Ready for Romania

My next big adventure will be spending June-August working with Livada Orphan Care in Targu Mures, Romania as a camp counselor for orphans and gypsy kids. I’ll be joining up with 11 other interns, the Romanian staff, translators, and the American staff as we seek to spread the love of Christ and joy to these wonderful children.Photo on 10-30-14 at 10.41 AM #2

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” – Romans 8:28, NLT

Dumnezeu este credincios. God is faithful.

It’s funny to me that I chose this verse as my theme for this trip. I recently scrolled through this blog and realized how often I quote Romans 8:28. It is an incredible promise and reminder of the perfect plan of God and His provision. I think it’s a verse that I need to repeat over and over again. Loving God and following His purpose for my life causes everything to work together for my good. That’s all I need to do. Love Him. Follow Him. It seems simple. And it is.

But it can be oh so difficult at the same time. Therefore, this summer will be an exercise of faith. I’m leaving with most of my undergraduate education completed, a partial idea about grad school, and some other things that could cause some complications. But He causes everything to work together for my good. I can trust Him and I should.

So this summer I’ll be exercising my trust in God. I’ll be exercising my trust in those I love dearly to still love me upon return. I’m exercising my faith in the system Livada has set up to minister to the lovely children who need to understand that they are so incredibly dearly loved. I know this summer will stretch my faith. I’m leaving familiarity and traveling to a foreign land. This time I don’t even speak their language.

But I can communicate love to them. I can pray for them. I can share my time. I can give them my attention. As such a verbal person (who does not happen to be fluent in Romanian), expressing God’s love to them is going to be a challenge. But I believe that it will be 100% worth it.

If my experiences at camp, in Chile, and in everyday life have taught me anything, they have taught me that God is moving. He will use anyone who is willing to help accomplish His will. He will change hearts, minds, and the lives of those who follow Him. He will never leave us, nor forsake us.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV

And so I’m leaving to go in faith. To be sent out to Eastern Europe. To be Christ’s hands and feet. I am coming to the children of Targu Mures to share our Father’s love.

“No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.” – John 14:18, NLT

“Without deliberate awareness of the present risenness of Jesus, life is nonsense, all activity useless, all relationships in vain. Apart from the risen Christ we live in a world of impenetrable mystery and utter obscurity – a world without meaning, a world of shifting phenomena, a world of death, danger and darkness”

– Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child