While in Romania, we traveled to the mountains for a camp with college aged students. We spent the week building relationships with local missionaries and Romanians. We got to work with one church in particular that was very similar to Oasis. We immediately made connections and began working our way into the hearts of the young adults.
My prayer for the months leading up to this journey was that Christ would make his purpose for me on this trip very clear and specific. That I would know exactly why I was in Romania and what it is that He wanted me to learn. It was not long into our first full day that I began to realize why I was at this camp and what Christ had in store.
I met Este. Este is a severely Autistic girl that I was able to spend time with. My heart and soul is to serve the disabled community. When I met Este, I immediately knew she was the one person I would seek out. Este’s caretaker, Alex, came to the camp with Este. She does not know Christ. She is not involved in a church. Each time I spoke with her, she would shut me out and say, “Oh, that’s Este’s thing.” So I began to pray. Lord, open my eyes. Open my heart. Why am I in this place and what am I supposed to do.
It was not long after that, that Christ showed me exactly what he wanted. I took Este away from Alex so her friend from the church, Ana, who she already trusts, could share God’s love. I was able to show Este God’s love in our talks and the little songs I learned in Romanian. Alex was able to break away from her workers mentality so that Ana, a leader from the church, could share God’s love with her. Through this interaction, many meaningful conversations rooted in Christ took place.
I do not know if Alex is saved. But I do know that she heard the Gospel, quite possibly for the first time. I know that Ana will continue to pray and pour into Alex, as well as Este. As for Este, well, let’s just say she is full of joy and one of the sweetest girls I have ever met. Christ is working in big ways in Romania. Not only in churches, but in the disabled community as well. My heart definitely longs to be back in Bucharest where God’s love is moving. I cannot wait to see what else he does.