After a 4th of July break (which is obviously a big occasion for an English person) and then a short business trip I am getting back in the saddle for writing a complementary blog for the Romanian Missions trip. I was able to read the blogs over the last few days and it was amazing to have flashbacks of memories from my visits over the last 3 years.
There is something about Romanian hotels. In general they are acceptable but there always seems to be some kind of quirk that you have to get used to. We have had rooms where the shower was a hand held shower that squirted everywhere and no shower curtain, no AC in hot temperatures, dodgy lights, mosquitos galore (which also allowed me to create a new design on the walls), keys that opened everything including all of the other rooms, doors that didn't lock, small beds, tiny pillows. The list goes on. It seems as though this year is no difference and now we can add doors that wouldn't unlock.
Every year we have had some kind of construction project but last year it was a little weak with Don and Russ managing to hammer up one board to the roof. This year Russ has taken it to a new low as he now is just acting as a ladder.
Romanians are not always predictable when it comes to their reaction to street evangelism. Sometimes they just look on bemused with what is happening. Other times they hustle away not wanting to get trapped by any "repenters" as evangelical christians are called. This year the street evangelism seemed to take on new look with guitar playing. I hate to burst the bubble for Daniel and the other newbies to Romania but getting 15 leu may not be everything it seemed to be. The main reason I say this is you have to compare what other entertainment they have in Romania. The local TV consists of two kinds of shows. First there is the music shows where a few men in extremely baggy trousers dance around and sing songs supposedly in tune. Second there are a slew of soap operas where the acting is so bad that General Hospital over here would be classified as Oscar winning performances from all the cast. My guess is that the 15 leu was from a couple of people who were on the way to pay their TV licenses and decided that our team was more entertaining and gave the money to them.
On a serious note it is probably one of the most frustrating things to not be able to speak Romanian and just rattle of the Way of the Master but somehow God works through those situations to reach the hearts of the lost.
I am eager to hear how the youth retreat went as usually it is a great time and creates some great bonds between the youth. Our prayers are with you all. (BTW - my AC is working fine over here).