So Dylana and I went to Romania woo-hoo.
I helped with different non-profits and Dylana worked at the hotel School. We are looking forward to going to India
and doing the same thing there. I am going to teach conversational English twice a week at the school in India, and
do as much damage as I can the rest of the time. I was a lifeguard in Florida and left it happily behind me on the road
of life. The plan was that we go directly from Romania to India, but that didn't happen. We are living here
in Hilton Head Island South Carolina. and I am once again a lifeguard.
Michael James Carlson
This is from Dylana's Blog
with my job is going great as usual, the Hotel Management School is set to open on November 1st. I am currently training
the instructors to prepare them for school to start. But I wanted to let you know more about what Michael is up to each
Michael has been full time ministry since day one. At glance, our city in Romania, Brasov, is not
necessarily too different from a city in the USA. The difference here is the line between middle class and the poor
is very large. If you are poor, you are very poor and this is the sector that Michael has had the opportunity to work
with each day.
On Monday, Wednesday and Friday's Michael works with a Romanian team that goes into gypsy villages
to build very basic home structures for the people in the village. Sometimes there are visiting volunteers for one week from
around the world, but typically Michael is the only English speaking person at the work site. He has said it can be frustrating
sometimes with the language barrier, but also is a time for him to think and reflect, since he cannot talk with the other
On Tuesday and Thursday's Michael volunteers as a teacher of P.E. and is an assistant with the
ESL children at GGIA, a Christian based elementary school. After school, he heads over to the Brasov Children's
hospital and is a volunteer through Hope for the Nations. At the hospital, Michael holds babies that are 0-2 in age
and helps change diapers and feed them. But mostly he is there to provide attention and physical touch for the children.
The Romanian government has a closed adoption policy, unless you are a resident of Romania. Even then it is quite hard
to adopt. This is one of the main reasons for the strain on the children's hospital.
Most of the children
are at the hospital are orphans because there is no 0-2 age orphanage any more in the area, so the children are just left
at the hospital. Hope for the Nations is a non-government organization that is based from Canada and has projects through
out the world. The website has a ton of great information, photos and videos that show what Michael is dealing with
at the hospital. The website address is www.hftn.ro.
This week a group of volunteers from Denmark came down with a truck load of donations for Hope for the
Nations. On Monday and today he is helping unload the truck and sort through the donations. After he is finished with
sorting donations he is going over to the Disease Hospital, which he has heard is worse than the children's hospital.
When we spoke at our last church service about the ministry Michael would work with, GMII, is what Michael will do during
the month of November. He cannot be with them all the time because the town in Romania they are based out of is an 8
hour bus ride from where we live. So he is going for the month of November and will stay with the Romanian family that
we know there.
Right now we ask that you share the Hope for the Nations information with your small groups, as right
now this is what Michael is most concerned with right now, as the children at the hospital are not well off.
Michael and Dylana