March 2, 2012
I am at the Heathrow Airport heading to Romania. We arrived here at 5:30 a.m. English time but it is 12:30 a.m. EST. Our group of 7, me and 6 students are on a mission trip over spring break. We are awaiting our next flight to Bucharest, Romania leaving at 9:45 a.m. My watch now says 3:42 a.m. EST and I have not slept yet. It is 8:42 a.m. here. I must be in some zombie state of mind as I am obsessed with time. We are going to an organization called Project Ruth and paint a 83 foot mural at a school for Gypsy children. The mural will be in the school hallway and we have designed a long landscape starting with a sunrise and ending with a starry sky. We will have mountains, a river and canoe, a cityscape with a church, and 5 children with bubbles above their head saying something that a child imagines they will want to be when they grow up. We will be hosted by Brittany Garton who is a missionary there for two years. Last spring she graduated from Bluefield College and 5 of the students going are good friends with her. One girl has known Brittany since 1st grade, 2 are art majors, and one is the college registrar who graduated from Bluefield College in art several years ago. Their names are Erin Darnell, Pip Pattison, Celia Jones, Emily Sears, Melissa Hubert, and Amanda Parks. Emily and Erin will graduate this May. We are boarding now.