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Day 2 – March 3, 2012

It is 10:30 p.m. and I am sitting in my bed at the Project Ruth church. I just took a shower in my private room and I can hear the clatter and laughter of the girls.  We have had a busy day starting with breakfast at 9:00 a.m., then over to the school where we started on the mural.  Last night we had cleaned a portion of the wall with a cleaner trying to get some of the oily children hand-prints off the wall and today we started off lightly sanding the whole wall.  Each team worked on their own 28 foot section.  After sanding everyone wiped down the walls with a dry rag to get any loose dust off.  That made the whole hallway like a cloud.  We then taped a drop cloth on the floor and taped around all the doors.  Before painting we drew a quick pencil line separating the sky from the ground or grass area.  We then mixed some blue to white paint and green to white paint and rolled these two colors on the entire hallway wall. 

It was then about 1:45 p.m. so we ate the lunch Brittany had prepared for us.  After lunch we started sketching in better detail each section.  In particular, we drew the city and church since that section was the most complex.  We finished around 4:30 p.m. and then walked back to church where we changed our clothes and went to the youth meeting.  We had a great time singing songs, reading the word and sharing testimonies with them.  There was about 25 youth.  With the youth group we all introduced ourselves and I was asked to share my testimony which I did. After this we played a few games and then headed to Brittany’s at 8:30 p.m. for a late dinner.  A few Roma youth ate with us and then at 9:30 p.m. we all headed back to the church to take showers and rest. 

I told you it was a long day.  I hope you did not get bored reading this.   Here is a short catch-up from yesterday.  Brittany picked us up at the airport and brought us to the church to show us where we would be sleeping.  We then walked to her apartment (a 10 minute walk) stopping on the way to get a Shawarma sandwich which is similar to a Gyro but with chicken and fries, cabbage, and sauces all wrapped up together.  That was our dinner along with a bowtie pasta salad and some cookies that Brittany had made.  We got back to our rooms about 7:30 p.m. as we were all a little tired and suffering from jet lag. 

Good night!

 

View from my room of the Bucharest area we stayed in.

Emily and Erin in their room at the church.

First night as we are about to walk to Brittany's apartment at the school.

At the youth group meeting. It was a Woman's Day celebration so all the girls got flowers.

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London, England

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.

British Airways Plane at Heathrow.

Team arrival in Bucharest.

Arch in Bucharest and traffic.

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