Thank you so much for praying for our children and staff in Romania. Nothing is impossible with Christ, and we believe that your prayers are foundational for this ministry. The most recent praises and prayer needs are listed below. Please join us in bringing these needs before our amazing Saviour, and watch as He answers!
A month ago, Hope House was informed by the local Child Protection Department that their accreditation as a foundation was due a month earlier than planned. A new, and much longer, application made this deadline seem impossible. Thankfully, God provided strength, and all paperwork has been finished and submitted to the government. It will be April before we know if Hope House has been approved for another three years, but we are trusting God. Please pray that the officials will quickly approve Hope House for another three years, since without this accreditation Hope House would be unable to continue to provide for the over 50 children in their care.
LIVING HOPE CENTER
Although Living Hope Center and other schools in southern Romania were recently closed for over a week due to major snow storms, we praise God that everyone is safe and continuing to learn at LHC. Pray that God will give strength and wisdom to the teachers and staff, as they seek to inspire and challenge the students. Please pray that the families of the students will see the difference in their children and seek to know more of Christ and His salvation. Pray that God will provide all LHC needs to continue being a light in the community.
We praise God for His provision during Christian’s (director of Romania Reborn) recent trip to Romania. The day after her arrival, Christian had the opportunity to meet with 13 pastors and non-profit leaders (pictured below)—all Romanians—to discuss working together to create a culture of orphan care throughout Romania, especially in the hearts of Romanian Christians. Although there are still many details to be worked out, everyone has joined together to create an organization called Romania Without Orphans, which will challenge Romanian Christians with the needs of the abandoned, orphaned, and at-risk youth of Romania. We are truly excited to see what God will do in Romania through this joint effort.
The day after this meeting, Romania was hit by the worst winter storm in 40 years. In the middle of trying to stay warm, helping shovel snow, and pushing cars out of snow drifts, Christian was still able to connect with Hope House and Living Hope Center directors to plan for the coming year. Although most of her plans for the trip were canceled due to weather, Christian was again reminded of the many amazing ways God is using Hope House and Living Hope Center to reach needy children with His love. Please pray that God will use Romania Reborn for His glory, both in working with others to challenge the Romanian Church and in supporting our ministries.
by Jeanne Domenech
Treasurer of Romania Reborn
With approximately 127,000 adoptions annually in the US, according to the Adoption Institute, many couples have embraced adoption as a beautiful way to bring children into the circle of a loving family. As a follower of Christ and an adoptive parent, I am reminded over and over of God’s loving care for fatherless children, and His willingness to take in those who are not part of His “natural” family tree.
It is wonderful how God continues to call HIS people to join Him in this work. Perhaps He is calling you?
But how do you recognize the call? Listen to this: “I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.” (John 14:18) That is step one.
Consider the world from the orphan’s perspective. Abandoned through no fault of their own, they live at the very bottom of the pile, with only a few years of potential adoptability (most occur between 0-5 years). Who, if not the people of God, whom Christ rescued and brought into his family, have what it takes to rescue the fatherless and give them hope and a lifelong home and family? “Visit orphans in their distress” as James 1:27 says, “and practice true religion.”
Perhaps God wants to use you as “the helper of the Fatherless.” Though this can take many forms, consider: you may be the family GOD wants to use to change the life of a child forever.
As we considered adoption, prayed about it for many years, had three biological children, and continued to feel God tugging on our hearts, some wise folks asked us, “What about the risk? What about unknown family traits, health issues, attachment disorders, possible unforeseen challenges, down the line…all of the ‘what if’s’?”
These are reasonable and wise questions to ask. We prayed over them soberly.
But, God kept up the refrain…“Fear not, I am with you. I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” Our good Lord, who was willing to sacrifice everything to rescue sinners, provides ALL we parents need to face these challenges (and we have had some with our daughter who is now 17). But at each challenging juncture, HE has met us with His provision and all-encompassing love, and allowed us the privilege to serve and grow together with our wonderful girl.
Listen to what God has done for us:
Ephesians 1:5 says, “He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.”
Perhaps God wants to use you to show His plan of adoption to a watching world.
Jeanne has been a board member and treasurer of Romania Reborn since its founding. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, and is pictured above with her four children and daughter-in-law.
This new year, we’re so thankful to have faithful friends like you praying for us and the children in our care. We truly believe that the Lord “hears the prayers of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:29). Please join us in praying for the needs below. We know God will answer!
Our number-one prayer request is that God would raise up more Christian families to adopt the children in our foster program. While we’re incredibly thankful for our excellent foster parents, our desire is to see every Hope House child find a true forever family. We praise God that half of the 50 children in our care are on the road to adoption—an unprecedented number! Please join us in praying that the hearts of Romanian Christian families will be open to meet the needs of the precious children who are still waiting.
One of our Hope House foster children is 16-year-old “Sarah,” who grew up in an extremely abusive family. Rescued and removed from her family at the age of 9, she came to Hope House with numerous physical and emotional problems. God has been faithful to slowly heal her scarred heart, but she continues to deal with the painful memories of the past. Please pray that God will give the Hope House staff and her foster mother wisdom as they counsel Sarah. Pray for Sarah to know that Christ is the answer to her painful past.
Living Hope Center
In a few months, two of the students in the Living Hope Center tutoring program will participate in the Romanian National Olympics in Math. The training is tough, but this is an exciting opportunity for these children. Pray for these students to have strength as they study for the competition. Please pray that God will bring encouragement to the students and their families through this amazing opportunity.
LHC students study diligently
“Danny”, 4 years old, is a student at the kindergarten in partnership with LHC. He suffers from speech problems, which leaves him unhappy and agitated. Finding it difficult to fit in with the other children, Danny often plays alone. Please pray that “Danny” will find confidence to learn and progress in his speech and other studies. Pray that his parents and teachers will know how to encourage him. Continue to pray for all the students in the kindergarten and tutoring program to learn, grow, and know Christ.
On January 31, Christian Feavel (director of Romania Reborn) will be traveling to Romania, where she will be visiting Hope House and the Living Hope Center. On February 2, she will also be meeting with pastors and other organizational leaders to share about ACCEDE, a coalition of Romanian Christians working with abandoned children. It is our prayer to see Romanian Christians catch the vision for helping orphans and children at risk. Please pray that God will bring the people to the meeting He wishes to be there, and that their hearts will hear the need and respond as the Lord leads them. Pray for Christian to be able to encourage the Hope House and Living Hope Center staff during her visit. Please also pray for safe travel and good health throughout her trip.
Christian with a Hope House child
As most American kids head back to school this week, we at Romania Reborn are preparing a shipment of backpacks and school supplies for needy students in Romania. In mid-September, the Living Hope Center tutoring ministry will open its doors to over 40 young students. Because these children come from backgrounds of poverty, it is difficult for them to afford the school supplies they need. Part of LHC’s ministry involves providing each student with a backpack, notebooks, pencils, crayons, and other needed supplies.
A local backpack drive has already provided nearly half of the needed backpacks and supplies. This week, we are buying the remainder of the needed supplies and shipping them to Romania. You can still help with this project by giving a gift today. Gifts will help us buy the backpacks and supplies and pay the cost to ship them to Romania. You can give through our online giving page; simply designate your gift as a special project and fill in the field with the word “backpacks.” As always, gifts are tax-deductible.
For a closer look at the tutoring ministry, watch our 6-minute video below. Thank you!
The hardest part of any trip is saying goodbye to the people you are leaving behind. Although I was ready to come home and sleep in my own bed again, I will miss my Romanian family. I am thankful that we will be able to stay in touch by phone and Skype, but it was an extra blessing to sit at the same table and fellowship face to face with Adi, Lavi, Corina, and many others. And, of course, I will miss the children and their bright smiles.
Me and "Felicity"
God uses each trip to Romania to remind me that He is still working in the lives of the staff and children of our ministries. I already know this truth, but seeing it firsthand makes it all the more real. Sometimes He works quietly, and sometimes miraculously, but He is always at work. Our part is to PRAY!
God has heard and answered so many of our prayers over the years! Prayer is powerful, so please continue to lift up the children, staff, and ministry of Hope House and Living Hope Center in the coming months. We know God will continue to bless and answer those prayers.
It was a pleasure to share my experiences with you in the last few weeks, and I hope you enjoyed catching a glimpse of the Romania I love so much. God bless you all, and thank you for joining me on my trip to Romania. La revedere!
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