Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

Hi friends! We made it through another week in Romania! It’s been very exciting and busy so far. ūüôā The time is flying by, and it’s hard to believe that we’ve been here for two whole weeks. God has definitely had his hand on our schedule, and we are learning to be flexible as he shows us how to follow his plans.

This past Monday we celebrated Thomas’ birthday by attempting to throw him a surprise party. The party was very successful, though I don’t think that Thomas was extremely surprised, given the fact that we had to come up with random excuses to keep him out of the apartment all day. We invited a couple of people¬†from Adi’s church, and we had an “American barbeque party” complete with burgers, baked beans, coleslaw, and red plastic cups.

On Tuesday, we left to go on a “tour” of Romania with a group from the University of Oradea. We went to several different universities to hear presentations about minorities, then we visited historic buildings in the cities that the universities were in. On the trip, we had a quite a bit of time to interact with the students from the university. We made a¬†few good friends and learned a lot about the history of Romania.¬†Some of the cities that we¬†got to see were Cluj, Alba Iulia, Sighisoara, and Targu Mures.¬†We really enjoyed the opportunity to¬†visit so many Romania cities and so much of the Romania countryside.

Allow me to take a moment to explain the “theme photo” for this post. On Wednesday, while we were touring Romania with the university, we went to an outdoor museum. The museum was comprised of a number of buildings that illustrated what village life was like in Romania, and it was fascinating to see such a visual representation of a period of history. However, one of the things that Katie, Felicity, and I found the most fascinating were the snails that just happened to be crawling around. They were HUGE! Of course, the other students on the tour thought that it was hilarious that we were so obsessed with the golf ball-sized snails. As to this particular¬†photo,¬†Felicity insisted that I explain that she named this snail Armin.

At the end of the trip, it was really nice to be able to come back and¬†feel like our apartment was a “home.”

Now, let me give you a preview of¬†what we’ll be doing later on our trip.¬†According to our current plans, for the next three weeks we will be going to schools and teaching classes during the mornings, in addition to leading debate clubs in the afternoons.

Please continue to pray that God will bless our efforts and allow us to glorify him! Specifically, the next three weeks are going to be very busy, and we need to be well-rested to be able to do a good job teaching the students. We would appreciate prayers for the protection of our health and for unity as a team.

Finally, I just want to say that we miss hearing from all of our friends and family in the US! We think about you guys every day, and it’s very comforting to know that you are supporting us through your prayers!

Abby Stocker




2 thoughts on “Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

  1. you guys are awesome!! sounds like God is helping you see how he is working – in you, thru you, and in others! praying for health, team unity, and that his will is done!


  2. Just wanted you all to know that I’m praying for you and so glad that you are having a good time. I’m praying that God will bless your interactions and that those around you will see His love shining through you and be drawn to Him through your efforts. It’s odd to think how different life is for you all right now, when it’s so “normal” here. (Normal being that we just finished a 15 hour drive in one day returning from a speech & debate tournament in Missouri……) Lots of prayers and lots of love to you all!


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