Monday, March 19, 2018

Going to the States

It has been  6 years since I have been back to the States. I will be there March 28 to April 24.  I will be visiting in 2 locations in Indiana and then on to Ohio, before continuing on to CA.  I am looking forward to seeing so many wonderful friends!

What a busy summer, fall and winter it was!  2018 is already shaping up to be an exciting year.  Before I update the projects here is the latest on Elizabeth and Sarah.

Elizabeth started Veterinary Medicine in Timisoara in the fall of 2017. Praise God she got a scholarship for the tuition!  This first year is a challenge but she is doing well. The dormitory situation is difficult and we hope to be able to make some changes for next year.  Elizabeth is enjoying the course work so that is wonderful. Watching Elizabeth blossom and mature is awesome. It is sometimes difficult  to "let go".

Sarah turns 18 on March 21. I can't quite get my mind around that.  She will be having a HUGE (in my opinion) all night party on the 23rd with 70 guests. This party will include a DJ, equipped with a bubble and smoke machine, a photographer, an all night buffet with a huge cake at midnight.  Last week she wanted to make sure I hadn't forgotten her tiara...S-I-G-H...of course not sweety. Then there is the special champagne flute for her with little porcelain flowers on it to match her dress. The next big event is the Baccalaureate and then her graduation. Sarah has been going to tutoring 4 days a week and is working very hard.  I am very proud of her.

Here are a few project highlights - so much has happened - wonderful things since my last update but I will just touch on a few things:

Mocrea - We continue the program at Mocrea Psychiatric Hospital weekly. The patients count on us to show up on Tuesdays. We have a good time with the crafts, snacks, bible story, singing and praying.  These people can really pray and I bring special prayer requests to them. They have a child like faith and pray fervently!

Widows Mite - We are slowing expanding this program. as more and more younger people leave Romania and the villages so often the parents seem to be forgotten. We have wonderful visits monthly with them.  Even as of last week I was still buying wood for them. We are supplying more medicines as fewer medicines are available free or were greatly discounted for pensioners.  Some of our widows  are failing and this is sad but I know that I will meet most of them again one day.

Children's homes sponsorship - Beca is getting married in August!  It is hard to imagine I was around when she was born. I was an honored guest at her engagement party. Her house parents at Osana hosted a lovely party. Giulia graduates this year. The other girls are all coming along. The sponsor updates will be around a month late this year due to my trip. The boy's house, Caleb, is adjusting to some real challenges some of these boys present! There are really committed house parents there also.

Working with the rest of the Rock Of Hope Ministry team is exciting. Randy and Tammy are back from the States and jumped back in with helping both at Mocrea and with the widows as well as their involvement with the girls at the ROHM apartments.  Ramona is awesome at helping wherever is needed and also helps with Mocrea and the widows. Scott and Carolyn have a special anointing with their vision to help the young women that have aged out of orphanages.  They are great at Mocrea too.

I will really really try to update again soon - I have some wonderful pictures I want to share of the work here. Thank you for your support for the work here and your prayers. I appreciate it so very much.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Happy Summer!

OK - where do I even start?  In May Sarah went to Germany with another 6 students for an internship program with her school with the major in mechanic and electronics. She is pictured below with the group with her certificate of completion. Very proud of her. She will be be entering her last year of high school next month. She was offered and accepted a 6 hr. per day job in a factory this summer.

Elizabeth has been very busy. She graduated from high school and passed her Baccalaureate exams.
The graduates on the school staircase
Elizabeth applied for Veterinary Medicine in Timisoara and also qualified for a scholarship. So proud of her too!


 I will not write at length about all the projects but will highlight  some:  Mocrea - I can't even remember exactly when this project started, visiting and working with the patients in the State psychiatric facility. I have very few pictures of this project as the patients are in State care and posting their photographs is not allowed.  Each week it is an adventure but a team goes with me. The ladies are excited that Tammy is now in charge of the make-up and nails. The ladies beam after they are done. We continue with coffee and snacks weekly as well as a craft, singing and prayer. We also read them a bible story and then give a quiz - correct answers get candy (OK gotta admit usually everybody gets a candy!) They really enjoy this. We have started to have a monthly birthday cake for everyone born in that month. They love the cakes, it makes it special for them to have their birthdays recognized.To many we are their only family and visitors. Your donations that are general funds or donations for me personally (general funds are donations not to a specific project) fund this project.  I have already started to look toward Christmas - we do caroling in all wards and have something for every patient (usually in the neighborhood of 165 patients).  Christmas is expensive!

Widow's Mite - The revamped program is working really well.  We have 35 in the program now, I am looking to expand it and add more older people that need assistance. We have already started buying winter wood. We only stopped buying last season's wood in March!  There are several people that help out now: Spencer; Randy and Tammy; and Ramona - they are a blessing!!! It was truly awesome to visit Maria Jacoby from Comlosul Mare this month.  She is getting a bathroom installed! Her son and one of his friends were working on it when we visited her this month.  We will be adding candy to her monthly bags of food - she revealed that she loves candy.Below are the pictures:

Sanicolau Mic Bible Club (Jesus Generation) and music school:  Marius and his lovely wife Elena do a great job. My part in it is to fund what I can and maintain the buildings, paying the taxes too. Right now they need bars on the door and windows as the house is empty now when the club or lessons are not in session.  I am hoping to get the funds to Marius next week. This project is also funded from the general funds.

Grain Game Rromi summer camps:  We had a great time doing 2 camps for Rromi children, one in Vinga and the other in Bulgaria.. We work in conjunction with The Grain Game out of Alabama with Chip Riley. Kaitlyn and her husband Dustin from Alabama  were here to help with Vinga and we were joined by Spencer and Lynsey, Randy and Tammy as well as a contingent of the GG young people from Romania.

GG's vision is to reach every child in every nation with the gospel. We may be able to get in another short program for children before school starts.

Bulgaria:  Marty Sutton hosted the team in Sevlievo. The camp was held in a neighborhood called Balabanza. Balabanza's residents are Muslim Rroma and they speak Turkish and Bulgarian. Last year during and after the camp the Iman was stirring people up against the Christians.  The building where the church met pretty much was closed down and the meetings went back to the pastor's house. They were willing to let us use the building again and we pray everything remains quiet.  We had a wonderful time ministering with this pastor and his family and they seemed encouraged by the time we left. Genadi, the son of Marty's heart in Bulgaria, will carry on with children's clubs. Marty may have a volunteer to teach music in that neighborhood so we asked the pastor if they were in agreement with this - if so I would raise the funds for instruments as we go. If we don't follow-up on the gospel message these children have heard, and got excited about, we will lose them. I am hoping Kaitlyn and Dustin will join us in Bulgaria next summer (and Chip too if possible)  Samy Novak and Elizabeth did the GG demonstrations, Tammy and Randy helped in all areas as did Genadi. Marty and I filled in where necessary.
 Most of the games and demonstrations were done indoors, the heat was horrendous.
 They loved all the songs and really got in to them. We sang in 4 different languages: Turkish, Bulgarian, Romanian and English.

 All the demonstrations had a short, and to the point, bible lesson. The theme for the week was "Who Am I" . Each day had a sub-theme: I am loved; I am forgiven; I am happy; I am saved and finally I am fulfilled.
 Pastor Samir and his family.  His wife Svetla was a Muslim and converted - they are paying the price to minister in this area.  Would you pray for them, their family and ministry.  We will go back next summer!

 Rock of Hope Ministry:  I think everybody knows I have been partnered with this ministry for some time now. The founders are Scott and Carolyn Pouncey.  Randy and Tammy Moss have moved to Romania to help. This ministry provides for young women that have aged out of orphanages. They have a new web site: and can accept Pay Pal donations, also for the projects I am involved in. They help in Mocrea too, as do some of the young ladies under their care when they have corresponding days off.  Please check out their web.

This is already a very lengthy post and I apologize for the layout, I am not very good at this stuff. - The 2 facilities, Osana and Caleb house, where we sponsor children are doing really well and I will feature them the next update,  Spencer and Lynsey are continuing with the Vinga children, they just did a camp for the children. The Baby ministry is going well also.. 

Thank you all for your prayers as well as financial support - without all of you I would not be able to stay and do this work.  If you would like to visit or get any further information my e-mail is

Thursday, April 6, 2017

It is Spring and Sarah is 17!

Sarah turned 17 on March 21st.  Where have the years gone?  She is a delightful young woman
full of promise for the future.  She is pursuing an electronics major in high school. When she signed up for high school I was told she could not attend this school. In asking why not I was told because they are "boys" subjects! Seriously???  Gee I sort of remember being in the same place half a century ago! You go Sarah!

Widows - We were still buying wood well in to March. We got a late start in one geographical area but they wood is only meant to be a supplement so we were able to continue later into the year. God knew what they had need of.  I am praying about expanding the Widow's Mite program.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

What a great day - remembering those you love. I am pondering all of that today. I am long past being taken to a romantic dinner, given a bouquet of roses or listening to precious endearments being whispered in my ear...or am I?  I have the love that never fails me, the One who says I am wonderfully and awesomely made. He never leaves nor forsakes me. Sure can't say that for some other people that have been in my life. Oh well..He heals the brokenhearted too. Happy Valentine's Day Jesus - I love you with all that is within me and so glad to have the assurance we will be together forever.

My hip surgery went well. There were a few hiccups but nothing serious. I am making plans for the spring and summer..thank you Lord for making that possible. I am looking forward to seeing my granddaughters grow in to the women that You Lord have called them to be. HMMM - might even get to hang around to meet my great-grand children here on earth. No extra days, weeks, months or seasons have been promised me but I feel free again to plan on life. Thanks God!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Happy 2017!!!!

Well I have set a new record for not updating my blog.  Summer rushed in to Fall, Fall rushed in to winter and here we are. So what is happening?  My ministry is in transition as are so many others. All the projects continue and the good news is that I have more help!  So much has happened since this last summer.  I broke my leg in June and it took much longer to recover than I thought it would. I am scheduled for hip replacement surgery January 18...please hold me up in prayer. Here is some information on the projects and family.

First the family:  Elizabeth turned 18 October 2nd. She is in her last year of high school and is concerned because her future plans are not yet made. Elizabeth is the type of young lady that wants to do it all. She is very involved in Harvest church here in Arad. Sarah is in her 3rd. year of high school and has a chance for an intern like program in May in Germany. The participants are selected competitively and she isn't sure she can qualify. I think she is selling herself short and am really encouraging her. She also wants to start work during the summer, which I am also encouraging. Please pray for my girls as they mature and make choices for their futures. I am so proud of them both - they are a joy to my heart.

OK now for projects:  Vinga church. We are meeting in a new location and have a new set of challenges but God is in control!  It was time for me to loosen my hold on the reins and when my pastor, Rich Femia, was here we installed Spencer Ball as lead pastor. He and his lovely wife Lynsey do a wonderful job in Vinga as Lynsey does the children's ministry. Lynsey also is in charge of the Baby Project and is very respected at the hospital. She trains all of the volunteers and works there herself almost daily.

Widow's Mite:  Spencer has taken over the Arad portion of the project. He is doing an excellent job, he loves these elderly people and it shows. I get the fun of visiting them at other times than food delivery.  The widow's program in the other areas is being revamped by me so it will be more efficient and able to reduce the non-food expenses like fuel costs. I am excited with some of these changes and hopefully will have 2 more people on board soon to help Vlad. These changes should allow us to provide more than we have in the way of food and medicines and add more widows as we find them.

Mocrea:  This project has the assistance of Scott and Carolyn as well as Traian. Scott drives and we all go weekly. Sometimes other people will come along. At Christmas we took presents for every patient, much of the gifts provided by Reaching Romania. We went caroling in every ward and gave out the gifts along with 70 pounds of fruit.  A few people in ministry here have commented that their work is not appreciated so I encourage them to come with us to Mocrea, talk about appreciation!  They hang out the windows welcoming us every Tuesday.

2nd Chance: This project is still going but only has one student this semester but two from last year are now employed which is the goal of the education opportunity which is available to school drop outs over the age of 16. Reaching Romania funds this program - thank you!

Child Sponsorship: I am in the process of revamping this program too. I am excited about these changes and will be notifying the sponsors soon. This will effect the sponsors of Maranatha only. As with all the projects the sponsorship program will continue.

I have needed to be doing some reorganization as I am not able to do it all myself, nor have I been able to for some time. Praise God He has been sending some great people that have a heart for these projects. I would hate to think that I have spent the last 20 years in a ministry that would die when I do!  Letting go of some of these things has not been easy for me but His Grace is sufficient!  Now might be a great time to mention that Rock Of Hope Ministries will administer all these projects when I am no longer able. No, I do not think I am exiting any time soon but I learned in the corporate world that you don't get promoted unless you have trained up another or in my case others plural. I always knew that there was probably not a single person who would fit all these projects so I have been busy. I have several people and families that I help monthly. This is personal to me and I have instructed the girls that these are in no way their responsibility!

Thank you all for your support, prayer and financial. Every thing that has been done you share in!  I am so blessed to have all of you on the team.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Summer already????

Well hopefully I will get the cast off my leg tomorrow. This has been a long 5 weeks.  Posting to my blog is the last catch up item on my list - YAH!!!!

There are so many awesome things that have happened since I last posted that I settled in today for a marathon update, loaded with lots of pictures...but thought better of it. I really want to share that like everyone else life is full up ups and downs.  I am blessed that I have friends that stick with me during all these times and I am most blessed that the Lord never leaves nor forsakes me. I am still deciding whether or not to have a hip replacement. Without it long distance traveling is off the program. I put the surgery off because I could not afford 6 weeks off - then I broke my leg. HMMM guess I COULD take 6 weeks off - what did I know.

This summer we are doing at least 3 Grain Game Rromi camps. The first one was for our Pesac kids and it was awesome. Tomorrow Bogdan and Steven leave for Brasov where we do a second one and then Aug. 8 starts a big camp in Bulgaria with Marty Sutton. We will try and do two more camps but only for a couple of days each: Vinga and Dud.

The Vinga church is doing well with the children's program. Spencer, Lynsey and Bogdan do an awesome job.  2nd Chance (school dropouts can return to school) and the Vinga teen program are off for the summer. The baby program is still facilitated by Lynsey. She trains volunteers and works with the babies. She has such a wonderful anointing for this. Spencer is running a discipleship program with some young men, good fruit coming from that. Mocrea is still a weekly project, Scott and Carolyn are faithful to help each week along with Steven, Bogdan and Traian.  I have just finished the orphan sponsor updates today. We have lost a couple of our Widows the last few months but are adding others!  I have already bought one widow's winter wood - she was so anxious that she wouldn't get any so I went ahead and got hers now. It makes her feel secure just to see the woodpile outside in her yard. It is July and I as of yet do not have any excess funds for their winter wood for this year.

And of course Elizabeth and Sarah. Sarah has been an invaluable help to me since I have been hopping with a walker. She is expanding her knowledge of cooking.  Elizabeth is with Eurotrek for a month, in 4 countries doing camps for children with Grain Game. Thank you to everyone that helped her get there! We are saving for Africa in 2017!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Spring has come in Romania (I think)

We had the strangest winter weather, but then it seems most of the world did too.  So if it is spring, or almost, what  happened to the rest of fall and the winter?  Since I have been s-o-o-o-o-o negligent in keeping up the blog I'll just try to quickly play catch up and then hopefully do better!  Oh my, how many times have I said similar things over the years?...but I always mean it...honest....

The Christmas season was busy as usual. Irene, Wayne and Adina were on hand to help accomplish all the distributions and parties.  They did so much of the work this year, it was an awesome blessing for me.

All the widows had been given wood by November. Many of then had to have much more purchased over the winter as we have several that were home bound and two that were bedridden.  We lost Roza this winter, she knew the Lord and just wanted to go home. She refused medical help and medicines near the end, she just wanted this life to be over.  She is happy now!  I was shocked to find that Roza was only 3 years older than me, which makes Cati quite a bit younger. Amazing! We also lost Rozalia. She had been very ill with complications from her diabetes and had lost both legs. I half expected we would lose Ana and Anton but they have made it this far. They both know the Lord and await going to see him. Although it has been much warmer than normal we just bought a little more wood today for Cati.  Ekcaterina ia now also very ill and is staying with a niece.  Your prayers are appreciated for all the widows and widowers in the program.

Vinga is going very well with all the young peoples ministry. Spencer, Lynsey and Bogdan are doing a super job with the younger children. It is so exciting to have them share verses and songs at church on Sunday. Bogdan continues to head up the teen group as well as the ministry at the detention center. We are blessed to have Steven Goodwin here until October. He has a heart to disciple the boys and minister to children in general. He and Bogdan are making a super team.  Spencer is sharing the preaching roster on Sundays and has a good word to share.

2nd Chance has not started up again after Christmas. We know the State would rather the program didn't continue but so many youngsters dropped out of school and need something like this propgram. I pray they start up again soon and that we can get more teens in to the school.

We have a super team helping in Mocrea!  Scott and Carolyn not only do the driving for the team but pitch in with all the activities. They are a vital part to ongoing ministry there at the mental hospital.  Scott, Bogdan and Steven just completed installing new doors on our craft cupboard. When the old one broke we lost  a great deal of our craft supplies. Edith is on hand every week to help, especially with the refreshments. Of course Traian is also with us each week. he is a joy to my heart.  We will be losing Edith at the end of March, she needs to return to New Zealand. She will be missed by us.

Lynsey is still doing a great job at the hospital with the Unplaced Child Development Program. She is there almost every work day and trains all the new volunteers.  Without her that program would not be able to continue.

The children at Maranatha and Osana are all doing well. Thank you to all of you who sponsor a child.

Elizabeth and Sarah are both chugging along through teen-hood. I am very much the chauffeur.  They are so different from one another but both beautiful and talented.  Elizabeth will be going on Eurotrek with Grain Game and Sarah is helping with Grain Game Rromi. She will be accompanying us to Bulgaria to do a summer camp as well as the camp with the Pesac kids. Elizabeth is still fund raising for her summer travels. She has written a tour guide of the historic buildings here in Arad and gives tours. If this is of interest to anyone please contact me. If even if you can not visit us for the tour Elizabeth can e-mail or mail you a booklet.