Hey all, Rebeca here!!
Well, it's been a little over 2 months since we moved to Romania. So much has happened in that short amount of time! Which is why we haven't had a chance to update everyone on what's been going on. Most days, I feel like I can hardly catch my breath.
Our first priority once we got here was to take care of paperwork. There was so much we had to do and it was all connected to getting David's residency:
– get all the paperwork done in order for David to get his residency so he can stay here legally. We just finished all of that and submitted it and are now waiting to see how long he'll be allowed to stay here.
– get our marriage license and kids' birth certificates legalized here.
– get a new Romanian ID for me. I have created a new phrase to explain how important this piece of paper is: you can't even spit without showing an ID here in Romania :)
– we still need to get new license plates for our car, get car insurance and get me a new Romanian driver's license.
All this paperwork took a really long time, was pretty costly and took a lot of driving around. My brother was so gracious to help with all of that, I couldn't have done it without him.
The car situation was getting very difficult, so we were finally able to buy a car that would fit our family and allow us to minister to the church here by taking people to and from church. David and Beni (my brother) had to drive to Germany to purchase it from there. It has really made our lives so much easier, since we live outside of town and it takes a long time to walk everywhere.
Besides all of this we've also had to figure out a schedule that would allow me to homeschool and work on my business. That has been really difficult, because things here are so different and fluid and we've had to be flexible. Not exactly my forté, for those of you who know me. ;)
David and I told ourselves that we would serve in whatever capacity we could, no matter where we are and what season God is putting us through. So that's what we've been doing.
The needs here in Romania are very great. There is plenty to do and we are helping out as much as we can.
Some of them are continuing to come to Awana each week, which our own kids have as well.
We've been helping out with Awana, as I mentioned. This happens every Friday night. It's a wonderful opportunity for kids who don't normally come to church (as well as their parents who drop them off, and some even stay to watch) to be exposed to the Gospel.
We do games, songs, Bible lesson and memory verses. The kids also get extra points if they attend church and Sunday School, which has motivated some to come who didn't normally :)
It's been good and also challenging to come back and figure out our place in the ministry here. I'm thankful to be able to sing and play again. We have a women's Bible Study group that's going through the Gospel of John. My friend Cindy is leading and I'm translating for her.
The picture above is us with my parents and my brother and his family at their youngest son's baby dedication. They have been very gracious in allowing us to stay with them a little while and we are so very thankful to them and have enjoyed the long talks, reminiscing, and laughter.
As you can see, we've been really busy. We are at church several times a week. Between homeschooling, my business, paperwork, lots of traveling, and ministry, getting acclimated to the culture here has been a lot for our family. It's also made it more challenging for us to talk to people about our ministry with Youth for Christ and keep everyone updated.
But we are still on track with working with Youth for Christ military and are excited to share with you all (and anyone else who is interested) the ministry to which God is calling us (see this post or this one to learn how we're communicating with people and talk to us for free!). If you would like to give financially so we can begin serving military students and their families on base here in Europe, please click here to start giving. Did you know your monthly support will get us there more quickly?
Stay tuned for the next update where we will tell you how!
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