Romanian Grace

The dragon sits by the side of the road, watching those who pass. Beware lest he devour you. We go to the Father of Souls, but it is necessary to pass by the dragon. -- St. Cyril of Jerusalem

10 October, 2006

A strange providence

What does Frisbee have to do with the gospel? Today I was blessed to take part in something I have truly missed. To explain, last year I was a P.E. teacher. Great job. You have no idea, and neither had I, just how good a job it was. I took it just because it was part time and allowed me freedom to raise support to come to Romania eventually. But I got to play with kids all day, run with them, teach them to throw the disc a variety of ways. Today was the second day I have brought my disc out to the front of the apartment building where I live, and there must have been kids waiting and watching all over Codlea. They just kept coming. We passed the disc across the circle we had formed, gawking as hilariously wild tosses careened into the parking lot, gasping as they nearly missed (sometimes) the cars there. It even became a spectator sport, as residents gathered on their balconies to observe the pandelirium. Kids shouted Romanian I couldn't understand at me from every direction; one guy rode off somewhere on my bike that was covered with horse poop and mud from a recent "plimbare" (pictures of which might make a future post); the evening grew in deepening shades of mauve and grey. A couple of kids nearly accosted me when I said I was going in and I had to take the disc with me. I admit, I felt, maybe for one of the first times since I got here, truly in my element. Question: how will the Lord use "my element" for His kingdom and towards the purpose of church planting here in Romania? I don't know the answer to that yet, but I pray that He will reveal that to me in time. What does Frisbee have to do with the gospel? I don't know exactly, but I will keep on enjoying it as I figure it out.


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