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📖 Youth Camp 2018 summary🌿🏞

We had an amazing week together with our church Biserica Crestina Baptista Piatra Neamt, and with 65 young people learning about “Which Way? Discovering God’s Will” for your life, using the scripture Psalm 119: 105 “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path” and other scriptures in the beautiful mountains of Voronet, in Suceava County, Romania, August 27- Sept. 1, 2018!  ☀️🏞🌲🤸🏻‍♀️

The young people were from our city, Piatra Neamt and villages in the county.  The villages/ towns represented were Bodesti, Negresti, Dobreni, Bicaz, Damuc, Racoasa, Suceava, Vaslui, Iasi, and Roman. In all of these areas there is evangelism work being done by members of our church, or they have heard of our camp through the churches.  Orphanages represented were Casa Ray Orphanage in Dobreni with 6 teens, and Sancta Maria Orphanage in Piatra Neamt with 6 teens.  We have had interactions with both orphanages before.

Each teen received a workbook and throughout the week meditated on topics of : the importance of the Bible’s presence in our lives (2 Tim. 3: 15-17), salvation as God’s will for everyone (Eph. 2: 1-5), using Christ as our role model to maturity (RO 8:29 & 1 John 2:6), and finally inspiration that comes from God for taking decisions for your life (Philipians 4:6 prayer, Hebrews 2:4 spiritual gifts).

Some highlights of the week are: the skit illustrations that leaders put on, in one evening the first night, the 6 days of Creation were presented as an introduction to the week, and then pictures were hung on a rope.  Satan came and knocked them all down violently and then a boy representing Christ came and put the pictures on the wall (with sticky backing) in the form of the cross.  It was a powerful image and good way to get the teens  thinking about God’s will for all lives.

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Another highlight was the Treasure Hunt organized by one of our leaders Gary Stoll.  He went around the whole campground and the surrounding forest, putting up clues for teens to find.  Working in their family groups, they visited every one of the stations of the books of the Bible and had various tasks to complete, also finding “Luci money” along the way. 🙂  It incorporated a great amount of team work, strategy, physical effort, and was a good old fashioned challenge for everybody! It was planned for one day, was rained out, but glad we were able to play it on Thursday. 🙂

Another highlight was the two teens from Suceava who came for first time with us, are not from a church going family but genuinely liked the way the gospel was presented.  We hope to have more interaction with them in future, Irina & Mihai. One of our brothers from church has family in that area and that is how these two heard of it.

Thank you for donating to My Brother’s Keeper Ministries for our camp!! 🙂 As always you will be getting a thank-you card from one of the campers in the mail, translated of course. 🙂 Blessings to you and yours, as you work out your salvation in the Lord! –I-

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Youth Camp 2018 Pictures

A summary in pictures  ☀️🏞🌲🤸🏻‍♀️


Youth Camp 2018 video (long version) : Youth Camp Voronet 2018

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Preparations for Youth Camp 2018!!

Our theme has been decided, our speaker has been chosen, and 12 of the 20 leaders met recently for a Leaders Retreat to discuss sub-themes for what we’re going to talk about at camp this summer August 27- September 1, 2018 (School always starts mid-September here) ! ⛺️☀️🌾 🎾

The theme will be “Discovering God’s Will” using verse Psalm 119: 105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” and our speaker is Paul Baxendale, a pastor from England who has had connections in Romania and with our church in Piatra Neamt for the past five years. Paul will lead the messages in the evenings, and with the help of a translator be around to answer questions the youth have.

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Leaders for this year’s youth camp at a retreat in Voronet, Romania. L-R: Dorina Țăranu, Monica Tifrea, Sara, Stefan, Evelyne, Emily, Rebecca, Cristian Handaric, Lucian, Ioana Stoll, Gabriel Iancu, Gary Stoll, Mircea Țăranu Jr. Top: Mircea Țăranu, Teo Tifrea. Not pictured Liviu Buculei.

We are still looking for 51 sponsorships for teens to come to our camp this year! We are only having one camp this year, as opposed past two years of having one for youth and one for children, and focusing on investing in the youth.  For children in our area, we will do a VBS in July. You may send your $120 donation for camp to My Brother’s Keeper, PO Box 11, Roxbury PA 17251, and be sure to write “Avadanei camp 2018” on the memo line. Thank you for making a difference in a teen’s life this summer! ☺️ ⛺️

Last year’s camp video: Youth Camp 2017

Camp poster: Poster for sponsors2018

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Our Routine~ Spring 2018

May 5, 2018
We’ve been back in Romania now from our furlough a month and a half. We’re back into our ministry and family routine, and one new thing this spring is that Emily has started preschool! Another news is that Rebecca is expecting,(5 months) so we want Emily to be occupied when mommy is with the baby in the fall. 🙂 Luci is continuing with nursing school (2nd year) and youth group & mentoring some teens, and I am giving English lessons 3 times a week. We are also still doing our Awana program in the village of Garcina on Saturday, and now that we’ve been back we are making up for lost time! The kids there felt our absence for four months, and now we’re trying to repair. We’ve taken them to the park and played volleyball & had pizza, and we are pouring into new songs and reviewing material they have learned with us. A typical week for us:
Monday- 8am-3pm Luci clinicals, 8am-12pm Emily preschool, Rebecca home.
Tuesday: 8am-3pm Luci clinicals, 8am-12pm Emily preschool, 3-6pm Rebecca English at Casa Ray.
Wednesday: 8am-3pm Luci clinicals, 8am-12pm Emily preschool, 6-8pm prayer group.
Thursday: 8am-3pm Luci clinicals, 8am-12pm Emily preschool, 3-6pm Rebecca English at Casa Ray.
Friday: 8am-3pm Luci clinicals, 8am-12pm Emily preschool, 2-3pm Rebecca English lesson home.
Saturday: 2-4pm L,R,&E at Garcina kids program, 6-9pm Luci youth group.
Sunday- 10-12 church, 6-8 pm church.
Also on some days, Luci meets with a group of young people for breakfast & prayer before school, 6:30-8am.
We hope the Lord is guiding you & your families as well in things that please Him.  Remember Daniel 1: 8-16 where it says how Daniel chose how to stay pure. “But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.”  Keep in your prayers our camp in August for young people, the theme is going to be “How to Discover the Will of God”, and a VBS in July for village&city kids in our area. We have a few people coming from the States to help with those. Blessings!
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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.

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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.

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Summer guests!

This summer is packed!!

This summer we have a Youth camp, a Children’s camp, Luci is
helping with the youth group as it is growing, and we are
continuing our work with the village ministry. Emily goes with us. 🙂 Youth camp has passed, and we moved onto the next activity!
We had 63 youth participants and 20 adult leaders. A week
before Youth camp, a friend of mine from the States came to
visit for a month and she came to camp. She loved it!
She helped with the baby, and also got involved with the
activities and got to know the youth.

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Kim at Youth camp!

Kim also came with us to the village ministry
on Wednesdays, and she has visited the kids at
Casa Ray Orphanage, where I do English lessons. She has stayed at Casa Ray Orphanage long term in the past, so she knows the kids really well. It was a nice
reunion for everyone and she saw how much they have grown! 🙂

Kim with us at the village ministry!
Kim with us at the village ministry!

 

Bob, Diana, & Kim at Casa Ray Orphanage
Bob, Diana, & Kim at Casa Ray Orphanage.

We also had Bob & Diana Webb visiting us from South Carolina, who came to Children’s camp along with Kim, where we had 16 kids and 12 leaders ( including kitchen help), and they also visited Casa Ray Orphanage.  We hope to take kids to the pool as well, if it warms up. 🙂  We have had a wonderful summer with friends, kids, and baby Emily.

Emily Joy Avadanei.
Emily Joy Avadanei.