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Update in Romania #1

Several months ago we felt called to travel to Romania for an extended time with the purpose of serving. You are allowed in the country for up to 3 months without a VISA. Since it was our first time coming we thought we’d start with 2 months. We were so confident of the Lord’s direction that we did not get travel insurance as we have before. So on August 8th when we were in a major vehicle and travel trailer accident, just a little over 2 weeks before our departure, we were a bit confused! Our main home (which we listed as a vacation rental on so we could afford to come) had rented for the exact time we were going to be gone and our plane tickets were non-refundable. Considering these circumstances we decided to proceed forward in faith.

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The trip was uneventful and everything went smoothly. We drove ourselves and returned our rental vehicle at San Francisco Airport. Watson traveled like a champ, waiting to take a pit stop in Munich, Germany. We arrived on time in Bucharest after midnight and the Lord had just recently provided Anchor of Hope a ministry van so we had comfortable transportation to the Burtt’s apartment. That meant no crowded wild taxi ride without seat belts after the trauma of being in the prior accident! August is a holiday month here, so arriving late in the month allowed us time to deal with the jetlag and celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary on Friday, August 29th.

So on that Friday we were sent away to a mall for a couple hours and came back to the apartment transformed into a restaurant! We were seated on a outdoor patio table on the 20th floor balcony. (Yes we are in an apartment that has bedrooms and baths on the 19th floor and kitchen, living room and laundry on the 20th floor!) We had a candlelit dinner with printed menu offering authentic Romanian options for us to choose from. Mercy and Addy were our servers and Marie and Christian were the chefs! It was delicious and we felt so loved. They played a song from our wedding and had us dance.

Danny & Bonnie 39 yrs

The first Sunday in September celebrates for us three years since the Lord moved us to Auburn Grace Community Church. This move was the beginning of a new work that the Lord has been doing in our lives. A large part of this is a result of how our church, through the 301 seminar series, encouraged us to understand our spiritual gifting. This gave us an opportunity to look at how we might be able to serve the Lord together as a couple in this later season of our lives. We discovered as different as we are in personality that we have three common spiritual gifts: helps, faith and wisdom.

It was such a blessing to see and hug Marie and Christian and hear them talk about the joy of having Pastor Lorin recently visit them and what an encouragement he was to them. Part of why we are in Romania is to continue encouraging them and help them as missionaries. We will be doing little things like walking the children to and from school; babysitting while Marie & Christian attend their church’s weekly small group in the evenings and possibly another weekly evening having a date night! These are all little things that can lighten their load and help them.

Pops and Addy

We are hopeful to serve Anchor of Hope in some of the following ways –

1. Helping at the main home of the ministry- Danny and Christian doing outside work and maintenance of the home (2-3 weeks of work); Bonnie and Marie hemming several sets of long draperies in the home and then sorting through and organizing recent donations (1-2 weeks of work).

2. Helping with this year’s day trip to the ocean with the children from the orphanage.

kids at the ocean

3. Helping in the baby orphanage weekly – feeding, cuddling, changing, etc.

baby hospital

In the meantime in the evenings (since we are ten hours ahead) we will be delegating some time working on our business- answering our emails and making necessary calls. We feel privileged to be able to be here and can see that the relaxed pace of life will be good for us as we try to mend from the accident.

Please pray that we would be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s direction instead of holding to our own agendas and that our accident injuries would heal quickly. Pray our vacation rental cottage ( would also rent while we are gone.

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How Small a Whisper…

By His Spirit He adorned the heavens; His hand pierced the fleeing serpent. Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, And how small a whisper we hear of Him! But the thunder of His power who can understand?  Job 26:13-14

All creation speaks of a Creator.

Just look around you at the complexity of nature and ask yourself, do you really believe this was by chance or is it indicative of a designer?

In the Bible it declares creation speaking of a Creator to be true in Romans 1:20-

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky.

Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—

His eternal power and divine nature…

So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

moon and stars

Our little miniature schnauzer, Watson, is a delightful pint-sized dog. More than once, his Creator has used him as an object lesson to speak to me.  While I was in Moldova, Watson stayed next to Danny as much as possible….to the point of Danny tripping on him! I think Watson feared that Danny might also disappear.

I’ve had to “lay down the law” with my puppy since I have been home. I am training Watson to be a hearing service dog for me. He still wants to stay extra close to Danny. It makes sense since I left them for three weeks.  I am sure that during that time being near Danny made Watson feel safe.

dog park

This past Monday will be four months since my dear husband was laid off of his job, a direct result of the government sequestration that was implemented on March 1, 2013. What an adventure we have had! Our Heavenly Father has been faithful to provide for us in many ways….one of those has been our fun little “Country Cottage” we are advertising on Vacation Rentals by Owner.

So on our four month “adventure anniversary”, we worked together most of the day preparing for our next guest coming in that evening.  Our work includes laundering towels / bedding, cleaning to Danny’s high standard (he’s worse than my mother!) and mowing the yard.

During our lunch break, I realized that the animals hadn’t been fed yet. I filled everyone’s dishes and called Watson from where I stood by our garage. He was near Danny at the cottage patio table. Watson then proceeded to do something he had never done.

He refused to trust me.

He had it in his head that I was going to require him to do something he did not want to do.

Since he is in serious training, I purposed he needed to obey me. I did everything the trainers had instructed me to do, I moved closer to him, calling “Come”. I made sure my tone was inviting.

Nothing would move him.

Being near Danny made Watson feel safe; I had left him for three weeks, so could I still be trusted?

I still moved closer to him, calling “Come”. I still made sure my tone was inviting.

Still nothing would move him.

By the time I was a few feet away from him, I was quite frustrated. I had Danny scoop him up and place him on a time-out in the crate in the garage until I was in the right frame of mind to deal with him. He stayed there for quite some time.

Today I realized something. My Heavenly Father has been calling Danny and me to “come” to something new. It doesn’t necessarily feel safe. It’s taken us four months of prayer and confirmations to be able to start to trust Him and move in these new ways. It’s a whisper we are hearing.

One thing we do know is He is worthy of our trust.

He is the epitome of trustworthy. He has always been faithful.

On this day, forty-two years ago, Jesus called to me “Come”.

In the mystery of salvation, I was able to respond to that invitation and move toward Him.

Many in their own limited wisdom, much like Watson, think that their Creator has something intended for them that will make them miserable.

Nothing is farther from the truth. Let me tell you that He has only good intended for you if you will simply trust Him.

Let me remind myself that my Creator has only had good intended for Danny and me if we will simply continue to trust Him.

“Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, And how small a whisper we hear of Him!”

Romania sky

Who taught the sun where to stand in the morning?
And who told the ocean you can only come this far?
And who showed the moon where to hide till evening?
Whose words alone can catch a falling star?

Well I know my Redeemer lives, I know my Redeemer lives
All of creation testifies, This life within me cries, I know my Redeemer lives

The very same God that spins things in orbit
Runs to the weary, the worn and the weak
And the same gentle hands that hold me when I’m broken
They conquered death to bring me victory

Well I know my Redeemer lives, I know my Redeemer lives
All of creation testifies, This life within me cries, I know my Redeemer lives

He lives to take away my shame and He lives forever I’ll proclaim
That the payment for my sins was the precious life He gave
And now He’s alive and there’s an empty grave!

Well I know my Redeemer lives, I know my Redeemer lives
All of creation testifies, This life within me cries, I know my Redeemer lives

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