We headed out from Bucureşti Thursday morning, catching a tramvai (tram) to a metrou (subway) to a tren (train) to an autocar (coach bus) to Rotbav. Rotbav is a beautiful village of 1,000 to 1,500 people that’s only about 120 miles but 3 to 6 hours from where we live. It’s a neat little town, and it would be our home away from home through Sunday afternoon as we enjoyed fellowship and ministry with Spiritual Revival Church.
Thursday, our train to Braşov was late, so we missed meeting up with the greater portion of the Spiritual Revival crew. But Pastor Peter and Dan (pronounced “Dun” here) waited for us so we’d get on the right bus from Braşov to Rotbav. Dan is 6-foot-something, became a Christian in March, and translates many Sundays. He has a very easy-to-like personality, and I really enjoyed getting to talk with him and learn about life in Romania.
“Are you really sure you wanna leave?” I’ve been asked that question many times over the last few months. Partly, I think it’s asked because people will miss me here, but also I think it’s asked because things are starting too get exciting here.
A few years ago, when I first began to seriously consider leaving, the desire was born more out of frustration than anything else. I had grown tired of small town ministry, frustrated with watching people grow cold in their love for Jesus, and just plain weary of having few like-minded believers here. Basically, I had grown tired of my post, wanted out, and was contemplating shooting myself in my foot to get an early discharge.
But, though I was stir-crazy and worn out, I didn’t sense God’s permission for me to leave. So I hung in there. I figured I’d give it a few more years so I could end with a nice round 10 years of service under my belt.
So I was all set for the Campus Life meeting tonight. I had an awesome plan. Seriously, the gospel was going to be shared, lives were going to be changed, teenagers were going to be loved… I spent the day preparing, and it was gonna be amazing, truly amazing.
But then I remembered there was a band and choir concert tonight. All but two students in this year’s Campus Life crew are in either band or choir. And one of those two students was planning to go to the concert.
So much for my plan, right?