April, April *

April, April *

Spring is here, and with it not only nature awakens, but also our zest for action in the garden. (* Yep, it's already May and the newsletter is a bit late :)

― by Silvia / 9. May 2024

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At the moment we’re spending as much time as possible outside, whether it’s preparing for the summer or tidying up around the house. Tim has even unpacked the tools to build Lara a proper bed, a wardrobe and a table for the piano. It feels like spring is giving us a boost of energy to tackle all these projects.
And while Tim works like a hard-working gardener, I hope that I don’t get in the way like a clumsy koala and cause chaos! But now back to serious business, we’re looking forward to relaxing in the garden more than preparing it.

The Bible says yes: Look at the birds of the air: They do not sow, they do not reap, they do not gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you much more than them? (Matthew 6, 26)

Does this also apply to our garden?

Family life

The rising temperatures lure everyone out of their homes and the country comes back to life. We’ve already visited the zoo, where admission for adults costs just 1.50 francs, gone to the lake for lunch, explored parks several times, spent a whole afternoon at another small lake and been to playgrounds.

Homeschooling is going well, in the morning the children do a few hours of “school”, in the afternoon we are mostly in the garden playing or working. We still like the house, but we have had some problems with water leaks in the kitchen and bathroom recently, which has been quite frustrating. But now the dishwasher has been repaired and the problem should be solved.

Working life

The last few weeks I (Silvia) have been working in the office from Monday to Wednesday, while Tim works from home on Thursday and Friday. However, as we are active in Moldova, this can change quickly.

Tim is mainly focussing on our VIVOS project. I translate reports from Romanian into English for OM and support the work with the day care centres. These employees often have little training in this area, so I invest a lot of time and effort in providing them with more resources.

I hope to be able to pass on my knowledge at this year’s day-care centre conference in October. It is inspiring to visit the after-school centres and see how much heart they put into helping the children. Unfortunately, the day care centre we visited two weeks ago is two hours away from Chisinau, otherwise I would probably visit them more often. It encourages me to see how God calls young people to work in their country and the love they show for their fellow human beings so that no one is lost.

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