On Sunday morning in Houston we got up early had a cup of coffee drove to church and sat in comfortable chair in an air conditioned hall singing praise and worship songs and listening to great teaching. In Romania the only difference is that it is a small church and no airconditioning. Another difference is that in general we dress a little less formally in Houston (unless you are the Pastor's son :-) ). The other obvious difference is that the songs, prayers and the preaching is in Romanian. That is except for when the team from Houston either do the music or preach with an interpreter. For me I always wanted to try singing in Romanian but I am sure if they actually recorded me and played it back I would probably sound like a Romanian speaking gibberish. I also found that because I had an interpreter I tried to keep the words I used fairly simple but I also found that I started to speak in stilted English. I am sure that if you recorded my sermon and cut out the interpretation it would sound as though I was a novice in speaking English.
I was excited to see that VBS was now underway. I always looked forward to seeing the faces that have been there year after year. In general they are so excited to be there and are great at joining in the activities. What is even more exciting is to see some of the kids grow older and start to attend church voluntarily and hopefully to stay strong in their faith in a society that frowns upon everyone outside of the orthodox church.
The VBS days are long but every day you are more excited to be there. The only problem with VBS starting is that it means you are that much closer to coming home (sorry to bring that up for the team out in Romania).
I am waiting to hear about how many kids Don nails with his blow dart gun.