I think I may even get everything crossed off my to-do list before leaving the house at 3AM tomorrow. I am so happy that Ghita's house got done. The rest of the material to renovate the school is being purchased and it will be done by fall! Also First Presbyterian Church in Vincennes IN has donated the funds to repair and renovate our little church in Vinga. In early spring, when I realized what I had on the drawing board to get done before fall, it seemed almost impossible - these 3 projects just mentioned were all huge...but we serve a huge God, a God who always has provision for the vision...a God of the impossible. Thank you Lord!
Please pray for us while we journey within the USA. We need real favor of God to either get the documents I need to get the girl's Romanian passports or get back in to the country without the document in hand. The girl's need Social Security numbers before their American passports can be renewed. As they are older, and after 9/11, they must appear in person at the SS office. Getting that done is first on my list.
I received a good report from my cardiologist. I need an EKG as well as some other tests before I can travel long distances. For the first time in almost a year my heart is back in rhythm! Thank you Lord! Rather than thinking about the atrial fibrillation I liked to think of it as my heart doing the happy dance.
Elizabeth and Sarah may visit with their mother this trip. They have not seen her in 9 years. This is an emotional time for us all. At this moment it is not looking like it will work out well but the Lord knows all of this and will take care of us and the situation. We would appreciate your prayers.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
|The VBS team|
A scripture came to me while we were working - Isaiah 64:6 - all our righteousness are like filthy rags. I felt very humble in helping to serve Ghita. God id good!
Ioanci, my neighbor, did a great job as team boss, he knew how to do it all. A huge thank you to the team from Kansas! Randy, Tammy, Keith, Lisa, Charlie and Naomi were awesome!
Thursday, July 12, 2012
A team is coming to visit Scott and Caroline Pouncey. Scott and Caroline have opened a girls' house in Arad. This work has been needed for so many years. This team will be at my church in Vinga Sunday to minister, and they will go to Mocrea with us on Tuesday. On Wednesday and Thursday we will be in Dud renovating the little room Ghita Conta lives in. We will need to drop in after Mocrea on Tuesday to kill fleas in preparation of working inside the next few days. This awesome group is also paying for the supplies. Ioanci, my neighbor, will be the boss of us - he is the only one that knows how to do this. I know in theory but that is not enough. We also will give Ghita a new bed and closet unit. While the guys (with me translating) are doing this Adina will lead the ladies in doing a VBS in front of Lena's house in Dud. I am so blessed that this will be getting done for Ghita as well as the children in the village being blessed! ****** (can't make paragraph breaks!) The girls and I will be leaving July 23 for California. I need to get them Social Security cards as they have duel citizenship. I am excited that we will be able to Visit Gena Turley. She has invited me to share at her woman's group, New Woman's Life, on August 1. Sunday July 29 Rev. Craig Turley of The Blessing Center, has invited me to share what the Lord is doing here in Romania.****** We will have a rental car so we will then journey to Las Vegas so Elizabeth and Sarah can meet their aunt and uncle, Christine and Dixon Keller. After Las Vegas it is on to Phoenix to visit Benjamin, my grandson that is being adopted by an old friend of mine and her husband. Benjamin had very little chance at a good future but with Ruth and Doug he has a great chance, he is much loved. The girls had met their brother on a previous trip so it is exciting for us all! We will go to Grand Canyon for two days, Elizabeth very much wants to go there. I have never been there either!****** After all of this we will fly to Orlando and visit the Ball family. They will be returning to Romania in 2013 to resume their missionary calling. Elizabeth and Sarah want to do it all in Orlando of course! ****** I hope to update the blog before the trip with pictures of the work this next week - HOWEVER with only days before leaving I know it may not happen. Please hold all the work as well as this trip up in prayer. We may meet up with my daughter Kathleen in California so also please pray for that meeting - that it goes well for the girls.
This year there were 55 at camp. The first week was Sanicolaul Mic kids as well as the Vinga youth group. This second week a group of 7 of our teens from both groups are at camp serving as junior counselors. The first week of camp did not go as smoothly as I would have liked (those of you who were praying for us know what an understatement this is!) This is not an easy work, but oh so worth while. It takes an entire year of squirreling away funds to get these children to camp but young lives are changing, children are getting to know Jesus...all in all it was awesome for so many. The Lord never promised the work would be easy but He did promise to never leave me nor forsake me!
George and Anita Ford returned for another visit. This is always special for me however this time Carrie, their daughter, came with them. George was a blessing in church with the message he brought for us but also we all were able to visit some families after the service and minister to them in their homes. Their homes are not anything like you would imagine living in, some are just dirt brick hovels. The people were honored to welcome Pastor George and his family in to pray for them. One of the best things for me was Carrie being able to meet Andrea, the little girl she has sponsored for years at the Maranatha orphanage. It is so wonderful for the children to be able to meet their sponsor! We all went to Mocrea for our Tuesday and Carrie was quite the hit there! Anita and I also were able to visit her special widow, Vicuta. Vicuta prays for Anita and her family faithfully.
END OF SCHOOL YEAR-June saw the end of school with a large program. Elizabeth received the bronze metal for the entire country for Romanian grammar and literature. She took first place in the State.