As of about a week ago I have decided to officially move back to Bucharest. It was not an easy decision but one that was very clear I had to make. After I moved out of Romania in mid-July I was able to travel until my job started at the end of August. During my travels I was able to go back to Romania in August and work at a camp with a team from southern California. During that time I met some amazing Americans, and more amazing Romanians that all work and live in Bucharest. After a few days at the camp it really started to hit me that after that week, it was going to really be the end of my time in Romania. I didn’t feel good about that, my heart and passion still lies in Romania. I had always said I cant just stay in Romania because I want to, but that I needed work to do there. I knew someone somewhere needed help, but I didn’t have a huge network of people to talk to about continuing to serve there.
Basically, without boring you with all the details, I was offered a job working with a foundation in Bucharest called Stepping Forward. Stepping Forward is run by a couple from southern California (woop woop!), Steve and Cami Mather, and they work with orphanages in Bucharest. They do house visits, organize all medical and dentist visits for the kids, holiday parties, monthly birthday parties and the biggest part of their ministry is running 6-8 weeks of camp throughout the summer months. They host teams coming to build at their camp, and basically they are insanely busy and talked to me about working with them in Romania. We ‘clicked’, we got along, and we had the same vision for this city, and the children who we work with. Steve and Cami have already been so helpful, supportive and flexible with me, it almost seems too good to be true!!
One of my biggest pet peeves about people is when they say they are going to do something and don’t do it. This was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make because I was being that person, I was backing out of a great job, living situation and opportunity in London 3 weeks before I was supposed to start. It was NOT easy. I basically didn’t sleep for a few nights and threw up before I had to email my London boss and let them know. I still am a little sad that I wont be living in London for the next year, I love it here and I loved the fact that, for once, I would be able to see my family whenever I wanted to. But I know, for a fact, I made the right decision to move back to Romania.
This summer has been crazy busy for me, traveling and decision making, but I am thankful to be ending up in a place I love, with people I love. So in a couple of weeks, I will conquer my third international move all alone, in 15 months. Its exhausting (and expensive 😦 ), but its an adventure, and anyone who knows me, knows I am always down for a good adventure. Its also so comforting knowing I have people who are so willing to help me (again and again and again) in Bucharest.
I am super excited for the next year of my life. I know that doing what God wants me to do in this life means I have to be flexible, and I need to remember that now more than ever. It makes these decisions easier than they should be because I have such supportive and loving family and friends… so thank YOU, for giving me the comfort of knowing that I have your support wherever I am in the world.
promise to update more often when I am in Bucharest at the beginning of September!