November Romania Update!

Wednesday December 1, 2010

Dear Family and Friends,

I hope you’re doing well! I can’t believe we are now in the month of December already! Wow, in less than a month we’ll be in the Christmas holidays. Today is National Day of Romania. It is a holiday when Romanians celebrate the unity of the nation.

Spending time with Orphan girls

The last couple of months I have had the privilege and blessing from God to spend some great quality time with some of the orphan girls from the orphanage we work at! In my August newsletter I mentioned that after the orphan camp I grew close to some of the kids and one of the girls even asked me to be her mentor. Her name is Andreea, she is twelve years old and she has been at the orphanage for a couple of years now. I never thought I’d be mentoring an orphan girl before I moved to Oradea but God knew. Every opportunity I

Andreea and I

spend with Andreea it is very special to me!

I have enjoyed so much opening up my home to Andreea and a couple of other orphan girls that have come along too. It has been great to spend time together and getting to know each other more. Each time I get together with Andreea and a couple of the other girls I learn more about their stories. Some things we did together were see the movie “Step Up 3D” in the theatre, go out to KFC and just hang out at my apartment. The last time Andreea and Eva (she’s another orphan girl) came over we made French toast together which was their first time they tried it and also maple syrup too. They really liked it! It is my prayer to be a positive role model in Andreea’s life! Something else that is exciting is a couple of the older teen orphan girls are interested in working with the gypsy children and mentoring them!


My Weekend Visit in Târgu Mures

I did not have plans to return to Târgu Mures so soon but when I found out my missionary friends Jon and Margot are returning to Australia on November 18th I wanted to see them before they leave. I decided to make a weekend visit to see them and some of my other friends too. I was there from Friday November 12th and I returned to Oradea on Monday November 15th. It was a good weekend to see everyone again! On Friday I visited the orphan kids I used to work with. The kids didn’t know I was going to be there so they were surprised to see me. Unfortunately one of the girls was in the hospital when I was there. Thankfully I was able to visit Ibi in the hospital the following day. She didn’t look so well


Jon, Margot and I

when I saw her but praise God that she is doing better now.

Saturday afternoon my friend Cristina and I spent time with our good friends Jon and Margot at their apartment. It was such a blessing to spend time with them. Over the last couple of years they have become like mentors to me and I’m so grateful that God has called them to Romania to serve here. The first year in they were in Romania they taught English at the school where I worked at but now they are ministering at churches and with YWAM. It was great to hear how things are going with them. I also got to share with them how things are going in Oradea and I felt in my heart to share some of the struggles I have been going through. I felt so blessed how they took time to encourage me and pray for me. They will come back to Romania in February however they will be moving to another city when they return. I will miss them but I know that we will continue to keep in touch.

Pathway to Joy Staff News

First of all I’d like to congratulate Dan and Tabita who are two of my Romanian co-workers because they recently got married! Both of them work full-time in the orphan mentoring project at the foundation. They are wonderful with the kids and they make such a great couple!  My co-worker Aubrey went to the United States from October 15th – November 15th to do fundraising but unfortunately she has decided not to return to Romania. When I heard the sad news I was very shocked but God has taught me over the last couple weeks that people come and go and we need to release them into His hands.  We have a new missionary family that has joined our staff! Steve, Tiffiny and their three boys Jonathan, Joshua and Elijah (plus baby Aigail who’s on the way)! They moved to Romania on Tuesday November 16th.  Their first commitment is for 2 years but they are open to

The Haines Family!

Th Haines Family!

staying longer. Steve will be working with the teams and has an interest in any areas too in the ministry. We are so excited they are here so a big welcome to the Haines family!

Praise Reports!

  • I praise God for the blessing to be able to mentor Andreea and pour into her life!
  • I praise God for people for like Jon and Margot who have mentored and impacted my life!
  • I praise God for bringing the Haines family to Romania! Please pray for them as they settle into her new life here and for the rest of Tiffiny’s pregnancy to go well and the delivery too.


Prayer Requests:

  • For continual prayers for the ministry at the Sabolciu gypsy village. Please pray that God will increase the time I have with the children, for more effective program planning and for a more unity along the Sabolciu team (Norbi, Mircea and I) especially in the area of communication.
  • For my continual Romanian language learning especially in my fluently in my speaking.
  • For continual prayer for closer friendships with my friends. Sometimes I still struggle a bit with loneliness. I also desire to meet with a friend once a week to pray together (a prayer partner).
  • For this Christmas I will not be returning home which is always hard for me to be away from my family during the holidays. Please pray that God will give me a blessed time with friends here in Oradea, Romania and it will be holiday where I will always treasure.

Thank-you again for being my extended hands in Romania! Thanks so much for all of your encouraging e-mails and your prayers! Have a wonderful time celebrating the Christmas holidays with your family! Crăciun Fericit!! (Merry Christmas)

Many blessings,



My Contact info:

Address: Pathway to Joy Ministries. Bd. Stefan cel Mare 88, Oradea, Bihor, 410437, Romania

Home Landline phone # 011. 40. 359. 424. 077 (if calling from Canada or USA)

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Financial support can be sent to: (please have my name written on the memo line)

In Canada: Christian Life Centre. 1030 Ravenscroft Rd, Ajax. ON L1T 4R9

In the States: Pathway to Joy Ministries 1415 Wiley Street, Hollywood, Florida  33020

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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