Archive for March, 2010
“Everyone” told me over and over, “You must visit Sibiu! It is so beautiful, historical.” So, I arranged to fly to Sibiu on this last return trip. I am so thankful that I chose to do that.
Sibiu was the largest and wealthiest of the seven walled citadels built in the 12th century by German settlers known as Transylvanian Saxons. The Romanians call them Saas. The riches amassed by its guilds paid for the construction of both impressive buildings and the fortifications required to protect them.
Sibiu’s Old Town retains the grandeur of its earlier days when rich and powerful guilds dominated regional trade. Like Sighisoara and Brasov, it has a distinctly Germanic feeling. Sections of the medieval wall still guard the historic area, where narrow streets pass steep-roofed 17th century buildings with gable overhangs before opening into vast, church-dominated squares such as Great Square and Little Square.
You history buffs and lovers of ancient beauty will especially enjoy this city of 170,000 which has been inhabited since 300 B.C. I enjoyed meeting the Lee Skeltons, missionaries, who have a great program going helping people improve their English through World English Institute, and Let’s Start Talking! They took us out to dinner at a cozy Romanian restaurant. Stephanie Skelton escorted Adolf and me around the city. Here are photos from that special day in my life —
“The spacious firmament on high,
With all the blue ethereal sky,
And spangled heavens, a shining frame
Their great Original proclaim.
The unwearied sun, from day to day,
Does his Creator’s powers display,
And publishes to every land
The work of an Almighty Hand.”
– by Joseph Addison
Be blessed. — Anne
Papa helps Big Brother, Agoston, cut one of his cakes for his 4th birthday!
“None of us lives to himself, and none of us die to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord. And if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” Romans 14: 7 – 8
God is so good…all the time! Today, Rosemarie and Wanda arrived in Sfantu Gheorghe to begin reading with 12 people – 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, helping people improve their conversational English. We use a workbook with simple stories from the New Testament – because the New Testament is written in easy to understand English…and is known around the world.
Stefan came over and taught them how to use the cell phones, set up the mobile wireless stick on their computer, and did many other things to get them off to a good start and make their stay here more pleasant.
People here know and love these ladies, and have been waiting, waiting, anticipating their arrival. The encouragement the good people of Sfantu Gheorghe receive from the Let’s Start Talking teams cannot be measured. And, the LST team members are blessed with weeks of joyful work helping eager students and making new friends who love them the rest of their lives.
Would you like to increase the joy in your life? God called us here to glorify Him. How do you hear His call? It helps if you learn to listen for what God is saying to you when you read His Word…”Be still and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10
Let us give thanks for this good report from Blake, Rachel’s wonderful Christian husband…
Just brought Rachel home. The dog was smiling along with the rest of us. She is doing well but will need lots of rest. She gets her staples out Thursday. Should hear from the pathology report any day. The kidney and tumor were all removed in a package of tissue. They sent that out to pathology to see what sort of tumor it is and if it has stayed contained in the kidney. We are all very happy to have Rachel home. Thanks again for all your love poured out to us.
1 Chronicles 16:8 (New International Version)
8 Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
8Tacka Herren, och bed i hans namn!Berätta för hela världen om vad han har gjort!
What can I say??? “Brrrrrrrrrr! Baby, it’s cold outside!” Songs from my youth keep popping into my head. Instead of “Raindrops, keep falling on my head,” it’s “snowflakes keep swirling round my head!” And, “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas!” Make that, “I’m dreaming of a White Easter!”
The good news – oh, there’s so much! I have a very warm, full length parka. My lungs are adjusting to the cold! I had a lovely 2 hour walk after church today. AND — God has provided help to buy a new Skoda Fabia at about the same price as a good, 8 year old Skoda. The government and car dealers are offering great deals. Unbidden, God’s people are helping with funds!
The bad news – my new Ferrolli electric furnace – said to be a big money saver using wood pellets…is a lemon. Nothing but trouble since we installed it. Tonight, it blew the fuse on the outside electric fuse box. There was no heat or electricity for a couple of hours. Ferrolli engineers can’t make my furnace work. The good/bad news – I have a backup heating system but it costs about $560 a month to use it to heat this 1,000 sq. ft. house.
Other mixed bag news – the “sour cabbage” that Guzsti made for me makes my fridge smell like something is really rotten in Transylvania, but, OH, MY, it tastes delicious! There’s only about 1 cup in the fridge, but the cover came loose. Every time I go in the kitchen, I start looking for that smell…and, then remember, “it’s my Hungarian sour cabbage.” I’ve got to keep that stuff in a jar with a tight lid.
The good news – my dog, Bogey, comes when he hears me unlock my front gate, or even open my door. He wants my good home cookin’ or a long session of scratching around his ears. Today, my ride did not come, so I walked the 30 minutes to church. Bogey walked with me the first 15 minutes. I’m really enjoying having a faithful outdoor dog who is such a good guard dog and friend. God is filling my life with special opportunities of service in His name. What more can one wish for on this earth? — Anne
“Can’t you see the central issue in all this? It is not what you and I do. It is what God is doing, and He is creating something totally new…a free life!” – Galatians 6:15, The Message
Please, take a minute…or more, and pray for Rachel Andererg, of Pacifica, CA. I first met her several years ago at the congregation where my son and family worship. A tumor was discovered on her kidney only a couple of days ago. Surgery will remove the kidney Thursday morning. Godly wife, and mother of 4 children still at home, she is a living example of the woman in Proverbs 31.
This message just came from Blake Anderberg,Rachel’s husband:
“I visited Rachel this evening. Her chest x-ray was clean so there is no apparent cancer beyond the tumor. There is a very small chance that the tumor is benign but that will be determined by biopsy after they remove it with the kidney on Thursday. She is experiencing some pain in her right side where the tumor is and has been having headaches. But, these aches and pains subside after a small dose of a vicadent like drug. Her platelets were lower than normal so she will need blood during the surgery.
No apparent cancer in other areas of her body.
She is in the hospital, a controlled environment, where her pain is managed and her body is monitored.
Pray that there is no other cancer in her body. They will test tissue and lymphs once she’s opened up.
Pray that she recovers well from the long surgery, 4 to 5 hours.
To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.