The more I look around the more I "believe" in the global warming. Here we are in the middle of March and this morning I took Rebecca out on a nice sled ride. Will the spring ever come? All this climate change must be the big oil and gas companies fault, right?
You already know of my trip to Atlanta last month where I was helping several Eastern European fellow staff members with Campus Crusade meet potential ministry partners, build bridges, make connections, raise support.
I was humbled to work alongside of the people who really had to step out in faith to embark on this journey. The Albanians (the guys in the picture) had to work very hard to connect with people in English, the language they never formally studied back home. Being in US for the very first time, EVERYTHING was very new (and in many respects shocking) to them, so overcoming the culture shock was a biggie.
The Romanians (the ladies in the picture) had their own issues. Mirela’s husband was denied a US visa, so they had to trade places. She went on a support raising trip and he had to stay home and take care of their 3 kids all being under 6. (Sometimes I feel like I pick up more and more grey trying to keep up with one, so I really do feel for the guy.
Adoriana’s father died just a few days before she left Romania and she was still able to find comfort in the Lord not canceling her trip, but rather chose to communicate enthusiasm through her stories of how God uses her to help touch lives of university students in her country. On top of that when going to Atlanta she took her very first(!) flight ever. I can already see those goose bumps.
Praise the Lord, together with some other coaches we were able to help them connect with about 70 people who were interested in supporting their ministry.
Oh, you can see the Coca-Cola bottles in the background. Yes, being in the Coca-Cola capital of the world we could not afford not stopping by the museum downtown one day. Having tried 48 (I am not exaggerating one bit) different kinds of Coke I came to a startling conclusion... Dr Pepper beats ‘em all! Do not tell Coca-Cola that or I will not be allowed back in GA.
Olga has been dreaming for quite some time now about reaching out to other staff women around her and help them connect better. Often times between family and ministry responsibilities women end up running on fumes physically and emotionally and being able to spend half a day together when you are being asked to finally do nothing but to stop, sit down and “smell the roses” was really special for all of them. The ladies had a great time sharing their hearts and appreciated Olga’s initiative to put an event together.
Both she and I want to thank you again for making these and other ministry opportunities of ours possible! Thank you so very much!
From Moldova with love,
New Life Moldova ( )