Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.   James 1:27

November 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

It is a little early, but we do hope all of you have a wonderful day spending time with family and friends. Anca is planning a big Thanksgiving dinner later this month at the orphanage. We all have a lot to be thankful for. One thing those at the orphanage have to say thanks for is that several churches have brought their Harvest Day collections to Beraca. The food pantry is completely full of all kinds of delicious home-canned fruits, vegetable, jams, etc. plus fresh foods and lots of other things. No one has had to go grocery shopping for a while.

Anca has been taking our children and teenagers to a few churches to sing with her. She has a beautiful voice. She has been teaching our children new songs. They enjoy singing but also like the food that the people at the churches serve them after the services. We are excited that they are participating in church. And, who knows what God has planned next for them.

Bogdan won the chess tournament for his school. We are proud of him. He has had a lot of practice over the years with visitors who came and against Ruben. The rest of the children and teenagers are doing fine. They are busy with school. They are also enjoying the last of the warm weather in Romania.

Ruben and I have had the opportunity to attend a couple of mission conferences this past month. The speakers have been refreshing. The fellowship has been wonderful. Christiane, our special friend from Germany, came over for one of them. We hadn’t seen her for a long time. It was wonderful to spend time with her. And, we reunited with some of the people and now grown-up children we had worked with and taken care of when we served at the Dornesti orphanage in Romania (before we got married!). Seeing the children all grown up and doing well was rewarding for us. It encouraged us and reminded us of why we are in Romania.

During this season of thanksgiving, we want to let you all know how thankful we are for each of you. You have been so faithful in praying for us and giving financial to keep things going in Romania. We pray you are blessed in many ways this month, too.

With our love,

Ruben, Karen and Bianca

Beraca Foundation, P.O. Box 674, Jacksonville, IL 62651; karenpopet@gmail.com