|Project Coordinator Lidia Shade shares the lesson for the day with the help of a friend.|
|Nothing more fun than getting your hands dirty.|
written on the 5th April, 2014.
was about to begin my little adventure in Eastern Europe and my first stop was
FFR Romania; not knowing what to expect, who I would meet, how I would
feel about it all, I felt
uncertain with a tint of excitement. Just over 3 weeks now, I carry the same
backpack on a different train heading to Sighisoara leaving FFR.
|Sorting donations for the Baby Closet.|
I remember when I was still in Hong Kong, way back when I
have decided to leave home and take on this challenge/adventure of mine I felt
a bit lost and was opened to wherever my adventure takes me or lead me to.
Funny enough I think I might have found something already in the past 3 weeks!!
I don’t know what it is but I loved what I did and everything that happened!! I
have learnt so much! The power of LOVE! The people I have crossed paths are
incredible; the babies at the hospital, the kids at Budila, they have taught me
to love and beloved unconditionally, to believe in your beliefs, to chase after
your dreams, to be brave, to be thankful for what you have. The list is
|Eliz teaching out teenagers how to make Chinese dumplings.|
I really admire and love the FFR team! I still don’t get my
head round it, how did they come to Romania and have lived here for 10 years
purely from the desire of wanting to make a difference in these children’s
lives? But they did it! They believe in their passion and faith and worked
towards their goals. I love how passionate they are, I love how closely they
work with the local people and be part of the community and culture. It’s super
amazing and inspiring.
wanting to volunteer abroad I have had responses such as “Well you could
volunteer at home too!”, “You
can’t help everyone in need there are so many people in the world and the ones
you are helping are only the tip of an ice-berg!”
I once cast doubts on the
difference I am actually making too but then I remembered the ‘star fish
everything as it was a truly
life-changing experience and it made me believe that maybe the so-called
impossibilities are possible after all and that I shall not be afraid to
believe in what I believed in and sometimes thoughts may seem foolish to others
but it’s not foolish at all! Missing you guys already. Xxxxxx
Nowadays, snapping photos is an everyday thing. Most people have a camera on their phone that allows them to capture every part of their day: get togethers with friends, road trips, even what they’re eating. Now think way back, if you’re old enough, to the time when taking pictures meant owning a camera, having batteries for it, and buying rolls of film at the 7/11. Now try to imagine even farther back to a time when it was a rare and precious thing to have your photograph taken, a picture of your family that would hang on a wall of the house, slowly getting faded over time from the constant exposure to sun light.
Most, if not all, children in Budila have never had a picture of themselves, or pictures hanging in the home of their family. Well, we were thrilled this past week when a team from Alisha Sidebottom’s home church, The Freedom Center in Fenton Michigan, came to freeze in time the lovely and happy faces of our After School Program children. Each child was able to have their photo taken and then framed and given to them. The team was also able to take group pictures of the different grades.
It’s time to go back to school all over the globe and for kids in most western countries that means back to school photos! What a precious and memorable gift to give these children and their families. If any of you ever look back fondly on your awkward or unfortunate elementary school photos, complete with starry or neon lazer backgroud, then just think how much more these photos will be prized and appreciated.
These children have a bright future and it is so important to build them up and show them they are valued.