Greetings from Sighisoara!
What a day here in "HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA!" as Cole likes to say. To start, I would like for it to be made known that we were asleep by 9:50 Romania time and didn't wake up until 8:30 the following morning. 11 and half hours has never felt so wonderful. We began the day with a prayer around me, because I had the responsibility of preaching at the church service, and I was nothing short of ecstatic. Shortly after, we ventured downstairs to the smell of Romanian coffee and cereal, which far exceeds any grande masterpiece from Starbucks. As we filed out of the van, memories flooded my brain at the sight of the church. Immediately, I recognized every aspect of the church I had briefly forgotten over the past year apart from it. The church service began soon after we arrived to the church, and it was absolutely amazing. Singing familiar worship songs in English as they were being led in Romanian was so incredibly powerful. What an awesome testament to the timelessness and universal nature of the Gospel! Pilu talked briefly, then after being introduced, we sang Amazing Grace as a group to the church. I then got to deliver an English sermon to these people while Pilu translated. It was incredible hearing "Amen's" from the corners of the room, which again testifies to the wondrous nature of the Holy Spirit. After the service, we spent the rest of the afternoon with the foster home kids. I fell in love with these amazing children last year, and getting to see them again brought tears. After several hours of card games, ping pong, and hitting balls into the "crazy guy's" house next door (as Stephan states). We then got to explore Sighisoara with the foster kids. It was so much fun getting to hangout with them all day, and seeing them as excited to see us as they were was such an encouragement that the work we are doing here is working. Seeing how open they are this year on the first day as compared to last year shows such an evident difference. We ended the day with dinner, then some awesome group time. This group works so wonderfully together, and each of them has hearts to serve. It is such a blessing to be here.
Noapte buna, and te iubesc