So I said ‘yes’. And then I panicked. What had I got myself in for? Running a summer camp in a village? I didn’t even speak Romanian! What was I thinking? I was no dance, music or art expert and I had never ventured into village life since moving to Romania.
Calah recently came from Texas to volunteer with us for 3 months. We are so thankful to have her on our team! Below is an update she wrote after her first week in the Children’s Hospital.
“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.” Psalm 95:1 I’ve been introducing myself as the “singing philanthropist,” a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others through music. Over the past six weeks, I’ve been sharing the message of hope […]
This year with our young Mums in Budila, we have spent time reflecting on God’s love, the Fruit of the Spirit, and young characters in the Bible God used to achieve big things for His Kingdom. We’ve celebrated birthdays, had some pampering, visited their homes, and had more visits from the head nurse and social […]
Through our work in the Brasov Children’s Hospital, we have the opportunity to care for and love many babies and children. Some we know well and have watched them grow up back and forth between their home and the hospital since shortly after birth, and others are only in for a few days here and […]
I was always that person who gave money to missions, prayed for missionaries and encouraged others to go on missions. I always said, “Some people are called to go but I am called to hold down the fort”. This all changed about five years ago when I met a sweet woman from England. She told […]
President of Firm Foundations Romania Sarah Vienna is releasing a new album called “Through My Eyes” this month! The songs are written about personal experiences Sarah has encountered while living in Romania. To promote the album (proceeds go to FFR) and to share about Firm Foundations Romania, Sarah and Steffi will be touring in Germany for the next two weeks. Read more
We first met Ana Lagoy at the Benefit Concert help in The Woodlands, Texas, in May 2016 which raised over $20,000 for FFR’s projects. The theme of the concert was “unWANTED”… the emphasis being on WANTED because FFR’s goal is to make every child who may feel unwanted to instead feel wanted and loved. Ana attended the concert and felt led to share her testimony with Sarah Vienna. Ana was a Romanian orphan who learned that she is not only WANTED by her adopted parents, but also by the Heavenly Father. Ana has allowed us to share her testimony so that others can understand how important adoption is and how powerful God’s love is.
Unfortunately at this time international adoptions are closed in Romania. Please join us in praying that laws will be changed so the over 60,000 orphans in this country can finally find loving homes and families. Many kids like Ana want nothing more than to feel WANTED.
In America, one of the most loved and well-known children’s songs is “Jesus Loves Me.” Many of us grew up singing this song. The words are seemingly simple but the meaning behind them is a powerful as any song written. This past week Sarah Vienna joined the Teen Mums group to share her testimony. She told the girls what Jesus means to her and then taught them “Jesus Loves Me” in both English and Romanian. The girls were very attentive and interested in both the story and the song.
Please join with us in praying for each of the Teen Mums who has visited the program. Pray that they will come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior and that He will start making changes in their lives. Also please pray for the team to have wisdom to know how to reach these girls and how to best help them.
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.
- 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
Str. Dealul de Jos 18A
Braşov, 500080 România
- Summer Camp in Budila – “From Romania to Australia” July 12, 2018
- A Day in the Life of an FFR Hospital Volunteer July 5, 2018
- Celebrating Another Year of Kids Club and After School June 28, 2018