Royal Honor Bestowed Upon Two ICC Volunteers

My memories of my first trip to Romania for ICC include the time I spent in the home of two wonderful people in The Netherlands. Their warm, gracious hospitality and ongoing friendship will always be some of the favorite things I received and took away from that trip. Even more impressive to me was the dedication of this couple to the children of ICC. And I’m proud to say that a measure of the dedication of this couple was passed on to me.

So it is with just a small sense of pride that I can report to you that long-time ICC volunteers Dimitri and Magda Triantos were each awarded The Order of Orange-Nassau medal on April 30th by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. The Order of Orange-Nassau is a national civil and military honor typically awarded during an annual ceremony on the queen’s birthday. The medals were presented by the Mayor of Zwijndrecht, Netherlands, Mr. A. Scholten. Magda and Dimitri received this royal honor because of their many years of volunteer work for International Children’s Care and the local SDA church.

Madga and Dimitri Triantos with their  medals.

Magda and Dimitri Triantos with their medals.

“Wim Altink, president of the Adventist Church in the Netherlands, commended the award recipients for their community involvement. “An involved community church is a relevant church,” Altink said. “It is great to see that the tireless efforts of Dimitri and Magda Triantos are appreciated in this way.” Adventist Press Service. [Here’s the story as reported by the Adventist Press Service (APD)]

Dimitri receives his medal

Dimitri receives his medal

Madga receives her medal

Magda receives her medal

Dimitri, a truck driver by profession (now retired), has made the round trip from The Netherlands to Romania more than fourteen times driving a sixty-foot tractor-trailer rig carrying aid supplies for the orphaned children at ICC’s children’s village in Romania. Now he can regularly be found in the IKN (ICC Netherlands) Gift Shop. Magda is the founder of ICC’s work in The Netherlands, a sponsor of several of ICC’s children and is a member of both the IKN board and the international board of International Children’s Care (ICC). Magda is also active in the SDA Church both in her local congregation in Dordrecht as well as nationally.

After the presentation ceremony IKN organized a small reception in their home office in Zwijndrecht. Dimitri said that this success is not his own. He said; “We do this work with all the volunteers and workers of IKN. All together we try to help the orphans of this world.” Magda praised the Lord as “He is giving us the daily power to do the good that is needed.”

We here at ICC are very proud and blessed to have Magda and Dimitri as part of our family. They literally are the heart and soul of our work in The Netherlands. Please join us in congratulating Magda and Dimitri on this most prestigious honor and for their selfless and tireless efforts on behalf of “His Kids.”

Thanks for reading.

Ken Wilson
Media Director ICC

Here is a link to Magda and Dimitri’s story as reported by Adventist News Network.

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