Isaiah 55:12 : "For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace"
God has used this verse to speak to me time and time again as I have left home and followed Him on some amazing adventures. As I am writing this update, I can honestly say I am filled with His Joy and His Peace! For the past 2 weeks, many of you have taken the time to pray over me, offer words of encouragement and spend sweet time in fellowship. I am so thankful for each of you and for EVERY prayer offered on my behalf, as well as for all of Abba's Kids.
So after months of preparation and years of praying, I am finally headed back to Romania! I leave in about 24 hours, flying first to London, then to Budapest (after a 5 hour layover) and then my dear friend Monika will pick me and we will drive about 4 hours to Oradea. But I have no complaints and am blessed because I don't suffer from jet lag and typically can adjust to "Romania time" effortlessly.
Many of you have asked for more information on where I will be going and what I will be doing, so I thought I'd give you a short version. After being back in the U.S. for 4 years, God has confirmed to me, and to many people in my church, that it was time for me to return for a longer duration. I am not sure what that really means, but I do know He has called me to Romania until at least the end of August. I will be spending the first 2-3 months, splitting my time between Oradea (a city) and Tinca (a village). While there, I will be providing training in various hospitals, group "family" homes, working at the rehab center for the children placed in the small orphanage group "homes" and doing some community-based visits. Although I am using my skills as a pediatric occupational therapist, it is my desire that these skills be used only to offer opportunities to share the love of Jesus with each child and caregiver that I meet. As for June-August, my plans are still tentative. However, I am planning to spend some of the summer in Sancraiu with Nicu and Silvana, the Romanian missionaries, who head the 2 gypsy churches known as Calvary Chapel Vladeasa. I may not know any details, but I am fully confident that He knows EVERY detail!
I will be trying to post updates regularly, so check back often, And please leave comments or email me, I love hearing from you all!
With His Joy and Peace,