What a day! Hard to believe it’s already the end of Friday and we’ve been gone over half a week.
Today we had the chance to visit some of the families served by Ethos (a multifaceted ministry that is loosely connected to Open Roads). This opportunity was challenging and eye opening. The families we briefly visited live in extreme poverty. As a veteran of trips to AFE (the school located in a Tegucigalpa dump) I, Ben, was able to draw many parallels to my experiences in Honduras. This was a great experience for me because it brought back memories of families and friends I met in Honduras in years past. In that moment I was able to throw up some prayers for my Honduran friends. Another difficulty of the visit to the homes today was trying to understand why we did it. It felt quite awkward as we stood there and got just a quick snap shot of heir lives. It seemed as if we were simply gawkers. What we learned later on is that these families are sponsored by Ethos Ministry, which means they have ongoing, daily support from them. Although it was our only time to see them, they have meaningful relationships with Romanian Christians. This truth allowed us to see that we were not the “American Saciors” coming to save the day. Instead we got to partner with Ethos and Open Roads who are teaching these people to fish, not just giving them fish.
All week we have been weighed down by the hot sun and sweating buckets in the heat. Temperatures have been close to 100°! Don’t worry moms, we’ve been drinking crazy amounts of water and staying well hydrated. “A hydrated Ray is a happy Ray” as they say (as Ray says). However, today took an unexpected but very welcome break from the sweltering heat in the form of an unprecedented downpour! The rain began as we were just getting some games started at a beautiful park in Craiova, just after we got to meet our orphan friends for the first time (or reunite with them after a year or two). This was a sweet moment as we got to see the lovely people we will be serving at camp next week! After a few “Çe faç?s” and some “Bines” the skies opened up. For once, rather than asking for more sunscreen and dripping with sweat, we got to run through puddles and dodge rain drops! In a moment that could have been disastrous, we made it a blast! We had the chance to bond with our prospective camper friends in the pouring rain, no better way to connect! Thankfully the rain kept the dragons away.
We love you blog addicts! Thanks for following along and being here with us in spirit and in prayer. We sure can feel them!
Ben and Editor in Chief Noah Pollard
Shout out to all the letter writers! We opened a few today and were uplifted by the support and love. Also to those who have commented! We have such a great time reading them as a team! Shout out again to Kiara for commenting from down under, using your limited wifi to read and comment on our blog. SO to Molly and Sam: thanks for thinking of the dragons. Thankfully we’ve been able to keep them at bay… If we see any we’ll be sure to get some pics with them for you guys. And of course to the mommas- Momma Hersh and Mamma P. We love you guys!