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Thursday, 10 March 2011 18:20

Pastor Vasile Dronca

The Dronca Family

This is Pastor Vasile Dronca with his wife and sons. Pastor Dronca lives in the town of Arad and he pastors several churches in Romanian villages. This means that Deacons lead most of the services with Pastor Dronca performing weddings, funerals, and other special services. He scheduled our activity when we were in the village and he kept us busy. He is a special person with a high level of activity and a heart for God. The picture was given to us by Pastor Dronca.

Host Family - Mircea and Corina Buda, Sorina and Simina

The Buda Family with Us

Here is a picture of us with our host family, Mircea and Corina Buda with daughters Sorina (12) and Simina (9). I am on the left and Dan Adkins, also from Bonaire First Baptist Church, is on the right. Mircea works at the railroad station and Corina is a supervisor at the local telephone company. She arranged for us to call our wives in the states. I got to talk with Kathy, my wife, but Dan's line was busy every time Corina tried to get through. Kathy typed a summary of our conversation, which was read at our home church on Sunday.

The Buda Family House Under Construction

Here is a picture of the front of their house. They bought another house and tore it down to get building materials for this one. They began in 1991 and now have the first floor almost finished. As the picture shows, the second floor is under construction. The house has running water in the kitchen and the bathroom, but no indoor toilet.

Corina is an excellent cook and the food in Romania was wonderful. This is a picture of her kitchen with the table set for breakfast. Notice the sink in the far corner and the large ceramic wood stove and heater at the right. Under the window is a propane stove which Corina uses during the summer to avoid heating up the house.

The Kitchen with Wood Stove

We ate the mid day meal about 2 p.m. and the evening meal after church, about 10 p.m. Pastries were served at two of the churches after the services. Dinners typically included pork and chicken with potatoes or noodles, pickles and sliced peppers for salad, delicious bread, and a special dessert. On Saturday, she served pastries filled with cheese at midday and similar apple-filled pastries in the evening, a Romanian Saturday tradition. Another day, she served cake with sprinkles on the icing at midday, and a similar cake with different icing in the evening. Once Corina found out that Dan liked coffee, she had cups ready for us first thing each morning.

The family raises pigs and chickens and also has two horses and a cow. A combine is parked behind the house. A portion of the yard appears to be a garden.

The children of the village had a holiday from school the week we were there. They served as guides on two of our outings.

Translator - Raul Todica

Raul Todica of EBI was one of four translators who accompanied us to Virfurile and translated everything from church services to casual conversations. This is a picture of me with Raul during a hike. We had to look into the sun for Dan to take the picture, which explains my squinty expression.

Translator Raul Todica and Me

Raul went where Dan and I went and spoke when we spoke. We could not have made the trip without him. For some reason, he always chuckled when I tried my Romanian version of "thank you". He never told me why.

Raul lives with his grandmother in the village of Salonta and is one of the EBI students sponsored by an individual from Middle Georgia.

Raul was always the last one finished eating. We told him it was because he had to talk twice as much as anyone else.

We had a good time teaching him American expressions, usually those involving dogs. ("If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch." "I ain't got no dog in that fight." "Let sleeping dogs lie." Etc.) He retaliated by asking us, "What do you call a person who speaks two languages?" (Bi-lingual) "What do you call a person who speaks three languages?" (Tri-lingual) "What do you call a person who speaks one language?" (American)

The Romanian language was totally strange to me. In other countries, I could usually understand some words from their similarity to English or to the German I studied long ago, but Romanian is based heavily on Latin with Slavic influence. For the first time, I was sorry that I did not take Latin in high school. Our Pastor, Kenny Rodgers, understood some Romanian because of his Latin studies.

Bus Driver

Last but not least is our driver, Tebor, who has driven groups from Middle Georgia on several previous trips. He is in the center of this picture flanked by Pastors Rodgers and Reagin.

Pastor Rodgers, Our Bus Driver and Pastor Reigan

Tebor speaks no English, but managed to get us from Budapest to Oradea to Virfurile to Oradea and back to Budapest without bending or denting anything. Those long bus trips were our motivation for learning the Romanian word, toilette.

We found Romanian traffic quite unnerving. Romanian drivers seem to think nothing of passing on blind, uphill curves in underpowered vehicles. We didn't think much of it either. We saw one driver pass us on the left and the car ahead of us on the right. The only squeal of brakes we heard was on the last day in Tebor's bus in Budapest. A car passed us on the right and had to merge quickly back into our lane to avoid taking an exit ramp.

Picture of Dronca family by Pastor Dronca.

Other pictures by John J. Vencill and Dan Adkins

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 March 2011 21:26