Well, another day, another blog post.
First things first. Last night Zchuck lived up to his name after a bout with the chicken liver. We got back to the hotel, and I just couldn't stand it. So yes, Zchuck did throw up on this trip, but I have a VERY good reason. That liver was nasty.
This morning I woke up to a HUGE thunderstorm. I kind of preferred the rooster from the first day. Especially when I found out that the storm had knocked our power out. I thought “Oh, no. This is going to be bad. We think it's bad in Franklin County when the power gets knocked out and is out for several days. In a foreign country it will probably be several days before we get power back.” I sat and watched the storm for a while along with the various things that were happening in our hotel/restaurant/gas station that were byproducts of the electricity being out. There were customers just standing at the gas pumps either waiting to pay or waiting to pump. There was even some speculation on whether or not they were going to be able to fix our breakfast. Ryan was hoping that Frata had lost power so that they couldn't fix us our “special” dinner today. He said “God answers prayer!!!” But then, after giving it some thought he said “Actually, that wouldn't slow them down much. They would just cook it over a fire. Make you a nice rotisserie chicken.” But, about an hour after the power went off, I heard a motor start and the power kicked on. I think the hotel has a generator. Thankfully.
So far, we have had some fun teaching the translators some “new” American words such as “y'all”, “down yonder”, and “ain't”. Evan Layman was also kind enough to teach them the word “booger”. And explain EXACTLY what it meant.
I don't know if I mentioned this before or not, but our bus broke down one day this week. We were not even sure if we were going to be able to go to the village that day or not. Miraculously the bus was fixed with one small problem remaining: the storage compartment doors that are opened by hydraulics won't open now. The bad news is that we have some equipment under there... including Autumn's guitar. So you can just imagine how much Autumn is freaking out. We have two more days to get those doors open or Autumn will be leaving her guitar in Romania. So that is one prayer request, for Autumn's sanity and ours: “Get those doors open!”
Also in other exciting news, we had several more people accept Christ this morning during the ministry time at the village. We even thought we might be getting to see some baptisms this evening, but that didn't end up working out. So far, the number of people who have accepted Christ stands near 40! Out of those 40, I have personally gotten to pray with 7 of them as they prayed to receive Christ!
The second morning we were awakened by someone trying to start their truck in the parking lot. He tried once, he tried twice, he tried three times. He tried for literally 20 minutes before it finally came to life and he limped it out of the parking lot, after which he was promptly passed by a horse and wagon.
This evening, at the village, we were served cabbage rolls. I managed to put down two, but had to leave the other two on the plate. Not feeling the greatest right now. Update Later.