Summer has come to an end and it was full of unexpected surprises!
We participated in two Romanian youth camps and saw God at work in powerful ways. In the first camp more than 200 high school and young adult students spent a week in the mountains in Harghita, Romania. Each day was filled with fun games, crafts, challenges, karate classes, mountain climbing, and amazing messages about depending on Jesus our rock with powerful worship to our Lord. We saw over 150 students either rededicate their lives to the Lord or become Christians for the first time. Many shed tears of repentance and joy as we experienced the Lord at work changing lives. In the second camp 66 students ages 6-11 years old spent a week learning about Daniel’s uncompromising faith in God while playing water games, soccer, dodge ball, crafts, and yes, even a shaving cream contest! Can you recognize Jenn VanderVeen, our own from Harvest Palos, among the contestants? What a joy it was to shepherd such young hearts in the ways of the Lord!
Elizabeth, our youngest, started college at Olivet Nazarene University. Her roommate, Kylee, is a missionary kid who lived in Africa. Pray for wisdom and guidance as she learns to navigate college life and tries to discern what her focus should be as she is interested in art, psychology, education and music.
This summer we had the opportunity to serve at the local mental hospital with some of the members of our small group. One women introduced herself as “Hillary Clinton” though in person she doesn’t even resemble what she looks like on TV! 🙂 Here are some drawings that the residents made of their favorite vacation.
Finally, a few days ago the bulldozer demolished our burnt down garage in Chicago. What a long hard task it was for our boys to sift through all the rubble identifying and taking photos of all the items which burnt down in the garage! Our yard looked like a war zone. Our boys told Mike yesterday that they got him a new garage for his birthday!
Yesterday our mechanic here in Arad told us that he may have a car for us! We’ll give you an update as soon as we find out. Thank you for praying and supporting us as we learn to adjust to Romanian culture and language.
Mike and Terry Kijowski