Things are still going really well. Since my first post, it's gotten a lot hotter, but the team is really rolling with the punches. As every other trip, there is always a change in plans, things that don't go exactly how you envisioned...but in the end, it all comes out in the wash. And in the meantime, you got to love on a child or encourage a translator. And that's what we're here for anyway. I can't say enough about how wonderful this team is - so flexible and such great attitudes. Jen and I had a really long, tough yet amazing conversation with a translator yesterday. I would even venture to say that I was on this trip for that very conversation. Being a team leader, sometimes you don't get as much 1x1 time with kids. But yesterday, in that room, I became very aware of God's presence and how He was working in the life of this translator. I knew God had orchestrated this talk, and I was so glad for that. He is so good.
God has really been moving today. I visited the older girls and boys bible studies, and both groups were captivated. Again, God is good. Both groups went way over their time, because they were asking so many questions. I know of one girl - Nastea (that Rick and Maree sponsor - who accepted Christ this morning. What a joy to see that happen in front of your face. There's just something different about today. I can't explain it. I guess you all are praying. Keep it up! We are all healthy which is a HUGE praise.
This afternoon, some of us are going to take a few kids and go into the village to pass out food and invite the villagers to come to a worship service tonight. There are some kids at camp who are not from this orphanage, but we invited them from the village. We have invited their parents to come as well. We're going to serve cookies, and the pastor of the Marculesti baptist church is going to speak. You can be praying for that.
Oh...how can I forget?! The beds are finished, and the children all got to sleep on them last night. It was so fun to see them making their new beds. The bed-builders have bought brightly colored paint to paint a swing set at the orphanage. They'll have to do it in the dark, thought, because it's SOOO hot. We also bought swings, because the swingset had none. I'm really excited about this.
Last night, after the Moldovan worship service, we brought all the kids outside, where Bekah, Jane and Natalie did an awesome presentation. They used whipped cream to demonstrate sin and had some kids come up and spray it all over them. They talked about how it looks and tastes good, but it's really not good for you. Then they had other kids dump water all over them to respresent how Jesus washes our sin away and makes us clean. It was really cool, and the kids loved it. Then we served them all ice cream in honor of Lesia's birthday. Good times, good times.
Thanks to all of the prayer partners. Your letters each morning make an incredible difference in our day. Know that we are being encouraged by your words throughout the day.
So much to write, so little time, and so little A/C in the internet cafe. Oh wait, there's no A/C anywhere. Oh well!
Much love to all!!