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and Emotional Capital
Report December 2001
It is sad what the course of Romania is. The sad thing is that
many don't seem to care enough to make changes in their lives.
Technology companies talk about intellectual capital being necessary
for their success in business. Observing Romania for the past 5
years, I have seen the same need for a country.
A country can be rich in
resources, but the most important one any country has is intellectual
resources--the knowledge and wisdom how to use the resources they have
effectively. Outside of the major cities, this is a severe
deficit here. The most recent census says that Romania's population has
declined 2 million to 21 million people over the past decade. Many of
the best and brightest have obtained visas for the West and have left.
Think for a moment how detrimental it would be to your company if you
lost much of the top 10% of its employees as well as 10% of its clients.
In a recent Fortune magazine had an article about Jack Welsh, former CEO of
Generral Electric who wrote about the importtance of retaining the Top
10% and the Vital middle 80%. About 10% of these people have left
Five hundred thousand children
have dropped out of school in the past few years, due to poor economic
conditions. Poverty keeps parents from buying school
materials. That is why you helped us provide hundreds of
notebooks and pens to the poorest of the poor and orphaned at the TB
hospital. In November, the Assistant Minister of Education was on
a talk-show called Tuca on Antena 1. He said that the children
today are taught only half as
much as their parents were.
My goal when coming to Romania was to use my Masters Degrees to train
the trainers to teach children. As I've been writing you for
months, there are no mainline Protestant churches to supply Christian
workers, people don't want to work or improve their lives, and
intellectual capital is low and declining. I am overqualified for
gradeschoolers. The advanced degree needed in the work I'm doing
is one in education. It is a misappropriation of God's resources
for someone with a Masters in engineering and business to be teaching
gradeschoolers to read and type. In a more advanced culture like
Italy, I can use my 20 years of education productively while I look for
people to do the work Romania needs.
In Italy, it is good to that I
will be working in a prospering Christian movement with adults who are
seeking after the Lord.
Since I was in the US in September, the laws have changed and an
Italian business visa now requires me to come back to the US.
Doing so would be irresponsible both with time and money. The
Italians in America say that they should be able to do it in Romania
but the consulate in Romania wouldn't even let me in the front
gate. The police in Italy say my applying in Romania was why I
was rejected last time. It was planned that if I have the funds
in June, I would be coming to a conference in California but since the
closest thing I have to a residence is Michigan, I will have to find
funds to get to Michigan. Until then, using my two passports, I
can fulfill the letter of the law by entering and leaving every 3
months without having a visa. That covers all of my body except
my heart. Americans can enter without a visa but Moldovans
can't, and I can't take my household goods.
Aurelia and I have been waiting 4 years to get married. We
started (two month's worth of) premarital counseling with an Evangelical
Free missionary who reneged on his commitment to us, who, after the
first counselling session, claimed that he never promised to counsel
us! Then we restarted with someone appointed by a church in
Timisoara to find out a month later that he hadn't been trained in
counseling. Then we started with a friend in the US who was too
close to me to be objective. Then the US visa promised in 90 days
took a year. Then September 11th. Then, then, then.
Now it will be another 6 months before Aurelia and I can live together
as man and wife. Each time was like someone took a scalpel to my
heart. By now it is scar tissue and I was beginning to not feel or
care about it all. For any man this is a trial, for those of you
who are women or married, you know that for a 37 year-old woman, this
has been a nightmare. I don' t know how many times over the
period Aurelia has told me, "It's not worth it, I already don't want
any more." Yet, she has borne with it. Now it is another 6
months. Each time it was something unsuspected, so what will come up in
I'm sitting here in an unmacho state not knowing what is the right
thing to do, not knowing what to do, not feeling much like doing
anything. I always believed from I Corinthians 10:13 that the
more one matures, the more God will test him. I don't know how
much more maturity I can take.
Please pray for me to find God's way in all this. Aurelia and I
have probably already decided to cut our losses here. Please pray
that I will find strength to get the things done I need to do.
Articles due, bathroom repairs, Christmas letters, the precious
children ringing the doorbell nightly wanting me to squeeze in a Bible
study and not really understanding "boundaries".