I had a change of plans, unfortunately I couldn’t hand out the packages with the hats, mittens and scarves today but instead I went with Ina and Gina to finish the foster family visits with them. I am glad I was able to visit the foster families today but I was looking
forward to going to Sabolciu because I haven’t been there all week. However I think Mircea is right that doing it on Monday would be a lot better because Norbi would be back to work and he could help us so Monday is the day!
This afternoon I visited five foster families with Ina and Gina so we had quite a busy afternoon! Our first visit was at Gabor’s house. He is eight years old and he has been with his foster family since he was a year old. Gabor liked his gift and it was great to meet him and his foster parents!
Then for our second foster family visit we went to Alexandru’s house. Alex is also eight
years old and he has also been with his family since he was a year old. This was actually my second visit with this family because in the summer I went there with three members of the team that came in August. I had lunch with them and learned about Alex’s story. Today I was so touched by Alex’s foster Mom when she shared on the video how much she loves having Alex as a part of their family and she even cried too as she expressed her heart which was so moving. Ina and Gina have been filming the kids and foster parents and asking them to share one special moment they have had this past year with their foster child for their Christmas party. It was nice to go back to Alex’s family to visit and he liked his gift too!
Then for our third foster family visit we went to Claudiu’s house. Claudiu is ten years old
and he has been with his foster family since he was three months old. He liked his new hat, scarf and gloves. His foster Mom seemed very proud of him. It was great to meet them.
Then for our fourth foster family visit we went to Veronica’s house. Veronica is fifteen years old and she has been with her foster family since she was three years old. She was abandoned in the hospital like a lot of the kids have been but was very underdeveloped for her age when Pathway to Joy found out about her at the hospital to the point where she couldn’t even walk or even speak. Today when I met her I can clearly see the miracles that God has done in Veronica’s life through the love that her foster family have given her in the last twelve years! Veronica has developed into a beautiful young lady!
Unfortunately I have sad news to share with you which is just recently in November her
foster Mom passed away. I’m sure this was very devastating when Veronica heard this news because she had a very close relationship with her. My director Cornel spoke at her foster Mom’s funeral. The legacy that Lidia (Veronica’s foster Mom) left behind lives on. During the funeral service he was able to share the gospel to over 250 people, many of them were non-Christians. Some of them received Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour! Praise God for the people who received Christ. Please keep Veronica in your prayers that she will continue to grow and develop into the woman of God and also for her continual care as of right now we are not sure if she will continue to stay with her foster family. I would like to thank-you so much for your prayers for Veronica and her family!
Our fifth and last visit for the day we went to Samanta’s house. Samanta is four years old
and she has been with her foster family since she was two years old. It really broke my heart when I met Samanta because she is blind and very underdeveloped for her age. I saw that her foster family really cares for her but it must be really difficult to care for a special needs child. You definitely need a special heart to care for a child who’s blind. Please keep these families in your prayers, thanks!
This morning Eva and Ibi called me and wanted to know if I was going to be there this evening. They are two teen orphan girls from the orphanage where we work at. I didn’t know what they were talking about. I was like going to be where and they were like oh, you don’t know so then they went on to tell me about the orphanage Christmas party that is this evening. I really didn’t know that it was today or I guess I just wasn’t invited however it was really sweet that two of the orphans wanted me to be there.
After I spoke to Eva and Ibi, I called Tabita and asked her about it. I thought it was strange how Tabita told me that the invitations were only for the orphans, the mentors and the orphan mentoring staff but I am Andreea’s mentor so I thought it was strange that I wasn’t invited. I told Tabita that Ibi and Eva really want me to come so Tabita then told me that I could come too.
I am so glad that Eva and Ibi invited me to the orphanage Christmas party. I had a great
time with the kids and Andreea was so surprised to see me. I always love to surprise her! We sat together at the table. It was a nice program. The volunteers sang and did a play. Then we ate dinner (we had soup and sarmale which are cabbage rolls). During the dinner Dan had camp pictures flashing with the projector which was really nice for the kids to see. Everyone seemed to have a really great time!
I felt really bad that I didn’t see Andreea for a month. Last Saturday she told me that she waited for me (I didn’t know that but I couldn’t meet with her because I had plans) and the week before that she was in the hospital for six days (I didn’t know that either. Well I heard she was in the hospital but not for that long otherwise I would have visited her). It was so great to see Andreea this evening! Tomorrow I’m going to spend the day with her.
Before I went to bed I spoke to my Mom on Skype for around an hour. It was great to talk to her like it always is. So, it was another busy and long day but a good day. I do feel bad for my cat being by herself most of the day all week. My poor Minnie! Well tomorrow I’ll be with her most of the day at home.