Melanie Gray, a returning volunteer at Firm Foundations Romania, invited Sarah Vienna to speak and sing at her church’s Women’s Breakfast. Sarah had the opportunity to share her testimony of how she followed God’s calling which led her to Romania. The event was meant to inspire and affirm the women in England to follow God’s calling.
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):
A few weeks ago we sent a prayer request for Sofia, a baby in the hospital who has a life threatening heart condition. The past weeks have been rough for Sofia as she wasn’t feeling very well and there were rumors that she might just be sent home as nothing else could be done. However, on Tuesday new news was delivered… Read more
The video can also be a short Romanian lesson of animal names. How many can you figure out?
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the 2016/2017 program are now available. For more information, please visit: http://www.firmfoundationsromania.com/FFRInternship.php
unveiling of the new site, which will also feature our new logo. We are very
excited to share this with you soon!
wonderful 2015, and we praise God for continuing to bless FFR. We know that
everything that is being done in Romania is because of Him. Please pray with us
that 2016 will see lives being changed in Romania and hearts being led to God.
We are thankful for your continued support.
We’ve all been there – you walk into your hotel room, take a look around, is there a fridge? What about a safe? How about an iron or a hair dryer? The hotel you book will determine the amenities that come with it.
One thing is almost always constant, however, and those are the travel size shampoos, conditioners, soaps and lotions that come nicely wrapped in your hotel bathroom.
We’re going to let you in on a little secret, though. Those soaps, shampoos, lotions and conditioners are the perfect size for the bundles we put together for our Mom’s Project.
Maybe you don’t use the toiletry items provided, or maybe you pack them thinking you’ll use them later but simply end up with a stockpile that you don’t know what to do with. We’re asking that you consider us the next time these convenient shampoos and soaps come in to your possession.
the season for eggnog, cookies and parties galore. It’s also the season
for family, giving and goodwill. We were blessed to be the recipient of
such goodwill in Raleigh, NC where an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party was
held in honor of Firm Foundations Romania.
Zorzi family – Heather and Abrianna Zorzi being volunteers for FFR –
threw a lovely house party, inviting all of their friends to come
celebrate the season while also giving back.
and drink were flowing, neighbors chatted and played games and a good
time was had by all. Halfway through the evening, Sarah Vienna, Heather
Zorzi and Jennifer Peterkin were able to share about FFR and sing one of
Sarah’s songs, “Seeds For Destiny”.
something as simple and fun as a house party we were able to get people
together, share about Romania, raise funds and recruit new volunteers!
Volunteering in the Brasov Children’s Hospital, we have the
opportunity to care for so many precious babies and toddlers. With some of
these little ones, we don’t know their names, where they come from, or anything about
them. With others, we know their families well and have watched their older
siblings grow up in and out of the hospital when they were small. Whatever the
background, though, we are there to fill in the gap and love them for as long
as they are in the hospital.
years, is that of Constantin and Stefan. Constantin is now about 4 ½ years old
and Stefan recently turned 2. Many of our volunteers will remember these boys
as they were in and out of the hospital many times over their first couple of
years. Stefan still comes in now and then whenever he is sick, but not so much
as when he was small. They also have a 12 year old brother, Alex, who has been
in the hospital a few times, and a 17 year old brother.
will all come together to drop off or pick up one of the boys, and so we have
been able to meet the parents, grandmother, and oldest brother at these times. We
would greet them whenever we saw them, and often bring clothes, shoes, and toys
for the boys. Over the past year or so, we’ve gotten to know them more and they
now come to our office to see us anytime they are at the hospital. There is a
small box of toy cars that we keep on hand for visits like this, and the boys
know that they can choose one any time they stop by. The family is very poor,
so the clothes and shoes that we are able to give them from the donations that
we receive has been such a blessing to them and they are so grateful. How
wonderful to be able to fill bags of clothes for them, put new shoes on their
feet, and bundle them up in warm coats and hats!
family has been one of my best experiences here. Constantin was born 1 week
before I moved here in 2011, so I have been able to measure my time here by his
growth. I had no idea when I first met him as a little baby that he and his
family would become so special to me and that I would get to watch him grow up
outside of the hospital setting. That I would someday be “Tanti Caty” to him
and his brothers, and a friend to their mom. Hearing the three younger boys
running towards our office and knock at the door, excitedly calling my name,
and then just about getting knocked over by them throwing themselves into my
arms for a hug makes my heart burst with love every time. It is such an amazing
gift to be here and be an Auntie to these boys!
and time to these precious boys and to so many other little ones in the hospital.
If any of you are considering volunteering in the future, come on out! These
babies and kids need your love and will change you forever.
and I had the privilege of attending a conference organized by the
alliance Romania Without Orphans. At the conference, we heard from
Romanian politicians, a director of social services, social workers,
families who have adopted, charity workers, church pastors and young
adults raised in institutions, now supporting other orphaned and
- Children should not be raised by the state, but in a family.
is not currently viewed as a priority by many in Romania, so we need to
motivate a culture of adoption across Romania, to care for the children
in institutional care.
- All children have a voice, and where some children may have lost theirs, we should help them find it.
- Children who have experienced trauma in their lives need love, support and safety – all children deserve that.
families so they don’t have to leave the country for work, or abandon
their children, putting preventative and early intervention models in
- ‘Because God cares about the orphaned and abandoned children, ‘si noua ne pasa’, we also care.
was a wonderful opportunity for us to network with other people working
in Romania with the same heart, and it was so inspiring to see so many
people, especially Romanians, committing to working towards ‘Romania
fara orfani’, Romania without orphans.