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…

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…

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…

And We’re Off

The doctor gave Vivian a clean bill of health late last afternoon. So we’ll be leaving as a family from Greenville for Romania a little after Noon today. Please pray for us as traveling across nine time zones with two toddlers is an exciting new adventure for us.

Will Wednesday be the Day of Departure?

As we spend our last full day in the United States finishing up little details here and there, we wonder if this will be our actual last day or not. The suspense started last Friday, a day filled filled with two unexpected events. The first, thrilling. The second, spotted. The Thrilling Event Joshua met with…

And the Countdown Begins

And the countdown begins. Twenty-two days from now we will board a plane in Greenville, SC, fly over the Atlantic, spend the night in Germany,  and finally arrive in Timisoara, Romania on August 18. After collecting our bags, clearing customs and a 40 minute drive to Lugoj, we’ll be able to fall into bed (if…