International Children’s Day in the village of Garcina went well! This event happened on June 2 in the courtyard of the village church, after we had had an event June 1 at the Elena Doamna Orphanage. We had 42 children (a good number of those we’ve never seen before!), 75 people in all including parents, helpers, and church members. We stayed 5 hours playing volleyball, water games, giving out shirts, and having a meal together. The message our pastor had was about how to build a good foundation in their youth, so they’ll grow up well- avoiding sin’s temptation. He had an illustration with a bee- a small boy caught a bee with a knife. The bee bit him on the hand, and then the stinger stung him… Kind of like sin- it bites and stings when we don’t expect it! The kids listened well! Praise God we were able to share the gospel!
We had so much fun in Garcina for Children’s Day ! Recently we had a fundraiser to help demolish an old building on the church’s land – and now see how well the space is used! 🙂 Praise God !!
International Children’s Day is on June 1! Today we had an event with 25 children in the Elena Doamna orphanage and tomorrow we have another event where we have a weekly village program. We’ve done like we have in years past, with a BBQ cookout, games, and time in the sun.
Pray for tomorrow’s event, as we have invited the parents of children who come to our program, also brothers and sisters from the church, that it will be a good turnout and if we have opportunity to speak of God, that we would speak clearly. Thank you for your prayers.
Today’s event went well, good turnout, kids behaved well, no injuries, even the weather was nice! God was with us and gave us grace! 👍
The themes for this year’s camps have been picked!! For Youth camp, 24-29 July in Suceava county, Romania, we will be studying “Beyond Appearances” verse John 8:32, and for Children’s camp, August 20-24 in Brasov county, Romania, we will be studying “Moses, the Great Leader!”
So far, we have 40 sponsorships, and we are looking for a total of 70 to do the two camps.
Be in prayer for these weeks, or COME with your group! Thank you for your prayers!
On APR 22 we had a girls’ night at our house together with 9 girls from the village! We ate, made some recipes together, talked, and did nails. We are glad we can offer a listening ear and different perspective! This is the same group we did a girls night with last year. Be praying for these girls as they finish school ( most are in 8th) and begin a bigger courseload as they move up. ❤️
So, we have finished the Samaritan’s Purse “The Greatest Journey” 12-lesson study in our kids program in Garcina. On March 11, we held a ceremony for all the kids who had taken part, and we had prizes for those who earned them, and diplomas for all of the kids. There were prizes for kids who learned the most verses and for kids who did the most work in their books. There were also gifts given at the end to all the mothers in attendance in honor of Mother’s Day, March 8. We are especially proud of Maria, Ana, Ioana, and Tudor who finished with the most questions answered!
We pray the verses and lessons on Christianity stay with these kids, and offer them guidance through friendship, job searching, hunger or other problems they are facing. Now we are starting a book from AMEC – Asociatia Misionara Pentru Educarea Copiilor (a local Romanian Evangelical Children’s ministry) called “Cartea Intrebarilor cu Meditatii” (The Question book with Meditations) Thank you for praying! 😊
Welcome to 2017! We have been enveloped in the spring buds and new flowers, as well as the traditional Romanian mărțisor, as the spring takes it’s place. It is beautiful here in the spring, particularly because the winter is so long & cold. A lot has changed for us in the past year. We have welcomed a little daughter in our midst, (she’s 9mo now) and with that have changed some activities. Mostly regarding the English lessons, we are doing most of them from our home, and not so many activities at the Elena Doamna orphanage.
A typical week’s schedule looks like: (Emily goes with mommy all except the kids club- it’s too cold right now)
Monday- 2pm Becca tutoring, 1pm-8pm Lucian at school.
Tuesday- 10am Becca tutoring home, 1pm-8pm Lucian at school, 3pm-6pm Becca tutoring at Casa Ray Orphanage
Wednesday- 10-12 Becca tutoring home, 1pm-8pm Lucian at school, 2-5pm Becca tutoring home, 6-8pm prayer meeting.
Thursday- 1pm-8pm Lucian at school, 3pm-6pm Becca tutoring at Casa Ray Orphanage.
Friday- 1pm-8pm Lucian at school, 2pm Becca tutoring home.
Saturday- 12-2pm Becca English lessons w/ Elena Doamna Orphanage, 3-5pm Kids village program in Garcina, 6-8pm Lucian at youth group (along with 2other guys they lead).
Sunday- 10-12 church, 6-8pm church.
Also every morning, Lucian has been meeting with youth from 7-8am for breakfast & prayer before school. They have read through the book of John & have started Proverbs. They have also started to pray on their own. It has been going well.
Scripture has taken more of a place in our home as we follow our church’s reading schedule. Also been reading bits from Elizabeth Elliot’s Keep a Quiet Heart and Edith Schaeffer’s Common Sense Christian Living. We have many youth in our home for tutoring, so these practices have been helpful to us.
🙂 We hope the Lord is with you as well this spring, teaching you and guiding you!!!! God bless!!! 🙂
Things have been going well in the village kids club in the village of Garcina, as well as the rest of our routine. In our kids club, we have been using the Samaritan’s Purse 12-lesson plan called “The Greatest Journey” workbooks, which we introduced last August in Children’s camp. Its got puzzles & questions that are fun! We have now reached the end of the lessons, as sometimes the lessons took more than one week to digest because they’re chock full of stuff, and now we can get ready for a diploma ceremony! We will be rewarding those who remember the most verses and facts through the workbooks, as well as having a celebratory meal to celebrate all of the participants, where we invite the parents. Each week we have seen 15-20 of our kids, so these studies really attract them and pull them into the fun of learning! Be praying for the event, which will take place on March 11.
Here are some pictures of our 2017 gatherings in kids’ club!