|God Orchestrates Blessings in Romania!|
It is always a joy to watch God at work! So many times, I become unnecessarily discouraged because things do not appear to be progressing as they need to be. Patience has never been my strongest virtue (I'm sure many of you can relate!). But, let me say that, waiting on the Lord is a real blessing indeed! (Galatians 6:9, "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.") Steve and I did not know what to expect when we arrived in Romania a couple weeks ago. We had meetings and events planned but no way of knowing how they would go.
Our first meeting with Aurora Parvan was wonderful and encouraging. Aurora has poured her heart and soul into volunteering for The Hope of Survivors and, while her expertise is PR/Marketing, she has gone far beyond that to help however she can. She and Steve made some very important updates to the website while there.
Remember the recent appeal for funds to hire a full-time employee in Romania? Well, Iulia Bodorin is the young woman who is very eager to join our team and she has experience with fundraising (a necessity!) and wants to help us establish a shelter for abused/trafficked women and children (our long-term goal).
At our group planning meeting in Bucharest, we were pleasantly surprised to find that additional people wanted to volunteer. Mariana Ciuciu is going to be helping us create a research survey so that we can compile statistics that will enable us to apply for grant funds to further the goals we have there. These goals include educating children in schools on health, hygiene and boundaries so they will be equipped to protect themselves from any inappropriate or abusive actions. This is a key component to reaching the parents and older generations as well, as change will begin with the youth. This is also critical because many of Romania's young children are being abused and are at risk or already being targeted for sex trafficking.
Just try to wrap your mind around these statistics:
Friends, you can see why I am so passionate about THOS-RO Division! The need to support women and children in Romania is beyond comprehension at times!
Laura Fierbinteanu, our victim counselor in Romania, is not only still willing to counsel victims pro bono, but she convinced her colleague, Gelu Grigore, to join the team as well. This is truly a much-needed miracle!
And, as we all know, prayer is greatly needed, so Cristina Constantin has agreed to be our prayer warrior for THOS-RO!
Ioan and Amala Mararu, attorneys for THOS-RO, continue to bless the organization by offering their services pro bono and to bless us personally by their encouragement and kind words. We are grateful to have them as part of the team!
Upon returning to Bucharest, we met with Ingrid Muller, an attorney who has volunteered many hours to help us with various projects, and is willing to help us write our grant requests, which is a true blessing!
As you can see, God is still actively working and opening new doors for The Hope of Survivors in Romania. We can all be encouraged by Psalm 27:14, "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord." Thank you so very much for your prayers and support!
God bless you,