I have been given the amazing opportunity to go to Romania with a team of 13 people from my church on a short-term missions trip. I will be helping to lead a VBS (Vacation Bible School) for the children of a gypsy village and at an orphanage near the city of Oradea. We will also be visiting abandoned babies in a nearby children's hospital and engaging in worship services at a couple gypsy churches. Our team will be working with a missionary family currently living in Romania, the Bucurs, and their parent organization, Pathway to Joy Ministries.
Vacation Bible School?
A VBS is a bible based curriculum that employs crafts, games, skits, snacks, and music to teach children about God in a fun, camp-like atmosphere. My team and I will be using this in the morning at the gypsy village and then again in the afternoon at the orphanage.
The gypsy people constitute about 3.3% of the population and are Romania's most socially and economically disadvantaged minority, with high illiteracy levels. The Romani are severely discriminated against. In 2005, the EU launched a project entitled "Decade of Roma Inclusion", a collaboration by 12 European countries to try and improve the socio-economic status and social inclusion of the Romani people. My team and I will be in the gypsy villages reaching out to the children and orphans there.
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40)
The cost per person is $2,800, which covers airfare, room and board, and materials for the VBS. 50% of the funds are due May 1st and the total amount is due June 15. Please consider helping me financially or through prayer to reach out overseas and share God's love with these precious children. All donations are tax deductible.
- Checks can be made payable to:
Trinity Bible Church
539 Route 114 (P.O. Box 566)
South Sutton, NH 03273
Please indicate the Romania trip on the memo line and put my name in an attached note. Thank you for being willing to support me in this amazing experience.