Happy Thanksgiving!

DSCN7421 DSCN7431We celebrated early here: last Saturday. We invited our Stroiesti Sunday School volunteers. We are so blessed to have an amazing group of believers who have a heart for the children and teens in Stroiesti. They give up their time to prepare lessons and activities and to just be with the kids and teens. They go above and beyond.  We were sorry Ana wasn’t able to join us. But she knows she is loved!!   I am thankful for such wonderful friends who share the same heart for children who need to hear the Word!!

And then I added a cute picture of my kid, because well…she’s cute and wearing a Thanksgiving shirt!! 🙂



5th year of Winter wear from New Harvest Church

For the 5th year in a row, New Harvest Church in PA has sent knitted hats, headbands, scarves and mitten.  These winter items go to the children and teens in Stroiesti. A new winter hat is a great way to start the winter! DSCN7396 DSCN7390 DSCN7389 DSCN7387 DSCN7386 DSCN7385 DSCN7384Thank you keeping the children warm each winter.

A visit with some special children

My friend, Roxana, told me about an orphanage for children with special needs. She had been going there for about year, but just recently told me about the 14 children and teens who live there. We went together for a visit. We brought pizza, juice, cookies, and apple sauce. The staff asked to save the cookies for the children who go to school, so that they would have a snack at school like the “other” kids. Certainly, we said. I brought some knitted caps that came to us from England and it was so wonderful to the joy in their faces. I also brought some playdoh sets that my mom had gotten from Ollies in the spring. Oh, how they enjoyed playing with the playdoh.

I was blessed to spend time with little R.  He’s 11 years old, but his motor functions are like that of a 3 years old and his verbal skills are like those of a 18 month old.  He has Down’s syndrome and is super sweet. He climb up into my lap and we played. His little friend, F, also 11 years old, and also with Down’s syndrome, led me by the hand to fix him some more tea and jumps up to be carried.  He also has limited verbal skills. I fell in love with these 2 little boys.

What a blessing to be able to spend time with these sweet children. Each one has their own special need, illness, etc.  They are in a good situation, but if we can bring to them some of the joys of childhood we will. Lord willing, we will be able to go back each month and spend time with these children.  And because we were so blessed with all the Christmas shoeboxes, we know we have enough for these 14 children. Praise God for this opportunity to serve those in need!

Our pictures were taken by the kids and aren’t really allowed. The two little girls whose eyes are not blacked out belong to Roxana and to another friend of ours. The one with Roxana was from this summer.

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October Update

October started off as a good month for us. Easy schedule, a chance for us to recharge. We got a shipment of clothes and had the teens from the mentoring program sort them. We had 4 boxes of baby clothes that we sent to the pregnancy crisis center in Oradea. We rented a van to take clothes to the orphanage.  As we were loading up the van, I stepped wrong and sprained my ankle! Thankfully, my friend was already on her way to visit us, so that Bogdan and 2 boys from the mentoring program could deliver the clothes.  So I spent 2 weeks with my ankle up. We had some sisters come and help out during the day, and some of the mentoring girls came over the weekend. I cherished the time I got to spend with Olivia alone, while Matt was at school. I hated not being independent, but I did try and relax.  The third week of recovery time was spent with 2 little ones with roseolla and bad colds.  It’s been 4 weeks now, the kids are healthy, and I’m back at school.

We started a the new month, November, by going to a conference in Cluj. The conference was “Romania without Orphans.” While not all it pertained to what we were doing, it was encouraging to see how many people really care about the orphans here in Romania. I was able to meet a few American missionaries who are stationed around the country and are involved with orphanage ministry. We had a great time of fellowship with three other couples, who are involved with My Brother’s Keeper. What a great time of sharing and encouraging.