This weekend I had the privileged of spending the weekend in Serbia with the MTP students. It was a weekend filled with challenges, frustrations, laughter, and covered in God's blessings. One of the churches we visited has been going through a really rough time. We where told that a girl, about 15 years old, had been in the church alone and someone came in and "hurt" her. The guilty man was caught and arrested. His friends, angry that he was being punished, decided to take action against the church. They broke in and vandalized the whole property, breaking windows, stealing things, and (the worst part) going to the bathroom everywhere. The pastor, Pastor Tibor, had to start sleeping at the church because they kept coming, causing more destruction if he wasn't there. We came and simply cleaned up. Most of the work had been done before we got there, but the attic still needed to be done. I'm not gonna lie, we did amazing work!
We packed everything up and filled the van, inside and out and took everything away! Later, we fit 10 people and all our luggage. It was a tight fit to say the least.
Taken from our car...the old and new meet.
I still bite my nails...
The kitchen sink.
Our wonderful Chef.
My friend Mana loves me!
When you go on outreach with Lisa, she makes sure you don't go hungry! In her own words, "There are enough things in life we can't control. Why not take the things you can control and make them great!"
We did an outreach in a Gypsy village...it was hard but I think God used us there. I could tell the devil did not want us there! The speaker died the in the middle of our drama, cars blared music, crazy people yelled in the background, I fell out of the car and got a really bad bruise, someone hurt himself during the skit, but Jesus was faithful and we shared the Gospel. The van started without hesitation the only time the whole trip...the enemy couldn't wait for us to get out of there!
Weenie roast! It was soooo yummy!
I love Europe. I want to ride a bike to the market when I am an old lady.
We tried to fit all eight (just the back seat!) of us in the picture, but we just couldn't do it!
I still need to get more pictures from friends, but the whole weekend was amazing, but hard right down to the end. Our van broke down and we ended up getting rides home from some very amazing friends. In the car I was in, we had four ladies (all with big birthing hips) squeezed into three seats. It was a 3 hours drive, and typical of the weekend, uncomfortable but very blessed. We all shared testimonies, laughed and just enjoyed being united in Jesus.