We had a Kiwanis team here during școala altfel, this is a new thing that schools all around Romania did for the first time this year. It was a week where teachers would use different fun "tools" to help kids learn. For instance, teachers put on puppet shows to teach kids about cavities and having healthy teeth, going on field trips to museums or taking the classroom outdoors. It was cool to be a part of new teaching techniques and changes the Romanian schools are attempting. During this week, the Kiwanis team spoke about America in Roșiori and I helped plan all of the crafts.
|American coloring pages.|
|A boy from Roșiori with his crafts he made. : )|
|We played with boomwhackers! They all did so well and loved it!|
|It was a bit small, but nice to have a place to lay down to sleep.|
In Oradea, there is an organization/orphanage called Caminul Felix. It was extremely interesting to see the differences between our kids here in the capital city of București and the kids there in Oradea, the countryside. Caminul Felix has homes with house parents and daily helpers who help raise the 12-18 kids in each home. It was drastic the differences in comparison to these kids from ours in București. It just goes to show the impact of living under one roof and having the "parental" guidance in kids' lives.
|Celebration House kids - 2006. (L to R) Boy in red (not sure), Zoli, Andrea, Câtalină, Timi, Ionuț, Victor, Ghița is holding Sara and Ionela is to the right on the floor.|
|We went to see John Carter in 3D!|
While the Canadian team was here, we celebrated Easter. We celebrated a week after you did, on the 15th. Easter is just as big as Christmas here, with stores closed, people away to the countryside where they grew up, and a week off of school. We put on an Easter celebration with about 40 Transition graduates. We could not hide Easter eggs outside for the Easter egg hunt because of rain, we played bingo instead and put all of the eggs into a black garbage bag and when someone got a BINGO they were able to reach down into the back and pull out an egg. You see, the Easter egg hunt is a big deal around here because there is 1 golden egg with 50 lei in it!! (That is equivalent to about $15...but is a big amount here). This game was a huge hit...until the golden egg was found, so then we added 10 lei into 2 other eggs and 5 lei into another. It made the game a lot more interesting.
|Helping to answer the Bible questions to get a BINGO.|
|Julian painting an Easter basket.|
|George hard at work on his Easter painting.|
|Claudia making an Easter card.|
|Florin (in the back) and Marin making Easter pictures.|
|Diana doing a good job of keeping her egg on the spoon!|
|Ionuț trying to make his Easter egg into the basket.|
|Look at Nicoletta's concentration!|
|Florin and Adrianna trying so hard to pass the Easter egg only using their feet!|
- We have both stayed healthy through the change in seasons.
- We have had great short-term teams who prepared so much to do with the kids!
- For our families, you, and our partners back in the States, it has been so great to receive notes and packages and prayers. THANK YOU!!
- For continued health and safety, especially as I (Missy) am learning to drive here!! WATCH OUT! : )
- For financial support for us, the other missionaries and H2H as a whole.
- For our kids, as they grow into young adults with jobs and responsibilities, dealing with both the good and the bad. May their hearts be forever softened for the things God has planned for them, that they may be open to His calling to bring them closer to Him and that Josh and I may be intentional and responsive to His voice while we have the pleasure to be a part of their lives, no matter how long or short that time is.
- Also for family members back home that are sick, in pain, and expecting! May God bring healing, health and joy to you all! We love you! : )