I realized after my last blog post about the lack of details about what I am doing here and who I am working with now. Oops. Consider it a cliffhanger.
In short, I am working for a new ministry called “Stepping Forward.” It was set up by Steve and Cami Mather who are from America, west coast repreeeeesent! Anyways, I met them in the summer, we clicked, I told them about some of the things I struggled with this past year, and the amazing things that happened, that I wanted to continue whilst I was here. They were super supportive and helpful in being there for me while I made my decision to either continue with my job in London or move back to Romania. They didn’t pressure me, but they assured me if I did stay, they would have work for me to do. That was huge. As my year in Romania was coming to end last June, I was desperate for work so I could stay here, but I didn’t have the opportunity or know enough people to make it happen. So meeting Steve and Cami was an answer to prayer. Since then, Steve and Cami have been nothing short of amazing with helping me move, giving me their fridge and washing machine, setting me up with Americas my age here (didn’t know they existed), and most importantly allowing me to be a part of their ministry.
Stepping Forward works with orphans who, surprise surprise live in orphanages. For the last couple of years, Bucharest has been moving the children from big buildings filled with tons of kids, to smaller apartments. SO instead of weekly visits to just one building, we are visiting 7 apartments throughout the city. Specifically, in my old neighborhood! Ironic! Every week we have a new things to do with the kids, celebrate the months birthdays, game days, decorations for holidays, craft days etc. These kids are all from the ages of 8-16. It is crazy starting over learning names, places, and most importantly, starting from scratch building relationships with each child.
THIS MONTH! So far we have done craft days with all the kids, game days, celebrated some birthdays and taken pictures for the Christmas fundraiser. We have just about a week left to hit up all the apartments and go and carve pumpkins for Halloween and try and finish celebrating October birthdays and pictures of all the kids.
Here are some pictures from this week.
Thought I had more pictures, when I figure out how icloud works I will be able to post. Sorry, I know how boring blogs are without pictures 😦
I am in the process of building relationships with these kids, giving them hope that we believe they can become something, and do something with their lives. They don’t hear it often enough, and they definitely don’t have people showing them that they care, and love them unconditionally. They make it easy, yes they are loud, act out and are usually up to no good, but they are also super loving, excited and sweet kids. I am excited to get to know them better, spend time with them, and of course, love them.
Aside from work, I have just started to get together with Rebecca to continue to study Romanian, getting help update and redesign my blog, and booking a flight home! I will be home for the month of January, raising support and speaking and meeting with people. Please let me know if I can speak at any service, Bible Study or with you personally. We all know I can talk for hours so you will get a lot more details, and pictures on my life here than you do through this blog.
Huge opportunity for each and every one of you to help with Christmas for the children in these orphanages. I will keep you updated with that within the next couple of weeks.
Hope you are all doing well!