Hello again! The Romania team has completed another busy week. Before I start describing all the events of the week, though, I’d like to remind you that there’s no way that we could be doing any of this work without your support. To those of you who contributed financially: We wouldn’t even be here without you. And to those of you who have been praying with us: Without your prayers, things would not be going nearly as smoothly as they have gone. So I just want to say thank you.
As I said, we have had a very busy week. Felicity, Thomas, Katie, and I once again taught classes at four different schools Monday through Friday. Since this was our final week of teaching in the public schools, we held short debate rounds in each class so that students could practice what they had learned during the past couple of weeks.
My favorite moment of this week was on Thursday, when we had the last meeting of our twice-a-week classes. The students presented us with a group picture of the class. Each student had written a note on the picture. Here are a few of my favorites:
“Thank you for teaching us debate. I had a great time and I learnt a lot of new things. Now I’m more confident and I can work easily with people.”
“Thank you for good advice to become a better speaker of English. I really loved those classes and I will never forget you.”
It was so encouraging to know that, even though we had only been teaching those students for 3 short weeks, we were still able to impact their lives.
Additionally, on Thursday, the greenhouse and VBS team arrived from the US. Their mission is to build two greenhouses and run a VBS for children in the city. They started work on Saturday, and they were able to complete the first half of the first greenhouse. The VBS team used their time on Saturday to work out the final details and scope out the park where the VBS will be held.
On Friday, Thomas, Felicity, and I were able to meet individually with students that we had become friends with on the trip. Our goal, as Adi put it, was to “plant a seed” and, if possible, to share our faith. Despite the heavy rain, we were able to find time to meet with these students and to have personal conversations outside of a classroom or club setting.
This afternoon, two more members of the greenhouse team will be joining us. This week the team’s job will mainly be constructing greenhouses, running the VBS, and planning for the debate camp, which will be held the week of June 25-July 1. Please continue to pray for our work here.