Posts Tagged ‘Romania’

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.”

News & Updates From The Children’s Villages

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

“Your support has helped kids and orphans all over the world be safe, be fed, and introduced to our loving Savior!”

Los Pinos, Guatemala
Because of YOU, 20 new children are at Los Pinos! Two of the homes have been remodeled for new children. They are having their own “NEW BEGINNING.”

New children provide a blessing for everyone. All the children are blessed as the family supports the new kids with love and encouragement.

Eight children graduated from ICAP’s secondary school. Griselda, one of our older girls, recently received a university degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

Griselda grew up at Los Pinos. Her university degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry is a first for Los Pinos.

Griselda grew up at Los Pinos. Her university degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry is a first for Los Pinos.

Las Palmas, Dominican Republic
Thanks to YOUR support, 27 new children have come to Las Palmas during the past 15 months. Fabia is one of those kids who was rescued, along with her siblings, from an unsafe family situation.

Your support is securing the future of Las Palmas so it can help more children.

El Oasis, Mexico
Thanks to your support, there are over 20 children — many who are orphans or have been homeless — who now are part of the ICC El Oasis family.

Work is completed on meeting new government requirements. This will give us the possibility to help more kids!

We’re being asked to take in additional children right away. We can’t move forward without YOUR continued support.

Fuente de Vida, Nicaragua
Because of YOU, Alegria recently graduated from 6th grade. All the children enjoyed a special meal in celebration.

Government policies are making the future of this project uncertain.Please pray for the children and staff.

When you support children like Alegria, you enable them to reach important milestones in their education.

When you support children like Alegria, you enable them to reach important milestones in their education.

When you support children like Alegria, you enable them to reach important milestones in their education.

Patmos, Idjwi Island, D.R. Congo
Patmos Children’s Village is ICC’s largest project. Donors like YOU have faithfully supported needed improvements bringing hydro-electric power to the campus and constructing the secondary school.

The director of Patmos, Désiré, recently sent this message; “Insecurity lingers in the country. We face extreme difficulties to get food for the children.”

Please keep the children and staff of this project in your prayers.

DEWS Sweet Home, India
India is one of ICC’s projects where children are experiencing NEW BEGINNINGS — thanks to you. Four new children have been welcomed into the DEWS Sweet home children’s village.

Eight-year-old Mita is one of the new children. Both of Mita’s parents died and other family members were unable to care for her.

The DEWS Sweet Home celebrated its 20-year anniversary In October. The event also celebrated the life and contribution of Lilly Kaligithi who is retiring. Her daughter Susan is taking her place.

For many years, YOU have helped Lilly do amazing things for the children of SWEET HOME. Children both former and current surrounded Lilly celebrating the anniversary and the life of someone they had grown to love and cherish as a mother and a mentor.

Thanks to your support, Mita has been given a NEW BEGINNING!

Thanks to your support, Mita has been given a NEW BEGINNING!

ICC Romania
YOUR support enables six kids to attend the Adventist boarding high school in Bucharest. Attending this school is a powerful opportunity the children would not have had without your support.

Government authorities are making it difficult for us to continue this project. While the future of this project is uncertain, the children are much better off because of the support you’ve given!

Presidents Message For 2017

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

As a New Year begins, we’ve all been given the renewed opportunity to experience a NEW BEGINNING. During the past several months YOUR support has helped create dozens of NEW BEGINNINGS for children who have been orphaned, abandoned or neglected.

I’ve shared with you the stories of children who have lived with aching bellies because of malnutrition, or who have experienced abuse and neglect at the hands of family members.

You’ve helped rescue these kids through your generous support! Because of you, they’ve been welcomed into one of our children’s homes. They now have nourishing food and a warm place to sleep. They have Adventist house parents who treat them kindly and tell them about their Heavenly Father who loves them very much.

I say it often, but it bears repeating. This ministry for children exists because of donors like YOU! There would not be a warm welcome nor would there be a NEW BEGINNING — if it were not for YOU! On behalf of the children, thank you very much for your continued care and support!

As we turn the page of yet another year, I invite you to remember the children’s projects that YOU have supported with generous gifts and prayers.

Next week we’ll bring you news of our Children’s Villages around the world.

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.

Q & A with the President of ICC, Rick Fleck

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

YOUR support of ICC’s children is having a lasting effect upon them. In the following interview with ICC President, Rick Fleck, you’ll find a more in-depth perspective of the work being done on behalf of the children.

“I can’t thank YOU enough for all that you continue to do for ‘His Kids!’ This ministry for orphan children has been operating for nearly 40 years, and it’s because of people like you, that thousands of children have been rescued and had their lives restored.”

“I can’t thank YOU enough for all that you continue to do for ‘His Kids!’ This ministry for orphan children has been operating for nearly 40 years, and it’s because of people like you, that thousands of children have been rescued and had their lives restored.”

Q: The news is filled with political debate this election season as well as conflicts in various parts of the world. There seems to be little news concerning the plight of orphans. Is orphan care still a world-wide problem?

A: Yes, absolutely! Jesus said we would always have the poor among us, and there is strong biblical counsel to help the orphans. ICC children are very fortunate to have many caring individuals who believe and act upon this counsel. The news media is always looking for stories which are exciting and attract attention. The plight of orphans is a constant that happens every day all around the world—so we sometimes get numb and indifferent to their suffering. Actually, it’s not popular to help orphans. Governments and non-profit organizations prefer to concentrate on prevention strategies. But, no matter what is done to prevent these sad situations, little children are constantly being left without mommies and daddies, and the wonderful folk who contribute to our mission are very passionate about helping these little ones to grow up and have new opportunities for a better future.

Q: Which ICC projects appear to have the greatest potential for growth in the future?

A: As we see shifting government priorities and policies, we also see doors opening and closing for ICC to help children in different areas of the world. Right now I see a great potential for ICC to grow and help more children in Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Congo. For example, in Guatemala, the government for several years did not want to place children in institutions. But we have presented our children’s villages as a more normal environment for orphaned children rather than an institution. We have empty beds at our Los Pinos children’s village, and now government authorities are asking us to take in more children. Just in the last few months, thanks to the generous support of donors, we have welcomed in 18 children to their new homes in Los Pinos. Of course, whether we can grow also depends largely on finances.

Q: What are some exciting things happening in the lives of ICC children?

A: I love to see the happy faces of children who have recently come to live in an ICC children’s village. They often talk about how much they appreciate having enough food and clothing and the opportunity to go to school. It’s amazing to hear little kids talking like that! Of course, it takes time for them to completely adjust to their new home, and they always have a hurt in their little hearts, but we introduce them to their heavenly Father and point them to a future that has hope beyond the hurts of this world.

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

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.