Dear ROM Supporters,
A decade – it sounds like a long time – but it sure is amazing what can be accomplished in ten years! This Easter holiday season marks the ten-year anniversary of the beginning of our work in Romania. Has it been hard?…yes. Have there been trials and frustrations?…yes. Have orphans been evangelized, discipled and equipped to be productive citizens and Christians?…yes!
The Beauty from Ashes Center for Orphan Girls has been the focus of our ministry for the last few years. Recently, for the first time ever in our history, we had to turn orphans away because we did not have any more room! Plans to expand our capacity are in place.
Currently six teenage/young adult orphan girls live with us at the Center. Three of these girls will graduate in August and enter into the last phase of our program – moving into their very own apartment – with our continuing care, moral support and supervision!
Our “Business as Missions” activities have also taken center stage in recent years. This summer we will unveil our Beauty from Ashes brand of hand-made craft items which will be available for purchase on our new Beauty from Ashes web site. Through this endeavor the girls are able to learn the job and life skills they lack due to years of growing up in the orphanage.
Many individuals and churches in the U.S.A., Canada, Romania, Finland, Sweden and other European countries help us to sell the merchandise the girls work so hard to make. We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank them for their hard work…Thank you! The proceeds from these sales go to pay the salaries of the seven girls whom we employ and the profits go towards running the Beauty from Ashes Center where they live.
Through this project the girls learn the value of money, business/management/entrepreneurship skills, and they develop a life-style of hard work and independence, breaking the “hand-out” mentality so prevalent in today’s poverty alleviation schemes.
These ten years have been foundational. God has directed our steps and given us the strength and wisdom to learn how to effect positive, lasting change in the lives of institutionalized orphans, who many times are still plagued by problems such as developmental delays and attachment disorders, and who are usually Roma (Gypsy), a group of people not always eagerly accepted in society, all of which complicate the already difficult task of teaching them to become functioning, independent adults!
Who is sufficient for these things? We certainly are not, and without you we certainly could not make any impact at all in the lives of the orphans God has called to us. So we thank you for your participation in making these last ten years so productive and we praise God for you! Your sacrifice of time, energy, prayers and financial support is bearing fruit. May God be praised!
Please be sure to follow us on Facebook, where we post pictures and updates almost daily. For those who feel called to be more involved, we are always needing more volunteers to help sell the girls’ merchandise. Simply reply to this email for more details.
Let’s make this next decade immeasurably more productive than the last!
P.S. – Some current needs we have are:
- $300 for new tires for the car
- $15,000 for a 9-passenger van to transport the girls to church and other various activities
- $200,000 to purchase land and build our own Beauty from Ashes Center with room for more girls (and perhaps even a separate building for young men!)
- Monthly donors and/or sponsors for our orphans
- Volunteers to help sell the girls’ merchandise