued support and prayers while I am out here. I am handling the weather the best I can (although the worst is yet to come) and not missing home as much as I thought I would at this point. God has put each and every person here in my life for a reason, I am learning a lot, and trying to enjoy every single moment and I know this is an opportunity of a lifetime. I am so blessed to be here!

Hope you are all doing well! I will be blogging more regularly when we start working with the kids again!

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Children’s Christmas Program

Club Ricochet had ended and Mike had planned for some of the children to do a Christmas play and sing a  few songs at the special Christmas program. Santa comes and gives out gift bags to the children too! This year, the children did a superhero version of the Christmas story.

Here are some pictures from the play and a link to the youtube video. Obviously it is in Romanian, but you can still see how great they all did and how amazing they looked!

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After they did their play they sang some Christmas songs. Here are a few links, just copy paste them and you can hear them singing “Feliz Navidad” and some Romanian Christmas songs!

Feliz Navidad : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg_lInaU3HI&feature=youtu.be

E Craciun to the tune of Jingle Bells : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3NLJM5Ztuc&feature=youtu.be

After they sang, it was time for Santa to come and deliver gifts to the kids! They were all so excited!!!

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I am SOOOO blessed to have been here for Christmas. I really thought Romania was amazing in the summer, but having snow…. and decorated parks here just gets you in the mood for Christmas! It was so great, the whole month of December was amazing.

Most people know my family has a huge Christmas Eve party every year, so it wasn’t easy to be away from all my family and friends but I did go to a Christmas Eve party here and spent it celebrating Christmas with some of the greatest people I know.

Hope you all had a great Christmas! Check back for a New Years Eve post and an update on my future plans in Romania coming soon!

December in Romania!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Or La Multi Ani, as we say here in Romania!!

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and a happy New Year! I have been busy the last month. Really busy.  That is my excuse for my lack of blogging. I will make up for it with amazing pictures and videos that I took throughout December. December was a crazy month! I honestly don’t know where it went, it went so quickly! I am hoping these next few months start to slow down because it is already 2013 and I have officially been here for over 7 months now! I don’t want to start thinking about leaving so I will try my best to slowwwwww dowwwwwn these next few months. Impossible. In Romania, the time flies. It is crazy!

 

I have so many pictures and videos that I will have to split up my blog posts. This first one is about us going Christmas caroling, and bringing food and toys to the homeless kids. Such an AMAZING (and freezing) night!  We had planned to go caroling and food delivering (is that a thing… ?) on the Sunday before Christmas. The 23rd. So on Friday the 21st we got together at church with a few other helpers from another church, and started to prepare bags of toys for the children and food.

It took hours and hours of hard working girls to prepare this traditional Romania meal. I dont know how many “sarmales” they made but it was close to a 1000.  They are like cabbage rolls with chicken or pork inside.  Here are some pictures of some of the girls helping prepare the food. IMG_2810

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And here are the people who are helping packing the bags to give out to the children.  Gloves, teddy bears, Deodorant, pens, chocolate, biscuits, and other fun things were put into each bag!!

 

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We all got home really late that Friday night…. the next day was our childrens Christmas program (more details in the next blog post) and then Sunday we had church. Sunday afternoon we put on 15 layers of clothing (okay maybe I just did) and got ready to go out and sing and deliver food and toys! Here are the boxes of FOOD and bags of BREAD we brought for the homeless people of Bucharest! IMG_2862

 

I think we had 5 boxes of food and 3 big bags of bread. So much food! And I was in the car where we stored the food, so I was hungry from the get go!

 

Our first stop was right around the corner from our church. Apparently a lot of homeless people live there but only one man was there at the time. We sang 3 songs for him as he cried, sang with us and thanked God.   We prayed for him and moved on to our next location.  Being in Romania has made me toughen up. I dont cry half as much as I used to. But I couldn’t help but literally break down. I dont know whether it was because I have never done something like this, or because I wanted to never stop doing this, or because I realized again, how blessed I am, but it wasnt easy getting in the car and leaving. This guy was amazing. I will never, ever, forget him.

 

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Location number two!

We drove (in a 5 car caravan!) across Bucharest to our second stop. We came to an old abandoned building and walked inside and upstairs in the common area. Families and children started coming out of their rooms to sing with us.  Unfortunately, their living conditions didnt shock me as much as they should have.  I dont really think twice about families sharing one room, not having running water, or not having a warm place to live. Its not normal, but like I said, Romania has changed me a bit, I cant be as emotional as I was, it doesnt mean I dont care,  it just means the shock factor has worn off a bit and I am used to seeing things like this.  After we sang songs to the families, they came down to collect food and the children came to see Santa and get their gift bags!!

 

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Location Number 3!!

Next we headed close to the main train station in Bucharest called “Gara de Nord” here, we would be serving people who live underground in the sewers. Last years pictures showed them coming out of the actual sewer circular things in the middle of the street (is there a word for those?) but this year the police tried to stop them from living there so they bolted them down.  It didnt stop these guy- they tunnels through the snow and underground to reach these warmed sewer underground places.  Mike worked with these homeless men prior to working with EGM so he knew some of them. THIS was an amazing experience, words cannot describe, so I will shut up and let the pictures speak for themselves. IMG_2909IMG_2907IMG_2911IMG_2919 IMG_2917 IMG_2924 IMG_2943 IMG_2947 IMG_2934IMG_2926

 

And after about an hour of singing, giving out food, and just hanging out…. 10 puppies came to see us! IMG_2948 IMG_2949

 

(I just realized I have soooo many pictures that I will make a video showing them all. They are all amazing and I know I am posting a lot of them but there are so many more that are amazing. Claudia couldnt come so the official photographer was moiiii)

 

Location 4:

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Location 5:

It is easy to say at this point we were really tired, and reaaaaaaaally cold. But we went downstairs for our final caroling session and I can say for certain, each of us were changed after this.  We went downstairs and squeezed into this one room. There was a family of 4 and a lady laying on a bed.  She was in an orphanage until she was 18, then kicked out.  She had a couple of children and at age 24/25 she was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  She didnt know her name, where she was and had no family.  The family who was taking care of her, didnt know her, didnt get anything for taking care of her, they just did it.  We sang songs and the girl with the brain tumor requested we sing ” Our God is an Awesome God”  I cant even write that without tearing up. Mike and Florin sat with her and prayed for her. Another experience that as life changing, moving and something I will never forget. IMG_2987 IMG_2988 IMG_2982

 

 

After over 5 hours of caroling. We all headed back to church where Claudia(Florins wife) and Dana (Mikes wife) had prepared us food and dinner.

 

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Here are some pictures of me to prove I was there 🙂

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Tomorrow I will be posting about the childrens Christmas program that was done in December. A play, Santa coming to deliver gifts and a choir. Check back for pictures and stories from then!