From Romania to Aberystwyth

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Alexandra Tudur

 Hello, readers of the Undeb! My name is Alex and I am originally from Romania. I moved to England for boarding school when I just turned 16, I went to university in Durham, worked in a school for a couple of years, then for a charity and now I am married to a Welshman. I have spent the last few weeks exploring my new home, Aberystwyth, especially the local book shops. Ever since I can remember, I have enjoyed reading. I used to spend all my pocket money on books, ask my parents for the most recent volumes in my favourite series and drag my dad along to release events of another Harry Potter book. I was the kid reading into the night immersed in a classic love story or a mad adventure in a faraway land. I founded a book club in my teenage years and spent countless summers in my grandparents’ garden devouring my mum’s childhood reads. 

They say that if you ask a bookworm what their favourite book is, they would most likely be offended – too many books to choose from! But ask me and I will know exactly what my answer would be. When I was 14, my Romanian literature teacher introduced me to ‘Sophie’s world’ by Jostein Gaarder. The book takes you on a journey from early Greek philosophers all the way to modern thinking and poses the reader with all sorts of questions about the world we live in. It is beautifully written, and it challenged my understanding of the world. Little did I know that I was going to find answers in the book I never opened until I was 16, the most popular book of all times: The Bible. 

I arrived in Oxfordshire for the start of Sixth Form in September 2011. This was such a new experience to me, and I loved my time there, but most importantly the Lord used it to help me to put my trust in Him. My journey to faith included many faithful Christians and ordinary situations which I will not be able to relate here in full, but the most important element of my story was that I opened the Bible and met Jesus face to face in His Word. The Lord Jesus died for my sins and rose from the dead. My assurance, future hope and confidence before God are guaranteed by Jesus’ sacrifice at the cross. 

I will be recommending Christian books in this column as regularly as I can, but I want to start my first with the Bible. It is the most important read – the food that sustains God’s people daily and into eternity. So, join me, a fellow sister in Christ, in opening our Bibles daily to know our God better and to encourage each other with the most comforting words. 

They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32)

PS If you would like to ask me any questions about anything I’ve said or just want to say hello you can reach me at sandrualex95@gmail.com (in English or Romanian at the moment please).