Eastern European Tour
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Today is Wednesday. Friday morning I will be flying to New York to join a group, Global Celebration. We will be spending 10 days with some of the Gypsies in Eastern Europe. I’m pretty well set, but I do have some loose ends to tie up. A young friend from church is going with me this year. We’re both getting excited!
During the next two weeks, when I can get to an internet cafe, I will post here about some of our experiences. I’ve not been able to upload photos for some time, so I will not be able to post photos here. After I return, I will post them on an online gallery.
The Global Celebration team is in Bulgaria! We have had an awesome three days! For instance, last night we made a “surprise visit” to a small gypsy camp, the poorest group in Varna GC has found yet. Turns out, it’s about 5 minutes from our hotel! Sweet, sweet people! So beautiful, so open, so receiving! A number of people were healed, including one lady who’s many lumps in both breasts totally went away, and a man confined to a wheelchair got up and walked! He walked with help, but he stopped every few steps to do some shallow knee-bends — as if to say, “Look! I can do this!” It was totally AWESOME!! Check out the link to Global Celebration above and see photos and the team journal!!
Please keep praying, as we also encountered some drug-related people who were not at all happy about us being there, but all was quiet and peaceful. One man called the police, but since we had committed no crimes, the policeman told his superiors that he could not legally stop us.
Other healings include a tumor dissolved off a man’s back, a child with cerebral palsy’s muscles completely relaxed in her father’s arms, another child healed of a hearing loss, a man’s severe vision problems cleared up and he invited team members who visited him in his home to come stay at his house next year!
Packages of bread, rice, oil, and other essentials were distributed in the small community in Varna. In Romania, we provided food for a sheep-soup & bread feast with watermelon for dessert… this meal has been known to bring tears to the people’s eyes, who have not had this favorite dish in many years.
Today we are in Nessebar, an ancient shipping port on the Black Sea. This is a tourist place and we are taking a break before we go to another new work in a Gypsy community near Burgass. We will stay in Burgass tonight and head for Kazanluk, stopping in a small community in Sliven on the way.
As I was sitting waiting for dinner last night, I was telling a new friend that when Richard asked me why I am going on this trip again this year, I told him that I need to fulfill a promise to Lubcho (Sophia church musician) to take my violin again. So I am here. However, as I told my friend, how could I NOT return again?!! I love it here!!
By the way, for you Kansans reading this, much of Bulgaria’s landscape looks so very much like the Eastern Kansas peneplain (flat-topped hills) that we grew up in. The elevations of the hills are higher, but the look is exactly the same!! OH! And fields full of sunflowers, too!! SO BEAUTIFUL! and SPACIOUS SKIES!!
Love you all,
Back to the Gypsies…
As I sit in the car, being chauffered to Washington, D.C. to catch my plane, my brain feels like a whirlpool and I watch the long list of items and ask, did I bring them, or did I forget them? I’m excited, but not the exhuberant excitement I’ve felt in past years. I have a suitcase that most likely exceeds the weight limit, full of 91 boxes of crayons, 25 toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste, little girl things, matchbox cars, stickers, stickers, & stickers, clothes. I am thanking God for last-minute monetary gifts that will likely cover any excess weight charge!!
Whew!!!!! I must somehow decompress from all this preparation while my emotions are building, looking forward with expectation to seeing my friends on the mission team as well as the Gypsy friends I’ve been making over the last 2 years!! It’s a good thing that I DON’T have problems with HIGH blood pressure!! ☺
My biggest anxiety points seem to be: 1. Looking for the people I took pictures of last year so I can give them prints. 2. Staying focused among so many people and activities. PLEASE COVER ME IN PRAYER FOR THIS ONE!! I want to be where my Heavenly Daddy wants me to be at every minute, with every person He wants me to connect with. John 2:5 – I want to do what He tells me to do, and say what He tells me to say.
God has consistently told me through His messengers to “Just be you! You cannot imagine all that Jesus is going to do! Jesus! It’s just that easy!” When I had not spoken it to anyone, He said that I don’t have to be “adequate” for anything, to just be myself! It’s about spilling out God’s Love (Jesus) and Light and Joy all over the people!! “Well,” I thought, “I can do this!!”
“Love them, Nancy. Just be you and let my power and my light flow from you. Remember Paul? ‘I come to you NOT with fancy words to wow you, but in the power of the spirit!’ (1 Cor 2:4) I call you to love and encourage, to BE MY LIGHT. Go to the highways and the byways and love my people.”
Wandering with His Purpose, Nancy
“What happened to TESOL?” you may be asking. The Lord has that “on hold” right now. My heart is there. I am looking for and at different curricular materials I might use. I am getting a clearer picture in my mind of what I’m looking for in curriculum. So TESOL continues to simmer on the back burner, periodically being tasted and seasoned as needed for a great dinner.
In 4 weeks, on August 2nd, I’ll be driving to Dulles International Airport to leave for Romania, Bulgaria and the eastern coast of Turkey to again minister God’s love and grace to the Gypsies there. I don’t feel the high level of excitement I have in past trips, but I do hear the Lord telling me to “prepare quietly”. So I am. Things are falling into place nicely. Having been there twice, deciding what I need to pack is much easier and low-key. I know I want to take about 1/2 of what I took last year!! Heavy suitcases are such a drag!! I am also asking God what He wants me to take as a blessing and a gift to the people.
These are two precious Gypsy children selling souvenier tops to the tourists in Istanbul. I find myself really wanting to give them full price because I have seen the Gypsy “camps” (walled ghettos) in person. I pray as I look at their picture, “Lord, set Your People free! Bless Your Children!”
One young man asked me this, and I said, “Yes, I will.” So here you are. I’m sorry I don’t remember your name, but I remember your face! Blessings to you both, in the Name of Isus, our Redeemer.
These are two of my Gypsy friends who live in Kazanluk, Bulgaria. The Gypsy neighborhood here is huge. These two young ladies hold a special place in my heart.
And this is my friend, Lubcho, the worship team leader of the Sophia Bulgarian/Gypsy church. Mo cho, Lubcho. (“My son, Lubcho.) We enjoy making music together.
I am sitting in my husband’s office, web-surfing. As I read over some posts from our Gypsy trip this summer, I see something that strikes my heart. I quote it below. I have to ask again, HOW can people be so cruel to each other? I mean, the people meant well to the Americans, but what about God’s beloved Gypsies? Lord Jesus, please forgive us all… some of us don’t know what we’re doing, some of us do. We ALL really need Your forgiveness and changing grace.