My husband Scott and I have made four trips to southeastern Romania, serving as short term missionaries. We spent our time there in the predominately gypsy villages along the Danube River, where Romania borders Bulgaria. The people we met were poor beyond imagining, with little hope for prosperity or any significant change in their circumstances.
We had the great good fortune to build relationships with many of the folks we met, not just be traveling observers. We worked with, shared meals with and even stayed in the homes of some. Many became our good friends. We have come to know a remarkable people, who are generous beyond imagining.
Scott and I made our first trip as naive, slightly arrogant Americans. The trip was going to be all about what we were going to do to help people who were so poor and in need.. As it turns out, we were the ones who were helped-we were the ones who came home utterly blessed.
Our time in Romania, especially the people we met, made an eternal impression in our hearts. There were stories I wanted to tell. Sometimes, a picture really is worth a thousand words, and so I picked up my pencil and plain white paper and started drawing.
If you click here, you can go to my drawing page and view the images from my first solo art show, entitled; "Unto the Least of These-The Stories of a Forgotten People". Each piece is a portrait of someone we met on our travels. Not all the images are from the collection-you'll be able to tell the difference....