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Update #3 – Eastern Europe B

By | Eastern Europe B

Preevyet! We have only been here for two days, and words cannot explain how much we have already experienced. Yesterday, we took the metro to two cathedrals and one had beautiful mosaic murals all across the walls.  Out of respect, women must wear scarf coverings over their heads.  After lunch, we walked outside and were surprised to see a parade happening with marching bands and floats. Everything is beautiful in this city! We were glad that we all got to see the culture, before diving into the work we have planned with the kids.

Today, we met the kids who we will be working with while we are here! I (Kyla) am a part of the teens group. At first, I was nervous to meet them, but now I absolutely adore them! I was surprised how open they all are. I did not expect that, especially not on the first day. They kept asking us questions and were as interested in knowing us as much as we want to know them. Their first question was about the fast food in America. Good thing that I know all about that! Leaving today was so hard, and it was only the first day! These teens are one of a kind, and I wish you all could meet them. I am excited to get to know them more throughout our time here. We also have two translators, which has not only been extremely helpful but also inviting. Because of them, I felt comfortable being me, even in a new and different culture.

We met our little ones today! My (Sammy) team dressed up with colorful wigs to do our introduction skit as characters from the movie “Inside Out”. Today, Sadness (Ethan) was featured and we learned about including others. The kids were full of energy and excitement, ready to play. My favorite part was playing freeze dance with them. We danced to the music, spinning the girls around and watching the boys break dance. Seeing them smile and laugh filled my heart. We read the book “You Are Special” by Max Lucado to the kids and Shaynna shared that she is special because God made her and he doesn’t make mistakes. Then we went outside and ran around, playing games like soccer- we will sleep well tonight! We are so excited to see what God has in store for the kids this week!

 Thank you for your prayers, we love you all!

-Kyla & Sammy

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Team Romania is Home!

By | Romania

Our Romania team arrived back at school safely EARLY this morning at 12:30am.

Everyone made it safely (but sleepily!) and we are excited to connect with family and loved ones to share stories and photos with everyone as soon as we are over the jet-lag!

Thank you again for following along with our journey, praying over our ministry and loving us well as we served overseas! If you want to hear more about our experience, please reach out to us and we would be happy to meet up with you. We also hope you will continue following the other teams as they update us on their time overseas and what the Lord is doing in and through them.

Thank you and we hope to see you soon!

Eastern Europe A is Home!

By | Uncategorized

We are back!!

We have made it home! Everyone arrived safely (with all our luggage!) and we are excited to connect with family and loved ones to share stories and photos with everyone!

Thank you again for following along with our journey, praying over our ministry and loving us well as we served overseas! If you want to hear more about our experience, please reach out to us and we would be happy to meet up with you. We also hope you will continue following the other teams as they update us on their time overseas and what the Lord is doing in and through them.

Thank you and we hope to see you soon!

Team Tanzania is Home!

By | Tanzania

We are back!!

We have made it home! Everyone arrived safely (with all our luggage!) and we are excited to connect with family and loved ones to share stories and photos with everyone!

Thank you again for following along with our journey, praying over our ministry and loving us well as we served overseas! If you want to hear more about our experience, please reach out to us and we would be happy to meet up with you. We also hope you will continue following the other teams as they update us on their time overseas and what the Lord is doing in and through them.

Thank you and we hope to see you soon!

Update #2 – Eastern Europe B

By | Eastern Europe B, Uncategorized

Hello friends and family back home!

We have just wrapped up our first full day in country after a long couple days of travel. We are so thankful to be here and are continually reflecting on what a blessing it is to have this amazing opportunity! Today was all about cultural immersion. We had a quick review of the language and learned how to communicate basic statements like “what’s your name?” and “where is the bathroom?”  We also learned more about the children we will have the chance to meet tomorrow.

A highlight for many of us was a chance to explore the city a bit and learn more of the history of the people here. We are struck by how much we can sense an emptiness in the hearts of the people. A void only God can fill. We hope to bring a light into this city. Our team time tonight was sweet. We enjoyed worshipping together in song and Dave encouraged us all to remember that He who called us will equip us and has already prepared the way for us. There isn’t a thing we need to worry about except loving God and others!

Thanks for your prayers. Tomorrow we begin our work with the kids. Pray we are flexible and hold our own expectations and plans loosely.

-Kristen

Update #1 – Eastern Europe B

By | Eastern Europe B

News from the field!  Eastern Europe B arrived safely at their destination!  They were pretty happy to be off an airplane at long last!

Eastern Europe B team was able to meet up with our other Jessup members of Eastern Europe A team for a meal and some story swapping.

Eastern Europe A team is scheduled to arrive back in the US tomorrow afternoon, and Eastern Europe B is just getting started.

Update #3 – Romania

By | Romania

Hello everyone! Chris and Genna here to give you an update on the last
few days of our trip!

We left Bazna on Monday and had a long drive
back to Oradea. Along the way we stopped in several different cities
and were able to take in some Romanian culture and history. We
explored an old fort and explored Sighisoara which is a walled city in
Romania where people are still living. The views of the architecture
and landscape of the country were exquisite. Sighisoara is also the
birthplace of “Dracula”, so a few of us took a quick tour of the house
he was born in. We got back to Oradea Monday evening and spent that
night in our driver, Ionels, home. We woke up Tuesday and had another
day of driving ahead of us to Satu Mare. There we had the privilege of
working with different churches and orphanages. We were able to spend
multiple days at House Of Hope. This is a Christian run home that has
such a great love for God. We all had such an amazing time bonding
with the children and getting to know their stories. We played with
the House of Hope children for hours and hours and had so much fun
doing so. They all have a joy in their hearts that comes from being
apart of a wonderful family that loves like Jesus loves.

The three days we spent in Satu Mare were impactful, inspiring, and
hard at times. We had the ability to spend some time in Herezu, a
state orphanage. There we shared the gospel and spent some time just
loving on the kids. We also got to spend some time at an orphanage for
handicapped girls. Both of these orphanages contrasted with House of
Hope in many ways. It was hard to see the difference between
orphanages run with Jesus as their foundation and orphanages that did
not share Jesus with their children. It was a blessing to be able to
love on these orphans and I know that every person on our team was
deeply impacted by the time we got to spend with the children of
Romania.

Seeing how the lives of the children are so greatly impacted by the
parents that run House of Hope brought me such joy. These kids lives
were changed and they receive so much love from the people there. I
had such a great time playing with all the kids and getting to know
what they like. It is amazing how much a smile can communicate and
even though there was a language barrier, it didn’t stop us from
having fun. But it was not only at House of Hope that we got to share
God’s love. We also visited a transit center and got to do a lesson
and many games with them. The kids here were so open to hear what we
were speaking about and loved the message and the the skit some of us
put on. We then got to play many different games. These kids were
constantly smiling and had the best time playing with all of us.

Thursday was our last day with the kids, and it was tough to say
goodbye but we know that God has his hand in their lives and will
continue to cover them. For the next few days we will be in Budapest.
We will take time to discuss everything we experienced while here.
Processing everything we learned and spending time in reflection while
learning about the city.

 

See y’all soon! Can’t wait to see you family! Love and miss you guys – Genna

 

Miss you Mom, Dad, Marlea, Casey, and Carson. I love you and cant wait
to see you all and tell you all about the last two weeks. – Chris

 

See you all soon!

We are on our way! – Eastern Europe B

By | Eastern Europe B

Thank you for your support as our team heads to the field! We departed at 1am this morning for the airport and will update you when we have arrived in country (hopefully with all our luggage!). We look forward to updating you on our trip and hope you will check back soon for news from our team!

If you would like to receive text message updates every time our team posts a blog update please text the word GO to the number 51400.

Thanks, and we’ll write you soon!

Update #4 – Eastern Europe A

By | Uncategorized

Hello all!

These past few days have been jammed packed with activity.

We have been progressing so much in our friendships with the students and have been able to also explore more of Eastern Europe! This past Sunday we were able to visit a church service that was done entirely in the local language; it was such a neat experience and we were able to meet so many wonderful people. After church on Sunday we did some sightseeing of more historic places around the city and got to enjoy a traditional home-cooked meal.

On Monday evening we enjoyed a night of fellowship with the youth from the church we visited Sunday morning. We played games, had a spoons tournament, ate pizza and had good discussion. It was such a blessed experience to commune with other believers and make even more connections.

And also on Monday and Tuesday we returned back to the camp and had very successful days with the kids! We performed skits, broke off into groups (kids/teens) and continued with our schedule. God has been so good and has continued to open the hearts and minds of the students we are working with. Each day we have been growing so much closer in friendship with them; it is incredible to watch the bonding that has unfolded in such a short period of time.

We have been able to engage in very thought provoking and deep conversation with the teens; they pose excellent questions that get us digging deep into the subjects we are challenging them to discuss.

With the younger kids we have enjoyed making crafts with them, spending more one on one time and getting to know them better. Though there is a language barrier, we are still able to connect with the kids. We have been playing so many new games with them, such as heads up seven up (which they really took a liking to!). We also had the chance to go swimming with them and got to play games in the pool today!

After camp today, we went souvenir shopping at some very traditional booths nearby and then got to visit a children center for kids/teens. At the center we spent an hour or so with the kids and teens, played games, had tea and desserts. It was such an incredible experience meeting more kids and being in their presence!

All in all time is flying by! We are all so in shock that our time is coming to an end here; though time is moving so quickly, it has felt as though we have been here a lifetime! The Lord has guided us along the way each and every day, drawing us closer as a team and closer with the kids. He is doing such incredible things over here and we are soaking in every bit of how He is using us.

Thank you all so much for the continual prayers and support- without you this is not possible!

We miss you and will be seeing you again soon!

Emily and Dot

(Here are a few pictures from the week)