September Romania Update!

  October 12, 2011

Dear Family and Friends,

I hope you are doing well. It is hard to believe that we are now in the month of October. Last month was quite warm here but now it almost feels like we skipped fall because it is much colder right now.

Sharing hope and love to the orphans

This past summer around fifteen new young children came to the orphanage where we work at here in Romania. All of these children have their own stories why they have been brought to the orphanage and as a foundation we saw a need to reach out to them. This September we started a new club for the younger children (ages 2 – 11 years old). We meet with them every Friday afternoon from 4:00 – 6:00pm and about twenty children come out. We sing songs, share Bible stories, play games and enjoy a tasty snack. I feel

The kids enjoying their snack.

very blessed by God to be involved with this club because God has given me a heart for the younger orphan children. The kids are just so sweet and it is such a joy to be a part of their lives!

Every Friday evening from 7:00 – 9:00pm we also have our orphan chapel for the teenagers and young adults. This fall I started to regularly commit to going to the chapel every week because I felt in my heart that it is important to be more involved with the older orphan kids too. In September we started to go through the gospel of Mark. I really like the approach that we are studying the Bible now because we are going through it verse by verse with having the kids participate in reading the scripture and we also have pictures on the screen with the corresponding passages. Then for review after every chapter we are doing the game “Who wants to be a Millionaire?” I think it’s awesome to see the kids more involved now and I see they understand God’s word in a whole new light too!


Reaching out to the Sabolciu community

I continue to go to the Sabolciu gypsy village every week where I work with the children there in the afternoons. In September I started teaching English lessons again during the week when I am able to go. When I teach English I teach different themes. This fall I started teaching a theme on feelings (happy, sad, tired, hungry, etc). I have been impressed by some of the kids that catch onto the vocabulary very quickly and they seem

Some of the children and volunteers at Sabolciu.

very enthusiast about learning! I also felt in my heart that it is important for the kids to learn Bible verses during the English lessons too.  Now we are teaching them the Bible verse from Psalm 9:1 “I will praise you O Lord, with all of my heart; I will tell of all of your wonders”.

In September I also started regularly going to there on Sunday afternoons to spend more time with the children while the adults have their church service. It is wonderful to go there on Sundays because I am not only able to spend more time with the kids but also get to know the families and learn more about their culture as well.

“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everyone, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat”.  – By Mother Teresa      

Growing in my walk with the Lord

“Seek Me with your whole being. I desire to be found by you, and I orchestrate the events of your life with that purpose in mind. When things go well and you are blessed, you can feel Me smiling on you. When you encounter rough patches along your life-journey, trust that My Light is still shining upon you. My reasons for allowing these adversities may be shrouded in mystery, but My continual Presence with you is an absolute promise. Seek Me in good times; seek Me in hard times. You will find Me watching over you all the time”.    – Deuteronomy 4:29; Hebrews 10:23; Psalms 145:20

This is the reading from September 1stfrom the “Jesus Calling” devotional book written by

Some of the young kids at Sabolciu.

Sarah Young. I received this book from a friend of mine at the beginning of this year and it has been such a blessing to me beyond what I could put into words! I just love how the author wrote each daily reading as if God were speaking directly to us Himself. I am so grateful for this tool that God has given me for my quiet time with Him because I feel like I have grown so much closer to Him. The Lord has also shown me through this book that He is such personal God and He desires to speak personally to us. God has reminded me how He yearns for these quiet moments with us even more than we do. I would like to highly recommend this devotional book to you as I’m sure you will be blessed as much as it has for me.

Praise Reports!

  • I praise God for the opportunity to work with the younger and older orphan kids every Friday!
  • I praise God for the continual close relationships that He is building at the Sabolciu community!
  • I praise God for the ways I am growing in my daily quiet time and what the Lord is teaching me!
  • I praise God that I was able to get my new Romanian one-year volunteer visa resolved on time!

 Prayer Requests:

  • For the ministry that we do both with the orphan and gypsy children. Please pray that they will each discover they can have a personal relationship with God as they learn about Him every week. Pray for spiritual fruit and for hunger in their hearts to know their loving Heavenly Father.
  • For improvement in the children’s behaviour at Sabolciu. Sometimes it is very difficult to work with the children there because they struggle with respecting us, their peers and their own parents. This is mainly because they were not taught this at a young age how to respect others.
  • For God to place His hands of favour upon the process with Pathway to Joy Canada.

I would like to thank-you for all of your encouragement and also for your prayers as well!

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 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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