Archive for the ‘Romania’ Category

A Life Transformed Because Of You

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Stela is a vibrant young lady thanks to you! It was your generous support that made it possible for Stela to become a part of the ICC family in Romania. Her life now is quite different from how it started out.

Stela’s life has been transformed because of your support. Recently she made the decision to be baptized.

Stela’s life has been transformed because of your support. Recently she made the decision to be baptized.

When Stela arrived, she showed signs of serious neglect. She had been abandoned and left in a children’s hospital in Bucharest. After three months, no family visited and the authorities brought Stela to the ICC Romania receiving center.

She received nourishing food and loving care. Soon she was growing and developing like a healthy child!

It can’t be underscored enough just how much of a difference your support makes when you help provide a child with food and shelter and nurturing support. The transformation is dramatic!
But as you well know, the progression from childhood to an adult is a long process. That is why your continued help is so critical to, and appreciated by, children like Stela!

When it was time for Stela to go to school she thrived and was at the head of her class. But things dramatically changed for her at adolescence. Stela suffered emotionally and acted out.

The root cause?

Being abandoned and knowing that her mother had kept other children! Why hadn’t her mother kept her, too?

Your generous support enabled Stela to receive the counseling and support that she needed during those turbulent years. In time, her feelings of inferiority subsided, and through a group of Adventist young people Stela become more conscious of God’s work in her life.

Three years ago, Stela was accepted into the Adventist high school in Bucharest. She is currently a Junior and has another year to go before she graduates. Stela is diligent in her school work, serious in studying the Bible and has decided to be baptized!

Recently, Stela shared her testimony which includes many heart-warming memories and a dream for the future that you can help make possible through your continued support!

“I’m thrilled when I think of my childhood at ICC.

I have memories everywhere, memories of all my ages, and memories of every stage of my growth.

I remember the evenings when we spent time as a family after the moments of worship. We were discussing and playing games.

Stela has fond memories of a mission group from the Netherlands. She especially enjoyed closing the Sabbath with Lambro Triantos leading the singing with his guitar.

Stela has fond memories of a mission group from the Netherlands. She especially enjoyed closing the Sabbath with Lambro Triantos leading the singing with his guitar.

If I look in the yard, I remember the worship moments at the end of Sabbath in the gazebo in our beautiful yard. I remember when the volunteer group joined us [from Holland] at the end of the Sabbath and we spent a lot of time singing and Lambro was playing his guitar. At the end, he shared with us bananas from Dimitri (in the picture below at the back left). It was like a good grandfather sending sweets to his grandchildren.

Thanks to the faithful support of donors like you, Stela, (child on the right), received the loving care she needed.

Thanks to the faithful support of donors like you, Stela, (child on the right), received the loving care she needed.

We had competitions. We had a week to memorize some Psalms, and in the evening of the Sabbath day, we used to recite it. Those who knew it better were awarded. All these warm moments helped me to feel important, to think ‘I’m not alone, even if my mother left me.’

During the potato harvest Stela, with the other children in Romania did their best to be the first of several teams vying to collect all the potatoes in their assigned row. Once the potatoes were all harvested, it was time to enjoy ice cream.

During the potato harvest Stela, with the other children in Romania did their best to be the first of several teams vying to collect all the potatoes in their assigned row. Once the potatoes were all harvested, it was time to enjoy ice cream.

If I look to the garden I remember how funny the potato harvesting was. We were a group on a row, and each group tried to be the first to pick up all the potatoes from the row. At the end, we used to enjoy delicious ice cream.

I remember our trips to the local forest and the picnics and the games we played there. I loved so much to pick up a flower and to bring it to the ladies who cared for us.

Stela enjoyed the times she and the other children sang as part of ICC Romania’s children’s choir.

Stela enjoyed the times she and the other children sang as part of ICC Romania’s children’s choir.

I remember the times we were singing with the choir… these are some precious memories. I remember the time spent in the car during the drive to the place of the concert. Someone always took care to bring something sweet for us, the children.

I remember our trips to the seacoast. We were playing in the water, and our caretakers called us to eat donuts with jam or chocolate. All these memories make me realize that life is a good thing.

There was a time when I was upset with God and with people around me, because I thought I was different and not good enough for my own family. After a while, all these nice memories I had from the campus were an important aspect that helped me to change my point of view. Now I’ve decided to give my life to God and to be baptized.

Stela wants to combine her childhood dream of being a surgeon with the desire to help other children who live in difficult circumstances.

Stela wants to combine her childhood dream of being a surgeon with the desire to help other children who live in difficult circumstances.

When I was a child I dreamed of becoming a surgeon and traveling around the world. Now I’m thinking of finding something that will combine my childhood dreams with the possibility of supporting other children in difficulties.

Thanks to the faithful support of donors like you, Stela, (child on the right), received the loving care she needed.

Thanks to the faithful support of donors like you, Stela, (child on the right), received the loving care she needed.

I like to imagine that sometime in the future we will gather all the children who grew up together at ICC and all the people who cared for us in any way. Then we could see the pathways in life each of us took.”

One of the younger girls recently admitted that she had been having doubts about God and was moving toward being an atheist. But after spending time with Stela, talking and reading together, she was thinking again that God is real.

Thanks in part to your faithful support, Stela is a wonderful role model for the younger girls on the ICC Romania campus. The girls love her, and she looks forward to weekends and vacations when she can return home from boarding school and visit them.

Because of you Stela, and children like her, have experienced a true transformation in their lives Thanks for all you do for “His Kids.”

YOU can help the Kids have a Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

This year, your contribution to the Gift Fund is best made before December 1.

With Christmas just a few weeks away, you may be thinking you would like to do something for the child, or children, you sponsor. Sending actual gifts to the children is discouraged because some children could receive more gifts than others which, as you can imagine, would most likely cause hurt feelings.

There is a way for sponsors who wish to give gifts at Christmas (this also works for Birthdays). ICC has a Gift Fund for each of the children’s villages. You may donate any amount to this fund. The fund is used to purchase gifts for all the children and to provide a special Christmas meal.

This is the best solution to helping you give gifts and make beautiful memories for your child. You may, if you so choose, let your child know you have contributed to their celebration in your next letter or card.

Sending your gift by December 1st will allow us time to forward your gift to the proper children’s village in time to prepare for the holiday festivities.

You may make your contribution with a check to ICC, at our website (ForHisKids.org), or by telephone (800.422.7729).

Please be sure your contribution designates your gift is for the Gift Fund. Also tell us to which children’s village it should be credited. This will assure it reaches the proper Gift Fund.

Thank you for making these wonderful children a part of your lives. We want to wish you blessed Thanksgiving and Holiday Season.

Potato Harvest in Romania

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Potatoes are a staple food for our ICC children in Romania. Potatoes are prepared in different ways and the children love them. For a few years now, our ICC partner in the Netherlands has found a company to help supply seed potatoes for our project. These are shipped to Romania along with other needed items for our children and the wider community.

Harvesting Potatoes at International Children’s Care’s Romanian Children’s Village

Harvesting potatoes at ICC’s Romanian children’s village

This past March, 1,200 kg  (2,645 lbs.) of seed potatoes were included in the transport. These were planted in the ICC Romania garden and nurtured through the growing season. When the staff and children harvested the potatoes, the yield was 6,000 kg (over 13,000 lbs). This quantity is enough to feed the children until the next harvest.

Potatoes grown on the ICC Romania Farm

Some of the potatoes that were harvested at the ICC Romania children’s village

What a blessing this arrangement is for our children and staff. They received a donation that quite literally grew bigger as they nurtured and cared for it. This is symbolic of the children themselves. Many of them come to us as small children. Yet, with nurturing love and care, they also grow and develop and mature into talented and energetic young people with the capacity to make a difference in the world.

Thanks ICC Netherlands for organizing this initiative.

Baking Bread In Romania!

Friday, October 5th, 2012

After many years of construction and untold hours of labor from volunteers and local workers the ICC Romania Bakery is now baking bread! As part of the start-up team, ICC sent two volunteers to assist with marketing, accounting and general oversight.

A loaf of bread from the first batch of bread to ever be baked in the new bakery established at the ICC Romania Children's Village

A loaf of bread from the first batch of bread to ever be baked in the new bakery at the ICC Romania Children's Village.

One of those volunteers, Jerry Grecian, called on Wednesday, October 3 to say that the bakery was up and running! They baked 40 loaves of bread the first day. The kids helped to celebrate the start-up. The group who gathered sang songs, prayed and enjoyed the fresh baked bread. Jerry said he never saw bread disappear so quickly.

The baker from the Netherlands who has helped to open the new bakery at ICC's Romanian Children's Village

Theo, The Dutch Baker (on the right) and his colleague, Ben (on the left) with the first batch of bread from the new bakery at the ICC Romania Children's Village.

Other members of the start-up team include Theo, a Dutch baker, and his colleague, Ben. They had arrived Tuesday evening, October 2, and it was rewarding to see that they were already baking bread the next day! Praise the Lord!

Thank-you to all volunteers and donors who have contributed to this industry. We pray that it will be a financial blessing to our ICC family in Romania.

Kent Greve
International Development Director, ICC

ICC Loses A Treasured Friend And Colleague

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

[Sunday, August 26th, 2012]

Lambro Triantos 1968–2012

Lambro Triantos, 1968–2012. Lambro with some of the children from ICC's Patmos Children's Village.

ICC’s children and staff have suffered a painful loss as one of our highly loved and esteemed family members has passed to his rest. Lambro Triantos, director of ICC’s partner in the Netherlands as well as European Regional Director, died this morning after battling an aggressive and fast spreading cancer. Lambro was 44.

Vasili Triantos, Lambro’s brother, related that as the sun came up on Sabbath morning, Lambro’s family gathered around him and sang songs of hope—eternal hope. Lambro quietly went to sleep in Jesus.

Kent Greve, ICC’s International Development Director, shared that “I had the privilege of working alongside a true champion in our mission to provide care for orphan and abandoned children. This loss is far reaching in its scope and impact. Lambro was a talented and effective advocate for ICC children around the world. He was a devoted husband and father, and loved Jesus. We will miss Lambro and will cling to the blessed hope of seeing him again when Jesus comes.

Rick Fleck, ICC’s president, in sharing the news with ICC administrators and board members stated that “Although it is difficult and painful for us to lose a loved one, we rejoice in the faith that this death is only a temporary sleep, and Jesus will soon awaken Lambro to be gathered up with Him and with us if faithful together in the clouds of angels to be received into Jesus’ loving arms to live with Him forever. Let’s live and prepare for that day so we will all be there!”

Lambro is survived by his wife, Kalin, his two young children, his parents, Magda and Dimitri, and his brother, Vasili.

Funeral services will be held at the Open Hof Church at the Walraven van Hallstraat 2 in Zwijndrecht, Netherlands at 13:00 on Friday, August 31.

Let’s unite in prayer and thought with his family at this difficult time.

Record Cold In Romania Brings Suffering.

Monday, February 13th, 2012

If you’ve seen recent news reports about the extreme winter weather in Europe you understand that the situation for many people is quite grim. It has recently taken a toll on ICC’s project in Romania as well. The campus greenhouse has been extensively damaged as a result of the heavy snowfall.

We don’t have information yet about the extent of the damage and whether or not the structure can be salvaged and repaired. We’ll pass along those details once they are available.

A photo of ICC Romania's greenhouse which collapsed under heavy snowfall in February 2012

ICC Romania's greenhouse which collapsed under record, heavy snowfall. To date, some areas of Romania have received 15 feet of snow.

A photo of the ICC Romania campus covered in snow

Taken on February 6, this photo shows about a foot of snow covering the ICC Romania campus. At the time this blog was posted the snow accumulation had reached three feet. More than 500 people have died in Eastern Europe during this record cold spell that has extended from Russia to England.

On Monday, February 13, Gabriela Costache sent an e-mail regarding the situation in Romania. Here is an excerpt:

The situation here is not good, it is snowing since yesterday and now the snow in the city of Buzau is about 1 meter… [It is] the same in Odobesti and all over the country. And the sad news is that it is going to snow until Thursday. Please, pray for Romania!

I hope God will protect the project. They have all they need and starting with tomorrow the schools are closed. They [the children] will stay home. They have enough bread and flour and yeast in case they cannot buy stuff, because now, with this situation, the food is very expensive.

All the routes are closed in the country and there are many people who died without food or drink.

Last week they changed the government… and during all this time, they didn’t have time for the people. Only this week-end they started to help…

Please pray for ICC’s project in Romania and especially for the children and staff as the struggle against this cold winter storm system.

Thank you,

Kent Greve
Director International Development ICC

The Lights Are Up In Romania

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Recently we were fortunate to be given the opportunity to acquire lighting, at no cost, for the new commercial bakery being built at the ICC Romania Children’s Village. The only catch was that our crew from IKN in The Netherlands had to provide the labor to remove the lights. So über volunteer Dimitri Triantos spent two days extracting the light fixtures.

Once the fluorescent fixtures had been removed IKN shipped them to our Romanian project where they have now been installed into the drop ceiling for the bakery. Thirty-three of these fixtures were sent to and installed in Romania.

One of the lighting fixtures after being installed in the ICC Romania bakery

One of the lighting fixtures after being installed in the ICC Romania bakery

We were informed by our staff in Romania that getting these fixtures without having to purchase them locally created a significant savings in material costs for the construction of the bakery. Typically these types of fixtures cost $120.00 each. That’s $3960.00 our staff in Romania will be able use in other ways to support the children.

One the light fixtures installed with the finished ceiling at the ICC Romania bakery

One the light fixtures installed with the finished ceiling at the ICC Romania bakery

Thanks to IKN and Dimitri for providing the lights for our bakery project at ICC Romania.

Thanks for reading!

Ken Wilson
Media Director ICC

New Commercial Bakery at ICC Romania Project Slated for Summer of 2012 Completion

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Work continues on the bakery at ICC Romania’s children’s village. Currently, a drop ceiling is being installed. Materials for the ceiling were donated by a sponsor in Romania who also gave technical training on its installation.

Photo of new drop ceiling being installed in ICC Romania bakery

New drop ceiling being installed in ICC Romania's new commercial bakery

During the first part of 2012, our Dutch partner office will be raising funds for the equipment and machinery that is needed. If anyone is interested in providing funds for the machines please contact the ICC office at 800-422-7729.

ICC Romania Supports Their Neighbors Through A Lighthouse Program

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

There is a big need in the area where our ICC Romania children’s village is located. In that area live approximately 5000 people 40% of whom live in extreme poverty. ICC Romania finds it important to help where ever they can. In cooperation with ICC Netherlands ICC Romania gave out 250 food packages the first week of December 2011.

Photo of some of the families who received food packages

Some of the families who received food packages

In November 2011, 750 shoe boxes were given away to the pupils of the local elementary schools. ICC Romania works closely with the local government, which contributes to a very good relations with our neighbors.

Photo of some of the kids who received shoe boxes from ICC Netherlands

Some of the kids who received shoe boxes from ICC Netherlands

Another Transport to Romania

Friday, January 20th, 2012

On the 22nd of November another transport was loaded for Romania by the ICC office in the Netherlands. Dutch volunteers loaded a Romanian truck with building materials for the bakery. Items included natural stone, special glue for floor tiles and special lighting fixtures for the ceiling. There were three pallets with food and some clothes, toys and furniture.

A photo of the crew who loaded the truck

The crew who loaded the truck and the truck they loaded

The shipment also contained 750 shoe boxes. Each shoe box was filled with school materials and a gift. ICC Romania will give these boxes to the pupils of the elementary schools in the surroundings of the ICC Children Village. ICC Romania will also distribute 220 family boxes with food for the poorest families in their area.

Over the years ICC has developed a lighthouse program to support the needs in their community.

Lambro Triantos
Director of IKN (ICC Netherlands)