Today was my first full day back in Romania, and it was a great start to the trip. We began the day by visiting the House of the People. It is a beautiful historical landmark in downtown Bucharest. Although it is a fairly new building, the history behind it is very important to Romania. It was originally built by the Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, but he was overthrown and killed before the building was finished. It is now used as a tourist attraction, the meeting place government officials, and many other events.
After the morning of tourism, we got straight to work. We went to the warehouse to get some stuff together for our two stops for the day. We first stopped in Manastirea to make a delivery to the feeding center. On an average day this church feeds about 70 children, and on a busy day it feeds about 90 children.
After visiting Manastirea, we went down the road to visit the family of the children I sponsor through the orphanage. Rebeca and Pavel now live back at home because their parents have asked for them to come back. The orphanage does not have custody of the children so they are not able to argue with the parents about where they should live. Their home does not have any electricity or running water. The roads in their village are so muddy that we got stuck in the mud and had to push the car. Since they have arrived back home they have stopped going to school because there is not one around the area. We gave them lots of food, clothes, and hygiene products.
Alin also talked to them about joining us at camp in a few weeks, and miraculously they agreed. So, please begin to pray God will work on the parents' hearts and give the children peace about leaving their family because it is what is best for their health and well being.