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): https://www.facebook.com/events/641766206007154/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1487180648202946

You can purchase advance tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flashlight-egg-hunt-tickets-32103901634

 

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Furlough

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!

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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!

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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!

 

Christmas Shopping

One of my favorite things to do each year is take children from the orphanage shopping. Some of my favorite sponsors  came up with this idea a few years ago and others have joined them. This year, we have take 7 children/teens shopping and have 3 more to take later on in December.  Each child is given the equivalent of $50 and taken shopping,  but based on prices etc…think of it as taking a kid to Walmart and giving them $200 and say….”get what you need and what you want!!! ” Unlike most American kids I know, these kids are first after new shoes, coats, underwear and socks, clothes, shampoo, school supplies and then they head to the toy aisle.  We also give them an one kilogram bag of candy to share with the others with their apartment group home family.  It is such a blessing for these children! Thank you!!!

 

Mentoring Update 2016

 

I do not have the “calling” to work with teenagers, but God has called me to work with 6 teens in our mentoring program. To quote my mom, “you weren’t very good at being a teenager, when you were a teenage.”  “I know, Mom, I know. Sorry.”  BUT that didn’t stop God from pulling me out of my comfort zone and sending me teenagers!  Sometimes, in the mentoring program I feel like I am a firefighter putting out little fires of teen girl drama. But in the end, the 5 girls in our program are doing well and Bianca, who is in the private Christian school, has developed a strong interested in missions, according to her home room teacher!

Andrei graduated last year from high school and is now attending college in Suceava. He is the first to attend college on is father’s side of the family…pretty much all his relatives in the village…he’s the first. What is so funny, is that after attending the long distance high school program from the Christian school, where he only had classes 2 weeks each semester and a week of exams and a lot of self studying, he’s finding college not to challenging enough! He’s hoping to transfer next fall to a school in another city that will challenge him more!  (This from a kid who wasn’t worth the investment!!)

Paul, who is currently in the 10th grade, has earned a spot along with 14 other boys from the auto mechanics program at his high school to go on a culture exchange in Germany. He had to take many exams, including foreign language exams, to qualify.  He is scheduled to go in March for about 3 weeks. We are so proud of him! (Again, he wasn’t supposed to amount to anything.)

So while there is drama working with teenagers, the successes encourage me to keep going, pushing through the teen angst, the disappointments when a teens leaves our program, and see these teens have success!