Archive for August, 2017

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.”

A New Life — Thanks to You!

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Three children arrive at the gate of the Los Pinos children’s village in Guatemala. Valentina and Debora are nine-year-old twins. Their 11-year-old brother, Joel, is with them. His little body aches as he suffers from Dengue fever.

Their father is dead. Long before his death he had abandoned the family. This left the mother and children to struggle on their own. Eventually, it was just too much. The children’s court realized that the mother could not provide for them and sent Joel, Valentina and Debora to Los Pinos.

Tired… hungry… scared… sick.

Because of you, these three childen have been rescued!

After entering through the gate, the children are welcomed into their new Los Pinos family.

You help to propel this ministry for orphans!

Joel receives immediate medical care. The children bathe, put on a fresh set of clothes and eat a nourishing meal. They are accepted into the family and settle into the family routine. For this day, they have found a refuge and a place of healing.

But there is so much more that they need. Having been abandoned, they have deep scars and fears about being left behind by someone they love. They need reassurance that they won’t be abandoned again. They need you to stand beside them and help provide for their on-going care!

Your recurring, monthly gift will help provide the food, clothing, education, or medical care Joel, Valentina, Debora, or another child like them, needs. You will make an ongoing difference in the life of a child.

You have shown great interest in the lives of children who have been orphaned and abandoned.

Though it may not be feasible for you to provide help to children in person, your generous gift will help to restore the lives of children like Joel, Valentina and Debora. With your help, they can continue building on the new start they have been given. Won’t you please help them today?

To support one of these children, please use this link — https://secure-q.net/Donations/CCare/1468

Thank you!

Container Of Love

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

You’ll be happy to know that a 40-foot shipping container has been loaded with precious gifts and supplies and is now on its way to the Las Palmas children’s village in the Dominican Republic! Without your support, this shipment would not have been possible. Thank you so much for your partnership and generosity!

This “container of love” has many unique and practical items that will bless the children. Packed carefully and safely inside are — kitchen appliances, cookware and utensils, furniture, clothing, washers, and dryers, tools, and equipment for a dental clinic.

We are able get much more for your money when we obtain lightly-used items here in the United States. Often their quality is far superior to new items that could be purchased locally in the Dominican Republic.

Acquiring items second-hand also provides a blessing to those who are selling. When they find out about this ministry for children and where the item will be going, they often drastically reduce the price. One seller became a donor on the spot when she gave us the sofa she was selling. When she found out that the sofa was going to the children’s village she said, “I can’t take any money.” She then started looking around her house for other things she could donate! She was blessed to be a blessing!

We trust that you also feel this way — Blessed to be a Blessing! You certainly are blessing the children with your support. Thank you for your kindness!

The fully loaded container leaves ICC HQ in Vancouver, WA, for the Las Palmas Children’s Village in the Dominican Republic.

The fully loaded container leaves ICC HQ in Vancouver, WA, for the Las Palmas Children’s Village in the Dominican Republic.

Momentarily empty — the container that has shipped to Las Palmas waiting to be loaded with your donations.

Momentarily empty — the container that has shipped to Las Palmas waiting to be loaded with your donations.

By the end of the first day of loading, the formally-empty container is more than three-quarters filled.

By the end of the first day of loading, the formally-empty container is more than three-quarters filled.

Loading complete. Twelve hours of concerted effort by staff and volunteers has seen your donations packed to ship.

Loading complete. Twelve hours of concerted effort by staff and volunteers has seen your donations packed to ship.

This ‘sign,’ with a special message for the children and families of Las Palmas, was attached to your gifts before we closed the doors of the container.

This ‘sign,’ with a special message for the children and families of Las Palmas, was attached to your gifts before we closed the doors of the container. We want the kids and their families to know how much you value them and desire to bless their lives.

The sign reads; “May you enjoy these blessings from your ICC family.” A communiqué similar to this one is sent with each container as a special message to those who are blessed by your donations. Please accept our heart-felt thank you on behalf of the children of Las Palmas for your loving generosity in providing these much-need supplies.

The sign reads; “May you enjoy these blessings from your ICC family.” A communiqué similar to this one is sent with each container as a special message to those who are blessed by your donations. Please accept our heart-felt thank you on behalf of the children of Las Palmas for your loving generosity in providing these much-need supplies.

— Second Container Needed! —

The outpouring of your support for this “container of love” was so great that when the doors were shut, many valuable items were left behind. In fact, we have nearly enough to send another container to Las Palmas! What a blessing — and what a challenge as we don’t have sufficient funds on hand to ship the second container. If you’d like to help send up to $4 worth of supplies for every $1 you donate, please send in your gift today and mark it, “Las Palmas Container 2.” Thank you!