The next story is a little funny. There were a group of us from the south. We went to dinner one day and we saw something white and creamy looking. It looked like grits. We all said, Yes! Grits!" We were thinking that Romanians had probably never even heard of grits. My friend Ashley and I sat down and we took a big spoon full of "grits" and put it in our mouths. It was the nastiest thing I had ever tasted in my life! Later we came to find out that it wasn't grits. It was in fact very, very mashed up cauliflower with some sort of dressing in it. Let's just say that I will never look at grits the same anymore.

We got to about the middle of the trip and we were all wondering when we would be going to the orphanage? They took us there about two weeks into the trip. There were 9 floors of babies. It was the saddest thing you could ever see. I found myself, talking to the nurses while I was there. Most of them were young volunteers that had a heart for the kids. I was glad to find that most of them were Christians. So I was able to encourage them in their walk with God. We went to the orphanage three times.

Just a few days ago I received an email from the Pastor in Romania. He wanted to tell our team about a young lady in their church and her testimony of salvation and a deeper walk with God. I was overjoyed to read that it was Anca, the girl from the museum.

If you are thinking about going on a mission trip, do it!! It will change your life in way you could never imagine.


Naomi Gomez has been home schooled since the age of 6. She felt the call to Missions at about age 9. She serves on the youth council and is on the worship team as well as the Tech Team at her church.

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