Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Sunday, November 22nd, 2020

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, 2020

Dear Friends,

Change is a word that we can use to describe this year. It is happening again with our children and teenagers and school. The government has announced that all schools will go online until December 8. This creates quite a challenge for us. We have children in 8 different classes plus Bianca. We had to buy 3 tablets and use phones and hot spots to be able to have everyone online at the same time. Plus, we need to supervise them to make sure they stay throughout the hour or help when there are problems with the internet. It is like we are doing homeschool with 12 children and teenagers! In the afternoon, they have homework to do as well. So, most of the day is spent on school.

We continue to have 30-40 families come each week to the food bank. We were blessed with the money to buy a refrigerator for the food bank. Thank you very much. We can now store extra food that we have as well as buy some food for two weeks instead of going shopping every week.

We are going to butcher one of our bulls this Monday. In December, we will butcher our pig, too. So, we will have plenty of meat for the winter. We have lots of produce that we have frozen and canned for the winter as well.

We have met a new American family who has moved to Romania. The husband, Bart, is a preacher and his wife, Sheri, is a nurse. They have a five-year old little girl. They have spent time with our children and teenagers at the orphanage. They have also ministered to them in a couple of church services. Bart knows how to talk with teenagers and meet them where they are. Their new friendship has been a blessing for all of us.

We were granted our license again to continue to operate for the next five years. There was a lot of paperwork to do. We are thankful to receive it. We are also thankful for each of you as you continue to bless us financially and with your prayers. God is in control and helping us each day. We must keep our eyes focused on Him.

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, October 26th, 2020

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, 2020

Dear Friends,

Our family is finally united back in Romania. Karen’s surgery went well.

All the tests after the surgery showed that everything is clear. So, she was able to fly back this week. God was with her as she traveled. He put people in her path who were willing to help her each time she needed it. Our family as well as the children and teenagers were all excited to see her. We look forward to everything that God has in store for us as we continue to serve in Romania.

The children and teenagers have enjoyed being back at school. Ramona, who worked for us a few years ago, has decided to come back to work with us again. She does a great job helping the children with their homework. She also does extra work with those who need it. The children and teenagers like her a lot. It has been a blessing to have her back. Another change in our staff is that our cook who has been with us from the beginning has retired. We had a retirement party for her. The children wrote special notes to her. It was a very emotional time for everyone. We will all miss her. The new boiler is here. Thank you again to those of you who gave gifts to help us purchase it. We are thankful that the old one continued to work until we were able to get a new one. The weather is starting to turn colder. It came just in time.

We have started to take firewood to the widows here in our village. We want to thank those who helped us with the finances to be able to bless them. Firewood is one of the biggest concerns for the elderly in the village. They use wood-burning stoves which not only heat the room but also provide a place to cook on as well. Thank you all for your prayers for Karen and our family. God is awesome and has done a mighty work in her. Thank you also for praying for our ministry in Romania and giving to it financially. You, too, are a part of what is going on here.

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, September 25th, 2020

Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

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, 2020

Dear Friends,

As summer is winding down here in the USA, our children and teenagers still have another month before school will be starting. No final decision has been made about whether the students will be attending school full-time, part-time or doing it virtually. Different options are still being discussed. Please pray for all of the children and teenagers as it will be an adjustment for them to start school. Most of them are ready to go back, especially for the social aspect. They miss their friends and being around other people besides those at the orphanage.

Bogdan did get accepted into a university in Timisoara. He will start in October. He will stay at a Christian foundation which has a dorm for students to live in while they attend college. This summer he has been staying with a friend of ours, Callum, from Scotland. Callum works with refugees and also has summer camps. Bogdan has been helping him with all of this. He even got to go to Switzerland with Callum to pick up some building materials.   He is excited about all of the new changes in his life.

Our children and teenagers have been enjoying a cook-out every week. Different friends of ours have come out to visit them and bless them. It has been wonderful for the chldren since there isn’t any place for them to go outside of the village for entertainment. They keep themselves busy with swimming, bike riding, going to the farm and playing on our playground in the back of the orphanage.

As we all know, being thankful is so important. Every day we can all find many things to be thankful for. God is working in our lives all of the time. It is up to us to see His hand and goodness. And as we live in a atmosphere of thanksgiving, our lives will be so much richer. We can be excited to look for what God is going to do each day.

We praise God for His faithfulness and provision during these last few months. Our children and workers have been healthy. We are able to continue all of the different ministries that God has called us to do in Romania. Karen’s family in the USA is healthy and doing well. God is so good. Ruben and the girls will be leaving on August 31 to return back to Romania. Karen will leave a few days after that. Please pray for all of us as we travel.

We want to express our thankfulness for your faithful prayers and financial giving. Through them, we are able to continue in His ministry, even during these trying times. We pray health and blessing to all of you

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, May 22nd, 2020

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, 2020

Dear Friends,

We pray this finds all of you safe and healthy during these uncertain times. The children, teenagers, workers and Ruben and our girls are all healthy and adjusting to the new lifestyle. The schools will not be opening for the rest of this school year. The teachers are finishing up the classwork through zoom and other online methods. That has been a challenge for Ruben as we have children in 10 different grades. It takes both laptops and sometimes his phone to keep everyone in class online. The schools will still hold the year-end exams for the eighth and twelfth grades. These exams determine what high school the eighth graders will be in and if the twelfth graders can go on to college. So, they are very important. Manu will finish eighth grade and Bogdan will finish twelfth grade. They have been doing extra work to prepare for the exams.

We have put in a garden at the farm this year. We haven’t done one for a few years. Everyone helped and had fun doing it. The younger children like to go to the farm every day now and water the garden. They then stay for a couple of hours and play. There are many places to go for hikes around our village. So, Ruben has taken everyone on several hikes. They even found a small waterfall on one of their excursions. The children and teenagers always seem to find things to keep them busy. Besides school, they have a basketball court, a soccer field, and a rollerskating park in their backyard as well as a playground with swings, a slide, a sandbox and a playhouse. For them, the stay at home order hasn’t been very difficult except for missing their friends at school.

The older boys have been helping to fix the walls and to paint their rooms and the younger boys’ rooms. Every few years they need a fresh look. It has been a good project to do since everyone has to stay home. We are also going to replace the floors with new laminated flooring. The existing floors are very worn.  

Every week, we buy food for the people of the food bank. Then we divide it up into bags and deliver the bags to the people who regularly come to our food bank. They are so appreciative of the food. They really need the help. We have also received two shipments of food items from Lidl in the last couple of weeks which has been a blessing. God is an amazing provider for us.

We are so thankful for God’s watchful care of our work in Romania. Things are going well. We are thankful for all of you who continue to support our work through your finances and your prayers. May we all keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

 

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, April 14th, 2020

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

April, 2020

Happy Easter!

As we celebrate Easter in a different way this year, we are still focusing on the fact that Jesus is alive. He conquered sin and death for all of us. He is our hope and salvation. With Jesus, we will all go through this time and be victors at the end.

We wanted to give you an update on what is going on in Romania. The government has issued a stay at home policy until May 15. Therefore, the schools will be closed at least until then. The Minister of Education is working on plans so everyone can finish this school year. People are allowed to leave their homes only if they have a paper stating where they are going and their purpose. The police and army have been out checking on people. A limited amount of people are allowed in the stores and banks at one time. So, Ruben is the only one who goes out and gets things that are needed. There are cases of the virus in Lugoj, which is the town where we do our shopping, banking and etc. But, there are no cases in our village of Jdioara.

At Christmas time, we were blessed with more food than we have ever received before. We thought that it was going to take months for us to eat everything. But this was the perfect year for it to come. During this time when access to food and things is limited, we have an abundance at the orphanage. God knew ahead of time and took great care of us. We have been able to give food to our widows and some people in our village. We also got a shipment from Lidl with extra food and puzzles and games and things. We made up bags for our food bank people who are struggling now. The puzzles and games kept our kids and teenagers busy for several days   It is so neat to watch how God provides.

We delivered firewood to several of our widows this month. They were thankful for it. We want to thank the church who provided the money for us to do this. You are a blessing. Our farm is looking good now that the teenagers have been off of school for so long. They go each morning with Dani, Ruben’s brother, and Ruben to clean branches and things and to fix the fences. They have a great appetite for lunch afterwards. Everyone also does about one hour of school work a day. Most of the teachers have sent assignments for them to do. They play a lot of soccer and basketball, too. They seem to always find things to do. It is good to see them all playing together.

We had plans for Ruben, Bianca and Marta to come and visit Karen in America but unfortunately those were canceled. We will be celebrating Easter separately and even on different weekends as the Romanian Easter is a week later. Karen is getting stronger each day. Please pray for all of us as this has been a trying time being separated for so long.

Thank you so much for all of you who faithfully support our ministry through financial gifts and prayers. They keep the work going in Romania. We pray God’s protection over all of you during this time and always. God is on the throne and in control.

 

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

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

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, 2020

Dear Friends,

     Life in Romania continues to have interesting turns and twists. Ruben is doing a great job at keeping things going there. But now, he has all of the children and teenagers home for at least twelve days because the government has decided to close all of the schools for precautionary measures with the virus. So, with spring rains and mud everywhere, inside activities are a must. There are some projects that need to be done including spring cleaning in the children’s rooms.

     Cosmin attended a Christian camp a couple of weekends ago. He really enjoyed it. He invited one of his friends from school who has a rough home life. The boy had a great time. We were glad that we could help him to go. Nicu had his first program for women’s day at his school. He was so excited and proud to be able to be a part of it. Bogdan was in another chess tournament for the high schools in Lugoj. He got first place. He was very excited.

     Last weekend, Ruben took all of the children and teenagers to Timisoara to church. They had been invited by a family in the church to come to their house for lunch and the afternoon. They enjoyed an American style lunch with hamburgers on the grill and soda. Our children loved it. They also played games all afternoon with the family’s teenagers. No one wanted to go home. This family had only met Ruben once but they were willing to open their home to him and all of our children and teenagers. That is truly Christian hospitality.

     Our medical clinic continues to serve the people of our village. Our doctor has been so faithful for so many years. We are very thankful for her. Also, our church in Lugoj came out one Saturday to serve us at the orphanage. They cleaned everything spotless. These are two great examples of putting our faith into action. And our ministry has been really blessed by it.

     Karen continues her recovery in America. She is getting stronger each day. Her return date to Romania is still not known. Thank you for praying for her. Thank you for praying for our ministry in Romania, too. God continues to provide for all of our needs there through your generous financial gifts. Enjoy this Spring!    

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 4th, 2020

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, 2020

Dear Friends,

Life can be very unpredictable at times but we always have the assurance that God already knows and He has us protected in the palm of His hands. Karen is still in the USA. She ended up having a nine hour very extensive surgery. She is home from the hospital now and feeling better. At this point, we don’t know what her recovery time will be and how long she will be in the USA. But it will be at least a couple of months. We want to thank all of you who have been praying for her and who have reached out to her. It has really touched her heart to see and experience the love of so many people during this time. Thank you for being there for her.

Things in Romania have kept Ruben very busy. It has been a mild winter so the children and teenagers have been able to do outside activities. Ruben took everyone on a bike ride to the next village to spend their money at the store there and play in the park. They also went for a hike up to the fortress in our village and spent the afternoon exploring, eating and having fun. Plus, they have gone ice skating several times. Please pray for Ruben as he is taking on many roles, not only at the orphanage but also with his own family.

Maria, one of our teenagers, is in Spain right now. Her school chose 14 students to go and experience and work in another culture. She works every day at a local store. She is participating in many “firsts” in her life like riding on an airplane. She is having a great time. We are glad that she was able to go and see another country.

A friend of ours from Germany is helping us with the food bank now. He is going to help us finish off the two extra rooms that we have there for a clothing give-away room and a waiting room. He is donating carpets for the main room where the food is distributed. It has been really cold in the building this winter so that will help to warm things up a bit. He has blessed us with more table and chairs, too. Thank you so much for all of your help. Lidl grocery store gave us a whole shipment of chocolate after Christmas for the food bank. Everyone is having their sweet tooth satisfied. New families continue to come. We are glad we can help them.

We want to thank all of you who helped to give money towards the boiler. We have reached our goal. Praise the Lord! Thank you for your generosity and for your faithful support throughout the year. God is good and everything is being taken care of. If any of you would like to contact Karen while she is in the USA, her cell phone number is 217-408-8380. Please continue to pray for her, the Popet family, the children and teenagers at Beraca and the continuing work in Romania.

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 21st, 2020

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, 2020

Happy New Year!

Last year ended with a flurry of activities and the new year started with many more adventures. Before Christmas, we delivered the presents to the children of Pesac. We also had a box of clothes to give to each family. A crowd was waiting for us when we drove up. Watching the faces of the children as they received their gifts was such a blessing. They were so excited. We had the teenagers with us so we stopped at the mall to spend some time there with them after they helped us at Pesac. The next couple of days, we had our staff Christmas dinner and a dinner at church. Both included great food and times of sharing together. On Christmas Eve, we had a service at the church. Then we went caroling to many of our friends. Each home gave the children and teenagers candy, cakes and food. By the time we went to the last place, everyone was very full and very tired. But it was a fun evening. Christmas was quiet for a change. We gave gifts to the children and had a nice meal. The next day, we took everyone to Timisoara to go ice skating. They loved it.

The following day, we went to Germany with the teenagers who had turned fourteen in the last year or two. Unfortunately, we only made it past Budapest when the van broke down. We had it towed to a nearby town. God’s hand was upon us as the owner of the garage spoke a little English. We had to leave the van there. The owner took us to a hotel for the night. The next day Ruben’s nephews brought us our other van so we could continue on. We had a great time with our friends in Germany. They blessed us all so much while we were there. We went sledding, ice skating, swimming at thermal baths, walking to a tower for a great view, shopping, attending a New Year’s Eve party at their church which included fireworks at midnight and visiting other friends in the evening for great food and fellowship. All the teenagers and we would like to say thank you so much for the wonderful time that we had.

After returning from Germany, there was still a week before school started. So, we went ice skating in Lugoj again. The owners let our children and teenagers skate for an hour and a half for free.   Another day, we went to the nearby mountains for sledding. Some of the older boys tried skiing, too. It was a beautiful day with an awesome view. Now the vacation is winding down and school starts on Monday. We are praying for everyone to have a successful second semester.

As we head into this new year, we pray each one of you has a freshness of vision and hope. We are so thankful for your faithfulness in giving of your finances and time in prayer for our ministry. We would ask for some special prayer for Karen. She is in the USA now having some medical tests done. Please stand with us in faith for a supernatural healing to her body. Thank you so much.

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

Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Wednesday, December 18th, 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

December, 2019

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We hope you are enjoying this time of preparation for our Savior’s birth. Here is an update from last month’s newsletter. The President of Romania got re-elected by a large margin. So, a new political party is in charge. Hopefully, we will see some positive changes soon. Also, our Thanksgiving dinner was great. We had a challenge finding turkeys but finally did succeed. There were 35 people who came. The food was delicious. The children wrote five things that they were thankful for. Some were very encouraging. A Bible trivia was enjoyed by everyone, too. The night turned out great.

Gabi and Ionela went to a competition in Timisoara with other children from all around the county. It was called “You can do it”. Gabi had to shot baskets, his favorite thing to do. There were other contests and a meal for all the children. They both received medals and diplomas. They were so excited when they got home. Cosmin started in a new school for fifth grade. He had to take final exams this year. He got a 10 (the best grade possible) on both his Math exam and Romanian one. He is the first child in Beraca to ever get such high grades. We are proud of him and the effort he puts forth for school.

We had another interesting situation at the food bank this past week. A family came to get food in a horse-drawn wagon. They came from the next village which is 7 miles. Wow! We are thankful that we can help to meet the needs of the people of Lugoj and now the surrounding area. The new building is working out great. It is free which is such a blessing for us.

A group of Germans came this week. Their churches put together the presents for the Pesac children. This year 140 children are on the list but more always show up when we arrive. Their sacrifice not only to do the gifts but to bring them to Romania is a huge blessing for us. They also brought our children gifts. And, they brought computers for the orphanage. A Christian school in Germany donated them. Our children and teenagers are so blessed. We are going to go and take food to the widows with them, too. We want to say thank you so much for all you do for Beraca.

Money has started coming in for the boiler. We are thankful to those who have helped us with this project. We are believing that we will reach the goal. We have many things planned for before Christmas, Christmas and New Year’s. We will give you an update on all the festivities in next month’s newsletter. Thank you all for your generosity to us throughout this past year. Your gifts and prayers helped us to have a wonderful year. We pray you all have a blessed Christmas, enjoying family and friends, and celebrating Jesus.

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