After church this morning we had lunch at a Chinese restaurant owned by a man from the church. The food was really good, some of the best I’ve ever had. I joked with Bill and Vasha about it being traditional Bulgarian Chinese food.
Then after lunch we divided the team up into 3 cars and headed for Macedonia. On the road we told each other true stories of our lives: funny stories and stories of God’s amazing faithfulness and provision. One story led to another, with each of us encouraging the others by our personal accounts of God’s help. In this way, the miles flew by and friendships grew stronger.
We arrived in Skopje in a rainstorm. The hostel had misbooked the rooms, and I noticed that the people who had ridden in the other cars were irritable and unhappy about it. With some arranging and rearranging, the rooms were eventually worked out. One person said that the irritability could be a spiritual thing about Skopje. Maybe, but if so, then the conversation in our car was the vaccination against irritability.
Leann is a girl who likes to eat real food—as opposed to sandwiches or crackers for dinner. I agree. So the two of us went out in search of a real meal, although I wasn’t so hungry. We had gone out like this before, in Warsaw and again in Prague, and had developed a special bond because of it. We found a restaurant at the end of the block, but they said that their credit card machine wasn’t working. The cash machine around the corner solved our lack-of-Dinar problem, and we returned to the restaurant. Leann had gnocchi in cream sauce and I had a lovely chicken soup.
During these trips we spend so much time with the whole group that it’s nice to get off in a pair like this and have a real conversation. When we got back to the hostel we met the local coordinator, Keith. I know more or less what to expect, having been on several trips with OCE, but since each capital city is unique, there is always something different. We’ll see what Skopje is all about in the next couple of days. God is good!