Monday, July 09, 2007

Back in Bucuresti

This is a photo I took on the train going back to Bucuresti from Bistrita on Saturday. It is a hill in the city of Sighisoara which is considered one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. You can view the rest of the photos I took while in Bistrita and the trip back home here.

I ended up staying till Saturday in Bistrita so I could attend a conference at the Calvary Chapel there. The theme was God's love and 1 Corinthians 13 was taught Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Ernest Updike, pastor of Calvary Chapel Garden Valley, Idaho and Ethan Larson, who teaches at the Bible College in Hungary and is from Calvary Chapel Boise were the speakers for the conference. In addition Keala and Heather Hoe and their kids Sam, Faith and Lauren came up from Brasov and Keala lead the worship during the conference.

It was great spending time in cool Bistrita but now I am back in hot Bucuresti. Sunday late afternoon we had a barbecue for the men in our church and we discussed about why men don't like church and how we could change things. Please pray that God would give us vision on how best to reach and minister to men.

Adi at the Barbecue

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Photos from the Wedding

Luci (lu chee) and Mona were married Sunday. I was blessed to be able to go to their wedding. It was great to be there. You can check out the photos I took here.

As is typical here in Romania first there is a civil ceremony at the mayor's office then there are photos taken. After that everyone heads to the church for the religious ceremony then it is off to the wedding reception which last a lot longer than ones in the States. This one started at 2:30pm and lasted till midnight with lots of food, dancing, etc. In Romania people don't usually give gifts but rather flowers and an envelope with money to help with the expenses of the wedding.

Someone secretly arranged with those running the medieval festival that was going on in town to stop there on the way to the reception. There Luci and Mona went through a quick medieval version of the wedding ceremony in front of a big crowd then knights with swords came and stole Mona. To get her back Luci had to have a sword fight with one of the knights to win her back. It was a pretty cool.

Please continue to pray for them and they begin their lives as husband and wife.