Beni Indru & Efrata Church in Lugoj, Romania

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ,
We want peace and grace to be multiplied in your home and the work of your hands.  It’s been a while since I haven’t written anything to you.  We would like you to know that the work of the Lord is moving forward and they are confident that after this pandemic it will go even better.  We are involved in spiritual activities in the Efrata Church and the church in Criciova where I have been supporting the ministry there for 2 years.  We will see what the Lord has in plan in this direction.  We are also involved in relief work, continuing to help widows with wood and food.  We take care of a new work with the children we bring over our house and study with them. During this period we want to support some families with wood, because this year the legislation has changed, regarding the cutting of forests and the price will increase.  We want to be able to take as much wood as we can and then sharing.  We do not know if we will be able to help in this regard next winter, but because this February is even more relaxed, we want to carry out this project.  If the Lord puts you in the heart to be a part of one of these projects, he asks you to join us.  We wish you health, peace and prosperity in all!

Thank you very much,
Beni

Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

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, 2021

Dear Friends,

As we are writing this newsletter, the temperature has dropped drastically, and it is snowing very heavily. During the break between semesters, we went with the children and teenagers to the mountains for sledding and skiing. Unfortunately, we picked the wrong day to go. When we arrived, it was snowing/sleeting. The wind was blowing very hard. Manu skied for a short time and the children sledded. But, we did not stay long. It was disappointing for everyone. They did get to go sledding for a few days in our village. It is so nice to have the sledding hill right by the orphanage.

Second semester started this week. Some of the children are going in person and some are at home. This may change next week as more may be going in person. Ramona, one of our staff, does a great job making sure that everyone does their homework. She also does extra work with the children, so no one falls behind. We are so thankful for her.

The food bank continues to serve 20-30 families a week. We are still buying most of the food that we give away. We have been given a few donations from an organization in Timisoara which helps a lot. The people are thankful for the food and clothes. It is a joy for us to be able to bless them.

Last weekend we went to see a waterfall and visit a park in a nearby village. The waterfall was especially beautiful because of so much water that was entering into it from the mountain. The park had a small zipline that the children loved. There were also life-size animals that you could climb up on. Everyone had a good time sitting on them and taking lots of pictures. It was a beautiful day outside. We were glad that we took advantage of it.

Karen is going to the USA on February 19 for her six-month control after her surgeries. She will be returning on March 15. She must have a negative COVID-19 test to be able to enter the USA. This test will be on February 17. Please pray for her test, travels and easy entry through the different country’s borders she will go through. Also, please pray for her tests in America that everything is clear and that the results are negative. Your prayers are so important to us.

Thank you for your prayers for our work in Romania, too. They are felt here. And, thank you for your financial gifts. They allow us to continue doing God’s work in Romania. May God bless you in many 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

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

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, 2021

Happy New Year!

We brought in the new year with our own party at the orphanage. First, everyone got to make their own personal pizza, putting whatever toppings on it they wanted. They turned out very delicious. Then, we had snacks and a couple of movies. At midnight, we went outside to watch the fireworks being shot off all around us. After that, everyone was so full and tired that we called it a night.

We had planned to go to Pesac to take the children there presents again this year. Unfortunately, the group from Germany could not come because of COVID-19 restrictions. So, we were not quite sure how we were going to come up with 170 presents. But God came through in an amazing way, with half of them coming from a Romanian group that wanted to help. Some churches made gifts and we received some shoebox Christmas gifts, too. We ended up with extras which was a good thing because there were 200 children there to receive gifts. It had been a long time since we had seen some of them. It was wonderful to see the smile on their faces. God is always so faithful.

Christmas was a little quieter this year. Since we could not go caroling, we went to visit our American friends and sang carols to them. Of course, we stayed for food, our teenagers’ favorite part. The village did have the “pitarai” which is basically singing from house to house for candy. Our children came home with overflowing bags. They still are eating candy from Christmas. On Christmas Day, we had a meal with the workers and all of us. Afterwards, we played a game with switching and trading presents. It was a lot of fun. And everyone ended up with the present that they wanted. The day after Christmas, we were invited to a friend in Timisoara. He and his wife made the best hamburgers and fries for everyone. They also had a present for each of the children and teenagers. We played games with them for a while. It was a fun evening. Finally, after church on Sunday, we went to the mall to see the decorations. They were beautiful. The next two weeks were school vacation.

School is still online, with three weeks left in the first semester. Please pray for the children that they can concentrate and finish well. We want to thank you for all your prayers and financial giving. They are greatly appreciated. We pray you all have a wonderful year.

With our love,
Ruben, Karen and Bianca

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

Jacob & Rodica Logos – Crivina, Romania

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, 

We wanted to write you a short letter to tell you that my family and the churches that we serve are well.  Even though we are in a pandemic, we thank God that He protected us and we didn’t have any losses.  Also, we rejoice that on May 17, 2020, we had three people baptized in the church of Nadrag.  

We would like to know how you, your family and the churches are doing.  I want to thank you with all of my heart for the support you personally sent us in 2020 and for the support that other people gave us through the Philippian Fellowship.  May God bless you all.  We also pray for all of you.  

We thank you for your prayers.  They have been a blessing for us.  I pray God blesses you in the year 2021.  And if it is God’s will, we will see you in Romania. 

We greet you with I Thess.  5:23,24.

God bless you, Jacob and Rodica

Lucian & Carmen Bordea — Romania

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

Greetings from me and the churches on the mission.  Thank you for your continued support in prayer and financial support.  I try to show you the state of the churches (Florica and Valea Argovei) and how things have gone in recent months.  In Florica the activities of the church are: the children’s club which was more restricted due to the restrictions, the group of teenagers had regular meetings, the fact that a teenager attends the preparation course for baptism and others are determined in the decision to be baptized.  In the church a young family recently returned, we were happy with their decision.  There are unsaved people in the family in the church who attend the meeting regularly, we are waiting for decisions and choices to follow Jesus.  We have regular meetings on Sundays and during the week we have evenings of prayer and Bible study.  We keep in touch with those who visit the church through visits and the presentation of the gospel at home, we pray for them to be enlightened by the holy scriptures. We help and support families in need.  I would like to inform you of the case of a person from the church who has serious heart health problems, please support him and his family in prayers.  In Valea Argovei there will also be three people to do the preparation course for baptism, we are happy for their choice.  There are people who attend church meetings, we keep in touch with them through home visits. This year we want to preach the gospel in neighboring cities.  Valea Argovei is a connection point for the surrounding villages with a meeting location than in Valea Argovei.  My desire for this year is to be as effective and involved as possible in presenting the gospel and expanding the kingdom of God.  Thank you for your direct and personal involvement.  Be blessed!!

Lojza & Maruska Klepacek – Kurim, Czech Republic

Monday, January 4th, 2021

Please click the link below to read the most recent ministry update from Lojza Klepacek. 
We pray God will use it as an encouragement to you. Thank you for your time!

Lojza & Maruska Klepacek Update

Beni Indru & Efrata Church in Lugoj, Romania

Monday, December 28th, 2020

Greetings from Efrata Church!

God will bless you wonderfully.  He’ll be with you in all you do, and keep you from all evil and disaster, as the year goes to an end. Wonderful December and a blessed Christmas! 

Thank you for loving us in such amazing way. You blessed us and we blessed others. Praying for you!

Many blessings,
Beni&Gratiela

 

 

Vlada & Eliska Donat – BTS Czech Republic

Monday, December 28th, 2020
Dear friends in Christ,
 
What a joy it is to remember the birth of Christ. God becoming man, Creator coming down to the level of His creation, the Lord becoming a servant. And all that just for you and me!
 
These past months have been different, to say the least. Due to the current situation, we were pushed to learn more about technology, learn more about teaching kids at home, but most of all, learning more about who we are and who Christ is to us despite the situation. Knowing the Creator and Savior can give you peace even during the most difficult time. 
 
We are so grateful to the Lord for all of you – your prayers, your encouragement, sometimes brief and sometimes long personal emails or calls letting us know what is happening in your lives. It is a privilege to have such wonderful friends, ministry partners, and generous supporters. 
 
May the Lord bless you all during the Christmas season and in the new year 2021.
 
Your Czech crew:

Vlada, Eliska, Sara, Ester, and David Donat

Florin (Csika) & Ana Tamas – Fundulea, Romania

Monday, December 28th, 2020

Who would have thought what 2020 year would bring? We had so many resolutions in mind at the end of 2019, and never ever crossed our minds the thought of covid 19 pandemic. A year of confusion ,fear and separation ! All of us had to learn how to live with this worldwide pandemic! We’ve learned how to work , minister , hold church program, travel and even how to shop during this medical crisis. 

Here in Romania the school is closed and most of the kids on the country side stopped their education. In the cities things are a bit more organized and classes are held online but even so everyone is complaining and say it is hard to learn how to adopt to this new “normal” education. Who would have thought we would celebrate Easter in 2020 separated or having our communion online? The “normal” we used to know is not the”normal” anymore! Even going to the doctor is not as we used to know! 

Our youngest had an inguinal hernia and when first went for the check at the emergency room, they send us home without even check on him because of Covid 19, I know it is ridicules! ( after the surgery the doctor said that his hernia was very big and was an emergency)! But again God proved that He was the One in control and opened another door at a different hospital ! Everything went perfect and he is in a very good condition! Unfortunately many people died from different medical problems because they cannot be treated in the hospital! Apparently only if you have symptoms of covid19 you are an emergency, the rest like any other diseases are not a priority! But even though things went out of control, humanly speaking, God was and still is in control! AMIN! Even though people around us are living in fear we can spread the peace of God ! The governors put us in isolation but God meant it for family to grow closer and He is looking for someone among us who would build up the wall and stand before Him in the gap on behalf of the land ! Is it our family that “someone”? So many challenges but also so many blessing! Blessed to live in times with internet and being able to preach and share the gospel via Facebook ( when isolated)! For God’s protection over our families and church! Even though we experienced covid19 ( our family but also church members) everyone of us came out ok and still alive J! 

The miracle of moving into our first home in this hard times! Hosting bible study group with the ladies from our church is Ana’s dream came true! She loves being a hostJand the ladies enjoy it! So blessed for you to stay faithful to God and continue to help us through your prayers but also with your financials! To be honest we did not know what to expect from this year and knew that it will be a hard year for each of you but once again God showed us that it was not hard for Him and He would remain faithful ! 

We don’t know what 2021 holds for us but we know that our lives are in the hands of our Creator! Let us build the wall and stay before Him in the gap for our world! Even though traveling and moving around it is more strict nobody can put restrictions on our personal intercession before God for the lost neighbor, relative or friend! Have a blessed Christmas and a fruitful New Year!

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”Isaiah 9:6 

 

With Love, Florin, Ana, Abel, Andrei, Alex, Flavia & Aaron Fabian Tamas

Gyuri & Aniko Varga – Erd, Hungary

Monday, December 28th, 2020

Dear Friends,

Oh, what a year we all had! An unexpected virus turned our world and our lives upside down. Nothing went the way it used to.

CHURCH – We went online in March. First we recorded Gyuri’s preaching and talked about it in ZOOM Sunday afternoon, then it was so good to personally meet outside in the summer time. In the fall we changed to ZOOM live worship service. We did not really know how our church can grow when we can not invite people to a place to worship together. We are so thankful to God for there are 5 individuals and a family joined us on ZOOM in the last 6 weeks. The Lord is working even in the pandemic. But church is certainly different than it used to be.

PTI – Pastor’s Training Institute. Spring time Gyuri did the first 5 days training with 7 pastors online. It worked better than he expected. In just 2 days, they developed a very honest personal atmosphere. Downstairs we could hear Gyuri laughing in his office room during their Zoom meetings. One 9 years old pastor’s kid said to her dad: “Daddy, it is much better for you. I study hard all day and you just have a fun time with your friends.” In August we were able to go away with the pastor couples for 5 days. Gyuri led the program that focused on marriage and family life, and we met every couple personally in the afternoons. It was life changing for them. (There was one couple – our age – who had never been to a hotel before.) We got so tired (8 am – 10 pm/ 5 days) Gyuri did not have the strength to pack up the family to go away for 5 days. He stayed home and Aniko took Áron and Abigél for a short holiday.

In November the same 7 pastors continued the program online. We are so thankful to God that we can have an impact on these pastors’ life and ministry! (20 in 3 years) It is an awesome privilege!

SCHOOL – Gyuri finished last semester with all A-s in the master’s program! This fall he could not join in the online classes because of our house construction. 2 weeks ago, he decided to skip this year and continue next fall. We are happy that because of COVID it is now possible without consequences.

KIDS – For Áron this year was very difficult. All his plans to do ministry were crushed by the virus. He had to cancel a youth camp and a young adult conference. He had been preparing for years and then nothing could be done. He got discouraged. Please pray for him!

In August we had to change school for Abigél because of her health problems due to coping with high expectation. She goes to Veritas Collegiate Academy Budapest, a newly founded Christian school. She studies everything in English except Hungarian Grammar and Literature. This school is accredited in the USA and in Hungary also. They will have two diplomas at the end. Theirs is the first and only class so far with 9 teens (3 are believers, 6 are not). Her personality came out much lively, her confidence grew. She is the student president. (We often tease her with this.) School is more fun for her than it is used to be. We are very happy for her. We feel this is going to be a ministry opportunity for us in the future.

WEDDING – September 20th was the big day for Samuel and Audrey. All summer we were preparing to go and celebrate with them. We did everything we could but we were not granted permission to travel into the country. In two weeks, we had to come up with another solution “to be together on the big day”. We are thankful that we were able to see and hear each other during the ceremony. Gyuri was preaching and led them through the exchange of their vows via internet. We were crying when we saw the pictures of what we had missed but very happy for the newly weds.

COVID changed everything but helped us slow down a little and evaluate what is really important, needs to be said or done.

Prices were raised because of COVID. Our house construction cost 50% more (we could not finish), all our financial recourses are gone. Gyuri’s teaching ministry – that provided some more income – was suffering this year. Abigél’s school is a new financial challenge. Online church is very convenient, but many don’t give to the church only enjoy the benefits. We need a significant raise in our monthly income. Please let us know if you know anybody or any church interested in supporting us.

WE WISH YOU A JOYFUL AND PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS AND MANY BLESSINGS IN 2021!!!

With love: Gyuri and Anikó from Budapest and Érd, in Hungary