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Bulgaria Recap

The team before departure, along with Pastor Chris Weeks and his wife Michelle, who accompanied us from Kent City Baptist Church

This morning in church, we sang this song. And as I was standing there singing, my eyes filled with tears. I’m so glad that the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit understands our deepest groanings, because that’s what this felt like.

We learned the song specifically for our Bulgaria trip, at the request of the missionaries. It’s a beautiful, lyrically rich song. When we were singing it this morning, I think I got a minuscule glimpse of what missionaries experience every day. I longed to be back in Europe with our brothers and sisters in Christ who serve with ABWE, and at the same time I was so thankful for our church family who is so precious to us and whom we get to serve with consistently. It would have been perfect if all the conference attendees could have been there with us this morning in the sanctuary of FHBC. Then I would have just been crying from sheer happiness. 🙂

It’s hard to articulate all the things we experienced and the lessons we learned from our time overseas last month. It was different than our trip to Greece in a number of ways. The most noticeable thing to me was that this time it felt like we were having family reunion instead of the formality of our last trip. We were returning to many of the same people we connected with last time, and yes, some new faces, too. It was more comfortable, if you will.

Another difference for me personally was that the anxiety and fear of traveling away from my children was gone. Absent. And I gleefully attribute that to God’s grace and the prayers of you, my friends and family.

It was a busy trip, with much time spent in sessions, playing worship music, rehearsing, and spending quality time with the missionaries and their kids. It was definitely time well spent. 🙂

On the last leg of our long journey TO Bulgaria, we met up with a couple of the missionary families. When asked what they were most hoping to get out of the conference, one of them answered, “I’m really looking forward to worshiping in English.” And this was articulated again and again by missionaries at the conference. They poured out their gratitude to us for providing the opportunity for them to worship together in English. After months and years of worshiping in other languages, they were so thrilled to be able to worship in their native tongue.

They thanked us over and over, and yet we were the ones who were so incredibly blessed by the journey. I wish you could have been there to experience it, but I guess videos and pictures will have to suffice.

First, here we are doing our job…Playing music in the conference room during a session.

One morning, all of us ladies gathered on the beach, overlooking the Black Sea to hear a short devotional and pray together. What a refreshing, sweet time! Kathy and I were able to spend some time praying with a missionary about a specific prayer request she had. What a privilege!

Three of the Romania girls on the beach of the Black Sea

The speaker at that event was Nadine Hennesey, a woman with quite a story. Her husband died at the age of 26, 11 months after their wedding, when she was pregnant with their first child. She went on to be a full-time missionary to the people of Kosovo. Her story is inspiring, and you can read about it here. I have read through this book already and would recommend it!

One day we were able to accompany the youth on a boat trip on the Black Sea. The weather was beautiful and the company was great! At the furthest point from the resort, we dropped anchor and were able to jump off the boat into the sea (doing our best to avoid the big jellyfish that were swimming around the boat).

Here are some of the awesome youth we spent time with…

And a video of the jumping…

We also joined the youth for a scavenger hunt in nearby Old Nesebar. Here’s the whole group of youth and youth sponsors (who were also former MKs)…

Our team was able to spend some quality time together, too. On our last day in Bulgaria, we went out to Old Nesebar together. Here are some images from this very old city…

Uhm, I forgive you?

A wholehearted THANK YOU to all of you for your prayers and financial contributions. Not only did your support impact our lives and the life of our church, but it impacted Central and Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean region as we built into the lives of the people who serve there every day! THANK YOU!

(For more of my pictures, visit me on Facebook. For different pictures and the perspective of my dear friend Kathy, visit her site.)

Please Pray!

A view from the last trip, in Greece

We are gearing up to leave our kiddos with my parents (“Grandma” and “Papa”), and I know the kids are really excited to spend time with them. They’ll be running around outside, playing with their cousins, reading with Papa, coloring with Grandma…that sort of thing.

Please pray for my heart to trust that God loves them more than I do and will always do the very best thing. I want to spend these days doing God’s work and not worrying and fretting and crying over my sweet littles. I will definitely miss them…SO MUCH…but I think it needs to be a healthy sort of missing and not an anxious sort.

Please pray that I will not be anxious in anything (Phil. 4:6). Last time, I noticed that night times were much more difficult than daytimes. Because Bulgaria is 7 hours ahead of us here, it would be perfect if you could pray for God’s overwhelming peace for me right when you wake up in the morning. Click here for a better description of what this is like for me.

I hope you hear my heart in this…I so want God’s work to be accomplished, and I don’t want to get in the way of that! I know my weaknesses, so if you could pray for His will to be done, that would be great!

Thanks for all your prayers and support! We’re at 100% of our financial support – Praise GOD! 🙂

Quick Bulgaria Update

We leave just over two weeks, friends! Can you believe it? I certainly can’t!

We are so thankful that God has provided, through many of you, $1334 of the $2000 needed for the trip. And in such a short amount of time, too. JEHOVAH JIREH! 🙂

As creepy as it sounds, we are now in need of just $666 to complete our portion of the trip. If we happen to receive more than that, we have teammates who are also in need of funds.

I’ll leave you with this video from our last trip to the CEEMed Enrichment Conference. See if you can catch the photos of us!

Lemonade for Bulgaria!

We are unbelievably touched by the generous people that have already committed to supporting our trip. Look over there ———>. See that? We’re at 28% already! Woo-hoo! Praise God!

I want to tell you one really cool story of God’s provision and a friend’s generosity.

Our sweet friend Lindsey is a college student, entering her sophomore year this fall. She was also the caretaker for our kids for a whole week while we were on our last trip in 2010. She’s a great girl.

Today she was nannying for two kiddos (plus a friend), and they decided to make a lemonade/cookie stand. So, Linds baked cookies, made lemonade, and then they spent a few hours selling their goods.

The intention was to buy some school supplies for a back-to-school charity in town. But when they went to the store, they found out that the charity fundraiser was overwith.

So they came to our house to give us an envelope with $59 in it from their hard work this afternoon.

We are so blessed to know this girl.

We are also so impressed by the way that Lindsey taught these kiddos a great lesson in hard work and generosity today.

Thanks, Linds! We love you!

the lemonade stand

Bulgaria or Bust!

Our worship missions team in 2010

In six weeks, Luke and I will embark on another missions adventure.

You might remember that we were able to participate in a missions trip to Greece and Italy in the fall of 2010. In Greece, we were on the worship team at a missionary enrichment conference for ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism). We were able to encourage missionaries in the Central and Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean (CEEMed) region through music, Scripture, and day-to-day interactions.

Lest you think we’re fantastic singers, I need to tell you that Luke plays bass and I play flute. They let Luke sing backup sometimes, but they’re especially fortunate that my mouth is always busy blowing into my instrument. You would not want it available for singing. 🙂

Anyway, that was a little bunny trail, wasn’t it?!

Back on track…

This year, ABWE’s CEEMed missionaries have another enrichment conference, and as of July, they did not have a worship team. So, our worship pastor agreed to take on the challenge, and we are traveling back to Europe to spend a week with some amazing folks, again spending our time building into them as much as possible.

We are thrilled to spend another week with these godly men and women.

Like last time, there are two ways you can help: prayer and financial support. This time is a little different, however, as we have a much shorter time frame for raising support.

We are in need of about $2000 for our portion of the trip.

Yes, this is a big number to raise in six weeks. Yes, it sounds crazy.

But. BUT. We have a BIG God, and we trust Him to provide. “Jehovah Jireh,” the God who provides, is a phrase we like to use around the Rumley house.

If you’d like to be a part of our support team, we’d be very grateful. We’ll put a PDF of the contribution slip up here soon, and if you’d like more specific prayer requests, you can contact us. *Edit: Here is the contribution slip!

I’m not a salesperson at all, and I really don’t like asking for money…But I’m encouraged that the Bible tells us that we’ll be blessed by our giving (Prov. 11:25, 22:9). And it’s proven true over and over in our lives. So, we’re sharing an opportunity for blessing with you! 🙂

Thanks, friends.

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