Highlights of a Successful Musical Evening!

On Friday night, Texas folk enjoyed an evening of music from Sarah Vienna and Dallas String Quartet. FFR’s first Benefit Concert was a huge success! We are thankful for those who helped and participated, along with those who came to the concert and donated. We know not everyone could attend so please enjoy some highlights of the event.

If you are interested in hosting a concert in your area, please let us know!

FFR Benefit Concert – May 20, 7pm, The Woodlands, TX

Firm Foundations Romania is hosting its first ever Benefit Concert. The event is on Friday night (May 20) at 7pm in the Woodlands, Texas. Tickets to the concert are $25 each and all proceeds go to support our projects in Romania. Please join us for an evening that will be encouraging and inspiring!

Our goal for the concert is to raise $30,000 that will go towards increasing our After School Program. If you aren’t able to attend the concert, you can still partake by making a donation here. Swedish attendees or individuals who would like to donate can borrow money and allocate it to the program, allowing you to pay off your contribution in a tax deductible and financially sound matter. We recommend those interested follow Sambla’s borrowing instructions here.

Please spread the word!

FFR Marketing Graphic

Paste Fericit (Happy Easter)

For thosIMG_8451e of us living in Romania, we are blessed to be able to celebrate Easter twice most years! Romania is a primarily Orthodox country, which uses a different calendar system than the Western church. “The formula for Easter—”The first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox”—is identical for both Western and Orthodox Easters, but the churches base the dates on different calendars: Western churches use the Gregorian calendar, the standard calendar for much of the world, and Orthodox churches use the older, Julian calendar.”

This year Romania celebrated Easter on May 1st. Our volunteers and teenage girls came together to celebrate this holiday with good food, lots of fun and fellowship. Everyone enjoyed the celebration, and most importantly, we recognized once again just how blessed we are to have a God who loves us unconditionally!

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To see the full album of pictures, please follow this link: http://myalbum.com/album/vm6RmDxoP0Jl 

Not just another bus ride!

The other day I set off to the disabled children’s orphanage about 45 minutes from Brasov. It was the time of day where you have to pack into the bus like a tin of sardines. As I barely made it on with the door almost not being able to close, I felt some sort of relief when the driver continued on the route. As we were all squished, shoulder to shoulder, and me being crammed next to the door it didn’t register in my head to stamp my bus ticket into the old machine. You have to get the ticket outside of the bus, which I did, but then you have to stamp the ticket to validate it once inside the bus, which I forgot to do. After getting off and on over and over again to let people get off at their stops, I was only about a minute from my destination. And then…one of the bus patrol/stamp checkers came by and asked for my ticket to check if it was stamped, which never happens. Nevertheless, I pulled my ticket out of my pocket, handed it to him but then realized one side had yesterday’s date and the other side wasn’t stamped.

Uh-oh.

As the man was trying to communicate to me that I was in trouble, i was trying to explain to him that I spoke English and didn’t understand, which led to him asking for my passport. I gave him my visa and then he realized I was American. After we were able to communicate with each other (a lot of signing hand motions) he was telling me that I was going to be fined 60 lei (about $15) now (if i could pay on the spot) or if I couldn’t pay now, then anytime after would be 500 lei (about $125). I explained how sorry I was, that it was just so packed, that I simply just forgot within the chaos and that I only had 20 lei on me that I could give him. We went back and forth for about 20 minutes until he finally looked at me, gave me my unstamped ticket back, grabbed my hand and said in perfect English, “You know, you’d make a very good wife for me.”

Moral of the story:

Stamp your ticket or risk having to pay a pretty big fine… or receive a marriage proposal!

 

Written by Izzy Hathaway (who did not accept the marriage proposal, nor did she have to pay the fine!)