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Wir möchten Sie ganz herzlich einladen, am 13.Mai um 19:30 im Auditorium der Black Forest Academy, Hammersteiner Strasse 50, 79400 Kandern (hinteren Eingang) unseren Bericht über dieses tolle Hilfsprojekt mitzuerleben. Kommen und genießen Sie Video, Teilnehmer Berichte, Fotos, Kaffee & Kuchen… Hier ist ein Beispiel. Wir hoffen, Sie dort zu sehen!

Back in the Comfort Zone

Caleb, Timothy and Will at the airport.

Caleb, Timothy and Will at the airport.

by Caleb Crawford

It has been a week since we all got back from Romania, and now we are back in our comfort zones. The trip challenged us to get to know new people and a new culture and we were faced with a lot of extraordinary things. We got to work alongside real construction professionals, hang out with some really cool orphans and really change the lives of a family by giving them a new home.

For me, the most challenging thing was not building the house – that was the easiest part – but actually taking initiative to talk to our German and Romanian friends. Sadly I have to confess that they usually talked to me first, which I am thankful for. But now, after the most exhilarating unusual week ever, we are back at home. Back in our comfort zones. Let’s make sure that we do not all just disappear into AMS, BFA or our secluded comfort zones again, but that we can remember our experiences and keep up friendships that started on that amazing trip to Beius, Romania.

Mr. Peters and the rest of the team leaders really worked hard too!

Mr. Peters and the rest of the team leaders really worked hard too!

Working together. Tica on the far right is Mihai's brother who worked each day with us.

Working together. Tica on the far right is Mihai’s brother who worked each day with us.

The Other Side of Europe

Tim and Emil (our Habitat leader/coordinator) on our final day in Romania.

Tim and Emil (our Habitat leader/coordinator) on our final day in Romania.

by Timothy Wong

This trip was my first time to go to Eastern Europe. I had the chance to see the other side of Europe. The average life level (quality of life, [QOL]) of the people who are living there is kind of unsatisfactory. Our mission there was to help one of the families to build a house so that their children can grow up and live in a better way.

Tim works in the rain to assemble the roof trusses.

Tim works in the rain to assemble the roof trusses.

This mission trip is really my first time to help people who are in need in other countries. This always reminds me that there are more people who need help in the region where I live. For the BFA students, we also have a chance to show our Christian spirit to others, like the construction workers, our German friends and teachers, and each other. I hope more families who are in need of a house can benefit from the help of Habitat for Humanity and other organizations. May God bless you all.

Only the Beginning

The family is emotionally moved by the dedication ceremony. George, Mona, Mihai and Karyna

The family is emotionally moved by the dedication ceremony. George, Mona, Mihai and Karyna

The team made it back safely. Even though we are all back sleeping in our own beds, getting back into our normal routines, and resuming our everyday lives, a small part of us is still in Romania.

The entire group of volunteers and community  leaders pose for a final photo in from of Mihai and Mona's new home.

The entire group of volunteers and community leaders pose for a final photo in front of Mihai and Mona’s new home.

We are proud that the home that we built for Mihai and Mona is a physical reminder of our hard work. We are humbled by the small part we have played in bringing hope to a family and  community. As a group, we already shared with each other about the change this experience had made in each one of us. It is a change for the better.

The plaque on the home that will serve as a permanent reminder of our teamwork and labor of love.

The plaque on the home that will serve as a permanent reminder of our teamwork and labor of love.

But this is only the beginning. Many of our team members said that this has been a reminder to be more thankful for the many blessings that we have here in Germany. Others said that we must learn to love others and not judge them because of their appearance or circumstances. And some team members are even considering how they can make a difference in their community and other places in the world where the needs are great.

Mona with her flowers at the dedication.

Mona with her flowers at the dedication.

We all have the ability and the power to share what we have to make someone’s life better. We don’t have to wait until we are 30 years old. We don’t have to wait until we have a lot of money. We don’t have to make elaborate plans and involve a lot of people. It can begin tomorrow with a simple act of kindness or a small sacrifice to help someone in our community. As a team we hope this will encourage you and remind all of us that we can make this world a better place. The Oradea Projekt is living proof!

The AMS-BFA team with Mihai and his family in front of their new home. (not pictured - Jonathan Griesse)

The AMS-BFA team with Mona and Mihai in front of their new home.
(not pictured – Jonathan Griesse)

More to come…

A house of straw and a Habitat House made with love.

A house of straw and a Habitat House made with love.

Tomorrow is our travel day home, weather permitting. We had another amazing day and finished things up on the worksite. We will catch up once we get back and continue posting student blogs, more pictures and other fun information about this project between now and Sunday. So keep checking in to see the final updates and images. Thanks for all of your encouragement and support!

- The Oradea Projekt Team

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