Archive for March, 2013
Much of Europe is struggling under fierce snow storms, strong winds. Here, in St. George, temp. only 28 F at 10 p.m. Light snow covers the area, but the wind makes for bitter weather. Pray for all of God’s children who need shelter, warmth, food…and Truth.
Pray for healing of Balazs’ defective kidney. also for travel mercies and good weather, on Tu., Mar.26, when Peter & Maria take Balazs back to the specialist at Debrecen, Hungary, Medical University. More tests will be done Mar. 27. The decision about surgery will be made after that.
So, what’s this about freezing weather endangering new growth? Well, some of you will think about the tiny shoots appearing on the climbing rose vines in my garden…and, you will be right. The severe weather has killed the shoots once…maybe tomorrow I can see if Winter won again. But, the roots are strong. Come Summer, we will see this by my front gate!
Others of you will think more deeply. Growth that can make this a more beautiful world is struggling in the midst of harsh conditions. Throngs of people repeatedly ask, “Why is life so hard, so unfair?” Ask Adam. Ask Eve. They were there when everything changed.
John tells us in I John 5:19, “…the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” Our job is to learn what God says in His Bible, stand strong, glorify God by our lives, let His LIght shine forth from within us. Paul tells us, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” — Philippians 4:13…and I believe him! ~~ Anne
On the first of March, the Jud. Covansa Red Cross hosted an appreciation dinner for its supporters. Several local businesses were represented at the dinner, as were several country-wide businesses. The President and Vice President of the Romanian Red Cross attended as well. All representatives attending were given a ‘good man’ banner with the Red Cross logo to display in their work place or home. The purpose of this dinner was to strengthen ties between the Red Cross and its supporters, and lay the way for partnerships in the future. Below is a picture of Anne, the President, and Rosemary.
On Friday the 8th, SG celebrated International Women’s Day. Although Women’s Day started in the the early twentieth century as a political event, today it is a time to show appreciation to women by giving them flowers and simple gifts. The Red Cross hosted a luncheon for its female volunteers, and I was honored to be in attendance. I still have a bouquet of flowers on my window sill. I smile when I see the colors.
I had the opportunity this week to go with a friend named Reka to Varadi Jozsef, the school where she teaches.I so enjoyed spending time with the precious class! We asked each other questions, sang our national anthems and Adelle hit songs, made crafts for Women’s Day, and played ’football’ (soccer). I liked the familiar feel of the classroom, and I was very impressed to see the children thinking creatively and resolving their own problems peacefully.
Reka is among the first teachers in this school district to use the Step By Step teaching method. (For more information on Step By Step visit: http://www.sbsl.org/ )
I cannot wait to go back and visit again!
Anne took Kaki, Rosemary, and I to the ancient fortified church at Prejmer this weekend. Never in my life have I seen anything like it! Perhaps I have seen pictures and read about similar structures in a history book, but to walk down the stone corridors and climb up the towers made me feel like I had slipped and fallen into a story book! I especially loved the various ports built into the battlements. This particular “castle” was founded in the 11th century. It was expanded by many different people through the years, and was restored by the Romanian government in the 1970’s. For more information (and possibly pictures!): http://www.fortified-churches.com/locations/prejmer___tartlau/89/