David & Stefy Harlea – Romania

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Monday, May 20th, 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

May, 2019

Dear Friends,

Many things have been going on this past month. The children and teenagers were off school for a couple of weeks. We took the seven younger children to Timisoara for the day. We all had so much fun. We started out at the children’s park where everyone played on the equipment there and rented special bikes to ride. Then we took a boat ride down the Bega river which is right by the park. Some of the children had not been on a boat before so that was an adventure for them. We then walked to the center and saw the beautiful decorations and booths before we headed to the mall. After they ate at the mall, all of them played in the play area for an hour and a half. Even after that, they still had energy. So, we stopped for ice cream in the center again before coming home. It was a quiet ride home as most of them were asleep.

Another day of vacation, we took a few of the boys to the last volleyball game in Lugoj. Our team won so that was fun. One Saturday, we had a cook-out at the orphanage. Whenever food is involved, our children and teenagers enjoy themselves. We also made food baskets for our widows. It is always such a joy to see the gratitude on their faces as we hand them the food. It helps to make their life a little easier which is rewarding for us.

This past weekend our special friend, Pastor Gaylon, came. He brought us four suitcases full of medicine for our medical clinic. The medicine is such a blessing for our village and for us. It helps us financially since we don’t have to buy the medicine here. Plus, the quality and quantity are much better in the USA. Besides bringing the medicine, Pastor Gaylon is such an encouragement to us. It is so refreshing to spend time with him sharing about many different things. He has been with us from the beginning of Beraca. That means a lot. Another orphanage from Timisoara which has only boys came to visit for a few hours this weekend, too. Our boys had a great time playing soccer with them, roller blading and bike riding. We cooked out for them as well.

We wanted to share that Mihaela, our oldest girl who turned 18, is branching out on her own now and will no longer be with Beraca. We are still paying for her to stay in the dorm until she finishes school. Then she has the opportunity to go to Italy and work for the summer. When she comes back, she will continue with school for the next year. She is excited about this new opportunity. She is in Lugoj, so we are close by to help if she needs something.

It is exciting for us how God continues to provide each month for our financial needs through all of you. Thank you for being so faithful with your gifts and your prayers. We truly are blessed by them.

 

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, May 15th, 2019

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

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Laszlo & Katalin Nagy – Obarok, Hungary

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

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!

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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!  

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