Stars or Servants?

So I had a conversation with a Romanian today that really made me think, reflect, and pray. It went something like this. Michelle: So do you really like living in Romania? Me: Yes, we really do. We love the Romanian people and all their smiles. We love the work we do at the church, and…

Joan’s story

Joan* loves purple, never seems to be without a smile, and dotes so much on the younger church children that’s she’s earned the nickname Mica Mama (little mother). She’s a delightful and typical middle schooler in every way you can imagine except she has just begun to endure a season of persecution that few her…

Five, Five Year Visas on the Way

This last week has been a whirlwind of maintaining the church, language studies, and four all day trips to Timișoara (a city about an hour and half from where we live) as we attempted to finalize the requirements for our visas. Friday afternoon marked the end of our fight with red tape and long lines…

Mark 5 in Full Color

It’s been about a month and a half since we arrived in Romania and about three weeks since Baron Howerton left for his nine month furlough in the States. In those three weeks we’ve seen Mr. F, a brother in the church dive downward in a destructive spiral. Thirty-five year old Mr. F’s story begins…

In Timișoara

Now that universities are in session, those teaching Romanian to foreigners have a less hectic schedule and are willing to teach us. We met with our new teacher (Emma) this past Thursday. We were encouraged by her proposed plan to bring us to fluency in Romanian. We will be meeting with her every Tuesday, Thursday,…

First Days’ Memo

Overall We’re doing well and getting as much accomplished as can be expected in the slower more laid back world of Romania. Nothing happens fast here. For example getting our paperwork notarized for our visas took three trips to the same office and half of the day. The slower pace matches our jet lagged brains…