David & Stefy Harlea – Romania

Sunday, November 22nd, 2020

Please click the link below to read the most recent update from David & Stefy Harlea.
And please pray for their ministry in rural Romania. 
God bless! 

Harlea Update

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

Laszlo & Katalin Nagy – Obarok, Hungary

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

Dear Friends,
having a school break this week, we are sending our Newsletter, please find it attached. 

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Sorry for the long time without sending updates on our life and ministries. It is always a privilege to share our life’s details with you, knowing there is a background while we are in the frontlines.  We appreciate your prayers and supports when the world and circumstances are changing dramatically. We trust only in the
LORD’s GUIDANCE. We need His Holy Spirit, His wisdom, grace and strenght to be able to shine. Please write about yourself how you are doing!

God Bless You
in His service: László and Katalin Nagy

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

Radek & Laura Kolarikovi – Kurim, Czech Republic

Monday, October 19th, 2020

To read the most recent update from Radek & Laura Kolarikovi, please click on the link below. 
Thank you! 

September 2020 UPDATE from Kolarikovi

Lojza & Maruska Klepacek Update

Friday, September 25th, 2020

Please click on the link below to read the latest update from Lojza Klepacek. Thank you! 

Lojza Klepacek Update

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

Vlada & Eliska Donat – BTS Czech Republic

Monday, July 20th, 2020

Dear friends,

WARNING: This will be long… but there is nothing I can do about it J If you just want to read one amazing testimony, scroll down to the picture of a lady with a doll.

Corona virus time has made a number of changes in many of our lives. From our limited, Czech/Pelhrimov perspective, we only gained. Yes, we could not go to Israel as a family (a first time trip we planned for a long time… and we lost the air ticket money on the top of that J), but when it comes to the important things, it has all been a blessing.

When it all started happening, we decided to meet via Skype, and people from all over the country started joining our daily online Bible studies, including a number of non-believers. 

We had to cancel our annual camps, but the Lord opened up the opportunity for a Summer Bible Conference that just ended two days ago, and it was unbelievable. If I just started writing everything… I would not be done by tomorrow, and I don’t want to bore you all to death J. Let me try to find a few details that will illustrate what we just experienced.

First, the Lord blessed your prayers and generous financial support, and our two year effort, and we were able to use our beautiful new building during the conference. We finished it less than a week before this event, and the new space is wonderful.

About 90 people attended. That is by far the largest number for our Bible conference. We had believers from 15 different churches and 8 different denominations. On the top of that, there were 7 non-believers who attended the whole conference and heard the Gospel daily. Why did they even come? Well, the only answer that comes to mind is: Holy Spirit.

Despite all this, there is yet another level to the whole conference that surpasses this for us. This was our first Bible conference where about 30 people from our church attended and served. They helped us in the kitchen, cleaning, singing and playing during worship times, they talked to and encouraged the visitors, and 8 of them shared their testimonies. I wish you could hear every single one of those testimonies. We should type them out and publish as a testimony to the greatness of our Lord. From a teacher to an IT specialist, musician to a banker, every single word was so powerful that the believers from other churches just sat there with their mouths open.

It is so hard to pick one, but let me tell you what Marjanka shared. Her 30 year old son came to Christ about two years ago, and she started coming to our church regularly about 8 months ago. Grew up Catholic, attended mass weekly, and now, after hours and hours with Milan and myself, she came to realize that her “catholic backpack” as she calls it, is full of unbiblical things, and contains the wrong view of salvation. When she went forward to share this testimony, she was very nervous, because 4 of the non-believers present at the conference were people who know her because they attended the same Catholic church. So she brought a large doll with a backpack and told the story of “little Marjanka”, instead of talking about herself. Friends, the words, the story as a whole, and the presentation were incredible. We all laughed, we cried, we all had to praise the Lord for what He is doing. And what this did for her Catholic friends, it created more and more questions… two of them asked me afterwards if our Sunday worship services are open to public J. (by the way, Marjanka will be baptized soon).

I have to stop myself here. There is so much more that could be said, but the two most important things are these. 1 – We Thank you and Praise you our wonderful Lord for doing your amazing work and for using even us. We are privileged to be a part of this incredible ride. 2 – Thank you all, brothers and sisters for your prayers, your encouragement, your financial help. We are all in this together, and this ministry is also your ministry.

Blessings,

 

Vlada and Eliska Donat
Pelhrimov, Czech republic

PS: more pictures and information will be posted in the closed facebook group. If you are not there, let us know, we will add you.

Pastor Iulian Vodislav – Noul Legamant Church in Lugoj, Romania

Monday, July 13th, 2020

Here’s a visual glimpse into the ministry of Iulian Vodislav. Thank you for supporting the ministry.