Bethesda Home

March 2019

Dear friends, brothers and sisters in Christ,
Greetings from Galati, from Betesda family!
The winter almost is gone …. and the spring started to come in Romania.
We praise God that we did not have a difficult winter …
As a family, we passed some times through difficult times, some times through a good ones ! God is in control of everything and His plan for our lives IS PERFECT !
We believe that through EACH circumstance from our lives, His desire is to make us as Jesus ! To build in our lives His character …. to be like Him !
So, this is how we are seeing our experiences from life ….
Now, our country is going through a period of very political, economic, financial, legislative instability … a lack of wisdom how to lead ….
This affects us, as organisation, too.
But believing and trusting that our FATHER is THE LORD …. we know that He is in charge of what is happen to us, too.
Some news from us:
1. We are soooo full of joy seeing how God is answering to our prayers !
One of our constant prayer is for our prodigal sons and daughters.
One of them is Adrian Frumuzache.
He left Romania and lives in England, with his girl-friend and his baby-boy (15 months).
After a time when the Lord began to speak to him, he decided to come back in Romania (for 3 weeks) to speak with Benu and Dani, to ask them for help.
And, praise God, he gave up – he came and met The Lord and HIS Lord ! He became a Christian …. A new life started !
First step – he married with his girl-friend … and now they are a family !
Just in 2 weeks – soooo many changes in his life. We already started to see how the new life grows in him !
Please, continue to pray for him and his family. We really believe that God is able to keep him, to protect him … But he needs a church in England (where he lives), a good church … so, please, pray for his guidance !
Also, few weeks, we were contacted by Mihai Raducan (hope you remember him. He is from our first generation). One of his big desire is to be able to come back to The Lord. He regrets a lot that he lost the faith … but he wants to come back … So, please, pray for him, too.
2. A bad news is about Estera Candrea. We are so sad … but she finally decided to leave Betesda and to move to stay with her brother and her mom. Please, continue to pray for her soul, for her protection ….
3. But the other girls bring to us big joy.
Bianca, Anca and Alisa are doing very well at University. They have a good relationships between them (as sisters). And also, they have good marks at exams.
Andreea Banu and Andreea Talaba are working very, very hard for the exams they will have in the summer to be able to go to a good high-school. Please, continue to pray for them. Sometimes they are soooo tired …. sometimes they are discouraged (coming special from the way how they are treated in the school) …
(Speaking about this, I am tired, too. Almost every day, I teach them math. It is not easy. They lost sooo many years … and now we have to save all these years … Sometimes, this is the reason for why I do not write more often messages about us, and from us, being busy and working very hard with these girls …. Thanks for understanding me !)
Geanina is doing great in her new school. We praise God that He leaded us in this decision …
Also Georgiana is doing well in school.
It is a GOOD competition in the home, speaking about school … and we are so happy to see how our girls grows well, safe, loved, happy !
Praise God for what is He doing in their lives !
4. In the Day center are coming more children (and most of them are very small: 7-10 years old). Our desire is that these children will know the love of God for them …. Pray for these children.
Also, every 2 months we have a meeting with the parents … so, pray for them, too. Pray for their salvation, wisdom, love, patient to care and love their children ….
5. Please, continue to pray for our workers, too.
Sometimes they are soooo tired … and sometimes discouraged …
We pray that God will lead us in doing something for them to re-motivate them, to re-inspire them ….
If you have an advise for us … please, let us know ….
Thank you so much for being supporters for us, being encouragement for us, praying for us, helping us financial …. It mean a lot for us to have such people behind us …. which understand us and the work we are doing …. which support us in many ways ….
Thanks a lot, our dear, dear friends ….
May God bless and rewards you for “each cup of water” ….
Keep in touch,
Estera

A Success story

Dear friends, supporters and prayer partners of Bethesda Home, 13 years ago, two daughters together with their mother stepped shyly at the door of the day center: Bianca Constantin (9 years old) and Anca (7 years old). A typical story: poverty, alcoholic father, divorce, struggle for survival of a single mother, burdened and defeated by the hardships of life. The team of Bethesda’s day center received them with love, introduced them into our assistance program, and enrolled them in school. The girls have been attending the day center for a year. Mother, stricken by poverty and attracted by the mirage of prosperity of the West, decided to leave for work in Spain. She asked us to help her and take the girls into our full care at the girls’ house. We took them. We loved them. We cared for them. We’ve tried to do all our best in order to fulfill their needs: material, physical, emotional, spiritual. Years have passed. The girls finished the secondary school, then the high school. Five years ago, Bianca found the saving faith in Lord Jesus, then she was baptized and joined the local church. Last year Bianca finished high school, took the final exams and was admitted at the Social Sciences College in Iasi City. She was on the taxed places for one semester, but she worked hard and on the second semester went to the government subsided places, and even more, took scholarship for good grades! This year it was the Anca’s turn to finish high school. She failed one of the exams in the summer. But she was ambitious, worked hard, pass the exam in autumn, she enrolled in Iasi at the same college with her sister Bianca. At this moment, she is on the taxed places. Hopefully she will follow Bianca’s example, will work hard and go to the subsided places. On Saturday, September 30th, we took them with the minibus of the foundation (a minibus was needed for many luggage for two girlsJ) in Iasi in the rented apartment where they will live in the next years. I was overwhelmed by a deep feeling of gratitude to God, looking at them now: two pretty, educated, student ladies with healthy living values anchored in Christian morality. I thought about what they were 13 years ago, and what they are now. And my heart, and our hearts, the members of the team, exclaims: “Glory to You, heavenly Father! You Who said that You are the defender of the widow and the orphan, that you raise the poor from the garbage and put him to the table with the big ones. Thank you, You keep your promises! You change lives, characters and destinies!” We hope and believe that you feel the same satisfaction, dear friend and partner of Bethesda, knowing that you have been and are part of this long, hard but beautiful way of investing in the children and young people of Bethesda.

A new beginning for two sisters

This summer, four months ago, two other sisters stepped on the threshold of the girls’ house: Banu sisters – Andreea (13) and Georgiana (8). They too, have been attending the day center in recent years. And they too, have a past and a childhood marked by poverty, hunger, neglect, abuse, unfulfilled needs. At the beginning of this year, Child Protection decided to decree parents from parental rights and take five from eight of their children and place them in different places, families and centers. Knowing the situation of the girls, we offered to take them to Bethesda. They are already accommodated at the girls’ house. We can see changes in attitude, their behavior. They already seem to have begun, if not to bloossom yet, even to bud. They are happy at the girls’ house because they have everything they need, because they are loved and helped. But they still miss their brothers and sisters…. They are just children, a good life is in front of them to be enjoyed! We think of what they can become and we dare to dream about them too. Their life, their future is in the hand of God. We want to do our best, as we did for Constantin sisters: Anca and Bianca. We pray, hope, believe, work, help, love, embrace, discipline, encourage and correct them! We invite you to continue to join us and help us, dear friend and partner of Bethesda, with that type of support that you have on your heart. We need the help of God, we need your support as well. We sow, God makes it grow. We educate, God changes characters. We love, God makes the heart soften. We pray with you, God protects us, takes care of us. He did it before.

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