My parents and I are safely back from a blessed and fruitful trip to Bucharest, Romania. On behalf of my parents, we want to thank the many people that were praying for us last week. I believe that through your prayers and ours, God blessed us with a great week in Romania.
We did leave the states a day later than we had originally planned due to the fire in Chicago on Friday, but we firmly trust that happened for a reason. A friend sent me verses from Isaiah 55: 8-9 on Friday that reminded me just who is in control.
We left the states last Saturday and arrived in Bucharest on Sunday later afternoon. When we arrived in Bucharest, we were met by the city team leader at the airport and we took taxis to our apartment. Boy, right when we stepped out of the airport, we knew we were in a city :) How did we know we were in a city? Well, the taxis were lined up outside the airport, eager to take us wherever we wanted. And as soon as our taxi pulled away from the airport curb, we were whisked away into the "driving lanes" of Bucharest. I'll share more about the driving in Bucharest at a later time but I'll suffice it to say now..you can basically drive however you want in Bucharest and you'll be ok.
After we arrived at our apartment, we decided to go for a walk around Bucharest and eat out at a local Romanian restaurant. Yum! Above is pictured the People's Palace, which is the 2nd largest building in the world that Nicolae Ceausescu (communist ruler from 1965-1989) built for himself but never actually got to move into. The building is beautiful, yet large and a reminder of the communist days that were not that long ago.
As I am sitting here tonight and typing on my computer, smelling the fall smells from my pumpkin candle, I am continually blessed as I think back on last week. My parents and I were able to see various ministries that love and serve abandoned children and people with disabilities. We were also able to meet members of the Bucharest City Team, and they are wonderful people. When I think back on our time together, I think of laughter, stories, time of prayer, giving God the glory for His work in the Romanian people.
Over the next few days, I'll be sharing more about my trip and next steps with ReachGlobal. Thank you for your interest in this adventure!