I (Wallis) had the privilege of going to Fundulea, Romania 3 weeks before being joined by the team August 9-16. This is the place that God has called me to be a full time missionary and it was a great joy to be back for a month in preparation for a permanent move next year.
Flexibility. I think that was the theme of the month! From walking in the door of the airport in Albuquerque and finding out that all my flights had to be changed because of weather delays… to the challenge of speaking only in Romanian with the 7 elementary and middle school age girls in my room the first week… to plans for an evangelism trip to Moldova being postponed and being replaced with a week at an orphan camp… to 17 unexpected teenagers showing up at kid’s camp the last week… many things turned out to be very different than originally expected! However, I’ve learned to expect the unexpected when working in Romania. 🙂
Although some of those things may have caught me off guard, God was always ahead of us. He put a lady beside me in the airport to help me change all my flights. He gave me the opportunity to have spiritual conversations with my seat mates on the new flights. He gave my girls at camp lots of patience with my faltering Romanian and grew my language skills immensely that first week. He made His timing clear for the Moldova trip and gave a different opportunity both for ministry and fellowship that week. He gave words to the Romanian church leaders, Ady and David, to reach the unexpected youth, who we were totally unprepared for. He turned a week that the teenagers immediately expected to be boring and tedious into a week that each one of them will look back on and see His hand working mightily in their hearts. At least 2 of those teenagers are now His children because of their “mistaken” attendance of kid’s camp. The rest of them now have a deepened relationship and commitment to Him. God is great and mighty.
Romans 8:28 – “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” I am so grateful that we serve a God who goes before us and is sovereign over every circumstance that He allows in our lives.
One of my prayers especially for our last week of kid’s camp was that God would help us to feel our weakness yet see His power. I didn’t want to rely on myself or my own strength to do the work that God had put before us. In His wisdom, God decided to answer that prayer by only allowing me to have 3 hours of sleep the first night of camp. Since I was already exhausted from the 3 previous weeks, I was pretty sure there was no way I could physically make it through the day. However, although there was no time for even a short nap, God sustained me all day long and gave me plenty of energy to make it to the end of the very long and active day! It may not sound like a big deal, but it was a big encouragement and faith-builder for me when I laid down in bed that night and realized that the energy that God had given me all day had lasted exactly until the moment I put my head on the pillow.
Throughout the week, the team did an excellent job of teaching lessons and doing skits in the evening to re-inforce what the kids were learning about God’s character. I was so proud of them for enthusiastically, sensitively, and lovingly reaching out to each one of the kids and shining the light of Christ in their lives. They worked very well with one another as well as with the Romanian team.
We may not have had the privilege of being the harvesters of the little souls that came to kid’s camp…but we got to the be planters and waterers. We will keep on praying for these kids…and our Romanian brothers and sisters who are continuing the work with them each week. Please keep praying with us.