Friday, January 30, 2009

Giving Thanks

Psalm 105:1 Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; tell of all His wondrous works!

Thank God for safe travel! God gave our family (and our luggage) a safe trip to Bucharest a week before I sat down to write this letter. He also provided many kind strangers to give us a hand with bags and car seats as we traipsed up and down the aisles of three different planes.

Thank God for our team! I cannot begin to list the number of ways they have served us this week. They arranged temporary housing for us before our arrival and stocked the kitchen with groceries and the living room with toys. When our children woke up hungry and rowdy in the middle of the night I didn’t have to rummage in boxes for snacks and toys. Meals were prepared for our first week. Teammates watched our children for hours this week while we hunted for an apartment. Another teammate doubled as a real estate agent for us, spending hours setting up appointments for us to see apartments and driving us all over the city. We have been richly blessed and can’t wait to find ways we can serve them also.

Thank God for our children! Noemi and Isobel have been so resilient in the course of this move. We took Noemi to the park in Bucharest the other day and she made a friend, in spite of her language barrier. Isobel managed to navigate the shift in time zones and cut two molars at the same time. She’s quite the multi-tasker.

Thank God for a home! God provided a hospitable apartment for our family after just a few days of searching. We are so excited to be able to settle into our new home and begin language study.

Kara (for the Dunckels)

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