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Thanksgiving Celebration in Garcina

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! 
We had a thanksgiving celebration a few weeks ago at the village church where we have a Children’s program. It was a nice way to be thankful with the people in the village, and 93 people came. Pray that God would continue to speak in the village and breathe life. Thank you!
It was a privilege to host these men & women as they served the Lord! We had a wonderful weekend with the church’s Harvest Celebration (Romanian Thanksgiving) on Sunday, October 15, AM at the village church we minister and PM at our city church. The Good News was heard and we experienced a lovely fellowship!! 

Sărbătoarea Roadelor Biserica Baptista “Vestea Buna” Garcina 15 Oct 2017
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Posted in Casa Ray Orphanage, English lessons, Just Us, village visits, Youth outreach

Our Routine~ Fall 2017

Along with fall comes the back -to-school schedule, which affects both of us, Luci in his 2nd year of nursing school here in town, and I helping with English homework among the kids we know. 🙂 Emily has grown, she is now almost 1 year and 5 months, and had a fabulous summer with all the activities we had for the kids, also a great time with Lily, our babysitter. 🙂  Here is an example of our week this fall:

Monday- 3-4pm Becca tutoring at Elena Doamna Orphanage, 8am-3pm Lucian at clinicals
Tuesday- 3-6pm Becca tutoring at Casa Ray Orphanage, 8am-3pm Lucian at clinicals Wednesday- 3-5pm Becca tutoring home, 8am-3pm Lucian at clinicals, 6-8pm prayer meeting.
Thursday- 3-6pm Becca tutoring at Casa Ray Orphanage, 8am-3pm Lucian at clinicals.
Friday- 3-5pm Becca tutoring, 8am-3pm Lucian at clinical.
Saturday- 3-5pm Village kids program in Garcina, 6-8pm Lucian at youth group (leading along with 2 other guys).
Sunday- 10-12 church, 6-8pm church.

Also every morning, Lucian meets with youth from villages of Negresti & Garcina at 7-8am for breakfast & prayer before school.  Ones who come to youth group &/or have been with us to camp. They have read through the book of John & Proverbs, and have started Matthew.  Pray for the kids we know to come to an understanding of the saving knowledge of God & his Son.  Also for us as a family to remain steadfast and to continue growing in patience and sharing.  Thank you.

Posted in crafts, Summer camp, village visits

Children’s Camp 2017 ~ Brasov, Romania!

Just got back from Children’s Camp August 21-25 in Brasov, Romania !! 🇷🇴🏞
Was good weather, mostly well behaved, and we had fun! We had 20 kids and 15 adults, half making the food and half of them providing activities for the kids. Lessons were on Moses, the Great Leader! The kids learned a lot about the burning bush, God’s plan, the plagues, and 10 commandments! We learned a cool song, too about crocodiles in the Nile. 👍 Thank you all for the prayers!  🏞😎☀️👴🏻

Posted in Just Us

How God Works…

Most of the time we write about the ministry activities. But today I’d like to tell you a story from our personal lives to show you how God works behind the scenes, too!

We went on a family vacation two weeks ago to the beach. It was great and we all had a fun time!  When we were heading back, our car broke down. The following hours were strenuous but also amazing to see how God works and puts people together. We had heard about a family who are missionaries there with three children. They are from another part of Romania, but working with the church and some village ministries in that particular town where we broke down. Because we had to wait many hours for the parts for our car and for the shop to fix it, they invited us to their house to wait! We were so blessed! We had a lovely fellowship, Emily got to play with the girls, they fed us, and most importantly we waited in the air-conditioning in the 90 degree weather! The Lord works in mysterious ways sometimes, and sometimes our hardships are blessings in disguise. We are thankful to have met that family, to have shared common stories, and hope if the Lord brings a problem like that in our path, we can serve in the same measure. ❤️🙏

I sometimes get caught up in the day to day, and sometimes I get discouraged if there are problems, but I must remember that God has a plan in all things! He wants to teach us in every moment!😊👍

Thank you Jesus!!!

Posted in Summer camp, village visits, Youth outreach

Youth Camp 2017 went Great!!

We just returned from our Youth camp in the mountains, and it was great!  We had 65 participants and 20 Leaders in the beautiful Voronet, Romania! 🇷🇴 Two professions of faith. Great discussions from the studies.  Daily discussions were on authority, why is there suffering, not beating around the bush(sex), and salvation. Thank you to all who made this happen for the youth in our county !!

Thank you for your prayers. The leaders melded well, were available to the participants, and understood what we had to do. The participants genuinely enjoyed witnessing God in what we studied.

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” ~John 8:32

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Pray for the Children’s camp August 21-25 with kids from the village, learning about Moses’ life as a leader. Thank you & God bless!! ✝️

Posted in Casa Ray Orphanage, Summer camp, village visits, Youth outreach

Looking forward to Camp 2017!

Great news! We have received all of our sponsorships for our two camps this summer, praise the Lord!! 🙂

Now please be praying for youth camp that starts in a week and a half, with the theme “Beyond Appearances,” verse John 8:32.  Pray for us as we minister to the 70 participants, but also for the participants to meet God.

You can also be praying for our Children’s Camp we’ll be having August 21-25!  It will be with 25 children from the Village where do ministry, Garcina, and the theme is about Moses.    Thank you for your help and your prayers !!

Had fun helping out at a VBS at the Casa Ray Orphanage two weeks ago!  A team from Lancaster, PA came to share their time with the kids.  Their theme was on getting wisdom 👍😊

Clockwise Top from left: Luci explains a game; Denisa’s wise owl craft; Dumi & Cristina’s activity for learning about controlling the tongue; staff at Casa Ray/ American VBS team / children of Casa Ray; some of the adolescent girls at Casa Ray.

Posted in village visits, Youth outreach

Children’s Day 2017 in Garcina!

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 !!