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

Mirek & Olinka Klepacek – Cerna Horna, Czech Republic

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

Hello friends, 

Hope this email find You well. 
It is honor to share with You our prayer letter. 

Feb 2020

May Lord bless You
By His grace 
Mirek Klepacek 

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

David & Stefy Harlea – Romania

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

Florin (Csika) & Ana Tamas – Fundulea, Romania

Thursday, February 6th, 2020
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” Colossians 3:16
What greater joy can bring to our lives then staying in the presences of God and studying His word? Nothing compares with His sweet presence, guidance, and wisdom!  Without the word of Christ dwelling in us richly we have no power in our walk and ministry! So our greatest prayer for this year is right this verse in Colossians 3:16.
My responsibility in the church grew as Gerald stepped back and left me the main pastor in our church. It is not an easy ministry but I pray and trust the Lord with wisdom and guidance!
We have 5 people whom finished catechesis study, and by faith, I hope to baptize them next month. Please pray for this brothers and sisters!
Maybe you are wondering how is the home coming up! Well, things are going slow but we praise the Lord for His timing! It is not always easy to have 5 kids indoors with so little space but we are overall thankful. Homeschooling is going unexpected very well (regarding the small space). Every one of them is following the schedule and are pretty committed to whatever they have to doJ !  Flavia is already asking when can she starts k5 , so I told her to pray harder for the new home J!
In the fall we are praying and thinking to come and visit but it is nothing sure yet! Would you please pray with us for this matter? We will see what God has prepared for us!
We want to thank you for your love and faithfulness to the ministry here in Romania. Your generosity to us is overwhelming and only God can do such things! You are in our prayers, so if you have something more specific that we can pray for, please let us know!

Much love from our family,

Florin Tamas

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

Laszlo & Katalin Nagy – Obarok, Hungary

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

Dear Friends,

We wish you a Happy New Year filled by God’s grace. We are sending our newsletters, please find them attached.

May the Lord Aboundantly Bless you for your love and prayers for our life and ministry,
with love in Christ,
László and Katalin Nagy, Hungary



Vlada & Eliska Donat – BTS Czech Republic

Saturday, December 28th, 2019

Merry Christmas Dear Friends!

We trust all of you are enjoying a wonderful Christmas time, remembering the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Allow me to briefly share a few things from all that has been happening here recently.

I wish you all could see it firsthand. The Lord keeps bringing new people to Himself, the church in Pelhrimov is growing, and we are more encouraged than ever before by the growth in numbers and also the growth in depth of the new disciples of Christ. 

When you remember us, please, continue praying for those who have heard the Gospel, but have not responded yet. Pray with us specifically for Martin – father from the family where the mom and a sixteen year old son were baptized this past Fall. Martin is very very very near accepting Christ! And not just that, many conversations about the Gospel that he has are not just with us as pastors, but others from the church! Disciples making disciples!

Another person is Kuba – an 18 year old man who is deeply touched by the Lord, but is afraid to make a full commitment because the cost seems too high to him… I just shared with him yesterday that once he gives his life to Jesus, all these questions will be answered and there will be nothing to regret. 

Marjanka is another one. She is the mother of a guy from our church. Some of the best questions we get come from her. She grew up in the Catholic church but never knew you can know Christ personally. We believe she is also very close to making a personal decision to follow Him.

I could continue with one story after another about the open hearts, and about God’s love and mercy in peoples’ lives. If you want more details, I would love to share with you.

For now, I want to wish you Blessed Christmas one more time, and Thank you again for being in this ministry with us so faithfully. We appreciate all of you and pray that the Lord would be your joy every day.

Vlada and Eliska Donat



Gyuri & Aniko Varga – Erd, Hungary

Saturday, December 28th, 2019

Dear Friends,

Fall is over, Christmas is at the corner. So many things happened since we wrote to you.

Last week of August Gyuri got convinced by the Spirit that he should apply to the Hungarian Baptist Theological Seminary for master’s degree. We had about 4 days to send in all the necessary papers. In September he started a 2 years program. He is in school Thursday-Friday-Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm. Pluss all the homework, Greek grammar and words. Exam time began this week and lasts till the end of January, he has 9 subjects, 4-5 oral exams beside essays or test. We thank God for the blessings he experiences in his studies -not the grades, but more in new knowledge, new understanding and surprising closeness with some of the teachers.

Finally, we found the name for our new church: CENTRÁL BUDAPEST. Centrál means to put it in the middle. Our motto is: Only You. We put God Himself in the middle in everything we are and do. Our homepage in under construction. Time approaches when we can make people know about our church. Centrál Women’s Circle began in October where Aniko gathers women who are or will be the pillars. 6 of us meet once a month for Bible study and fellowship in a downtown office (one lady is a director of an institute for disabled people who need 24 hours care). Centrál Men’s Circle begins tomorrow with 5 men.

Anikó has 5 more months to serve as a leader of the Hungarian Baptist Women’s Ministry. Last prayer day, last pastor wife’s weekend, last teen day, last women’s conference, etc.

Gyuri finished the 2. year of the pastor’s personal development training with 6 pastors. They learned so much of themselves, see their path clearer and became good friends.

Áron (25) is preparing for the ministry the Lord had called him. Part of this is his trip to the PASSION conference in Atlanta, George this December 31. with his younger brother Samuel. They will spend a good week together in Maine after the conference to clear their vision of the Hungarian conference that will happen a year later in Budapest. What a joy for us parents to see our sons serving God together! There is no more we could hope for!

Abigél(15) is learning a lot about herself in the high school. She is doing well but challenged in many areas. 

Samuel(23) does great in studying also as an RA leader. Builds his relationship with Audrey and they do very well in planning their wedding in September. We are very happy for them.

Natan(27) and Afroditi are enjoying their jobs, learning a lot about marriage and adult life.

We are so thankful for your prayers and support that makes us able to serve God!

We wish you a joyful MERRY CHRISTMAS!







Gyuri and Anikóz

From Hungary





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