For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
Summer has come to an end. We have had a great time playing, baking, and staying up late nights watching movies together. As Ecclesiastes 3 says there is a time for everything and now is a time for routine.
This week was the first week of school. I think I had more school jitters than the kids. The school day here is much shorter than the in Canada. All the kids start at 8am and then depending on their age they finish at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and high school students finish at 3pm. The school is a 10 minute walk from home and in a morning about 10 of us do the walk together. The first day there was a mini outdoor assembly. The principal gave us information about the school year. Again being a country so infused in Orthodoxy a priest also spoke to us and then sprinkled the crowd with “holy water.” The kids all have religion class. For me this is a reminder how important it is for us to being checking in with our kids daily and helping them understand what is truth and what is not of God. I love the verse below as we think about our desire for our children…
May our sons in their youth
be like plants full grown,
our daughters like corner pillars
cut for the structure of a palace;
This weekend is a busy weekend here for us in Braila. We have a small group leaders retreat at church. It will be a time of training and community with both the adult and youth small group leaders. It is also our first Sunday of our ministry year. As we head into a new year would you pray with us for faithfulness in the things God calls us to?
Youth continues to go great. As youth leaders we are working through the Know, Grow, Show book (Thanks Karl)! We are also learning together how to practically be discipling our youth. Our theme for the year is based around the following verse…
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
We are excited to kick off the new year with the youth this Friday as we serve together cleaning the old church “Dianei” for ministry use there on Saturdays.
Lots to look forward to and I am expectant of so much more to come!
Much Love, Carolyn