Friday, April 28, 2006

So much to say!

Last Sunday was Easter for us here in Romania. Because Romania is Orthodox Christian we celebrate Easter according to the Eastern Orthodox calendar. It was amazing to see how much a part of the culture the celebration of Easter is. Because most of the population is Orthodox, everyone celebrates this Holy day and not just with Easter bunnies and candies like in the States but by going to church and proclaiming that Jesus is risen indeed! The week before and after Easter Sunday, people greet each other saying “Hristos a inviat!" (Christ has risen!) and then the expected response is, "Adeverat a inviat!" (He is truly risen!) I pray that these words will really come to life in the people's hearts. I was able to experience other beautiful traditions for Easter but I just don't have the time to write about it now! So sorry!

The week before Easter, I went to the west of Romania in Timisoara to attend a week of language school with 5 others from my base. We had a great time exploring this GORGEOUS city and learning more of the Romanian language. The focus of my classes was mainly on learning grammar rules and this has proved to help me the most in my reading of Romanian and has increased my vocabulary! Praise God! So things are moving along! :) Thank you to those who have given money to make that trip possible! It was such a blessing and help for my langauge learning.

So much has been happened these past few weeks but I will have to write more about it later. Today I am going to Brasov with Sarah from my base to recruit students for our upcoming Discipleship Training School in January. We will be doing this at a huge Christian Youth Conference where there will be over 3,000 people! Pray that we are able to share with the right students and be an encouragement in their lives to go farther in their walk with Jesus.

Well, this is all for now! Blessings to you all!

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- Dominique Voillaume
(From "The Signature of Jesus" by Brennan Manning)