Community Partner since 1999.

Playtime in Romania

We have a new child, Emma, who I am so happy to meet after seeing pictures and hearing about her.  Unfortunately, she has a virus and is in isolation for a few days.  We’ve gone in to visit her but can’t pick her up or get too close.  Her legs are paralyzed and she has […]

Christmas Traditions in Romania

                  For Romanians Christmas is one of the most important holidays of the year and it is celebrated on the 25th of December. People need to prepare themselves for the celebration of Jesus’ birth by purifying their bodies and therefore, according to the Romanian Orthodox Church, they do […]

The Visit – and A Hope for the Future

“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.” – Peace Pilgrim Today we were surprised to see that one of the children’s mothers showed up to visit. It was clear from observation that this was an extremely emotional moment for both the son and mother. […]

A Mother’s Day Reflection

Barlad Children’s Hospital – Alina is a particularly remarkable child.  She is six years old and only weighs 19 lbs, but by some miracle she sees, hears, walks and talks.  She has a grin on her tiny face and her feet are always dancing.  Such an extraordinary little girl. Of course, none of these children understand […]

The Same Moon

“No matter what our differences are, we all look at the same moon.”  We are preparing ourselves to leave. That does not mean to pack clothes. It means we are packing memories. We may be discarding ideas or preconceptions we brought with us. But, we leave parts of ourselves with the children, Barlad, our new […]

Real Progress Delights and Surprises Us

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” -Ambrose Redmoon Today started out with the nice relaxation we all needed: We watched the Aristocats and Cars (In Romanian, of course!) with all the kiddos. We enjoyed watching Liviu and Delia reacting with such surprise […]

Where Would They Be?”

“No matter what our differences are, we all look at the same moon.” – Anonymous Today, we met with Dan before our first day of volunteering at the Children’s Hospital. Carolyn, Tabatha, Justin and I were anxious to begin our day and meet the children. Dan showed us around and we left our belongings and […]

No Good-Byes, Just See You Again!

Message of the day: “The greatest commandment no matter whom one serves is to love one another.” –  One night with the king It’s hard to believe that this is my last time writing in this journal about this incredible adventure that I have been on. I remember getting off the plane and wondering about […]

Romania: Home Away From Home!

Message of the day: “Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less”.  – C S Lewis Where do I begin other than to say time is going so fast and it’s hard to believe that this is our final week here. That thought is so sad to us – and well, […]

Let us Learn about Life!

Message of the day “Every day God gives us the sun- and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything.”  – Phillip Cole Today was Romania’s National Love Day and the start of our second and final week of service.  The sadness that this extraordinary adventure would soon come to an end […]