The trip has been so amazing. Although it's a lot different from the camps I did the first year I went, I'm thoroughly enjoying traveling around Romania and seeing so much more of the country. We've finished our first part of the missions, which was at Zebil, the home for mentally challenged adults, and the orphanage in Tulcea. All the kids have been awesome and every day I feel how I must fully rely on God and trust him to get through.
The joy of the kids is energizing; seeing how happy they'll get simply from a hug or engaging in a one-sided conversation where I mostly nod my head and say "da," refreshes me. I look at these institutions and can only imagine how much of an outrage it would be for them to be in America. It's awful.
Although we can't change a lot in less than two weeks, it's good to know that we might be able to at least show a little bit of the immense love God has for the people in these institutions. Today we started working at Rahman (a gypsy community) and at another orphanage in Isaccea. There was a really successful outcome for how many kids showed up and we're hoping it will be the same the next two days! More prayers that we can continue to bless the kids and all the people here with the unfailing love of God; that we can show why following Christ is a more than worthwhile life!