While today was beautiful in terms of weather, both days have been beautiful in terms of ministry. I wish I'd had a chance to blog last night, because I feel like already I'm forgetting details, but here is a quick summary:
|With one of the widows|
We visited two widows, and then we went to the home of the woman who cares for her 3 siblings who have disabilities - Flori, Marian, and Lili. This visit was so sweet: not only was it fun to interact with that fun combination of two populations I love - Romanians and persons with disabilities - but I really felt like I was able to connect with the woman and her husband. I spoke directly to them more often than I used a translator, I read Scripture to them in Romanian, and they served us coffee and hosted us in their cozy front room. We got so caught up in this visit that we realized we were very late for dinner back at the church...but thankfully, there was plenty of supa de fasole (bean soup) left. This is my favorite Romanian dish, which I discovered last year, and I ended up skipping the main dish altogether and having two bowls of soup and then dessert- both so good!
|Flori and Marian|
Today we traveled to Craiova. We took several vans, and my van was extremely quiet early on - there were two students, myself, and 4 Romanians, and none of us were entirely comfortable with each other's languages, so we just had occasional conversations. It was a nice drive, though, and fun to watch one of the students' reaction as she got to see this Romanian city for the first time.
|the 2 students on my|
New Testament team
|Sunny arrival in the gypsy neighborhood|
|I didn't take any pictures inside our home visit...but this was their home|
After ministry we went to the mall, where I enjoyed a Tiramisu latte and conversation with the other chaperones, and then dinner in the food court. The ride home was filled with much conversation - very different from earlier in the day - and I enjoyed getting to know some of the Romanians in the van better. Truly, a lovely day!
|Arriving at the mall with the 2 students |
and our driver and translator, Marcel
|Tiramisu lattes with co-chaperone Lauren|