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Children’s Day at Elena Doamna Orphanage 2017!

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! 👍



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The Childrens’ Day Celebration! (and welcoming of Emily :))

The welcoming of our first daughter has kept me from updating in awhile, although we have been continuing with the activities. (less me:)) Our little girl was born on Friday, June 3 and we have been having a ball getting to know her !!
Lucian has been continuing with the outreach for youth in the orphanages and in church that we started a month ago of weekly sessions of futbol/ Volleyball. The sessions have been going well, with the highest attendance this Monday of 50. There was a holiday & off school, so more were able to come. He also always puts the word out about the youth meetings, Saturday nights at our church. Continue to pray that these times would be good times of socialization & encouragement and Lucian is able to show the youth the love of Jesus.

The Saturday before Children’s Day (June 1) we had an outing with kids from Elena Doamna & Ion Creanga Orphanages, and villages of Garcina & Negresti to celebrate! Mainly with kids ages 7-15. We had a barbeque in the forest all day, with two meals, volleyball, soccer, frisbee, bubbles, and time for socialization. We also encouraged the kids with a story about Jesus and the storm, and that he can calm the storms in your life, which we did with a skit.

Skit of Jesus in the boat.
Skit of Jesus in the boat.


Quiet time for coloring.
Quiet time for coloring.


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March Awana & Village Program

In March, we kept up with our routine – and me being 6 1/2 months pregnant, I was still able to participate 🙂

We went two Saturdays to the Elena Doamna Orphanage and two Saturdays to the Ion Creanga Orphanage, and every Wednesday held our Village kids club in Garcina where approx. 10-15 kids who live there came and participated.  At all these meetings, we sing, have a relevant story, play group games, and have a neat craft.  We are learning the Easter story at the orphanages, and Moses & the Exodus with Garcina.

Precious young people at ED Orphanage.
Precious young people at ED Orphanage.


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Fun with the village kids from Garcina !
Fun with the village kids from Garcina !


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Saturday Awana programs in 2016

The Saturday children’s program started on Jan 16, together with some church members who make part of our team.  Luci and I were spending some time with family at that time in the States, but the team went continually on Saturdays to spend time with the children in two orphanages, Elena Doamna & Ion Creanga.  The children were between 7-14 years old.

When we arrived back in Feb, we joined up with the team again and saw the good routine they had had with the kids.  Needless to say, our first Saturday back with the kids was joyful & energetic!  I’ll include some pictures from that day, February 27th. The kids had started some lessons on Adam & Eve when we were gone, and worked through a Children’s storybook Bible with Cain & Abel, and then Noah & his sons.

Children's Saturday program, at Elena Doamna Orphanage
Children’s Saturday program, at Elena Doamna Orphanage
Playing a fun game- "Describe That Object!"
Playing a fun game- “Describe That Object!”
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Christmas shoe-boxes have arrived :-) !!

We are thankful for the great response in sending over some gift boxes through MBK for the children in our town!  We received the packages last week, and have set dates for some Christmas celebrations with the children we serve:

16 Dec 3pm celebration in village of Garcina w/ carols, play (village our church assigned to us in Feb to start a Kids Club) 
23 Dec 2pm celebration at Orphanage Elena Doamna w/ carols, poems
23 Dec 3pm celebration at Orphanage Ion Creanga w/ carols, poems
28 Dec bowling w/ Orphanage Casa Ray (private)

We will take a break with the English lessons, craft night, and Saturday program mid-Dec to mid-Jan for the kids to participate in other activities during this time.

We have been working over a month with the kids in Garcina to prepare for the play.  For many of them, this is the first experience of doing a traditional Christmas play, but they are warming up well to the idea of learning their lines, and so far the songs are becoming second nature.  The event will be open to the public as a way to spread Christmas cheer, and we are looking forward to meeting their parents and some other siblings who we don’t know.

Please pray for the event, for the brothers and sisters helping us coordinate it, and for it to be an encouragement spiritually for the town.

We plan on working continually with these children who receive the gift-boxes with a curriculum from Samaritian’s Purse.

Posted in Awana Saturdays

First Saturday program

Saturday Awana program
Saturday, October 3, 2015

For our first Saturday children’s program of the fall, we took the kids out of the center for a day in the open air!  We played games, heard a story, had time to play, and watched sheep.  It was fun!

It was the first of style of combining 2 orphanages for the children’s program.  For two years, we had been splitting up the team that does orphan work on Saturdays to go to Elena Doamna Orphanage and one team to go to Ion Creanga Orphanage.  We want to do it this way now, because it gets our leaders all working together and not going in two separate places.  It also gives a chance for the children to spend time together.  Our future gatherings will take place either in the open air, a common space, or church all together.  Pray for these little ones to remember the good principles they learn as they grow up !!

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Saturday Programs in April

Peace everyone,

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