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

Florin (Csika) & Ana Tamas – Fundulea, Romania

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019
Dear Jeff and Rebecca,
    It has been a while since you didn’t hear from us and I apologize. To sit down in front of a computer and write, is very hard for me because I am all the time on the road. When I get home at night I have to spend time with the kids, then to put them to sleep and I am out most of the time before them :o). I’m not trying to find excuses, I know that  I am guilty and that I need to get more responsible. Please pray for me in this. 
    I want to thank you for being a blessing to us. You cannot imagine how much it means just to know that there is someone out there that prays for us and for our ministry here in Romania. Send our love and greetings to everyone in your prayer group and to everyone that prays for us and helps us financially from your church. We do pray for you and for the church in Waldoboro. Thank you for your donations for the house as well and for being a tool in Gods hands to reach and bless others overseas.  
     God has been good to us for keeping our kids healthy and safe through out the day in all the crazy things that they do, and for giving strength and wisdom to my wife Ana with the school and taking care of the house, she is a real help and blessing.
    A thought that I have started this year with is found in Isaiah 55:8-9. 
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts. 
My thoughts are not God’s thoughts, and my ways are not His ways most of the time. Even though I am involved in ministry most of my time, I can be out of His ways and not having His thoughts. I really need to get to KNOW Him more every day to get to know His thoughts and to be filled with His Spirit, because He is the One that knows the deepest thoughts of God as Paul says in Corinthians. This in my prayer now, to empty my mind of my thoughts every morning, the thoughts of a dead man (because I died and Christ lives in me) and to fill it up with Gods thoughts from His Word. 
    Having this in mind, I have started to meet with the men from the church every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 9 am, to read the Bible and pray. It is a blessed time. The relations are built up and our minds and hearts transformed by the Word. 
    Continue to pray for us and for our ministries in Romania, and for our house. By Gods willing we would love to add the roof and the windows to it this Spring. We are out of money, but we trust the Lord that He is the one at work and He will finish what has started. Adam is planning to come with a team in Spring to do a VBS for the kids and to bring a team of workers to help us with our projects. I have asked them to pray for my house as well, but we will see where the Lord leads them.
    In 2 weeks I will be in Lugoj for an evangelistic event. Pastor Jacob invited a very talented violin player to visit them which is a very good friend of mine, and asked me to preach. I am so excited to get to see him. Please pray for these days, from 15th – 17th of February.
    Hope this email finds you safe and sound and on fire for the Lord. Please fill free to shear prayer request with us, so we may know how to pray for you as well. God bless!!

Only Through Christ!!! 
 Florin & Ana Tamas 
     Acts 20:24
Address for financial contributions:
Titus International, 1515 McBrien Road,
Chattanooga TN 37421.
Address for field communication:
 Str. Nazarcea Nr. 76, sector 1, 
   Bucharest, Romania.

David & Stefy Harlea – Romania

Monday, January 28th, 2019

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

Laszlo & Katalin Nagy – Obarok, Hungary

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

For the most recent update of the Nagy ministry in Hungary, please click in the link below to read their PDF newsletter. Thank you and God bless!  


Vlada & Eliska Donat – BTS Czech Republic

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

Dear friends,

Merry Christmas! We trust that you are all doing well, and that you are enjoying this wonderful season when we remember the first coming of our Lord and Savior. He came just like the Old Testament prophecies said He would. And He will come again soon as He promised. May this be our joy.

We want to share a few pictures and some information about all that the Lord is doing here in these last weeks and months.

– WONDERFUL NEWS FROM LAST NIGHT (picture above): we had our Christmas worship service, and had more than 50 people in attendance… it was hard to squeeze everyone in J (we are so grateful that the new building is coming along nicely J)
– All the new believers are continuing to grow in the Lord
– We have several people who came to Christ, and want to be baptized
– I can’t remember the last Sunday when we would not have at least one new visitor at our worship service
– We started weekly youth meetings about 6 weeks ago, and we have had about 20 unsaved young people at every meeting (picture below)

– We graduated a class from a local church about several weeks ago
– We continue teaching
– Several of our students told us recently that the Lord used our program to call them into fulltime ministry

– We continue to have opportunities to share the Gospel with school groups and at schools thank to the Bible museum exhibition
– above is a picture of a group of adults at our museum from this past week – one of many opportunities to share the Gospel.

That is in brief what has been happening here. We want to Thank you for your prayers and all your help. You all are an incredible blessing to us!

Merry Christmas!

Vlá?a, Eliška, Sára, Ester, and David Donát

Pelh?imov, Czech Republic

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

Gyuri & Aniko Varga – Erd, Hungary

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

November, 2018



July 1st the leaders of the Hungarian Baptist Union commissioned 3 couples (including us) to plant a new church downtown Budapest. Gyuri was appointed as the leader. We started our Sunday gatherings on July 8th. We can meet in a small room (18 chairs) at the Union’s headquarters (Budapest VI. district, Benczúr utca 31.) near Heroes’ Square.

We did advertise neither our plantation, nor our gatherings. First we prayed and asked God to send equipped, experienced laborers. Summer was light, in September Gyuri started to meet young fellows and shared our vision for our church. We would like this church to be the spiritual home for many, especially the highly educated people in Budapest. Slowly people started to come. Not necessary the ones we first hoped for (as usually happens). The Lord has a good plan.

September 2nd we had our first Lord’s Supper together, October 7th we had 19 people and 15 stayed together for lunch outside in the parking lot (seen on the picture). We do not have a music group so we sing with You Tube. 25th October we started our midweek fellowship. We have fellowship one Thursday and teaching course on the other, alternating biweekly. November 8th we were 12 beginning the ROAD TO THE CHURCH course ages from 18-54. By now we have 15 people who consider themselves belonging to Budapest-Live church. We praise God for them!

We have a bigger room (80 chairs) available for us in the building of the Hungarian Baptist Theological Seminary (same site) for free! We are awed by how God goes before us and opens doors. We’ll see when we move over there, maybe in December.


We were delighted to see our oldest son marrying Afroditi (half Greek half Hungarian) 10th August. Gyuri preached and married them, it was very moving emotionally. We all were very happy. They rent an apartment in Budapest. Afroditi works as a Psychologist in a children’s home (parents cannot afford to take care of them). Natan is still working on his masters besides working full time.

Aron is developing his design skills and helping with media in our church.

After 2 years in the States Samuel came home for his brother’s wedding last summer. It was hectic but we had some needed serious and fun time together. He reconnected with his brothers and sister. He is asking God to provide for his missing tuition by January, 2019.

Abigel began high school, does very well. She has 18 English classes a week. She doesn’t have migraine headaches. She hurt her knees last spring. We saw several doctors. They do not want to operate her knee before she turns 15 (next summer). Until then she cannot do sports and cannot folk dance. This made her cry hard. We prayed together and now she is in peace. She got medicine for her knee. She still has to ware her spine corset during the night.

We have a 15 years old Hungarian boy (Mátyás – Matyi) living with us during school days since September. Last 6 years they lived in the USA. After moving back to Hungary his family lives at Lake Balaton, he goes to the American school in Diosd. It is quite a challenge to all of us, though he is a nice teenager boy.


Gyuri is preparing the curriculum for the mentors’ last 5 days training in December.

He is working with a pastor personally whose whole family is in trouble.



Aniko had a difficult time with her team of 7 women. 5 of them work full time, 4 of them pastor’s wives with children. They don’t have much capacity to do much more for women nationwide. Last May we had a fantastic countrywide women’s conference at Lake Balaton in a school gym. We had to change location 3 weeks before the conference for the interest was so high. We had almost 900 women coming from all over the country, some even from the neighboring countries. Our theme was “Stand up and shine”. Last weekend we held a prayer day in a village near to the Ukrainian border. Now we are preparing a teen girls day in Debrecen, a women’s conference in Budapest in May and pastor’s wives days in February and September. We get ready to send out 4000 prayer and fasting brochures to Baptist women all around the country to dedicate the New Year to God and pray for the same requests with the same Scriptures January 1-21.

Thanks for your support that enables us to do ministry.

We are praying and looking for some additional support since our new church is not able to provide enough for our financial needs.


In His service: Gyuri and Aniko VARGA in Budapest, Hungary

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