Musicians Gather at the Opera for a Good Cause

Come join Sunday, February 5, at 5pm at the Brasov Opera for an evening of music, including Sarah Vienna singing a few tunes as well to support the youth of Romania with their talent of music.

Clubul Rotary Brasov organizeazã la Opera Brasov un concert de caritate în scopul strângerii de fonduri pentru tânãrul violonist de 15 ani , in vederea continuãrii studiilor sale de specialitate in Anglia. Şi eu voi cânta câteva melodii Elvis dar si câteva compoziții proprii.

Dacã bucuria muzicii vã inspirã vã aşteptãm cu drag sã participați duminicã 5 februarie la acest eveniment.

How to help a Christian organization from afar….

FFR’s Ambassador Of The Month

What is an FFR Ambassador? Someone who goes beyond their daily routine to assist FFR with various tasks outside of Romania.

Jill Corrales, who is currently in the Navy and stationed at MCAS (Marine Corps Air Station) in Cherry Point, NC, learned more about FFR after her daughter Odessa came to volunteer in May 2016. Jill is currently connecting with donors, sending thank you cards on behalf of FFR, collecting and shipping school supplies for our After School Program, and posting scriptures and encouraging words on Facebook to keep volunteers motivated to reach out to humanity. We are very blessed by Jill’s teamwork and support of FFR!

While Odessa was volunteering in Romania, she had the chance to meet Sofia and, like all of us, fell in love with her. Jill shares that love for Sofia even though she hasn’t met her in person yet. Included in her boxes of school supplies, Jill sent a Christmas gift for Sofia and her family. Our volunteers were able to give them the presents when Sofia’s parents brought her to the hospital for a follow up appointment. They were so appreciative and thankful, and Sofia was thrilled with her new musical toy. Sofia continues to get bigger, stronger, and healthier each day. Thank you to everyone who is praying for this little girl. And a big thank you to Jill for making Sofia and her family feel special and for all the work being done on behalf of FFR.

Spending Time with Teen Mums and Babies

Our Teen Mums’ programme began on 18th October, and through a trial and error approach and lots of prayer, is growing and forming and flourishing.

So far…

  • We’ve had 6 young Mums attend, 5 regularly, with 7 children between them…and more on the way!
  • We’ve had 8 sessions, including a Christmas Party.
  • We’ve learnt about Abraham, Esther, the birth of Jesus, Noah, Psalm 139, and Creation, keeping our keys themes as ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ and ‘God has a great plan for our lives, you are important to God.’ It has been so encouraging to see how engaged and inspired the Mums have been by these messages so far.
  • We’ve made bracelets, photo frames, Christmas baubles, handprint pictures and more! The girls have loved making the crafts so much they sometimes don’t want to leave.
  • We’ve eaten countless biscuit and banana snacks and drank a lot of tea, even the babies.
  • We’ve celebrated 3 birthdays.
  • We’ve had conversations about relationships, baby care, and baby health.
  • We’ve seen and charted baby weight growth with our baby scales.
  • We’ve learnt 4 new songs.
  • And we’ve only had 2 tantrums, 3 stinky nappies and no broken toys!

For the new year, we have many exciting plans including: giving each girl a scrapbook so she can record her and baby’s time with us, sharing more Bible stories building on the theme of God caring for us, and having ‘guest speakers’ (volunteers who are also nurses/Mums) come and share what they know about breastfeeding, baby hygiene and more!

It has honestly been a joy and such a privilege, with the lovely Lidia and Steffi alongside me, to get to know these young Mums and babies and to see how much they’re already starting to grow and feel encouraged. I’m so excited to see what more God has in store for us this next year.

Please continue to pray for relationships to grow, for the girls to feel strengthened and empowered in the love God has for them, and for God’s wisdom for us in leading, planning and in reaching out and meeting the needs of these precious Mums and babies.

~Written by Sarah Peters, Teen Mums Project Manager

Want to be updated with FFR? Check out this newly made video for 2017!

What a wonderful year FFR had in 2016. Over 70 volunteers from 10 countries came to provide love and care for the babies in the hospital. We increased our After School Program team to four Romanian teachers and now have 130 children being helped. The Kid’s Club continues to grow with up to 13 children coming. And we started a program in Budila for Teen Moms.`God continues to provide and we are so thankful. We look forward to seeing what is in store for 2017 and we thank you for your continued support!

Check out our new video (an update on FFR projects):