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Trip to Romania
Durrington Community Church organised a trip to Sanpetru, in Romania from Thursday 28th September to Tuesday 3rd October, to visit our sister church,
Andrew Lund, Lynda Burrows, William Kingwell, Dave Hone, Pat Parker, Pam Potter, Lucian Sandu, his son, Oliver and myself were guests of the school house which has been developed by Avondale School.
Our guide for the visit was Dana, who has visited Durrington on a number of occasions and we look forward to her visiting again next summer. We are indebted to her for her warmth and smooth efficiency in keeping us under control and making the most of the time we spent.
Her compassion, warmth and strength were not just confined to us. After our visit to one of the restaurants in Brasov, she spoke to a girl who was sat outside the restaurant selling flowers. We prayed for her and Dana arranged to meet with her, in a counselling capacity a few days after our visit. We continue to pray for this situation and know that Dana’s faith and the guidance of the Holy Spirit in her life will remain strong.
During our stay we visited Peles Castle, home of the deposed Romanian royal family and Bran Castle, the supposed home of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula! As you can see from the photographs, the castle is not as gloomy and sinister as its previous owner might suggest!
We also visited two of the orphanages which are supported by New Generation Impact. One of the orphanages we visited is home to ten boys, the other to eight girls. Our visits were very emotional and we were all touched by the friendliness and enthusiasm of many of the children. As a parent I felt it was a very humbling experience, but also inspiring for me to be a better father to my own children.
We were also guests of the Betel Church on the Sunday and it was a privilege to preach to them, on the subject of our calling, grace and unity from Ephesians. I was very grateful to Lucian, who translated for me. Andy led us in some singing and some of our group gave testimonies about the work of our church in Durrington and what God has been doing in our lives and the community.
The church in Sanpetru is a vibrant church, with a dedicated pastor and congregation, and they made us feel extremely welcome. The trip was extremely enjoyable and the weather was good too. I think we would all agree the food was fantastic and certainly plentiful! It was a time of great blessing
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