What an incredible two weeks!
I can't believe today is my last full day in Europe. This trip went by way too fast (as it always does). As I walked along the castle district in Budapest, with the beautiful buildings all around me, I can't help but stop and reflect on my experiences thus far.
It's difficult to put into words the experiences my team and I shared this past week in Romania. A group of 11 individuals from all over the USA came together and shared their love, sweat, muscles, and laughter as we helped several families build a new home. The motto of habitat is simple: it's not a hand out but a hand up. We were not building houses FOR people instead we were building houses WITH people. We not only built houses we also built hope for these families.
This past week there were friendships made, houses built, cultures learned, places explored, and lots and lots of laughs. I can't think all my teammates enough for giving up their vacation time to share this experience with me. For most of my team this is the first Habitat experience and I sure hope it won't be the last. Habitat global village trips, while each unique in their own special way, are always amazing.
I am so thankful to Emil Barna, host coordinator, who made sure that my teams (and all teams to Beius) have an incredible experience. He works endlessly to make sure that we have the best possible experience and a ton of fun along the way.
Our week would be possible without our teachers - Mihai and Nelu worked with us each day and kept us laughing as we were carrying heavy bricks around the work site. And Marcel who made sure we had all the supplies we needed - he knew just when to show up with more cement mixture. And to Ionut, Claudiu and Valer who were busy in Oradea all week so that we could stay in Beius. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to work with you on Saturday.
Here's the final summary, and pictures of course, of our incredible week we spent together:
Monday - The Turle Family in Buntesti
Tuesday - The Bunta Family in Soimi
Wednesday - Buntesti and Soimi in morning and the warehouse in the afternoon.
Thursday - The Iancu Family in Beius
Friday - The Iancu Family in Beius
Saturday - The Oradea Project
What an incredible week! Is there still a lot of work to be done? Of course! But if we all do a little bit, then kids like Isiah, Timotei, and Stefania will have a nice place to call home. So my question for you - what little bit will you do today? This month? This year? You certainly don't have to travel all the way to Romania to help - although I highly suggest it!
So tomorrow I leave and my next post will be from the USA. I will certainly miss this view
And these people!
Until then, see you soon!!!