A youth center

When I first started preparing to come to Suceava, to Romania to stay, I envisioned a place in Stroiesti for the kids to go after school, a place for Sunday School, for tutoring, a place for teams to come and stay, a place for me to live in the village.  Well,  God has answered my prayers and we have found a beautiful house near the center of Stroiesti.  There are 4 rooms in the house plus a bathroom and kitchen.  A hall way divides the house well so that 2 rooms can be for ministry-a large room for meetings and activities and smaller room for study and tutoring!  There are 2 rooms for me to live in and they end up being bigger than my current apartment!  And there is storage space…oh the storage space…… There is a barn with 3 rooms, 2 of which can be turned into a space for the kids to play and one for the coveted storage space. While the house does not have running water, it is all set up for running water.  Only a water pump and water heater needs to be installed.  It will be easy to install a water based heating system to heat the entire house so that we won’t have to rely on the ceramic stove, which will not heat the entire house in the winter.

The front of the house

The barn-the second set of doors opens into 2 large rooms.

There is a fruit orchard in the front garden with apples, pears, plums, cherries, sour cherries, nuts, red grapes, strawberries and apricots.  God has provided snack for the summer and fall and the kids can collect the fruit to turned in compot for the winter! There is an outdoor grill and well in front.  Behind the barn is a field.  This field will be a perfect play space for the kids…away from neighbors to the kids can run and scream and just be kids. There is a vacant lot on one side of the property followed by fields and fields. 

Fruit trees!

The property is close to the lake and is only a 2 minute walk from our current meeting spot.  It’s in a quiet area of the village but still quickly accessible by car and foot.

I found out today that the owner will accept 30k euros for the property. We don’t have that amount now.  We are praying for the money.  We will also need a some money for the immediate renovations such a running water and the heating system. Please pray for the money to buy this building.  Pray that this center will be a place of peace and hope for the village…that it will be a light in the darkness.

To see pictures and how you can help go to: http://www.mbk.ro/get-involved/index.html  pictures are at the bottom of the page.

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8 Responses

  1. It’s beautiful, Mel! This was great news today! I wish I could help financially – and I wish I could come and help you decorate! (I’ll pray, and maybe both will come true!)

  2. Gald you used the best pics.

  3. Uh, oh. Does that mean there’s a lot of work?

  4. I will pray. We want to hear the voice of the Lord behind us saying “this is the path, walk in it”. Blessings to you.

  5. Melissa, I went on line to MBK – the pictures of the meeting place are lovely! It will be a wonderful place for your children.

    I challenge all who are able to meet or exceed the $500.00 donation, Uncle Aurel and I have made online toward the purchase of the meeting place and offer continued prayers for success.

    With much love,
    Aunt Ami

  6. what a blessing! it’s beautiful-like the romanian garden of eden (all that fruit-smile)! that is just amazing! what joy to read your news…truly you are blessed to be a blessing.

  7. Dear Melissa,

    Uncle Aurel thinks we should do more to help raise funds for the new center, so our plan is this: when the first person meets our original challenge of $500 or more, we will donate another $500.

    Be sure to keep us informed of progress. Much love and many prayers for all you are doing,

    Aunt Ami

  8. ….and did I say that at $500 per donation, it would take only 90 donations to reach the $45,000.00; or 180 donattions of $250.00. Looking at it that way helps put the amount in perspective.

    Love and hugs,
    Aunt Ami

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