Saturday Program in April
We would like to bring to your attention the events that happened in April:
The first Saturday in April, which was the day before Palm Sunday, our team visited both Elena Doamna Orphanage and Ion Creanga Orphanage in Piatra Neamt, which are on the same campus and both hold about 100-120 children & teens. At Elena Doamna there were 5 helpers and I.C. had 6 helpers of those who came with us.
We followed the same program as usual, with games, songs, story, and craft. Our story for the day before Palm Sunday was about Jesus’ entrance in Jerusalem and his suffering and betrayal. This wasn’t the first time these kids have heard the Easter story, praise the Lord they are familiar with Bible stories, but we reminded them of it with a skit from the leaders. The craft we did that day was a cute one of Golgota with paper plates.
Songs we sang this month were new ones focusing on the sacrifice of Jesus and other worship songs, such as: Once Again, How Deep the Father’s Love, and The Way the Truth and the Life. The children have enjoyed learning them, and sometimes we have been adding in some percussion instruments. The children have sung only in Romanian so far.
The second Saturday in April, as in the one before Easter, we didn’t visit the children but instead took a group of teenagers we know from this orphanage to play volleyball and soccer at a sports center. Woohoo what fun! It was great weather, too.
The third Saturday, that is the one after Easter, we didn’t have an official program again because some of our team members were still away, but Luci and I went in for a visit. We had some pictures to give regarding the events of the last few weeks, and we had the chance to ask how their vacation was, what they did, and if they were able to visit with any relatives. It was a lovely time spent.
The Christians in Eastern European countries follow the Orthodox calendar, and therefore celebrate Easter one week later. This is the practice for all people in the Eastern Europe countries, except for the Catholics who celebrate the same time as the West.
Please do pray for the team who goes to Elena Doamna and Ion Creanga Orphanages at this time, as the numbers have dropped sharply due to one family’s move and another family’s upcoming move. May the Lord send in replacements if its his will for the work to continue.
Pray for the young girls to be able to balance their chores with their schoolwork, and for the young boys to find strapping tasks.
With much respect,
The team of volunteers
Lucian & Becca Avadanei