Juliana is also the den mother and mentor to our teens who live in Brasov. “The three high school girls that I share the apartment with in Brasov are doing great. Of course there are obstacles and conflicts but these are just details that bring us to Jesus and help us grow. The high school boys said to me many times that they would love to live in Brasov as well.” Currently we do not have an apartment for boys in the city, but would like to expand to be able to offer this to all our teens. Not having to commute to school everyday allows more time for studying and gives these young people an opportunity to expand their view of the world. We are praying for this opportunity to open up this year and to find someone who would like to mentor these boys and live with them in the Brasov.
If you lived in a place like this, would you be thankful?
It is a humbling and touching thing to see those with very little, express their gratitude for what they do have. So many of us are guilty of losing perspective and focusing on what we don’t have. The truth is, we all have a multitude of reasons to be thankful.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat
or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than
food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in
barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more
valuable than they? Matthew 6:25-26
Each year on the first Sunday after Easter, Brasov celebrates Junii Festival – “The Feast of Youth.” The parade consists of seven groups of men riding from the mountains through Brasov in celebration of spring, the renewing of nature and the beginning of new life. The oldest document recorded in which this procession is mentioned is from March 26, 1728 but it is assumed that the celebration already existed in antiquity. The parade is a fantastic display of costume and tradition, and most uniquely the riders will shout to the crowd ‘Hristos a inviat’ (Christ is risen), and the crowd will respond ‘Adevarat a inviat’ (He is risen indeed). To learn more about this unique festival click here, and enjoy this little snippet below!