December Romania Update!

Saturday January 8, 2011

Dear Family and Friends,

Happy New Year!! Can you believe we are in the year 2011? I hope you had a very blessed holiday with your family and friends celebrating the birth of Christ and bringing in the New Year.

The Mitten Project
At the beginning of October of last year I spoke to my Mom on Skype about how cold the winter can get here in Romania. I told her that in the winter time the gypsies feel it even more because they do not have heat in their homes (except from the little heat from their stoves). I told my Mom how I remembered when I visited these precious children for the first time last year in December when I was checking out Pathway to Joy Ministries to see if God was leading me to serve with them. I expressed to my Mom how I will never forget

Samuel dressed up in his new Canadian hat, scarf and mittens!

how cold one of the girl’s hands were when I held her so my Mom suggested we do a project to collect not only mittens but also hats and scarves too. I loved my Mom’s idea!

I felt so overwhelmed when I heard how the project was going at home. I felt very humbled when I heard how many people wanted to get involved and bless the children here. We even had more than enough donations for the gypsy children that we were also able to bless the foster children as well! I praise God that 83 children got beautiful gifts from Canada! There were 61 children at the Sabolciu gypsy village (32 boys and 29 girls) and also another 22 foster children got new hats, scarves and mittens to keep them warm for the winter months!! It was wonderful to personally meet all the foster children and families. When we handed them out to the families in Sabolciu they were so grateful and we even got to share the gospel through the candy cane story as well! God is so good! Thank-you to everyone who gave from the bottom of my heart!

Celebrating Christmas in Romania
This past Christmas I decided not to return home to Canada because I had spent almost three months at home where I did fundraising when I switched organizations. I never like being away from my family during the Christmas holidays because for me it is a very special time to be with my family. I honestly did not know how my Christmas and New Year’s holiday would go since this is my first year in Oradea. It definitely was a very memorable time here in Romania and I was quite surprise that I didn’t really feel thatI spent Christmas Day with them! homesick. I mean I still miss being with my family but just felt at home.

I’m so grateful that we were able to give the children a Christmas party at the Sabolciu gypsy village on December 16th. I am very thankful for the staff Christmas party we had at my director’s house on December 18th. On Christmas Eve I went to my former church where I started going to church when I first moved here. It was a beautiful service but I was a bit disappointed there were no candle lights. I spent Christmas Day with two wonderful families! I spent the day with my friend Kathy who’s a missionary here from Canada, her two Romanian adopted daughters and a Hungarian family. We ate lots of delicious food, sang Christmas carols both in English and Romanian and had some great conversations!

New Year’s Eve Conference
On Wednesday December 29th, I got on the train at 5:00am from Oradea with two of my friends and three other girls that I met and became good friends with during the conference. We took a four hour train ride to Timisoara for the Unlucru (One Thing)

The group that I went to Timisoara with for the conference!

conference which was held at the Agape church from December 29 – 31, 2010. The conference didn’t start until the evening so we were blessed to have a sightseeing day in the city. It was the first time I went to Timisoara besides passing through on one of my trips. It was interesting for me to see the older part of the city because that is where the revolution started in 1989. I feel so grateful beyond what I could put into words for the opportunity to be able to attend this conference because God did so much in my life during that time! I soaked in everything God had for me. I’m so thankful of how the Lord spoke to me a lot and answered some prayer requests that I have been praying for a while. It was such a blessing to worship with Romanians from all over the country as we brought in the New Year.

Praise Reports!
• I praise God for everyone who gave hats, scarves and mittens for the gypsy and foster children!
• I praise God for a great Christmas holiday here in Romania and I feel more at home here.
• I praise God for the birth of Steve and Tiffiny’s baby! Abigail was born on December 25th!
• I praise God for what He did at the conference, for friends and my NEW prayer partner Ana!

Prayers 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 and for more effective program planning.
• For my continual Romanian language learning especially in my fluently in my speaking.
• For my quiet time with the Lord in the mornings at 6:00am. I am not a morning person at all but God spoke to me very clear to do this at the conference. Please pray that I will be able to discipline myself every day and my time with the Lord will be quality time and of growth.

• For my Meg who will be staying with me from January 9th – 29th. She will be working with the children here with us for her school project. Please keep us in our prayers as we live together during this time that we would be an encouragement to each other and as she ministers here.

“Mulţămesc Dumnezeului meu pentru toată aducerea aminte, pe care o păstrez despre voi” (I thank my God every time I remember you – Philippians 1:3). Have a very blessed year in 2011!!

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)
My blog: – check out my daily updates!

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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