|Destination in the far distance...|
|One photo of roses in a garden outside the welcome center where tickets are purchased.|
|First stop was an area of early homes which we toured with a guide.|
And as I feared, my camera battery expired after the above photo was taken. I neglected to get it on the charger last night! I switched to my phone for more photos of the day.
|Arriving at the church which is still active at the top of the hill above the underground monastery.|
|These girls with Sarah were part of her small group of 2 years ago.|
|Joanna has made friends with the college gals on the team.|
|Joanna has also been a dear friend to the sweet girl we sponsor.|
|Heading back down the high hill.|
|Enjoying another ethnic group of buildings near the lunch restaurant.|
|The location of this restaurant was gorgeous and the food was abundant, delicious and Moldovan.|
|Started with placinte...so scrumptious... all served family style...|
|Stuffed cabbage and grape leaves...|
And unfortunately, I was talking to some children and missed sweet placintes for dessert! After the -meal was over, we regrouped for a final worship time together. As we boarded vans for the return to Chisinau, we said Good-bye to some of the children who live in a more northern city.
|Prayer, singing, testimony, message...|
|In the distant hillside there can be seen cave openings used by Monks in the past where they spent 40 days of prayer and fasting.|
|Something to pack in for the future move...|
|Then there was 45 minutes for shopping at the Art Market...|
|Lena, age 24, is a girl we formerly sponsored and she came to share some minutes with us.|
What to do at that point? Call a cab, take a translator and head to Hincesti to get the phone. It was accomplished in about an hour and a half so all is well.
|Lots of gratitude for the safe return...|
|And a stop for ice cream on the way back!!!|
|Can't end without some flowers to show off.|
The week has been full of great experiences, conversations and friendship. We are so grateful for many things - fabulous weather, terrific planning by the whole CERI family in the US and Moldova, and the care our team has been receiving while here at the team house and throughout the activities of each day. We will pray that the spiritual seeds sown in lives this week will bear fruit in the future.
We will head to the airport at noon tomorrow, spend an overnight in Bucharest, leave from there for Paris early on Sunday and arrive in Houston mid afternoon Sunday.