We return to Romania with renewed strength and vision. The pattern we hope to maintain is nine months in Romania and three here. Time will tell what the future holds. The summer has, for the most part been restful and invigorating. Restful in being with our granddaughter and watching her grow. Restful in that we have had many meals and coffees with friends to catch up on our lives. The summer has been invigorating in experiencing the support from folks in our church, Community Mennonite, and from our community. I don’t think we fully know how many prayers are being said for us when we’re in Romania. Our conversations have enabled us to reflect on the last year and dream about the coming year.
As we look forward to our return we see opportunities and challenges. We think if we didn’t have those, returning would be less exciting. Moving into the fourth year of the woodshop, we already have orders to complete. All of our jobs have come from contacts we have and from those who have seen what we make and would like us to make something for them. We hope to begin to market our products to the wider community in the coming months.
Sheri will continue to work with the Kids’ Club at the Nazarene Church in Tigmandru and give counsel to the leadership of Veritas. In addition she will work on fundraising and informing the public of the mission of Veritas. The relationships in both organizations continue to inspire and challenge her.
For your enjoyment we invite you to listen to music from our August 12 fundraising event. In the program for that event, we wrote: “It is fitting that a fundraiser for Hartzlers would include music from a choir which brings together singers from Eastern Mennonite High School touring choirs from 1976 through 2018. (Jay directed from 1982-2015.)” We were blessed with the participation of 50 singers and by the quality of their singing. And for me (Jay) it was a delight to direct so many of my former students once again.
Our work in Romania has always included music. Jay continues to direct adult and children’s choirs in Sighisoara. Sheri leads singing for the Kids’ Club in Tigmandru and for some of the Veritas clubs. We always include singing when we give devotions for the Veritas staff and we assist with worship music at the Sighisoara and Tigmandru Nazarene churches.
“ Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” Colossians 3:16 (NIV)
As we return to Romania in early September, we go with gratitude. We ask that you pray with us that the message of Christ will dwell in us during this next season of service.
Jay and Sheri