Archive for November, 2007
After four days of very fruitful lectures on the doctrines of man and sin, we are making our preparations to return home. Alex has kept you up to date on many of her activities. As she noted, yesterday was perhaps our most strenuous day as I lectured a total of about eight hours, as well as preached in chapel.
It was an incredible time here at Emanuel University. Everyone has been very gracious to the point where they arranged our trip to the mountains when they heard that Alexandra was hoping to see snow during our stay.
Please pray for Emanuel University as the cold weather has forced them to use more heating than normal,which has increased their costs this semester. Last night we attended a prayer meeting where we asked God to help them through these financial difficulties. I will post later on how you can help Emanuel University directly.
Now, we ask for your prayers as we prepare to make our return home. We will tour Oradea today, then head to Budapest after lunch. We will spend the night at a hotel near the airport and fly out early on Friday morning. We have a 45 minute window in which to change planes in Prague, so please pray that we do not miss that connection. I cannot wait to be home with Jeanine and the girls and our church family.
Grace and peace,
We have had a very busy day today but I did manage to take some more pics! I will also have some more pics from our snow day since I didn’t really have time to do them last night!
So, today Daddy had a class at 8 this morning and at 9 I went back to the house for single mothers. At 12:30 we had chapel and it was all in Romanian as usual. After that we went and ate lunch and at 3 we were able to have a session on homeschooling.
That session/class went very well. The people here are very hungry to learn about many things, homeschooling being one of them. It is a subject that is not really known here. One reason is probably that it is illegal. Lots of questions were asked and we answered as many as we were able.
At 6 there was a prayer meeting for the school. They spoke one whole English sentence. It was lovely! ♥
After dinner we were able to have another session/class that went from 8-10:30. This class was on courtship. This is another subject that is not very well known here and the students are very hungry to know about. There were many questions branching many ways but it was a very productive session.
Tomorrow will be our last day here in Oradea, Romania and then we will go back to Budapest. We have had a wonderful time here and hope that you have enjoyed looking at all of our pictures. I will try to post the pictures we take on the tour tomorrow morning as soon as we get home.
♥ Alexandra ♥
Here are some pictures from today! We were playing in the snow! We have some more coming, but the camera was doing something weird so we are getting them fixed!
Hey ya’ll! This is Alex! I’m posting for my dad today because he has a lot of work to do and I know how to do all of the picture stuff!
So the last few days have been very exciting! The food here is absolutely amazing! Almost all of the meals here have four courses.
Since we have been here we have done many things. Saturday we were able to rest and then we went to dinner at a restaurant not far from the campus. There I ate a salad, beef stroganoff(sp?), and a pancake/crepe dessert filled with jam. Dad ate trout with the head still on the plate! It looked quite appetizing!
Even though you have heard of those things and we eat them back in the states, they are quite different here. The salad I had consisted of shredded lettuce, cut up tomatoes, cucumber, and a leaf or two of spinach, but it was all seperated. The beef stroganoff was merely beef, mushrooms and a sauce. There were no noodles and I would have gotten rice but Daddy wouldn’t let me:( Thinking of the way we prepare it here he didn’t want me to have two starches.
Moving forward, we went to a church on Sunday morning in the village of Alesd(sounds like Aleshd). I misspelled it in the slide show. I appologize! It was a very nice service but very different from what we have here. From 9-11 they have a bible study with singing and then they have the sermon from 11-12. We arrived there at 9:45 with Dr. Corneliu. It was somewhat difficult because the whole thing was in Romanian so I couldn’t understand a word. I had so much trouble not falling asleep because I was sitting there for over an hour not understanding anything. It was better when Daddy preached though, because someone translated from English to Romanian. On Sunday night we went to Emanuel Baptist here in Oradia and it was basically the same thing except it was only from 5-7.
Today was a lot of fun and tomorrow will be amazing but I will tell you about today first. Today, I went to a house for single mothers with small children. At that time there were only three mothers and four children but it was still good. There were two girls and two boys. Gabe is 4 months, Caudia is 3 years, and Julia is also 4 months. There is another little boy of 2 months but I was not able to get a picture of him.
While Daria and I were there we were able to take the babies and play with them and care for them so that the mothers could get some things done and maybe have some time for themselves. It was an amazing experience. Towards the end of our time there the mothers started opening up to us so that was very good. They mostly talked to Daria because they couldn’t speak English but Daria did translate everything for me so that was helpful.
The lady in charge was telling us about their ministry and it was really great whate they were doing. She was saying that there is a great rate of abortion here. She said that for every one child who is born, four are aborted. They have had 40 adolecent girls give birth this year and that is an amount larger than normal. Two of those girls were 13. There are a lot of girls here that become pregnant very young, and from what I understand also, a lot of them are gypsies. The little girl Claudia in the picture is a gypsie child. This house works with the women to help train them so that they can get jobs and they try to get their families to accept them back. When a young girl becomes pregnant their family rejects them, no longer allowing them to live with them. This house has had 180 mothers and 80-90 percent stay with their babies. That other percentage, however abandon them.
Well, I think I have talked enough but I just wanted to share my experiences. Hopefully tomorrow one of us will tell you about our trip to the mountains!
Alex and I arrived safely in Budapest on Friday morning. After a 45 minute cab ride from the airport to the hotel we crashed for a few hours. We then hit the town with a camera in tow (Alex took all pics except one).
Here is a brief slideshow of Budapest that Alex put together. I hope you enjoy it (I hope it works).
Alexandra and I will spend Thanksgiving traveling to Budapest, Hungary. We’ll spend Friday in Budapest, then Saturday we will travel to Oradea, Romania. As best I know, I will be preaching in Oradea on Sunday. During the week, I am scheduled to lecture at Emanuel University on the topic of theological anthropology (the doctrines of man and sin).
When Alexandra and I began to plan for this trip, I estimated that we would each need a minimum of $1,000.00 to go. Already this is good news because it is inexpensive for an international trip which includes air travel, two hotel stays and meals. I vowed not to ask anyone but God to provide for the funds. I didn’t even want to send out a letter asking people for funds. I wanted to strictly trust in God, so I sent a personal e-mail to several friends outside the church to join me in praying that God would provide for our trip. Here is what the Lord has done:
We set a goal of $2,000.00. Without asking anyone for help, here’s what’s happened:
1. $300.00 from WOW Weekend (unexpected)
2. $500.00 from DNOW Weekend (unexpected)
3. $100.00 from my Dad to Alex
4. $100.00 from a church member to Alex
5. $1,000.00 – from individual gifts from church members just this Sunday, November 18!!!
Total — $2.000.00: God met our goal and provided for us!!!
Our God is an awesome God! And He invites us to test His faithfulness, for He is faithful!!!
Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) is making many of their lectures available online for free. If you are a self-motivated learner and would like to experience theological learning at the seminary level, then you will want to work you way around their site here.
If you have an interest in the Puritans, then you will want to check out J. I. Packer’s lectures on the history and theology of the Puritans available at the RTS site. A brother named Tony Reinke provides instructions on obtaining the lectures here.
(ht: Justin Taylor)