It is amazing how God can knit our hearts together through relationship. Over twenty years ago, I never imagined how my initial experience in Romania would transform my heart.
When I found out that I was going to Romania this summer I was excited and expectant to see the Lord reveal Himself in new ways and to hear His voice in a new way. I never thought that these new ways would be the Lord blessing me and truly understood what it means for God to work and show up in mysterious ways.
Working with Remember the Children has been fulfilling both spiritually and physically. The gypsy kids in Romania are ready to pour their energy into any outlet, which why they must be taught about the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for people of every nationality at this point in their life. Their minds are easily molded, so introducing the benefits of a Christian lifestyle could alter the trajectory of their entire lives.
We have the unique opportunity on this trip to provide a respite for these kids, but more importantly give them hope. The kids in these villages are, from our cultural view, not treated well at all. From their cultural view, they do not know any other kind of life. Despite the incredibly hard things that happen to them they still smile easily, and they just want love (which every human being needs and wants).
In Romania, many children who are ‘orphans’ are not orphans in the literal sense. This was the case with Ana. At age 12, her family was one of abuse and she was kicked out. She lived with her grandmother for a year, and when her grandmother died, Ana was sent to a state facility to enter the orphan system. In this facility, Remember the Children staff met Ana and offered her a home with House of Hope, our orphan care home in Romania.