Sunday, September 28, 2008

Concert at the Cafe

Last week we had a friend from New Zealand, Peter Woolston, play for the students at our cafe here in Constanta. He put on a great show and we so enjoyed having him with us at the base. He also put on a special little concert for the kids from our Day Center. He was amazing with them and I loved seeing the kids smiling and moving to the music. Thank you Peter for your great music, special ministry and blessing us so much! :)
Check him out:

We also have a great team serving with us right now from YWAM Chatel, Switzerland's Crossroads DTS. they've been helping us out in the cafe, with the kids and reaching out in the city. We love having them here!

The First Day of School :)

Two weeks ago I had the great honor of taking one of the little boys from our Day Center ministry to his first day of school! The first day of school here in Romania is no small event. Parents bring their kids to school all dressed up in their uniforms and carrying flowers for their teachers. At each school an assembly is held outside of the school where the principal speaks, a policeman, and an Orthodox priest! The kids get to meet their teachers and get acclimated to the classroom while the parents stand around the room listening to the teacher's introduction to the school year and making sure that their children are settled. The little boy I brought was adorable! He couldn't sit still for more than a minute but he was happy to be in class and I am praying that he adjusts quickly to the school environment. I knew a lot of the kids at his school from the kids program that we do down in their neighborhood and it was great to see them there with their parents. It was a special experience to be in a primary school for the first time and to be there for the first day.

YWAM ROMANIA FAMILY- National Conference

At the beginning of the month almost everyone working with Youth With A Mission Romania came together for 4 days of worship, prayer, seeking God, teaching, encouragement and fellowship. We came from all 7 YWAM bases in Romania and were joined by many friends who are no longer working with YWAM but still part of the family :) The conference was held at the Medias base and we packed it out with over 70 people. It was such an awesome time, hearing from God, joining together and celebrating what God is doing in this nation and in our lives. The teaching was especially impacting and I was so encouraged by the leadership of YWAM Romania. They were really open about the good things and the hard things of being in missions. Their faithfulness is such an example for me and has helped me to see that none of us are alone in our struggles or in our joys. And through it all, GOD is good and He is worth it all. I am SOOOO happy to be a part of YWAM Romania- such a special family we have!
Worship School Students from Targu Mures!!!

Targu Mures Discipleship Training School students!

Dear Friends and YWAM colleagues!!! Irene, Claudia, Marta, Lidgia :)

Sarah, Marta and girls are the best!

So many great people! Thank you Lord for YWAM Romania!

Mela, my DTS one-on-one and new Constanta staff and Rune, our base leader!

Martin Axelsson, another new Constanta staff playing an original song at a special recital for all of us aspiring song writers :)

Enjoying the recital! There were so many song writers!

Helga teaching on Thankfulness :) I love you Helga!

Florin, Medias base leader teaching on how to stay in mission longterm.

All the new staff that have joined YWAM this year :)

Sunday, September 07, 2008

A little time for vacation :)

Birthday Party for Friends in Constanta

Visiting with YWAM friends in the beautiful "Old City" of Bucuresti

I had no idea Targu Mures was so gorgeous!!

L & L together again! Did you say "Lee-il?

Leisl at the top of the clock tower in Sighisoara

View from the Clock tower in Sighisoara

The week before last, I was soooo blessed to have one of my best friends from university come to visit me here in Romania- for the third time! She is such a fantastic friend! It was so good to spend time, catching up on our lives and all the adventures we have experienced since we last saw each other a year ago. We hung out for some days here in Constanta and then headed up to Transylvania, spending some nights in the adorable ad ancient city of Sighisoara. After roaming the streets, seeing the sights and visiting some friends, we made our way to Targu Mures, another gorgeous Romanian city just an hours drive away. We stayed with another wonderful friend and also visited another YWAM base there. But before we knew it, it was time to get moving and we headed back to Bucuresti for a night with more YWAM friends and a tour of the older area of the capital city. It was a great mini-vacation and I am realizing more and more just how blessed I am with so many friendships all over the world and all over Romania. God is good! :)
"All that is not the love of God has no meaning for me. I can truthfully say that I have no interest in anything but the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. If God wants it to, my life will be useful through my word and witness. If He wants it to, my life will bear fruit through my prayers and sacrifices. But the usefulness of my life is His concern, not mine. It would be indecent of me to worry about that."
- Dominique Voillaume
(From "The Signature of Jesus" by Brennan Manning)