I remember roughly 18 years ago Cynthia and I attended a leadership conference at Calvary Chapel Boise. I remember trying to get to the conference that day was particularly challenging. We had our Son Kaidon at the time, who was around 18 months or I don't remember if we knew we were pregnant with Sedona yet. We were in rush to get there and upon arriving at the church Kaidon promptly threw up in the back of the car from car sickness resulting in a change of clothes the cleaning that following and showing up even more late for the conference.
Both of us were sitting through the different speakers of which all were good. But we both remember the Lord speaking directly to our situation because we are talking and praying about missions. The Speaker, said, something to effect, take your plans, your five-year plans, your ten-year plans, your retirement plans, all of those things for your life, and ask yourself is this what the Lord wants for me? Are you willing to surrender your plans, for his plans?
We don't remember who it was that said that. But God used that greatly in our lives to challenge us to give up our plans and embrace his. If anything this last year has been a continuous reminder that surrendering to his plan is not just a single event, but a daily action.
We spent roughly 2 months in lockdown, meaning, staying in our house, and only leaving for essential items or trips, i.e. groceries, paying bills, accompanied by a signed paper, that stated your destination, where you were coming from how long you would be out. There were checkpoints set up in different areas of our city to check if you had the right paperwork and make sure you were obeying the curfew. Lines to go into everything became the norm, it was interesting listening to the older Romanians talk about how this was just a return to what they had under communism. Even now, going into certain buildings, governments, or banks, you have to wait in a line to go in.
We switched to an online service and with only worship and teaching online. The President begged people during the Easter Holiday week to refrain from attending services or having family and friends over for a Gratar/BBQ.
As the weather warmed up we were lucky to have a large courtyard and built a cornhole game from leftover wood that we had and spent many afternoons after school playing games and watching the kids riding bikes in a circle or playing bike when the weather was nice. When the weather wasn't cooperating we played cards, Jenga, and introduced the kids to all of the classic 80's movies that we grew up with.
They have also released the guidelines for the schools and depending on what county your in will depend on how the school is going to start, red zoned counties mean online-only, yellow-zoned counties mean classes. will split the week half attending the other online then vice versa. Green zoned counties mean normal school. Not sure how this is all going to work but we will see. Bistrita is labeled currently as a green zoned area so as far as we know all of the schools will be starting up normal next week. Asking for prayer for the students and the teachers and administrators this school year as it going to be different and challenging here for them.
Cynthia was helping some of the kid's old teachers with classroom decorations for this year and they are all very stressed about the way school is going to go this year. Please pray as the Romanian school system started this week.
The church is going well. some people are coming to service and others are choosing to stay home and watch online. Just praying for people to not be fearful in all of this. But to be wise and light to those around them. On an exciting note, we are continuing to have visitors come to church in the midst of all of this. Praying for God to move in their hearts.
Please pray for an older lady who has begun to come faithfully for Sunday service. She is estranged from her only daughter and her husband passed away a year ago and she is very lonely. Prayer for the church to continue to love on her and for the Lord to reveal himself to her in an amazing way.