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Our first day in Romania was definitely a full day.  We started the day with over 60 kids at the church in Susani.  We shared worship and bible study with them including lots of games.   Kids are kids wherever in the world you can find them.  They enjoy the same fun and interaction whether you know their language or not (today, I didn’t).  But give a group of boys plastic swords (story time was David & Goliath) and you know where that leads.   We had a blast.

After lunch, we split up into three teams and visited a few families in the neighboring villages.   Our team made three stops.   Our purpose was simply to deliver a small bit of humanitarian aid to some needy families (a few toiletries and other essentials plus a bag of groceries).  But, as He most often does, God had a bit more in store for our team.

The first family we visited included a single mom with eleven children living in a home with no running water.   All the kids except for the youngest two help mom work in the garden growing their own food.  But she is a proud head of the household.  She invited us inside (yes, inside) to see her two horses, two pigs and 3 piglets in additional to the many chickens running around.   When asked about her greatest need, she shared with us that her washing machine had recently gone out and so she was doing all their laundry now by hand.  Did I mention the 11 kids already?

Our next family included a 13-year old girl living in a 2-room home with an alcoholic father and a 16-year old brother who has already dropped out of school.    She likely is headed for the same fate.  We were able to visit with the father for a good while.   Our driver/translator witnessed (no preached) to him at length.   One of our team members spoke to him about caring for his daughter and about his need to stop drinking.   This was not your typical humanitarian aid dropoff.

Lastly, we stopped to visit a family that had allowed their daughter to come to the church earlier in the day for bible study.  But standing outside their home, a lady approached us that our driver witnessed to (no, it was preaching again) for quite a while just in the middle of the neighborhood street.   Joseph, our driver, was very bold in declaring a person’s need for the saving grace of Jesus.  It was encouraging to see his passion and zeal for evangelism.

We may never see any of these folks again, nor may we ever know how God will use the seeds planted today.  But the Red Page Staff is here to follow up and of course The Holy Spirit will move in the hearts of these dear people long after we are gone.

All in all, a great day in Susani, Romania.

Mike McDougal is a member of FBC Lubbock. This is his first visit to Romania.

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