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Youth Camp in Suceava, Ro 2020!

It’s that time again, time to plan for camp!!
There is uncertainty for the summer activities we have planned, but we are going forward knowing that God will be faithful whatever happens. We have a youth camp planned for August 2-8, and some other activities for children & adolescents. We are fundraising and looking forward for this camp, we are looking for 70 sponsorships for the teens, But if it comes to not being able to go, the funds will be used for local activities for children & youth in the summertime. Thank you for your understanding! Info in the picture!! 🏕
Thank you & God bless you and yours! 😊

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Response to the COVID-19

Please pray for Romania , schools closed until after Easter, the 19th April to help with the spreading. Meetings in closed spaces are cancelled, including church.  There are 277 confirmed cases as of 3/20/2020. The Orphanage in our town has declined all outside visitors at this time. We’ve postponed all our other activities with the kids for the time being to prevent the spread of the disease. We are okay so far, just spending more time together 🙂 Pray for the elderly and weaker immune systems & beef up the Vit C!🙏🙏

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Posted in Awana Saturdays, Casa Ray Orphanage, English lessons, Just Us, Summer camp, village visits, Youth outreach

Avadanei Family update January 2020

Dear Friends, family, and sponsors,

The year 2019 passed by quickly especially with the fact that our children are growing so quickly. Emily is 3 1/2 and Ruben is 1 yr 3 months. Here is a list of 2019 activities that we coordinated together with the city church (Sfanta Treime Baptist- Piatra Neamt, where Luci helps lead youth group), the village church (Vestea Buna- Garcina) and the surrounding Piatra Neamt area.
May 12, 2019– Tenth Anniversary of the village Garcina church’s inauguration. Hosted a meal afterwards with between 40-50 villagers attending. We saw 12 children from our children’s program & saw a few older ones from years past. In the Sunday morning program, we had as special guests the MBK gypsy choir, with Eduard Teodorescu directing. They sang also at our church in the city on Sunday evening as well. Pray for the village church to continue to spread the gospel in the village. (Photo 1,2)
June 1 2019– Children’s Day event at our church, organised together with the Children’s ministry worker Gary, with city, orphanage, and village kids from Garcina. We had four hours of games, worship, a skit by the leaders, pizza, cake & confetti. The skit & theme of the day was based on Max Lucado’s book “You Are Special.” (Photo 3,4)
July ‘VBS for a day’- together with a medical team from SC we had kids activities & crafts in 5 villages  (Garcina, Bodesti, Bargauani, Borca, Bicaz Ardelean) & kids in the orphanage & our city each place one day for a week’s time.
August 26-31, 2019 At Youth Camp we had 62 teens from our county & neighboring counties. We took 18 leaders from our church. Twenty youth were from our church, some were from other churches in the area, and some were unchurched. The week’s theme was “180 degrees: A Radical Change” about the life & ministry of Paul. This year’s camp has been scheduled for Aug 2-8, 2020. (Photo 5,6,7)
Nov. 30, 2019 Church Families Banquet. A chance for the married couples in our church to get together for a dinner and fellowship. The youth served. We initiated this event last year & had a good response so we continued again. (Photo 8)
Dec. 13, 2019– Christmas Dinner for Widows. Following in the same spirit as the meal for families, this year we had a special time for widows/ elderly members. We had asked the families attending the other banquet to serve the meal/ donate some items. It was a good turnout (about 30), a family sang Christmas carols, and other church members served the meal.
Dec. 14, 19, & 20– Christmas programs in village of Garcina, the Together Again Center for homeless, and the Ion Creanga Orphanage in Piatra Neamt. We had carols and handing out of shoebox gifts. At the orphanage, our friends the Quo Vadis choir came again at our invitation and sang for the kids, then helped hand out boxes. (Photo 9,10,11)
Dec. 19, 2019- The Quo Vadis choir gave a concert at our church in the city (Sfanta Treime Baptist in Piatra Neamt.) spent the night, the next day served at the I.C. Orphanage handing out boxes, and continued on to Suceava where they had another concert. Praise the Lord for their enthusiastic service!
Regular meetings of Garcina kids program Fridays, 3-6 kids. In village of Garcina.
Regular meetings of Ion Creanga Orphanage kids Saturdays, 15-20 kids. In city of Piatra Neamt.
Regular meetings of adolescents (12-14 years) Saturdays 10-15 kids. Baptist Church in Piatra Neamt.
Regular meetings of youth group(15-19 years) Saturdays 15-20 teens. Baptist Church in Piatra Neamt.
Regular visits to Casa Ray Orphanage for english lessons (ages 7-15) Tuesdays. (Rebecca & the kids going)
Regular work (once monthly) in Preschool Sunday school (Rebecca) at the city Baptist church.
Prayer requests: There were three baptisms in our church this year in August of the teens who have been coming to camp & church programs: Petru G, Cristina B, and Denisa B. All three continue to come to church & functions. Pray for them to remain firm in their faith. Pray for Cristina C, who has been devoted to helping us especially in our orphan ministry for two years, that she can deepen her spiritual walk. Our next furlough we are planning for the spring of 2021. If you and your family would like to meet with us then, shoot us a message!
Praises: We were able to move into our house. This gets us out of renting, which we have been doing for the past 5 1/2 years. The kids are already enjoying more play space it offers. The year 2020 promises more interaction in our city, as we have Youth camp planned for Aug 2-8 and are planning to do a VBS in July with children, besides ongoing orphanage, village group, and youth group meetings.
Thank you for praying for our family and sending your financial gifts through My Brother’s Keeper as we seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus, together with the local church in Piatra Neamt, Romania! Blessings to you in this new year,
-Lucian & Rebecca Avadanei
Emily & Ruben
My Brother’s Keeper missionaries
Children & Youth Outreach
Piatra Neamt, Romania
My Brother’s Keeper International
Any donations please write “Avadanei family” on the memo line and it will get to us. There are 7 other families working through the mission agency, so please don’t forget to specify. Thanks 🙂
If you’d like to get in on our camp fundraiser, we are accepting sponsorships of $130 to the same address write “Avadanei camp” on the memo line.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
 
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Christmas meal & concert 🎄

On Friday December 6 we held a family banquet at our church Biserica Creștina Baptista Piatra Neamț, like last year, to encourage church families. There were 20 families, including 10 children, the meal was chicken Marsala & roasted potatoes, and the youth pastor had a message on family. It was a great time of fellowship and especially fun to see the young girls from youth group handling the group of children!
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Then on Thursday December 19, we invited the Quo Vadis choir to come & give a Christmas concert at our church. It was well attended & set our hearts on the Christmas message. 💕🎄

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New Additions

We have some new additions this fall to our ministry. 🍂 We’ve added a pre-adolescent group at our church, Biserica Baptista Sfanta Treime, a children’s program at the State Orphanage Ion Creanga, and we’ve added a little boy to our family. 👶

The pre-adolescent group is grade 6,7,8 that meets weekly on Saturdays at our church for two hours before youth group. They’re having a study much like the youth group, only for their age.  And we are finding more of this age are coming than we thought, that otherwise don’t come to the church. The meetings are with Gary Stoll, Luci, and Teo Tifrea and have been meeting for a month now. It’s going well.

We’re very glad to start with the Ion Creanga orphanage again, we had problems with conflicting schedules last year and had to stop meeting with them for awhile, but started again two weeks ago. It’s going good. We do an Awana type program- two hours games, singing, lesson, craft and now are preparing songs for a Christmas program! There are 12-15 kids who come. We know these kids for four years and are glad we get to work with them again, also they came to our VBS over the summer and loved it! Pray for kids, workers, us to have a good attitude and fun time together because that helps them to learn.

We also want to announce about our baby boy Ruben! Ruben Roy Avadanei was born on September 18, 2018 here in Piatra Neamt at 3480g, 50cm long. Big sister is happy to have a playmate (doll?:)) and learning what to do to help. Mommy & daddy are thrilled and getting used to the routine. Also Emily goes more with Daddy to programs now. She is almost 2 1/2.

Thank you for praying for our family and as always if there are things we can be praying for let us know. Also if you have praises, share them so we can praise God with you. Blessings!

 

 

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MBK site under construction

Hello!  Some of you may have noticed the http://www.mbk.ro site is currently down, it is under construction.  If you still want to donate for our camp this summer, you can use this link:

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which will take you to a MBK Paypal donation page for the Avadanei family. This is how they’re handling online donations until the website is up and running. You can then specify exactly what its for ie: camp or project, in the text box.  Thank you and have a wonderful summer!