Very conscious that I’ve been back from Romania for some time now and not shared anything with you. Its been a mixture of business and trying to assess what happened in Romania.
The picture above is of the team standing beside the finished wooden play area that we built, (notice the sartorial elegance of the team leader, orange shirt, green shorts and yellow crocs.)
Not only did we build the play area but we also ran a holiday club each day, spoke at the men’s meeting, attended an Alpha diploma night, visited three Romanian houses and families, I visited another Romanian project where Ripley Chapel have built a house, and I also preached on the Sunday morning service.
It was a packed week and in many ways it felt better than our visit last year.
The week began badly when the car that some of us were travelling in broke down on the Romanian motorway (A2). It meant that Anthony and I had an hours wait while the minibus went off to get a tow rope and then we had to be towed all the way to Poiana, a further 70~80 kilometres.
As you can see it was a rather lonely wait, but it was livened up when Alec invited Anthony and I to push start the car, ON THE MOTORWAY ! I’ll never forget Anthony shouting “Push harder Mike, there’s a lorry coming“. Let me tell you it did wonders for my prayer life.
The transport issue was a major cause of concern for us all week, as without a car the day to day work of the family was severely restricted. Fortunately the minibus was hired so we were able to get around but our concern was what would happen when it was returned at the end of the week ? Please pray for a resolution to the transport issues.
It was lovely to see the Romanian villagers again, Anngela and her husband and Tante Lena and others; it was especially lovely to see the children again, Vadeleka, Bobu, Coke, Dodo, Robert (hope I’ve spelt them right), but what was very touching to me was how many of them remembered me from last year. That was very moving.
I think that what was special for me was the opportunity to teach at the kids club and then to preach on the Sunday morning. What a powerful privilege and I found it so affirming for myself. Last year I felt as though I was a step behind the rest of the team and came away wondering how useful I had been. This year has had a very different feel about it and I think that because I had the opportunity to use my teaching gifts I felt as though I had played a more powerful part.
It was emotionally draining, physically shattering but powerful in a spiritual sense. God really worked amongst the team that week, opening each one of us to learn new things about ourselves. We go out to Poiana to bless the people and yet come back feeling more blessed ourselves.
Would I go again ? Well, there are still vacancies on the October team (24th October 2009) and of course we’ll be looking to take teams out again in 2010. Yes, I will go again as this year really felt as though I belonged.
Please pray for team 2 who travel out this coming Sunday that they may have as good a week as we have.
One final picture may sum up the sense of joy and achievement that we as a team now have.
- Children on Swings !!