Saturday, August 30, 2014

We're here!

First off, I just want to say what an incredible, blessed week it has been.  We are beyond grateful - ecstatic, even! - looking back on how many joys have been crammed into one very full week of our lives.  Thank you to all of you for praying for us, sending us encouraging messages, and supporting our ministry here.  God has done great things for us through you!

Also, one quick note before we share all the new developments in our life: We began our week by worshipping with the Open Door Baptist Church in Bamberg, South Carolina last Sunday, August 24th.  Open Door was one of Paul's very first supporting churches, and this was his second time to speak there.  We loved visiting with all of the members there, and we left feeling encouraged and even more excited to get back to Romania so we'd have even more to share next time!  Thank you, Open Door!  We are praying for you!

Ok, now for ROMANIA!  We finally arrived to our apartment around 3 a.m. Romania time on Wednesday morning.  The total travel time was around 24 hours including a 9-hour layover in Munich (during which we took a train into the city, took a walking tour of downtown, and had some delicious German food!).  We were exhausted, but it's hard to describe the excitement we felt upon finally arriving here, to the first home we will share together and to the place we have loved for so long!  We had been waiting for that moment for a very long time :)

However, as you can tell from the photo in our previous post, we brought a lot of luggage!  And all the contents of that luggage had to find somewhere to go!  We also had some furniture to buy, since the old bedraggled couch that once graced the living room had finally been removed while we were away this summer, and a few other items needed to be replaced as well.  So, the past few days have been long working and shopping days.  We've alternated cleaning out, rearranging the apartment and browsing local shops until we found the items that would work for us.  We have been able to buy a new couch, a new refrigerator, a table lamp, two kitchen chairs, an office chair, and a hair dryer (hooray!!)!  Our home is finally coming together!  When we arrived, our gas was turned off and so was our internet, so it took a couple of days to get those fixed (hot showers had to wait!), and we are also still waiting for my cell phone to be activated.  But we are well on our way to being settled, and it's only been a few days!  We're looking forward to taking some time "off" this afternoon to take a walk around our town and just enjoy being back home :)

Here is our brand new couch!  It can expand to sleep two!  And the back/top of the couch is adjustable (as you can see, the left 'pillow' is slightly more angled back).  Interesting feature :)

Here we are in our bright yellow living room! 

Thank you again for all of your prayers!  Here are some big "praise" items to include in your next prayer time!

Praise for:
-Safe travels, smooth connections, seats together and luggage arrival!
-Our little apartment that has everything we need!
-Our friends who came running when we needed help bringing our new refrigerator up to the fourth floor of our apartment building!
-Still more friends who've tirelessly helped translate for us this week at area offices such as the gas company, internet company, etc.

Please continue to pray for:
-Wise decisions about goals and responsibilities in the coming year
-Discipleship of new believers (last weekend, the Apalina church baptized 16 new church members!)
-Language learning of Hungarian and Romanian
-Our new marriage and new life together in a foreign country!

We're looking forward to being back with four of our churches tomorrow.  More updates and photos coming soon!


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