As we celebrate Romania Reborn’s 15th year in ministry this summer, we’ve added something brand-new: a summer internship in partnership with Patrick Henry College (PHC).
The internship came about through the initiative of PHC junior Caleb Loomis, a Government major with a concentration in International Politics and Policy. “God has captured my heart to serve the disadvantaged,” Caleb says. “Romania Reborn is dedicated to finding permanent, loving homes for Romanian orphans. This vision inspires me. That is why I chose to intern for Romania Reborn.” Caleb’s prior experience in non-profit work, as well as his academic emphasis on international policy, also made him a great fit for our ministry.
Throughout the summer, Caleb will be working on a variety of projects: from researching the connection between child abandonment and human trafficking, to helping us boost our presence on social media, to helping plan local fundraising events. His contributions have already been of real benefit.
“We applaud Patrick Henry College for encouraging its students to gain real-world experience, and we’re grateful that Romania Reborn has had the opportunity to participate in an internship this summer,” says Romania Reborn President Jayme Metzgar. “Caleb’s skills, initiative, and willing spirit have already been a blessing to our ministry. His work with us reflects very well both on PHC and on his family.”
We praise God for your prayers on behalf of Romania Reborn, Hope House, and Living Hope Center. You will find the latest praise and prayer needs below. Join us in praying for these needs and praising God for His answers. God bless you all!
Corina Caba (at right), director of Hope House, returned safely from her month-long visit with her sister, a missionary in Mozambique. She had the opportunity to minister to young children and adults in poverty stricken villages, where she saw God working mightily in their lives. We praise God for giving her this opportunity and bringing her home safely.
Recently, the Romanian government made some changes to its adoption laws. The law has opened the opportunity for Romanian citizens residing in foreign countries to adopt, for which we are truly thankful. However, it has also created more regulations and other difficulties for organizations helping abandoned children. Please pray for Hope House as they seek to file for a new accreditation before June 7, and as they work to comply with the new laws.
Irene’s first ten years were spent in a foster family provided by another foundation in Oradea, Romania. Due to difficulties in the family and the closing of the foundation, Irene has been left in a tenuous situation, and Hope House has stepped in to help. Irene is in need of a foster or adoptive family by June 15. Please pray that God will provide a loving family—one who can deal with her emotional and behavioral issues stemming from her displacement, and who can help her heal.
LIVING HOPE CENTER
A recent accident on the LHC playground left Robby (at right with a friend) with a crushed elbow and in need of surgery. When we sent out an emergency request, you responded: over $5,000 was donated for his needs! Even though we didn’t believe all this money would be needed, we trusted that God knew best and sent the money to Living Hope Center. After Robby’s first surgery, it quickly became apparent that something was wrong. An examination by a specialist revealed that the surgery had been horribly faulty, and Robby would require immediate corrective surgery if he were ever to have use of his arm again. With the extra funds already in the bank, Robby was able to immediately get the help he needed and is recovering nicely. We praise God for His miraculous provision for Robby and his family. Please continue to pray for Robby as he heals and enters physical therapy.
A special thank you to all who gave a gift for Robby. His parents have been amazed by the generosity of strangers, and it has opened a door for the LHC staff to share the love of Christ with them.
“I live in the spirit of prayer. I pray as I walk about, when I lie down and when I rise up. And the answers are always coming.” (George Muller, 1805-1898)
Your prayers are vital to our ministry, and we are seeing the Lord answer! Thank you for taking time to pray for our children and their needs. The current praises and prayer needs are below, so join us in praising God for His answers – current and future. God bless!
Living Hope Center
Praise God for providing for “Robby”, a student recently injured at the Living Hope Center! After falling on the playground and severely injuring his elbow, Robby (pictured below in the hospital being visited by other LHC students) was rushed to the hospital and underwent extensive surgery. Although he is doing well, his family did not have the resources to provide Robby with the care he will need. Thankfully, God provided over $6,000 for Robby through the gifts of over a dozen Romania Reborn donors!
We thank each of you who prayed for Robby and his family, as well as everyone who gave toward his needs. The Lord knows exactly what Robby will need in the coming months, and we praise Him for His answer! We will send updates on Robby’s ongoing condition, but please continue to pray for him as he enters physical therapy in the coming weeks.
"Robby" with other LHC students
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.
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