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! 🏞😎☀️👴🏻
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! 👍
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!
Singing together! Saturday Jan 28.
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.
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.
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