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Report from Romania

Report from Romania
On Friday 27th of July a team of 15 willing helpers set out to travel over 2000 miles to Dorohoi in Romania to run a Kids‟ Club at the Centre of Hope. Our first problem arose when our flight from Aberdeen to London was delayed causing me to nearly have a nervous breakdown. After prayer and a long wait, we boarded our plane which thankfully made up time and, with a swift changeover, we were all checked in for the flight to Bacau.

Pasu
Pasu

After a three hour flight through the night and a two hour time zone jump we landed at 6 am in Romania. Our first stop was McDonalds for breakfast before a bumpy three hour drive to the Centre. On our arrival there were many kids playing in the park at the centre, excited to see what the week ahead would have in store. The team tried to get as much rest as possible and started to acclimatize to the high temperature and humidity. Sun-day was a day of preparation for the club as well as a walk around the town. In the evening we attended the local Baptist Church where we all had a part to play in the service.
Monday saw the start of the week‟s routine – up at 7 am first shower of the day, breakfast at 8 am; club prepa-ration and prayer time at 9 am; the club ran from 10 am till 12 noon every day. We had an average of 50 kids attending with 75 one day. The club consisted of Bible stories, craft, dramas, songs and games. The kids loved all we did but most of all just wanted to spend time with us. At 12 noon the team met for lunch and a debrief before afternoon activities kicked off.
From 2 pm onwards it was back in the heat playing with the kids, doing face painting, loom bands, nails, craft and team games. Most afternoons the temperature was 36C with 89% humidity so the team‟s biggest challenge was staying hydrated and not getting exhausted working in the heat. Each afternoon four members of the team went with Peter and Lesley to visit local families so that they could better appreciate the living conditions and situations of the local children. Everyone was challenged by these visits and how little the local people have.
Dinner, cooked by the Centre‟s chefs, was at 6 pm. Throughout the week we tried many lovely Romanian dish-es and puddings. After dinner we met as a team to worship, pray and discuss what was on our hearts. Every night one of the team shared a devotion. The devotions encouraged and challenged us all as team to go deeper with God and to give more of ourselves. After this we would chill, go for a walk or have another shower before we got some rest.
As a team we worked hard to show God‟s love to the kids and to share what Jesus has done. The kids in return showed us that you don‟t need money or material possessions to be happy. God blessed us as a team and we are thankful to say there were no major injuries, No D&V and no major fall outs as a team. I‟m sure everyone in the team has been challenged by God with what we have seen during our time in Dorohoi.
The team would like to thank everyone for their giving, support and prayers. We could not have done it with-out. We want to say a special thanks to Peter and Lesley for the opportunity and for all the help and support throughout our time with them. It is in inspiring to see what they are doing in Dorohoi.

Tech corner – 8

Tech 1

 

At the time of writing this it’s July; difficult to believe that it was February that we last posted a tech corner.   A few weeks ago we spoke about the website in the morning service. I thought it would be good to recap some of the items from that morning.

There are, in essence, two groups of people that use the website, the church attendees and the visitors. We try to use the website to communicate information to those that stumble across us, either because they were googling Lossie, or looking for a church in the area. This can be information about service times, where we meet, etc. or in more depth, it could be about what we believe, or our vision for the church in Lossiemouth. In both cases we hope that the website would attract individuals, and give the impression that LBC is a place where they would be welcome and find friendship. In order for this to happen, they need to be able to find us in the first instance. – see box The verb ‘to google’       Accessing the Internet; there are only a couple of ways to find information. One way is to type in the exact code for the page (called a URL) e.g. www.lossiebaptist.org or one of the search engines will give you a range of pages that represent whichever search words you type in.. There are a number of search engines, of which the most well-known is Google. Hence typing into Google is Googling. The problem with search engines is the number of results they produce. A google search for ‘Lossie’ takes just over a quarter of a second to produce 793,000 results. LBC comes up 4th….! Out of 793,000 i.e on the first page

The second group are our own attendees. There are two objectives to consider here. The way the search engines work is a closely guarded secret, but there are some known parameters. Broadly speaking, the more a page is used and the more connections/links it has, the more it will rise up the search engines rankings. Our aim is to have it on the front page; top ten… Consequently, if we have a good site that the congregation use regularly, then we will be and remain on the front page of the search engines, making us accessible to the visiting public.

The lossiebaptist.org web page has a wide range of features (33 pages) many of which may be of interest to you. Please consider helping with the website by doing some or all of the following.

  • If you haven’t had a look yet? please do.
  • Use the features on a regular basis (daily bible readings, weather forecast, tide times, EA news, Tech 2church diary)
  • Use the links on each page to make recommendations (and hence links) on your social media pages. Tweet to hashtag #lossiebc, ‘like’ on Facebook, or just send email recommendations to friends
  • Encourage visitors to the church to sign our visitors book online
  • If you are an organisation leader – please check your page and give me updates at least every 6 months or so – let’s not get stale!   Men’s fellowship – have you read your page?
  • Finally, give me suggestions about what you would like on the site…

Neil & the team…

 

Dohohoi Trip ~ 25th July-3rd August

content14_clip_image026In a few days time a group of our young people are going to the GLIA Centre of Hope in Romania.  This is their page, this is their story…

For more details on the Centre for Hope and the work they do…click here

 

Day one – about 60 children at 10:00 and more trickling in. Temperature 30C+ ……

We have had a brilliant first day of our holiday club in the GLIA centre of hope, Dorohoi.

Around 70 children attended and we told Bible Stories, the kids sang songs, played games and completed crafts.  The holiday club is called ‘Nava aventura’ which means ship adventure.  Today’s theme was sea of choice and we looked at the story of Jesus healing the leper.

The children were very excited To find out more about the story and take part in the days activities.

In the afternoon, some played football, other made loom bands and some had their faces and nails painted.  Some of the team visited some of the locals and experienced something of the extreme poverty that they face on a day to day basis.

The weather has been extremely warm and we are all sweating.  It is great fun but very tiring.

Day two – Tuesday – about 33-35C this morning. about 70 children again.

Today we had 70 kids come along to “Nava aventura” and we were happy to see new faces from some of the surrounding villages.  Children are picked up (the more the merrier) with heaps of kids being crammed in for a lift to the club. We are improving our Romanian by the day as the children are always keen to teach us. They are having heaps of fun and enjoy the scottish sweets on offer if they recite the memory verse! Todays craft was making a fishing game and the kids loved playing with them in the afternoon.

Each day a few of the team are taken out to visit some of the people that are cared for by Glia. When they return they are humbled and moved by what they saw. And it is an experience that they will never forget.

We are now heading off to bed – all shattered from the heat and the days activities!

We are all looking forward to seeing what God has planned for tomorrow 🙂

Day three  ~ very hot again but numbers keeping up (60-70). Team a bit tired today.

The weather continues to be very warm.  We are now beginning to enjoy the shade.

We are very aware of God’s presence as we serve Him here in Dorohoi.  The children’s club continues to go well and in the last couple of days we have told the children the stories of blind Bartimaeus and Zaccheaus.  We have had the opportunity to tell them about how much Jesus loves each one of them.  The children very much enjoy the singing and praise, particularly they love the song, ‘Our God is a Great big God‘.

There were 75 children at the club today Day four;  We have done various different crafts with them including bracelets, colouring in and making crosses.  They very much enjoy this, even the teenagers.  This afternoon we played various games with them.

Some of the team have again been out visiting some of the families that GLIA help.  This has been very challenging and has impacted them greatly.  It is hard to put into words. The team are well settled and have built great relationships with the centre staff and with the children.

Mark and Matt have built a bunk bed and will be fitting it tomorrow.

Please pray for wisdom, energy and a continued anointing upon each and every member of the team.

To God be the Glory

La revedere

Rae

 

The Adventure Cruise – Holiday Club July’14

holiday club boatThe Adventure Cruise holiday club has sailed, your too late for this year……

See the daily blog below, from July 2014

Look out for information and blog comments from the team… We are soo excited, this year’s holiday club is here! So if you are going into Primary 1 – Primary 7 this August you can come along and join in the crazy fun! Join Granny McLeod, Stewart and Heather as they begin their summer holiday on the H.M.S. Cruise Adventure. But wait, there’s a pirate on the loose who is looking for hidden treasure! Can you help Granny McLeod find the treasure, or will they discover something even better than silver or gold?

Manic Monday!

After a long wait, Holiday Club is finally here..hooray! At precisely 10am this morning HMS Adventure Cruise set out leaving Lossie to set sail on the “C” of Choice! And as we cruised along we learned about how Jesus healed the man with leprosy and how he would never turn anyone away. The team had a great time sailing with our “smaller” passengers, getting to know them and doing some fun crafts and laughing out loud together at the McLeod family drama. But just who is that strange pirate? Is he really a crook? And what is in the captains suitcase that is so precious?…. You’ll have to come along in the morning to find out! IMG_2814

Terrific Tuesday

Well it was amazing to sail again today with our passengers (all 49 of them!) aboard the HMS Adventure Cruise and what an amazing time we all shared!  Our early morning zumba session went down a treat and it certainly woke up all the crew, however there were some dodgey dance moves from the team but hey we are on our hols so anything goes! Today we set sail on the C of Courage and learned all about the woman who poured perfume on Jesus, washed his feet with her tears and dried them with her hair.  We also met with those pesky pirates again in our drama and now they have granny McLeod hostage!  What ever will become of her??Snapshot 1 (08-07-2014 21-11) But for me the main star of today was our lovely “Gladys” who ran our daily quiz alongside Neil the main quiz master!  She definitely made us all laugh with her funny accent and hilarious singing!!  Can’t wait till tomorrow’s quiz that’s for sure!! Tomorrow we will be visiting the C of Call so set your alarm clocks early and head on down for another fun packed adventure!

Wacky Wednesday

As we pulled out of the harbour today the conditions were calm but the fog was soon rolling in.  We learned that ships and fog are not a good mix and that if a ship did get into difficulty then a flare or two way radio may be their only way of calling for help.  Our bible story was also about calling for help and we met a man named Bartimaeus who called out to Jesus and asked him to restore his sight and Jesus healed him.  We also really enjoyed meeting Gladys again and her sidekick, ahem sorry main quiz master Nick who kicked off the morning with a fun quiz. Tomorrow we will find out what’s in the briefcase so don’t miss out and come along to see what those pesky pirates are really up to!   And remember that it’ll be a Zumba dance start so have plenty of breakfast to keep you going!

Thrilling Thursday 

IMG_2908We all had another thrilling day out at sea today, enjoying the breeze and the sun shine on the C of change and finding out all about a man named Zacchaeus who completely turned his life around after meeting Jesus!

Our popular Zumba dance session kicked off today’s club where we boogied on down to some oldies but goodies (YMCA was my favourite!)  Then Gladys and Nick joined us quizzing the teams about yesterday’s bible stories and we found out that Gladys is so good as an assistant the ITV 3 + 1 is interested in singing her up!  Wow!

Plenty of fun games were played too and we all looked forward to out daily dose of the McLeod family drama.  Will the pirates will get away with their dastardly plan of stealing the passengers jewellery or will granny McLeod save the day?  Be sure to come along tomorrow for the final day of our adventure cruise and join in the craziness of double points Friday!!

Fantastic Friday

 

And a fantastic Friday was certainly had by all!!  We really had a great day with all our crew and shipmates aboard the HMS Adventure Cruise today and we finally found out what the pirates pesky plan was!  They had intended to steal all the ships jewellery but thanks to granny McLeod, she saved the day!

Well sadly another holiday has drawn to a close and we were all really sorry to say goodbye to all our wonderful little shipmates!  But its not all doom and gloom as we do have a fun Sunday morning service planned at the church at 11am this Sunday!  So head down to Lossie Baptist with the family and enjoy the McLeod family drama for the last time and also see the lovely Gladys and Nick for a final holiday club quiz before she also leaves for pastures new to join ITV3 Plus 1! Rumour has it that the Countdown team are interested in her also! And we may even see the pirates too, that’s if they can escape….  I don’t know how they will but you never know!   And don’t forget to bring along your completed competition sheets, the winner may be YOU!  And you will find out which team is crowned champion of the Adventure Cruise Holiday Club.  Hopefully see you there shipmates 🙂

Kate

Matt ~ May Update

As you were reading last month’s magazine I was at Spring Harvest and what a week it was! I worked as part of the Energize team with fellow DNAers which is led by Doug and Belinda Horley. Our team looked after the 8-11 age group for 5 hours in the morning and 3 at night for 5 days. We played many games and did lots of activities but what impacted me the most was the level at which we taught the kids and how much God wanted to minister into their lives. I have never seen God move so much in kids’ work. We had 400 kids who God poured His Spirit into and many got pictures, visions and the gift of tongues from God. Continue reading Matt ~ May Update