Tonight we had worship night at the ministry center. It was a great time. We interacted with all the kids that came over doing things from playing basketball and soccer to card games to singing songs, to just talking and joking around(with a translator of course!). Several people also shared their testimonies, which were powerful and I'm sure every child was touched by at least one of them.
Another highlight of my day was meeting the girl I sponsored before I came here. Her name is Mariana and she is 10 years old. We talked for a little bit, but I could tell she was a kind of shy. She was painting her nails with her friend, so I asked her if she wanted to paint my nails. She thought that was hilarious and was super pumped to do it! She kept laughing every time she saw me with my purple/sparkly nails. Just looking around the room, I saw so much joy in the children's faces as well as our team members and the CTL staff members.
We ended the day with our usual debrief time. We shared our highs and lows and what we will take from this week so far. While going around the room and talking about these things, it hit me that each one of us has a purpose here and was called to come to Romania for a reason. Each person may not know what exactly their purpose is right now or are able to put it into words, but I have seen everyone of us touch lives of not only the children, but the lives of the CTL staff and the lives of the other team members. Many of us, if not all of us, had our worries and fears about committing to go on this trip and following through and actually going, but many times the greatest moments in our lives lie outside of our comfort zone. Seeing all of my team members learn, grow, step outside their comfort zone and ultimately flourish in this environment is amazing to watch. I know there are still more days to come, but it is safe to say that this trip will be one of the most amazing experiences of my life.