Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Friday, May 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

May, 2020

Dear Friends,

We pray this finds all of you safe and healthy during these uncertain times. The children, teenagers, workers and Ruben and our girls are all healthy and adjusting to the new lifestyle. The schools will not be opening for the rest of this school year. The teachers are finishing up the classwork through zoom and other online methods. That has been a challenge for Ruben as we have children in 10 different grades. It takes both laptops and sometimes his phone to keep everyone in class online. The schools will still hold the year-end exams for the eighth and twelfth grades. These exams determine what high school the eighth graders will be in and if the twelfth graders can go on to college. So, they are very important. Manu will finish eighth grade and Bogdan will finish twelfth grade. They have been doing extra work to prepare for the exams.

We have put in a garden at the farm this year. We haven’t done one for a few years. Everyone helped and had fun doing it. The younger children like to go to the farm every day now and water the garden. They then stay for a couple of hours and play. There are many places to go for hikes around our village. So, Ruben has taken everyone on several hikes. They even found a small waterfall on one of their excursions. The children and teenagers always seem to find things to keep them busy. Besides school, they have a basketball court, a soccer field, and a rollerskating park in their backyard as well as a playground with swings, a slide, a sandbox and a playhouse. For them, the stay at home order hasn’t been very difficult except for missing their friends at school.

The older boys have been helping to fix the walls and to paint their rooms and the younger boys’ rooms. Every few years they need a fresh look. It has been a good project to do since everyone has to stay home. We are also going to replace the floors with new laminated flooring. The existing floors are very worn.  

Every week, we buy food for the people of the food bank. Then we divide it up into bags and deliver the bags to the people who regularly come to our food bank. They are so appreciative of the food. They really need the help. We have also received two shipments of food items from Lidl in the last couple of weeks which has been a blessing. God is an amazing provider for us.

We are so thankful for God’s watchful care of our work in Romania. Things are going well. We are thankful for all of you who continue to support our work through your finances and your prayers. May we all keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

 

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

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Tuesday, April 14th, 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

April, 2020

Happy Easter!

As we celebrate Easter in a different way this year, we are still focusing on the fact that Jesus is alive. He conquered sin and death for all of us. He is our hope and salvation. With Jesus, we will all go through this time and be victors at the end.

We wanted to give you an update on what is going on in Romania. The government has issued a stay at home policy until May 15. Therefore, the schools will be closed at least until then. The Minister of Education is working on plans so everyone can finish this school year. People are allowed to leave their homes only if they have a paper stating where they are going and their purpose. The police and army have been out checking on people. A limited amount of people are allowed in the stores and banks at one time. So, Ruben is the only one who goes out and gets things that are needed. There are cases of the virus in Lugoj, which is the town where we do our shopping, banking and etc. But, there are no cases in our village of Jdioara.

At Christmas time, we were blessed with more food than we have ever received before. We thought that it was going to take months for us to eat everything. But this was the perfect year for it to come. During this time when access to food and things is limited, we have an abundance at the orphanage. God knew ahead of time and took great care of us. We have been able to give food to our widows and some people in our village. We also got a shipment from Lidl with extra food and puzzles and games and things. We made up bags for our food bank people who are struggling now. The puzzles and games kept our kids and teenagers busy for several days   It is so neat to watch how God provides.

We delivered firewood to several of our widows this month. They were thankful for it. We want to thank the church who provided the money for us to do this. You are a blessing. Our farm is looking good now that the teenagers have been off of school for so long. They go each morning with Dani, Ruben’s brother, and Ruben to clean branches and things and to fix the fences. They have a great appetite for lunch afterwards. Everyone also does about one hour of school work a day. Most of the teachers have sent assignments for them to do. They play a lot of soccer and basketball, too. They seem to always find things to do. It is good to see them all playing together.

We had plans for Ruben, Bianca and Marta to come and visit Karen in America but unfortunately those were canceled. We will be celebrating Easter separately and even on different weekends as the Romanian Easter is a week later. Karen is getting stronger each day. Please pray for all of us as this has been a trying time being separated for so long.

Thank you so much for all of you who faithfully support our ministry through financial gifts and prayers. They keep the work going in Romania. We pray God’s protection over all of you during this time and always. God is on the throne and in control.

 

With our love,
Ruben, Karen and Bianca

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

Gyuri & Aniko Varga – Erd, Hungary

Monday, April 13th, 2020

Dear Friends,

We are living in unusual times. None of us thought we would live in strong restrictions for months. We have to reevaluate our purposes, priorities, duties. We have to do our work, studying, ministry, family life, relationships in a different way.

In all of these we are thankful that we have food to eat, a house to live in, we are healthy, we still can carry out our calling and so far, we have not suffered financially, which is not true for some of our friends already.

We are thankful that Gyuri can study on his masters. He finished the first semester with very nice grades and some valuable appreciation from two of his professors. This semester is harder without classes. He himself has to study from books for his exams. It is a great joy to see him apply most of the things already in his sermons and personal counselling.

This new situation blew away Aniko’s main project, the national women’s conference in May. Everything was set up, we found a very nice place (university hall), had a very good teacher. And now it is gone. Now she is working on putting ministry ideas on internet for ministry leaders and pastor’s wives and updating database for future women’s coordinator while building relationships on the phone.

Our son Áron planned a youth camp in August for several churches’ youth group which he had to cancel. His other project – conference for 18-25 years olds in February 2021 is going slow due to not being able to meet people personally and finding like-minded ones.

Abigél has online English classes and all other teachers give so much work that she studies 7-8 hours a day. We are proud of her motivation and endurance, we try to help in her effectiveness. We are glad her digesting system has no problem since she is home. She enjoys being home but misses fun time in school.

We are thankful that we have a lot of fun being together more as a family, watching movies, playing games, sharing in ministry responsibilities. Gyuri’s video filming takes place in our living room. Áron and Abigél set the stage, lights, Bible verses on TV, filming with moving phone (on longboard on our dining table). Áron prepares the video film for the internet. You can check it out on YouTube: Centrál Budapest. It has been available for a week and more people watched it than we expected. We pray that when we can open our doors again many interested people would come and visit our church personally too.

We are thankful for your support and prayers in these strange times. We wish you a joyful EASTER celebration in the midst of restrictions. We pray the Lord’s protection and special provision for all of you in your everyday needs.

HAPPY EASTER!

Much love from Gyuri, Anikó, Áron and Abigél

Ps. Nátán and Afroditi still goes to work in Budapest. Samuel is working on his Thesis and exams in Maine and is hoping to begin work in June and getting married in September. 

 

Laszlo & Katalin Nagy – Obarok, Hungary

Monday, April 13th, 2020

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