Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Wednesday, October 16th, 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

October, 2019

Dear Friends,

We have been taking advantage of the beautiful fall weather with cookouts and bicycle rides. One Sunday afternoon, we took all the children and teenagers for a two-hour bike ride. The younger ones were amazing. They kept up with everyone. They would see a hill and say that they couldn’t do it. But we would ride beside them and encourage them. Before they knew it, they were at the top. This is a life lesson, too. We shouldn’t focus on the hills/problems before us but keep going step by step. With others’ encouragement, we become overcomers and make it to the top of the hill.

We received another shipment of food and clothes from Lidl Discount supermarket. Each donation helps to supplement the cost of food that we need to buy every week for the food bank. And what is amazing, some of the food given to us is very expensive. No one would be able to purchase it. And the needy people are getting it free. God is so good. The new place is working out well. It is big enough to have the shelves with food as well as tables for clothes. We have had some new people come. One father came who has 15 children. He was thankful for the help. Another girl was in her late twenties and already had 8 children.  Another lady had just lost her job and needed help until she could find another job. Seeing the joy and thankfulness on these faces brings joy to us as well.

We took everyone to church in Timisoara this month. A man was there who leads worship and worship seminars all over Romania. He led us in some worship songs. The anointing of God was so strong. The music touched our teenagers, too. When we were leaving, someone gave us some money to spend on the children. That week we weren’t going to have a cook on Friday. So, we used the money to buy pizza for everyone. It was delicious. Again, God provided for our needs.

School is going fine. It keeps everyone busy most of the week. The children and teenagers look forward to a break on Saturday and Sunday. Please continue to lift all the children and teenagers in prayer as they are in school. They face a lot of challenges. Our prayer for them is that they will all be overcomers.

We really do appreciate and thank you for your prayers and financial gifts. They continue to keep God’s ministry going here in Romania. May you all enjoy this fall.

Again, we want to say thank you for all your prayers and finances. They encourage us and keep us going. With God as our source, we can continue in peace, knowing it is His work and He is in control.

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

Pastor Iulian Vodislav – Noul Legamant Church in Lugoj, Romania

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Below you’ll find a collection of recent images from Pastor Iulian’s ministry in Romania.

As you look thru them and get a glimpse of the ministry, please remember to pray for Iulian and the ministry.

David & Stefy Harlea – Romania

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Monday, September 23rd, 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

September, 2019

Dear Friends,

We arrived safely back in Romania. God blessed us in a special way on our trip. We didn’t have our seats assigned before we got to the airport. They gave us random ones in Springfield. They told us the flights were full. When we boarded the plane in Chicago to go to Frankfurt (an 8-hour flight), every seat was taken. When we finally found our seats, Karen was so excited. The seats were on the front row with lots of leg room! Amazing. Plus, one of the movie selections was “Breakthrough”, a great Christian film. God is always full of surprises.

Another example of God’s faithfulness happened with the clothes that our children and teenagers needed for school. A church from the USA had sent clothes for everyone to start school with. But the boxes hadn’t come yet. They arrived the weekend before school was going to start. So, everyone could go to school with a new outfit. We want to thank all of you who sent the clothes. They were great. School finally started this week. We will have lots of meetings to go to as we have children and teenagers in every grade except for seventh and ninth grade. Please pray for our children that they have a good school year.

We went to visit the children in Pesac. We had backpacks to give them to start school with. They were so excited to see us. It is always fun to bless them and see the smiles on their faces. Education is one tool that can help them to better their lives. We encourage them to stay in school for as long as they can. We tell our children the same thing. Some of them are beginning to see it.

We have found a more permanent place for the food bank. The rooms are bigger. It is free for us to use. God is good. It needs some work done to it, but we can at least start there for now. We plan to move by the end of this month. We still have a crowd every Wednesday when we open the doors. We are thankful that we can help meet this need.

 Again, we want to say thank you for all your prayers and finances. They encourage us and keep us going. With God as our source, we can continue in peace, knowing it is His work and He is in control.

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

Beni Indru & Efrata Church in Lugoj, Romania

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Dear Brothers and sisters,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support for this year of 2019. It is a great privilege to serve God in Romania with my family. 

Our mission is to pastor Efrata Baptist Church to preach the Gospel, to help men, women and children who are living in extreme poverty in our area. 

We thank all who make these special donations throughout the year. Today, you can now see just how much impact it truly makes. 

I want to share a few pictures with our activities in the last months:

•Since April 2019, I am responsible with the youth ministry in our Baptist Association. I am responsible for the youth in 160 churches.
•The new Board of our Association for the next 4 years. 
• I was responsible for this first youth meeting in Lugoj at Grace Baptist Church.
• Baptism at Efrata
• Ladies meeting from our church. 
• VBS with over 190 children in the last day! June 2019
• Women’s Conference – July 209, 288 ladies attended. 
• Baby da dedication August 2019
• Youth camps

Since August 2019, I started to pastor the second church. Our church will be responsible for a baptist church from Criciova (first village on the way to orphanage from Jdioara).

I will be their pastor until they will have a new pastor.

Thank you for all your support.
Blessings, Gratiela & Beni

Florin (Csika) & Ana Tamas – Fundulea, Romania

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Hello my dear friend,

“For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish ” Jeremiah 31:25

My soul finds rest in the promises of our Lord! Isn’t that great  that God’s presence saturate the needs of our souls? In Him alone we find the peace that passes understanding and the strength to do His will. 

Can you believe that summer is almost gone? We had the privilege to serve In 4 camps this summer ( 3 kids camp and one with teenagers). Here camps are maybe a little different than what you do! We have Unsaved kids from unsaved families and most of them uneducated. As the old song says we are more of a sermon in shoes, doing our best to love them in the best way, teach them the word of God and play as much as we can with the kids! Our prayer is that God reveals Himself to the kids, that the kids will remember the Christian way of living they’ve seen in us and will desire the same for themselves. To hate the sinful living they see in their families and to desire God!

Teenagers camp is a little more different. Most of them are from our church but as we all know this season of their life can be very challenging. My encouragement for them, as I spoke every evening was that we find ourselves in a spiritual war, and we are soldiers that need to train every day in becoming more like our Lord Jesus. One lesson that I love the most was about remembering God’s promises, but first of all this implies to know them, to have them memorized. I know it’s a struggle and a challenge, but it’s part of our training and a great road to success in our daily walk.

Our family is doing well, baby Flavian is getting so big already! Abel got to go for a week in Greece for a Bible competition! We are very pleased with his hard work and praise God for the mind is given to him. Alex will be first grade this year and I hope he is still excited about it 🙂 ! Unfortunately we will start the homeschool year a month later, as the new home is not ready to move in! This is a very important issue for us so could you please pray with us for this issue? We still need to work on the heating system, cesspool, the entrance doors, etc. But as I said in the beginning of this letter our souls rest on his promises and one of His promises is that will take care of our needs as long as we stay in His will.

Thank you all for your donations and support in prayer, and the short notes that we receive from you. May the Lord richly bless you and provide for all your needs. 

We love and appreciate you so much!!!

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.

Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Tuesday, August 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

August, 2019

Dear Friends,

This summer has been extremely hot in Romania. Our children have been swimming almost every day. Since we don’t have air conditioning anywhere to cool off, the river is the best place. The older children have cleared an area on one of the banks of the river and made it look like a beach. They bring down towels and umbrellas and stay all afternoon. We were given several rafts and a big unicorn that they love to float on. So, the days go by rather quickly.

We had a busy couple of weeks with a group who came from Illinois. Some of the group has been so faithful to come year after year to bless not only our children but the children of Pesac and many others, including us. Thank you so much for your sacrifices. We weren’t able to rent a camp to take the children of Pesac to so we did a day camp for two days instead. We went to a park in a nearby town. We played games and did some crafts and singing. The part they loved the most was pizza for lunch. Wow, could they eat pizza. It was fun to watch. Since we were about two and a half hours away, we took all of our children and teenagers with us and stayed all night in Timisoara. We were right across the street from the mall. After serving others all day, we treated our children to a night at the mall. Everyone had a great time.

Another fun day we had with the group was going to the waterpark. With so many smaller children, we needed everyone’s help to keep track of them. There were several slides which we all went up and down many times. Once again, it was really hot so the water felt great. We did another cook-out for the village. This time we had a lot more children. We had games and crafts for them. We also cooked 200 little chicken legs plus hot dogs. Everything was gone in a very short time.

With everyone’s help, we finished cleaning out the attic. We had accumulated a lot of things in the garage, too. So, the extra beds and furniture we had, we gave to another ministry which does camps for children. They were so excited. Then, we had a garage sale with the rest of the things. We sold almost everything but the skis. We weren’t surprised since it was almost 100 degrees that day. Snow was the last thing on people’s minds.

Our children and teenagers still have almost a month left of vacation. Everyone is thankful for that. We are thankful for each of you who pray for us. Prayer is so vital to our ministry. Also, thank you for your financial gifts which are so important. Enjoy the rest of your summer.

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

Gyuri & Aniko Varga – Erd, Hungary

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

Dear Friends,

We would like to give you some update of our life and ministry.

After Easter we went on a special trip to the US. Our nephew got married in California after keeping a long-distance relationship for 2 and a half years. It was a special treat to be together for 2 weeks and share in unique experiences. We got to know wonderful people who were hosting strangers (us) and a beautiful family who took on our nephew and embraced him with genuine love. We are thankful for all of them.

After the wedding we flew to Maine to visit with our son Samuel, his new fiancé, her family and our dear friends from our partner church. Gyuri had the privilege to preach on Sunday on how we confess our sins and still cling to them, instead of denying them and not allowing ourselves to do it again. This is how we grow. Sometime later a man in the church told Samuel to tell his father that his teaching changed his life. The Lord is working! It is an awesome privilege to be a part of it.

We had an unspeakable time getting to know the Hoving family (Samuel’s fiancé). We shared stories of coming to know the Lord, moving, adopting children, changing ministry location and focus following His leading. We shared joys and tears. We bounded in love. We are thankful for them and the Lord for raising up Audrey to become a beautiful, spiritual, mature young lady, a suitable helpmate for our son. Wow!!! 5 days after we came home they arrived to Hungary to spend 2 weeks here with us. It was awesome! This was Samuel’s last visit to home as our family member.

May 18 Aniko’s ministry team conducted the annual Baptist Women Conference in Budapest. With full house (over 600) we had a wonderful day of worship, teachings, building identity. 2 pastor couples were teaching (one was us) on how faith works. Our team was working together very well. I’m so thankful for them. Our daughter, Abigel helped us all day.  

Finally we gave a name to our church: CENTRÁL BUDAPEST. It means to put something in the middle, to the focus.

Our motto is: only You (I King 8:60).

Now we are ready to build our PR. We just reached the point where we understand what this new church is all about. Why the Lord wanted another Baptist church in Budapest (there are 27). We feel like now we are ready to roll. A year went by but we needed that time to clarify our vision and to see who stands with us. Now new people are coming every week. Please pray for musicians to arrive to have live worship music! We are good in teaching. The right hand of the Financial Minister comes to our church (he is a catholic man) and he said Sunday afternoons were the highlight of his week. We would like to see more people like him. He is a great encouragement to Gyuri!

Next Monday (August 12) we take 7 pastor couples away for 6 days. This is part of the pastors’ training Gyuri leads. We’ll monitor their marriage and family life together. Please pray that they would be open and honest and ready to grow in this area of their life also. 2 pastors are leaving ministry right now for family reasons! Gyuri trains 7 mentors who help their fellow pastors in the program.

We both had family reunions in May and August. We have several non-Christians in both families who were deeply touched by our testimonies. Please pray especially for Aniko’s brother (59) who is becoming more and more open to God (used to be a hardcore atheist)!

Abigel (15) experienced what it means to serve God and others in an intense situation for the first time. She went to a camp for foster kids (most of them gipsy) and disabled children to translate between Americans and the kids for 6 days. She did very well, got exhausted, got some marriage offers (from gipsy boys), but was overwhelmed by how God was using her and the others to bring 13 kids to His kingdom. We are thankful to God and very proud of her!

Thank you for your love, prayers and support!

Serving the Lord together,

Gyuri and Aniko Varga in Budapest, Hungary

Laszlo & Katalin Nagy – Obarok, Hungary

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

Dear Friends,

we really appreciate your prayers!  We need heavenly strenght and help.
We can especially realize and feel God’s grace on our family and ministries!
We are late with news but we had a very busy month in July,too. Katalin was asked for a new (full time)  job at a secondary school in Bicske, and they asked her for being in their camp,too (2 weeks after a camp with her former school). And we received a boy for staying one year, a football team mate of Gedeon ,because they don’t have place at dormitory. So last week was the first with him, we tried to prepare a part of room for him. Please pray for him, too. His name is ZSOMBOR.
God Bless Your Lives and Ministries aboundantly!
Laszlo and Katalin Nagy


Here’s the link to the current newsletter. Thank you for reading!

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Mirek & Olinka Klepacek – Cerna Horna, Czech Republic

Friday, July 19th, 2019

Dear Friends and ministry partners, 

In attachment is short prayer letter from our family. 
thank You and may Lord bless You. 
In Christ and by His grace 

Mirek, Olinka, Eunika and Joel Klepacek 

June Prayer Letter 2019