It’s time to meet people!!!

The past two weeks I stayed in Belgium.
Before I left Romania for Belgium, I posted on Facebook that I would like to meet people in the ‘Low Countries’ about the start-up of our village in Romania.
I was thinking of individual contacts with people or families.
But spontaneously some people responded to my message with the question whether a meeting was not possible with a group of people, and that they would like to set open their living room for that purpose.
I was pleasantly surprised by these reactions, I quickly contacted these people, and I even more quickly planned three meetings: one in Wavre in the French-speaking part of Belgium, one in Roosendaal in the south of the Netherlands and one in Ronse in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium.

But spontaneously some people responded to my message with the question whether a meeting was not possible with a group of people, and that they would like to set open their living room for that purpose.

Each and every one of these encounters was very special to me.
I met readers of Vladimir Megre’s books, and also noticed that I inspire non-readers to read these books. I also met people who very specifically desire to live in a village based on these books.
And with every meeting I noticed that I was greatly enriched as a person, in different areas.
For example, I was constantly asked whether we would set conditions for life in our village, or whether there would be rules. A classic question then is whether we will ask residents not to eat meat or fish.
It made me think. Very fascinating thinking, because the result of that thinking determines what our village will look like.
I saw people I could easily see as possible future residents of our village. I find it very fascinating to imagine what it would be like to live with such a person or such a family. I then carry that person or those persons with me.
I met people who do very special things, such as a woman who makes deliberately a lot of contact with people in her neighborhood, and every time she feels that it is possible, she tells those people about Vladimir Megre’s books and sometimes even gives people the first book as a gift.

It’s something I want to continue working on here in Romania.
I also want to meet here in Romania readers of Vladimir Megre’s books or people who have become interested in our village.

With every contact with people, I experience that I take that person and his input with me and that I as a person become more nuanced and richer.
And only physical contacts can help me with that, a ‘zoom meeting’ cannot.
In Romania, however, I don’t speak the language enough yet, and I will need someone who also speaks English (or Dutch) to help me with translations during these meetings.

I know that one day I will be able to make a tour through other countries and, to talk with readers of Vladimir Megre’s books and to meet our fellow villagers there!

See you soon!!

Bart Renaer
1January 2022