Sometimes opportunities to serve come out nowhere. Just from you being yourself, and suddenly you find yourself in the middle of an incredible adventure.
It happened to me a few years ago.
I stay involved in various crafts. Since my first days on Facebook, I shared photos of the projects I’ve made. In January 2011, I shared photos of bags I made from some old curtains I’d replaced. Like I said, I was just being me. I had no thoughts of it being anything more than that. I made these bags, and I was excited to share them with my friends.
But then someone commented on my photos.
It was the key that would open the door to my next great adventure of serving.
The person who commented on my photos was one of the leaders of a ministry that our church supports in Romania. She commented on my photos and said how it would be really cool if I would ever be able to come to Romania and teach some of the women and girls specific sewing projects. With the hope of expanding it into micro businesses.
It was a kind of throw away comment in reality, but over the next 24 hours I kept thinking about what she had said. I spoke to a friend who had already visited that ministry and made a decision affecting most of my following year.
The next many months I spent fundraising and pulling together craft supplies to take with our team. So many crafts in fact, I bought a whole new, larger suitcase to put them in.
I was finally there in Romania.
Finally, September 1, 2011, we arrivied in Romania to spend two and a half weeks with our friends at Talmid Ministries. Talmid Ministries works in the village of Romosel which is around 220 miles northwest of the capital city, Bucharest. One of their key areas of ministry is in the local Gypsy quarter. In this area, it is not unusual for a family of six or more people to live in a one room house they have built themselves, with no running water.
It is here Talmid set up a center where children receive help with their school work. They also organize childrens’ afternoons and different courses teaching English, computer, sewing, creative work, etc. Talmid Ministries distributes clothes, food, school supplies and medication to the poorest families. By means of their sponsoring program, widows, families and students are helped financially. The school project provides the bus ticket or the school costs for approximately one hundred students, when their family is too poor to pay for that.
What I learned serving in Romania.
It was an incredible time! The time filled with frustrations and joys, tears and laughter and much fun. I taught women to make fabric flowers (they probably could have taught me a thing or two about sewing!). I taught young girls to make their own felt sewing kits, and I worked with the older girls, teaching them to use sewing machines and make bags for themselves. And I learned such a lot about the history and culture of Romania and the way people live in the Romanian Gypsy culture.
But the most important lesson? I learned if you are open to God using you, it can come in the simplest of ways, by you just being yourself and sharing what you love to do with the world.Serving sometimes looks like sharing what you love to do with the world.Click To Tweet
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