Summer Camp 2017

Summer camp 2017 was a huge success.  The campers learned the Beatitudes….Blessed are….  They made some great crafts, including beautiful bug pillows prepared by the wonderful folks at New Harvest Church.  The campers played all sorts of crazy games thanks to Regina and Jen. And our littlest campers were well taken care of and entertained by Lori, who came to us from PA.  I was blessed because my parents were able to join us.  My mom helped sew up pillows and my dad played guitar during worship time.  He taught the kids bluesy versions of “This Little Light of Mine” and “Kum-ba-ya.”   Alina, who is a purity presenter for MBK taught lessons and helped to translate for our American team.  Carmen, who is a teacher at the local Christian high school, also taught two lessons and did review games and prayer time after each lesson.

We had 65 campers and 8 teen leaders.  Two of our oldest campers decided they were “too old” to be campers and were given the job of taking pictures.  The two each borrowed a camera and took pictures of everything and everyone.  They took pictures of every group in every activity every day!  We ended up with over 5000 pictures.  I will now share just a small handful of those pictures!



Send a Kid to Camp 2017



bug-20clipart-BUG13.jpgWelcome to the garden, full of beautiful flowers and icky, sticky bugs!  This summer, the children will journey to a beautiful  garden and learn the first part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. The campers will learn to have Bee-attitude instead of a selfish Me-attitude.

We need your help to send up to 90  kids/teens to camp.  We are planning on taking 55 elementary aged kids, 25 middle school aged kids, and 10 teen helpers.  The campers will be coming from Stroiesti village and surrounding areas and the 2 orphanages where we are involved.   Camp is 5 nights and 6 days.  Currently, the kids are earning points in Sunday school and have started to earn points with good grades in school!lady-bug-clip-art.jpg


The cost of camp has gone up since last year to $120 (this is due to a cost change at the camp).  That $120 provides one week of camp;  3 good meals (prepared by Bogdan and his kitchen crew) plus 2 snacks each day (this is more than they get at home); transportation to and from camp on the train; toiletry items; craft projects, game and sports time, prizes, solid Bible lessons twice a day, and a great team of Romanian and American believers to supervise and guide these young campers!

ki858z7ir.gifSend your sponsorship to: My Brother’s Keeper, PO Box 11, Roxbury, PA, 17251 (Please put Stroiesti Summer Camp 2016 in the memo line); For Paypal sponsorship go to (Mark for family and friends, so you don’t have to pay the fee!)

All sponsorship money must be received by July 1, 2017!


2017 Campers

(Photos of children in the orphanages are NOT included)






Flashlight Egg Hunt Fundraiser

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This family friendly event is for all ages, not just kids!  Don’t you miss being able to go hunting for Easter eggs?  Hunt for eggs filled with gift cards and other great prizes (and of course candy)!

Check out our event page on Facebook (you can see it even if you don’t do Facebook):

You can purchase advance tickets at:



Our family is currently on furlough in the US!  During this time, we will be traveling from Pennsylvania to Texas, if your church, small group, community organization, school etc is internested in having us speak about the ministry or the Romanian culture in general, please contact us. We would also like to visit with as many friends and sponsors as possible, so please contact us!

And this little blessing with be joining our family in May!


Christmas 2016

I know I am late, but I have many good reasons to be so late reporting on Christmas. First of all, we had almost 400 shoeboxes to give out in 10 different locations. My husband then worked 13 days over Christmas and New Year’s at the camp. The kids and I joined him for Christmas, only to be knocked down with a horrid cold virus–Matt was sick for 2 weeks, me for almost that long and Olivia….she ended up with the sniffles (HOW???).  Once we got back home it was time to prepare and pack for our furlough.  We are now in North Carolina on furlough. The kids and I will be here until July, but Bogdan will go back in June because his visa only gives him 6 months, and he already has a number of camps scheduled.  So, now you know why these photos are so late, but please enjoy all the happy faces!!

We delivered boxes to a number of families whose children participate in our summer camps. These children are often in villages too far from us to participate in our activities on a regular basis, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get Christmas boxes. There were 5 different villages to go to!


This year, we had another full house at our Stroiesti Christmas party.  With everything going on, we did not prepare a play, however, the very talented children from our church, Diakonia, presented their Christmas play for us.  The village kids were so well behaved and paid attention and so did their parents. I was happy to see so many mom and new faces. I pray some of these children will join our Sunday School classes. Our mentoring teens were a huge help and organized the boxes and helped pass them out. I love my teens!



Next, we were joined by a wonderful couple from Pennsylvania.  They came with me to the special needs orphanage. They were shocked at the wonderful conditions and caring staff. I loved how they got on the floor and played with the children! This wonderful couple also bought pizza, cake and juice for all the children and staff.  It was a special treat for them!  Back in August, I had gone to the orphanage and spoke with the “moms” and they gave me great insight as to what the children needed. Each one got a box that was made just for them and their specific needs!  The staff had never seen such perfect boxes.  YEAH!!!!


Our last big event was the Dorohoi orphanage. Our sweet friend in Texas sent Christmas lollipops and a Christmas stocking craft, along with money for pizza! The restaurant provided soda for all the kids! There are 134 kids and teens in the orphanage. Some of them still had school, or had already left for the Christmas break to stay with families, but boxes were saved for them.

We had a few boxes left over and I was able to pass them out to the children on our street and they even brought over a family in need and we were able to bless those children who would have nothing under the tree Christmas morning.

We were very blessed this Christmas time. We were able to give each child a booklet with the story of Jesus–the most precious gift! We received boxes from Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  The children were full of smiles and joy as they felt loved from people they never met.  Thank you and God bless you!

Birthday Surprises

One of our Christmas sponsors admited he may have been “a little” excessive in his Christmas shopping for twin 7 year boys.  He said that he had gotten a lot of school supplies so I should open up the FOUR not shoeboxes and pull what the boys would need for school in September.  Ok, good idea!

Then I found out that they had a birthday in December. I was able to make up a fun birthday box for the boys, a school box for September, and of course two boxes for Christmas.

We were able to take cake and presents to the boys last night. What a joy for them (and their younger brother!) There was much discussion about the last time any of them had eaten cake, so it was great to share it with them! It was nice to see the big smiles on their faces. dscn6760dscn6766

PS. Now don’t go gettin’ any ideas about crazy excessive boxes for multiple events…who has time to do that for 200 kids?? 🙂

Fun times at Sunday School

Here are some of photos of the fun and crazy things, we do at Sunday school. Of course, when I do the most insane things, like bring buckets of sand to make bricks during the lesson of Exodus 5, I forget to take pictures. But you get the idea of the fun we are having and the stuff we are learning!