Sitting here in the Chalmers living room reflecting on a great week, as we wait for the final teenage event and then a 4.00 a,m. start on our journey home.
As ever Romania has been a mix of frustration, joy, disturbance and sheer delight. I have been greeted by old and young like a long-lost friend; the warmth and generosity of the people has been overwhelming, but the scale of the poverty is truly harrowing. Today we visited a family living in a house where the whole ceiling is bowed and needs replacing. Without the church this would not have been possible.
Families without electricity or water are also facing the possibility of a winter without necessary fuel. It costs only £60 for a ton of fuel, but even that may not get a family through.
And here we are returning to affluence, to a new house, warm and insulated with plenty of food and water, and we complain about what we can’t afford; At times I am ashamed of myself.
We have had a great team of Chrissie, Tessa, Deborah, Jill, Ellie, Vikki, Alison and myself. I thank them all for what they have achieved this week in the children’s work, the teenage work, the ladies and the mens meeting, the visiting, the priming of the outside walls, the grass cutting (yes, I did break the wheel off the mower !) and the house curtains,. You have achieved so much.
If anyone wants a speaker on this subject I or someoneels will be available.
Final apologies for this typing-the cat keeps jumping on the keyboard !