Thursday, March 23, 2006

Amy's Trip to Romania

Hello to all of you out there in bloggerland. This is Amy, Luke's sister. I am going to tell you all about my trip. So I'll start at the beginning.

We left on Monday. First we flew to Amsterdam (it was a nine hour flight). We got there safe but we had a three hour delay for our plane to Romania because there was ice on the wings and then something was broken. So we finally took off and got to Romania a couple hours later. We landed in the middle of a snow storm. We got our luggage and went to the bus. Then we had a four hour bus ride to the place we were staying. I don't really remember much of the bus ride cause I was tired and I slept the most of the ride. Oh by the way we found out the next morning that the bus ride normally only takes about twenty minutes. The reason it took so long was cause there was a snow storm and it was rush hour. So finally we got there and went to bed.

The next day Wednesday (we lost a day in travel) was a day of rest. We got to go shopping. We also passed out the flyers for the woman's conference we were doing. We had alot of fun. The next three days were the days of the conference. The conference went so good. God touched so many woman's lives.

On Friday the second day of the conference we had several workshops one of the ladies on our team (her name was Emily) came to me and asked me if I wanted to watch a couple of kids during the last two workshops. She told me that they spoke english really well and that their names were David and Eyeshadow (Yes I was thinking the same thing you probably are "What a weird name"). So I said yes and I watched David, Eyeshadow and three other kid for a couple hours. Megan (a girl that came with her mom RoiLynn on the team, they go to my church) and I had a ton of fun. But Eyeshadow would just not listen to us. I tried to say his name different ways but no matter how I said it he would not listen. Well we finished up that day and we were back in our room and Megan and I were talking and looking at pictures on my camera. We found a picture of David and Eyeshadow and showed it to RoiLynn (Megans Mom) and she said oh David and Alex are so cute and I asked her who Alex was and she said that he was David's little brother. I hit my head on the wall a couple times and then I told her the whole story about calling him Eyeshadow and she just laughed. We later found out that when David was telling Emily their names he said, "My name is David and this is 'My Shadow'." but David has an accent and she heard him wrong. It was so fun to get to work with the kids. I also got to work with them during some of the conference. All of them are soooooooo cute. I just love them.

On Saturday we finished the conference. It was sad that it was over but it was a good ending.

On Sunday we split up and went to four churches. I went to The Mustard Seed Church. It was the church that I went to last time I was in Romania. It was so cool to see how the church had grown. All of us on the team shared a short word and then we had communion. They use real wine (not grape juice) in their communion. I don't like wine but I drank it and everything was all good. I loved the church service. After Church we went to the pastor's house for dinner. It was so humbling. The pastor and his family (ten people in all) live in a small apartment. We had a delicious meal. The Romanian food is soooooooo wonderful! After dinner we had an opportunity to go to a orphanage and so we went there for about fifteen minutes and I took about eighty pictures (they love to have their pictures taken). It was so heart breaking to see all of those kids just starving for love. It just deepened my desire to work with the orphans there.

Monday we left Romania and came home. It was such a wonderful trip. God blessed me so much. I can't wait to go back some day.Well I think I have rambled on long enough. I hope all of you are doing good. God bless all of you and Thank you sooooooo much for your prayers. At the end of my post are some pictures.

Love in Christ,
Amy Searles


Anonymous said...

Amy & Family

I am so glad you had a great trip. We were praying for you. I am glad we serve a God who loves our laugher.

Have been praying a lot for your dear family. I can’t imagine how hard life can be - the daily wearing - in caring and in hoping will this be the day? The darkest hour is just before the dawn. I am praying that the brightness of God’s glory will shine upon your home and that the intense laugher of joy will fill all of your heart. And all the world will laugh with you.


Bindress said...

Hi Amy
You are such a nice person. You have been raised by a couple of wonderful parents! thank you for the post!

Anonymous said...

I sure do love you all. I chose to see the goodness of the Lord around us in this world. I have no idea why things happen the way they do. But I do believe all things work together for good.

I know that the love I have for my family is a shadow of what the Lord’s love is for us. I don’t plan bad things for those I love and I believe that God our creator plans good things for us. Bad things happen because of the broken world we live in.

I can’t wait to teach Luke. His life delights me, seeing him as he grows up. I know it is hard now and I look forward to the days ahead when we can laugh and sing with joy about what the Lord has done for us. As for today I will say, “The joy of the Lord my strength.”

I love you all sooooo much.
Aunt Cindy (-:

Cam and Kristen said...

Amy, We are excited to read about your trip, and laughed about little eyeshadow. Your family and you are an inspiration to us! We continue to pray for little Luke too.

Teena said...

Amy & family~ what a blessing you are to your family and I know you were to the people in Romania. Thank you so much for sharing. I love the pictures. The children are just precious. Mandi wants to go on a mission trip...I will show her your post and pics~ I loved what Aunt Cindy said too what a special person....
praying for Luke~ thinking of all of you~
your GA friends,
Billy, Teena, Michael, Mandi, Dakota, Alyssa, Wyatt & Wesley

Bindress said...

I was wondering if there are any pictures of Luke's birthday party?
How is the little guy doing these days?