Day 3 started early. A few of us woke up a little earlier than normal at 5 a.m. ish but it was just our body clocks being off. The one thing you notice is how clean and fresh the air feels up here in the mountains. It probably was in the mid-50’s when we woke up and has not been above 75 all day. I know you are all thinking that we are suffering for the cause but don’t worry we will hold strong.
At breakfast we had all of the Romanians and Americans (minus Sue and Gretchen) together. The wives of the pastors and their children also came up into the mountains. All of the children are growing up way too quickly. Alexia, Nicu’s daughter, is still a little card but I think maybe a little confused. She ran up to Damien and recognized him from last year but was calling him Emily. Obviously she knew something before they even did. Once we had wiped the “missing you” tears from Damien’s face we got back into the swing of things.
In the morning we had two lessons with the youth from Russ and I. It took a while for the mind to get back into the swing of using a translator but it was great to sing songs in both Romanian and English and study God’s word together. If you want to study along with us we are mainly using
Matthew 7 for our study.
After lunch it was a time for volleyball, basketball, soccer and tennis. The Americans clearly dominated at volleyball. Emily, I mean Damien, showed the way on the basketball court. When it came to soccer the Romanians ran circles around us. Obviously it was the altitude that affected us. Also the Romanians brought in recruits from Sorin’s church in Brasov.
Some of our team went for a walk clearly enjoying being in God’s beautiful creation. Don and I headed down to Bran to find a Wifi connection. In the middle of Bran there was a connection although you had to stand in one spot on side of the street to get it. A group of taxi drivers were very bemused as to why a man was standing on the side of the road typing on a bright, hot pink laptop. I just about had time to connect and send the last blog.
During volleyball we have come up with one problem. When we have Kayla, Michaila and Dina player we have some confusion because when we call Michaila Dina thinks we are calling “My Kayla” and she says “No, she is my Kayla” so now we have Michaila, My Kayla and My Mom.
Today we also had our first injury. Surprisingly it was Don who is always accident free in Romania. Today he decided to close the tail door of the van on his head. I know most people pull their head out of the door but Don thought differently. Tonight we had our third lesson with the youth taught by Don. It was about healing (well it should have been). After dinner we headed out to the back of the house for a fire where we made smores.
The good news is that we finally got an Wifi to work at the house we are at and so I am able to post a new blog tonight. However each photo takes about 20 minutes to load - so before you complain Nate I will get more photos included when we get back to reliable internet. Tomorrow we head back to Puciosa via Bran.
Colossians 3:16 - Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.