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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery

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My Romanian Birthday

Wednesday was my 24th birthday and the Lord showered His love to me through the Vasilius and the Durhams. They made my birthday so special and I will always cherish the beautiful memories they helped me make as we celebrated the life He has given me now for 24 years.

We’re in Romania to launch the Romania Missionary Fellowship and Florin Vasiliu is the newly installed director of RMF. He has a beautiful wife, Denise, and three great kids: David, Andrei and Esthera. Wednesday was our first full day in Romania and we mostly hung out at the Vasilius’ home.

IMG_1409After just meeting Denise that morning, she made me a special Romanian cake that had a lot of fruit and this creamy, pudding-type of filling with wafers. They sang happy birthday and I almost cried at their intentional acts of love. I am so humbled. And so very blessed by the One who gives love.

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Me and Esthera. She’s 10 and so precious.

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David, me and Esthera… apparently I didn’t get the memo that this was supposed to be a goofy picture.

We spent the day playing cards and Risk, my first time playing… I’m not good. At all. But it was really fun.

Later in the day David, Andrei and Esthera took Joseph and I walking in Iasi. I love that everyone walks everywhere!

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The first park we walked through. It was so beautiful!

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The “football” (soccer) stadium in Iasi.

The University in Iasi. It's beautiful!

The University in Iasi. It’s beautiful!

We’re about to start the next conference right now so I’ll post more later, just know God is moving and I love it so much here! Please continue praying for God’s work here. To read how He’s already moved in the first conference read this: Ungheni, Moldova RMF Conference.

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