Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hello Texas!

Shiloh was a baby when we left for Romania last March.Denton Bible ChurchDenton Bible Church evening serviceOne of our sweet grandsons, Silas!Shelby, our beautiful oldest granddaughter.Nora, the entertainer!
At DBC with Kip and HannahPhoebe is still not sure about Nana and Pa.Brenda's sister, Dianna, the awesome cook!Stephen, Kevin, Bambi and SethPhoebe entered the world just before we left for Romania last year!IMG_0639
Grace Bible Fellowship in Gunter, TXJim and Brian, checking out the expansion at GBF.  Wow, God is good!Only in Texas - saw this at the Sonic!"I'll take a cherry limeade, please!"  :)

Hello Texas!, a set on Flickr.

This is a few of the first pics we took with our family. More to come.....

December in Timisoara, Romania

Sunday lunch with Liviu and VioricaBeautiful cathedral. Our young friend, Gianina, was conductor for the choir concert. Special music from special youth.Christmas cooking by Patricia!DSC05152DSC05151
DSC05144DSC05139DSC05131Pumpkin Cake, made from ingredients sent from our sweet friend in Texas!Christmas with Alexandra and Florin in their apartmentWho knew a vegetarian meal could be so yummy? :)
Our friends like books even more than we do!DSC05130Our little friend, Petra, playing with Jim's bilingual bible.Christmas Eve grill-out with the wonderful family Cata and Patricia.DSC05077Jim's friend!
Sonia on Christmas Eve.First Christmas Eve in Cata and Paty's new home. What a treat to spend it with them!Cata making coffee!  Yea!Our Christmas tree in our apartment in Timisoara.Check out this short clip of our awesome choir from Biserica Crestina dupa Evanghelie in TimisoaraThat's us!

Here's a sample of Christmas activities in and around Timisoara, Romania.

Merry Christmas.....from another planet

"from another planet"

view the entire post here…or a short summary below

….He knows us and he knows our needs, even before we ask.  And He loves us so much that He gives, and gives and gives.

My little friend, Petra, recently reminded me of this. She often treats me at church on Sunday morning by shyly coming over to sit with me. Then we try to converse, which is limited by my Romanian language skills. She usually tries out some English words she's learned,                                  
which amounts to "yes," "good morning," and "thank you" and I ask her about her cat or eating pizza! But last Sunday, in the middle of a conversation about her cat (or so I thought), she burst out with "I LOVE YOU!" in English. I was surprised and happy and thankful all at the same time. I needed that sweet gesture and God used little Petra to bless me! 
(God knows our needs even before we ask...)

Later, as we enjoyed an outing with Petra's family,  her Mom shared that Petra recently inquired about me, "Is she visiting from another planet?"   Her Mom explained, "No, sweetie, not from another planet, from another country!"  

I had to think that sometimes here in Romania, I feel like I could be from another planet. But for the most part, it is quite comfortable and peaceful to be here serving where God has placed me, even when I don't exactly  fit in.  

The truth is, as believers, we are not "from here," wherever that may be. And our time on earth is short. "...our citizenship is in heaven - and we also await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ." Philippians 3:20  Hard concept to grasp but the truth remains.

We pray that in this season, God grants you whatever you need, with extra blessings of peace, joy and comfort to you and your families. And may you in turn, be a blessing to others.  

Always know that Christ came for US, eventually went to the cross for US, and will someday return for US!  And THAT is the Hope of Christmas.

Note: This was written collaboratively and extended from the two of us, although the story is from Brenda's perspective. If you know Jim, you know that he is a man of many words when speaking about Jesus Christ, but a man of few words in writing.  :)   If he had prepared this post alone, he would have simply said,  
"Merry Christmas!"

Jim and Brenda Brosch
Serve, International

December 2011 Newsletter