I very much think that Romania has become one of my personal favorite places we've been able to serve in thus far. And for several reasons.
First of all the people were AWESOME....we met such phenomenal people there. I think I'll put pictures up of all the cool people here. But only from the first week in Brasov, or more specifically - Ghimbav and Bod. The second week in Amara will come next :)
Michael Jordan (you know, like the famous American Basketball player....well this guy is pretty much as opposite of him as you can get lol). He is the leader of short term missions in Romania and was our main coordinator for everything we would be doing in Romania. He has a good servant's heart and great heart for missions. He was a good leader. In our time with him, we also got an abundance of good quotes from this quirky guy.
Mpumi: "Girls, were you cold last night like you were the night before?"
Girls: "No, it was a lot better"
Mpumi: "You hear that Michael, the girls were warm last night! Isn't that good?"
Michael: "I don't care" (I think he was smiling when he said it)
*12 or so people were crowded around a table talking with one another, Michael gets a phone call, raises his hand sharply addressing everyone "SILENCE!" bahahahahahaha!!
Then there was our favorite Swiss couple, Rebekka and Marcus. They will be serving in Romania for a total of 3 months. Marcus has a small farm with 18 cows and Rebekka is an primary/elementary school teacher. They're pretty much the coolest/sweetest couple you'll ever meet. The more you get to know them, the more perfect of a couple you realize they are and just warm your heart......wow ok sorry, that got a bit sappy. But in addition Marcus and Mpumi got RATHER close - HUGE bromance going on there. Sorry Rebekka! To show a bit of Marcus's character I would like to include a short video about him.....hehehehehe!
Fausto (and family): This is probably the coolest Mexican I've ever met. He's not staying in Romania for much longer, but the work he's done here with his family is invaluable. Plus he's probably one of the funniest missionaries I've ever met (those people exist?!?! what?!?!). We were able to help him in the work on church as well as the kids programs we put together. But he also took us to his house and watched the Avengers projected on his wall (much better than the laptop we've all gotten accustomed to). His daughter gave Rory a much needed haircut. AND he came to visit us in the middle of the night before we left. Oh good times.
If our Romanian friends are reading this. Thank-you for making such a large impact on me and my team by all you've done with and for us. :)