So other than the language, which is huge, what are a few things that I have had to adjust to in Romania?
Scents: Romanians seem to love everything scented.ö The first night I slept at the training center I think I woke up three times because my pillow smelled so “fresh.” Not that smelling “fresh” is bad; I just didn’t expect it. The following day I went to blow my nose and there it was in my tissue, that “fresh” scent. It’s even in the toilet paper. Everything smells very fresh and clean. Not that America doesn’t smell clean, but no where in the world does it smell as “fresh” as Romania.
The light to the bathroom is always outside the bathroom door: Now this may seem logical to Europeans. You turn on the light and go into the room, and when you finish, you leave the room and turn off the light. Obviously they have never been around Americans who can’t wait to turn off the light while you are in the bathroom.
love like sausages. First of all, Romanians reserve the word love only for their pets and other humans. When they like something, they mean they really like it. And they LIKE sausages. At breakfast they will put out a plate with 5-6 different kinds of sausages garnished with bell peppers and cucumber slices. The photo below is the sausage aisle at the large supermarket near Harvest Arad. Notice that the whole aisle on both sides has every kind of sausage you can imagine. I’m grateful now for my Polish upbringing that taught me to acquire a taste for sausage.
I have a car! But it’s been dark and rainy here every day so I don’t have any pictures. There are a few things you need to know before you drive in Romania. Like a white dashed line does not mean two lanes on a one way street; it separates two way traffic! Don’t worry, I was driving so slow that I never ventured into the other lane.
The car is a used VW minivan from Germany, and the church member who sold it to me gave me a discount. The Romanians have all been very kind and generous to me. I went to see an apartment this week, and Lord willing, I will move in this Friday. This too is a gift from God; the landlord is a member of the church and also offered the rent at a discount. I am thankful for the generosity that God has shown me through the Romanian people.
We are preparing for the church planters to arrive here at the training center this weekend! Currently we have 6 pastors coming from 6 different countries and a 7th is still in the working. A pastor from Cameroon hopes to join us if he is able to obtain a visa. Please pray that God will open the door for him to join us. I’ll give you details of the church planters in my next post.
Thank you for praying for my daughter Lydia. The nodule on her thyroid was benign. She has a follow up visit with the doctor in a week. Please pray for healing and wisdom concerning treatment.
Terry and Elizabeth will be joining me in 3 weeks. Please pray for them as they prepare to relocate.
Missing my wife and family but falling in love with the people of Romania,