Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Monday, June 17th, 2019

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

June, 2019

Dear Friends,

Summer is officially here. The rain has stopped. The temperatures are very hot. The children and teenagers are finished with school. Cosmin, who is in fourth grade, finished first in his class. From first to fourth grade, the children are graded with a very good, good, satisfactory and unsatisfactory. Cosmin is our first child to get only very good, every year in every class. We are very proud of him. Our prayer for him is that he continues to work hard in his schoolwork.

Last week a group of Americans were here. They blessed the children and teenagers, the village and us abundantly. The fire department told us that we were not allowed to have anything in our attic above the orphanage. So, the group helped us to clear it out and put it all away. They sorted through bags and boxes of clothes. It was a huge job, but it is all done now. The storeroom looks great. They also did songs, Bible study and prayer with everyone in the evening. The young children loved learning the new songs.

We visited our widows again and blessed them with a box of food and gifts from the group. They love to have visitors. The group was able to pray with many of them, too. On one evening, we invited the people of the village to come to our park for games, etc. for the children and for a barbeque. It had been raining all week, but God held off the rain that evening so we could have the party. It only rained about five minutes when we were singing some songs. Around 100 children and adults came. It was amazing. Everyone loved it. It was a great time of fellowship. Most of the people there were not Christians, so it was wonderful to be able to bless them.

The group also invited all our children and teenagers to go out to dinner in Lugoj at a very nice restaurant. Everyone got dressed up. They all loved it. It was special for them. We took pictures out by the pool. The highlight of the week was when all the children and teenagers received a new bicycle. The looks on their faces were priceless. They have been riding them non-stop since then. We want to thank the group so much for their generosity and planting many seeds about Jesus and family.

The food bank is going great. The word got out in Lugoj about us. The next week we had over 50 people come. It is fun to help those in need. Unfortunately, we may have to change locations. Please agree with us in prayer that we can get just the right place that God wants us to have. The need to assist families with food is there. We are excited that through God’s help, we can fulfill that need.

Thank you for your generous gifts which help us to continue the ministry that God has called us to. Your prayers are so important, too. We pray you have a wonderful summer.

 

With our love,

Ruben, Karen and Bianca

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

Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Monday, May 20th, 2019

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

May, 2019

Dear Friends,

Many things have been going on this past month. The children and teenagers were off school for a couple of weeks. We took the seven younger children to Timisoara for the day. We all had so much fun. We started out at the children’s park where everyone played on the equipment there and rented special bikes to ride. Then we took a boat ride down the Bega river which is right by the park. Some of the children had not been on a boat before so that was an adventure for them. We then walked to the center and saw the beautiful decorations and booths before we headed to the mall. After they ate at the mall, all of them played in the play area for an hour and a half. Even after that, they still had energy. So, we stopped for ice cream in the center again before coming home. It was a quiet ride home as most of them were asleep.

Another day of vacation, we took a few of the boys to the last volleyball game in Lugoj. Our team won so that was fun. One Saturday, we had a cook-out at the orphanage. Whenever food is involved, our children and teenagers enjoy themselves. We also made food baskets for our widows. It is always such a joy to see the gratitude on their faces as we hand them the food. It helps to make their life a little easier which is rewarding for us.

This past weekend our special friend, Pastor Gaylon, came. He brought us four suitcases full of medicine for our medical clinic. The medicine is such a blessing for our village and for us. It helps us financially since we don’t have to buy the medicine here. Plus, the quality and quantity are much better in the USA. Besides bringing the medicine, Pastor Gaylon is such an encouragement to us. It is so refreshing to spend time with him sharing about many different things. He has been with us from the beginning of Beraca. That means a lot. Another orphanage from Timisoara which has only boys came to visit for a few hours this weekend, too. Our boys had a great time playing soccer with them, roller blading and bike riding. We cooked out for them as well.

We wanted to share that Mihaela, our oldest girl who turned 18, is branching out on her own now and will no longer be with Beraca. We are still paying for her to stay in the dorm until she finishes school. Then she has the opportunity to go to Italy and work for the summer. When she comes back, she will continue with school for the next year. She is excited about this new opportunity. She is in Lugoj, so we are close by to help if she needs something.

It is exciting for us how God continues to provide each month for our financial needs through all of you. Thank you for being so faithful with your gifts and your prayers. We truly are blessed by them.

 

With our love,

Ruben, Karen and Bianca

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

Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

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

March, 2019

Dear Friends,

Spring is arriving early here in Jdioara. We have had many warm days and lots of sunshine. The children love playing outside. The new asphalt road in front of the orphanage makes an ideal place for roller blading and bike riding. Robi and Nicu, our two youngest, have learned to ride bikes now. They are so excited. It is a blessing that we live at the end of the village because very few cars come up our hill, so it makes it safe for our children.

March 8 was Women’s Day in Romania. Andrada and Robi invited Karen to their school program as their “mother”. Andrada wrote a little notebook with so many nice things about her. It made her tear up. Andrada had everything set up on her desk. They made necklaces together and had tea. It was very special. Karen also glued together a picture with Robi’s class and had pizza. It was a wonderful evening. Earlier in the day, we took all the women workers out for lunch. They enjoyed getting away and having fellowship.  

Three people got baptized at our church in Lugoj this past Sunday. One of them was a young adult who just finished university. Her face was glowing all morning. She was so excited when she came up out of the water. It was neat. The other two people were an older married couple. They, too, were so happy all morning. All three of them are new believers in the Lord. Heaven was rejoicing Sunday morning with them.

We have looked at several places for the food bank but none of them will really work out. Please continue to pray with us for God’s place. We would like to be able to increase the people that we help in Lugoj and provide for their needs better.

Five of our teenagers are staying in the dorm during the week where they go to high school. It has been good for them to get a little independent in their decision making and become more responsible for their choices. They leave on Monday morning and come home on Friday afternoon. During the week, it is so much quieter here at the orphanage without them. The younger ones are enjoying being the “big kids”. They play together so well. It is a pleasure to watch them.

God continues to provide for all our needs each month through all of you who are so faithful to give financially. We really appreciate it. We also covet your prayers and want you to know how necessary they are for us. Thank you for partnering with us in these ways.

With our love,

Ruben, Karen and Bianca

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

Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Friday, March 1st, 2019

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

February, 2019

Dear Friends,

Our trip back to Romania was uneventful and easy. Our plane was only half-full. Karen was able to stretch out on three seats and sleep. We were so thankful to the Lord for the stress-free travel back. The children and teenagers were all here waiting for us when we arrived. Many of them have gotten a lot taller. It was good to see everyone again.

The second semester of school started this week. It was a little difficult for the children and teenagers to get back into the swing of school. Bianca is also adjusting to her new high school here. The schools in Romania and in America are very different. Please pray for her as she goes through this time of settling back in to the Romanian system.

We have found someone who is interested in helping us carry out the vision of enlarging the food bank. She is looking for locations for us to use. We have also been given a truckload of clothes, food and other items that we need to sort through. We want to put some of these things in our new place where we can start blessing people. We are excited to see all that God has in store for this new opportunity.

The Van Horns, who are missionaries from America, have been coming every Saturday to do a Bible lesson and play with our children. We are thankful for their heart to invest the Word of God in our children. One of the smaller boys who has trouble speaking clearly has been learning the songs that they are teaching them. He sings all the time, speaking his words clearly and is on tune. It touches your heart to listen to him.

Another one of our little boys who has trouble speaking and is a little behind in things has started to go to a special school in Lugoj. The teachers there spend one on one time with him. He is beginning to speak much clearer. Plus, he also has started to speak simple English phrases like “Thank You” or answer other simple questions in English. We believe that God can do wonderful things with these children who started out life in a difficult way. He can heal their tongues and their minds.

Our village looks so different now that we have asphalt on all the roads. It was such an easy drive to the orphanage. Those of you who have been to visit us understand what that means! We are very thankful for everyone who has come to visit plus those of you who have given to our work here financially and with your prayers. You are a blessing.

With our love,

Ruben, Karen and Bianca

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

Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

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

January, 2019

Happy New Year!

We hope this new year has started out well for everyone. With a new year, there is always a reflection on the last year and an excitement for a fresh beginning. We will be going back to Romania on February 5. We have enjoyed our stay here in America. The time with our family and friends has been wonderful. Please pray for us to have a safe trip home.

Our children and teenagers were blessed abundantly this past Christmas with many different people and groups giving them gifts. They also had plenty of candy and snacks from Christmas Eve morning when there is a big bonfire in the middle of the village. Everyone comes to it. Afterwards, the children go from house to house and get treats. This year it was very cold!

Christmas vacation from school came a week early as two feet of snow fell in Romania. There was no electricity, water or phone service for a few days in Jdioara and the surrounding area. Fortunately, the orphanage has a generator to be able to run electricity from time to time for heat. We have our own well for water so that was a blessing. Others were not so fortunate. It was a trying time. But with the extra time off school, our children were happy. Plus, they had plenty of snow to go sledding and play out in the backyard.

During their break, they went ice skating in Lugoj. They also participated in a fun night at the church on New Year’s Eve. For New Year’s Day, some friends of ours came out and made Mexican food for them all. School will be starting this next week. They will have three more weeks before the first semester ends.

As we return to Romania, we are praying about the new ways in which the Lord wants to use us this year. We have been serving there for 25 years. We believe there are still many opportunities to help meet the needs of the people and children of Romania, both spiritually and physically. We look forward to a rewarding and fruitful year.        

Thank you all for being so faithful with your finances and prayers for our ministry in Romania. We are looking forward to an exciting year.

With our love,

Ruben, Karen and Bianca

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

Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Monday, December 17th, 2018

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

December, 2018

Merry Christmas!

 

It is hard to believe that this time of year is here again. We are excited to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We pray that each of you experience Him in a new and unique way this holiday season. May we all remember to keep Jesus first as He is the reason that we are celebrating Christmas.

 

Our children and teenagers have already been blessed with two group of Romanians who have come and given them Christmas presents. More gifts and many special things are planned for this holiday season for them. We will share about everything in next month’s newsletter. The church in Germany has again made 160 Christmas presents for the children of Pesac. They will be bringing them to Romania this weekend. This is such a huge blessing and tremendous help for us. God is always so faithful. Thank you so much to those in Germany who helped with this project.

 

We have a few updates that we would like to tell you about. First, we now have a Facebook page called Beraca Foundation. Many of you have already visited it. Next, we have updated our website with some new pictures and information. We have also added the option to be able to contribute to Beraca Foundation by using PayPal if you have it. You can get to our Facebook page through our website, too. The address is beracafoundation.weebly.com. Finally, we have set up Beraca Foundation on Amazon Smile. It donates a percentage of sales to a non-profit organization. If you would like to use it, it is very simple. First, go to Amazon Smile and sign in with your Amazon account. Then, pick our organization from those listed on Amazon Smile (ours is Beraca Foundation, Jacksonville, IL). After that, continue as usual to make purchases. We appreciate and thank any of you who can use this. It is a blessing for our ministry to receive these extra funds.

 

The food bank has been meeting such a vital need in Lugoj. We have a vision to enlarge and improved it this coming year. We plan to find a couple of rooms to rent where we can make it operate more like a store. We want the people to be able to come in and get the food items that they really need for the week. We would also like to be able to provide toiletries, cleaning supplies and second-hand clothing. Our vision is to work with the pastors of Lugoj, providing for people in their congregations or people that they know of who have legitimate needs. Extra funds will be needed to be able to carry out this vision. If anyone would like to be a part of this ministry through financial giving, it would help us to better provide for these needy people.

 

Again, we want to thank everyone who has contributed to our ministry through financial giving, prayers and visiting us in Romania. It takes all of us working together to accomplish all that God wants to do in Romania. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

With our love,

Ruben, Karen and Bianca

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

Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

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

 

Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

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

October 2018

Dear Friends,

Fall is one of our most favorite times of the year. The weather is mild, with lots of sunshine. The trees’ leaves are turning to magnificent colors. There always seems to be a breeze making it pleasant to be outside. Only God could create such beautiful nature. It is a reminder to all of us that God is real and alive. As He cares about His nature, He cares and loves us so much more. This is our vision to share His love not only with our children and teenagers in Romania but with all the others that God has given us to minister to both in Romania and America.

Things in Romania are going well. Everyone is settled into the routine of school. A couple of weeks ago, Anca and Mugurel had a wiener roast with all the children and teenagers. Not only did everyone enjoy the food, but they liked being around a campfire, too. Pizza in a village called Nadrag was on the schedule for another Saturday this past month. There is also a children’s park there so the younger ones enjoyed that. The teenagers played a game of soccer with some of the other teenagers hanging around the park. It was a relaxing and enjoyable afternoon. Also, Bogdan has entered a chess tournament for his high school. We will let you know how he does.

The three of us are adjusting to life in America. Ruben has had the opportunity to share in a couple of churches. He has been talking about the importance of one. We all can make a difference for God if we find out what He wants us to do and then start doing it. We need to begin making a difference first in our families and then move out to our community, state, country and the world. If each of us does what God has put on our hearts to do, then a lot can be accomplished for the Lord. The hardest part is taking the first step. But once that has been done, each step afterwards gets easier and easier. We pray for our teenagers and children that they will realize how important they are in God’s eyes. Each one of them can make a difference in Romania for Jesus if they listen to God and follow His leading. It only takes one person to get things started. Please pray for them that they will understand God’s purpose for their lives and begin to walk in it.

All your prayers are so important to the work in Romania. Thank you for being so faithful to pray. Also, thank you for being so generous and faithful in your financial giving. With all of us working together, we can reach not only our children and teenagers but many more people in Romania for the Lord.

With our love,

Ruben, Karen and Bianca

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

 

Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

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

September 2018

Dear Friends,

We hope everyone is enjoying the change of seasons and fall weather. Some of you are probably into a new routine now that school has started. All our children and teenagers are back to their daily schedule of school and homework. This year we have someone in almost every grade from kindergarten to 12th grade. Our high school students are in six different sections. They all have different schedules and homeroom teachers. Imagine how many parent meetings Anca must attend – 14 of them. They usually have the meetings two or three times a semester. Helping everyone keep up with homework for each class is always a challenge, too. There is usually quite a bit of homework every day. So, Anca and the other workers will be busy this fall. The high school students will be going with the community van to Lugoj every day for school. It costs around $300 a month for all of them. If anyone would like to help with this cost, that would be great. Thank you so much.

Earlier this month, Mugurel took all the children and teenagers camping right outside our village. They had tents for everyone to sleep in. They cooked hotdogs, marshmallows, etc. over the fire. Everyone enjoyed being out in nature. It was a good way for them to work together, too, to prepare meals and to set up and take down camp. They also took them to an adventure park nearby. There were courses to go through in the trees and small ziplines. Everyone had a fun and exciting time.

Bogdan went to a church camp for a week. It was a good experience for him. It is so encouraging for him and our other teenagers to be around strong Christians their own age. We believe all the seeds planted will come to fruition in God’s timing.

We have several teenagers and children who have had birthdays this month. Each one gets a cake and present. We try to make it special for them. We encourage them that they are all precious in God’s eyes.

Thank you for being a part of their lives and making them feel blessed and special through your prayers and financial gifts. As we all work together, their lives are being changed. May you be blessed in a special way this month.

 

With our love,

Ruben, Karen and Bianca

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

 

Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Saturday, August 18th, 2018

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

August 2018

Dear Friends,

   

Summer is quickly passing by. Fortunately for our children, they still have a month left before school starts. And, the weather has finally turned hot enough that they can go swimming. The teenagers have built a dam in the middle of the creek to make a good swimming area for everyone. So, that has become a daily afternoon activity.

 

Anca and her husband, Mugurel, are doing a wonderful job with the children. They have had a couple of Bible studies with them. The teenagers have also been helping and learning from Mugurel. He has shown them how to resurface walls and ceilings and to paint. We are refurbishing all of the children’s rooms in the orphanage. Some of the teenagers have been a big help for Mugurel. Friends of ours have come and done a few activities with the children, too. Please continue to pray for Anca and Mugurel and all the children and teenagers. God is faithful. He has special plans for each of their lives.

 

The people of Lugoj continue to be blessed with the food from our Food Bank. It is meeting a vital need for them. It also provides an opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with them. Our desire is to increase our outreach to help more needy people. It brings us great joy to be able to meet the needs of people who can’t help themselves.

 

Our doctor, Viorica, is faithfully serving the people of Jdioara at the medical clinic. She has been a blessing for the people, sharing the love of Jesus in a practical way. For many of the elderly who come, the fellowship with her and others is just as important as the medical services.

 

Our family has settled in to being here in the USA. We both have found part-time jobs. God has been so faithful in that area. Bianca is enrolled at a small Christian school in Jacksonville. Please pray for her as she starts school. It is never easy being the new person. Marta is still doing well in Romania. She is maturing more and more each day.

 

While we are home, we would love to get in touch with you. Please just give us a call. Our phone number is 217-408-6638. We want to thank all of you who have so faithfully prayed for us and given financial gifts. You help to keep the ministry going in Romania.

 

With our love,

Ruben, Karen and Bianca

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