With so many charitable children’s organizations out there, what makes Romania Reborn any different? Below are seven distinctive characteristics of this organization:
1. We place children in families.
This is not an orphanage ministry. Although many orphanages around the world are doing excellent work and saving children from terrible fates, our core operating belief is that children ideally belong in families. Whenever possible, the best place of healing for an abandoned child is not an institution, but a home. Our model is to rescue children from state care and place them in forever families, where they will always have a mom and a dad.
2. We’re working to impact the culture.
Over the past five years, one of our chief efforts has been to spark an “orphan care revival” in Romania, starting with the Christian church. We’ve built a network of like-minded NGOs, organizing the first-ever orphan care conference in Romania in November 2014. Our Romanian partners have become national leaders in the field of orphan care and adoption. You can read more about our efforts to support foster and adoptive parents and advocate for adoption here.
3. We work with nationals.
We’re excited about the fact that our work in Romania is directed and run exclusively by Romanians. This “indigenous ministry” is extraordinarily effective. Romanian Christians already know the language, the culture, and the needs. They are capable of living on a fraction of the salary that Western missionaries would require. And they have a lifetime commitment to remaining in their country and seeing the Gospel go forward. By simply coming alongside these Romanian believers and providing them with resources, we believe we are functioning as the interdependent body of Christ was designed to function.
4. We are personal.
While we’ve had a sizable impact on Romania and its children since 1998, we’re far from being a mega-charity. Our smaller size allows us to maintain close personal relationships, both with our partners in Romania and with our supporters here in the United States. Our goal is to allow our supporters to experience the same close connection with the work in Romania that we ourselves enjoy. We want our supporters to feel a true kinship with their brothers and sisters who are working to change children’s lives in Romania.
5. We are careful stewards of God’s resources.
Another benefit of our small size is our ability to trim our administrative costs. We realize that our donors are giving not to us, but to God, and we take this responsibility seriously. It is our organizational policy to spend the absolute minimum on overhead expenses, and to report our total spending to donors every year. In 2014, our outgoing expenses totaled $206,551. Of that amount, $178,886 (87%) went to ministry, $17,000 (8%) went to administration, and $10,684 (5%) was spent on fundraising. A more detailed financial statement is available upon request.
6. We depend upon God as our ultimate provider.
At Romania Reborn, we believe that God always finances the work He has ordained. If this is truly His work, it will get done! However, we also believe that the way God usually provides is by prompting His people to give. Therefore, we present our ministry as an opportunity for American believers to join God in His work-and to reap the abundant spiritual blessing that follows. We want our donors to be motivated by joy, not by guilt! We also remind our friends in Romania that God (and not Romania Reborn) is their true provider. In this way, we seek to avoid creating a destructive dependency upon “American Christians,” and rather to encourage our Romanian friends to depend upon God alone.
7. We are unapologetically Christian.
Romania Reborn welcomes the support and involvement of any individual who cares about children, regardless of faith or creed. However, we ourselves are a distinctly Christian organization. Our Romanian partners fully agree with our statement of faith. In addition to giving needy children a better future here on earth, our ultimate goal is to introduce them to One who died to secure their eternal future: Jesus Christ.
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