Hulubesti

I am very attached to this ministry. I don’t know why, maybe it’s because of the children or maybe because of the family who ministries there. I do not know, but I just love to go there and to be involved, the way I can.

Last Tuesday a Christian ministry went to Hulubesti and offered to take all the kids to a summer camp. It’s a blessing to know they have this desire to help the kids. Last year we only could afford sending 7 of them in a camp. This year we’re praying for the money and anything else the children might need to go in a real vacation. For most, might be their first. God will take care of this as well.

Most of what I do is to teach the children how to read and write. It’s encouraging to see progress. Children that should have been in the 4th or 5th grade are still struggling sometimes to even draw a circle. But we already have books from school and we’re trying to follow the right curriculum.

Hulubesti is a place where, every time I go I sense a great joy. And all the more as I see the progress the children make in their learning.
Adi Ghetu

Hulubesti - A lot to learn…
"I don’t want anyone to know my thoughts! They’re mine!” that’s what little Ionut said to me today in Hulubesti when I was telling children how God knows us so well! I then explained how God wants us to have the good thoughts to stick around…He doesn’t like the bad ones to be in there."

As Christmas is getting close I tell them the Christmas story. And sure I try to make one of those very uneven comparisons…and I am telling them. imagine how God become a man…it’s as if you would become a lil bug and all the other bugs wouldn’t want to listen to you … since you were a man. So they crush you… And at that point one lil boy – we mostly have boys there – says … "so Jesus was a bug?"
I was just thinking to myself…Lord, where was I wrong? I really tried to explain things…

The manger we made together from toothpicks and leaves was a very nice time to bring them to work together…in sharing glue or ideas…
I thank God for this day, for the food He provided for the children and for getting us safe back home!
Ana Popa

“I’ve taken my eyes to the doctor”...I am not sure if it translates the same to bring out how funny this sounds for us. But we laughed last Tuesday at Hulubesti as we heard a little boy’s reason for being late to the lesson. It made me think afterwards at Christ. I know, you’ll ask yourselves “what does she mean? That sounds a bit weird!”

Well, do you remember the story about the Blind Bartimaeus who receives his sight? He asked Christ to have mercy on him. He knew exactly what to ask, the obvious answer to the question “what do you want Me to do for you?” – “Rabbi, I want to see”…
Hulubesti is like that, it needs to call upon God’s Name to see the Light!

Pray for the children, for their parents and for that village!
Ana Popa

Hulubesti. Now this is a place where we haven’t been in a while, due to some organising changes. But God brought us to these children again and we were welcomed by such warmth and love from them and from the hosts, the Pauna family.

It has been a fun day with the children, we all paid attention to the sister who was teaching them. The kids did too; they were opening wide their eyes and absorbing what they were told. May God reach to them!
The American and Canadian missionaries literally got their hands dirty as they were teaching and helping the children with their tie-die bandanas. They also sang, shared the Gospel and played with them.
A good meal was waiting for us at the end of that children class. The kids ate first and left home and then we set down and catched up on our respective news.

All in the Name of our dear Lord Jesus Christ,
Ana Popa

The Tabernacle

We’ve been today as every Tuesday. Today it was special because there were lots of us coming from Bucharest and we had such a good fellowship. I think one of the most important part of going there is before the children arrive. Our dear host, Carmen’s mom, prepares some coffee and tea for us as we prepare the sandwiches for the children and pray.

The garden where we have our program with the kids is so beautiful and from some time now we gather under a tent where we sat some tables and benches. The Meeting Tent! It’s not the Tabernacle, but this is where we ask for the presence of God to fill these children hearts and minds!
The children have their summer brake since yesterday and they’re really happy and maybe that’s why they were fewer. Now they can help around their parents more.
Lidia taught them that the Lord Jesus is the Light of the World and she brought three candles to explain them the concept. It was nice to look into their eyes and see how they were taking it in.
We sit sometimes just scattered amongst them because some of the older children are very naughty and mocking. We rebuke them and always give them a choice; to be nice and stay with us or leave.

All we want is that this ministry to be done with the Hand and powerful help of God so that when we sing, when we pray, when we serve those children with some tea or sandwiches, we are aiming that God’s love will touch their little hearts and minds. We are really happy we can give them a little something to eat; some are so poor and just savage, really that it might be the only decent meal for the day.

The children learn quickly the Bible verses and then they push each other and compete with one another on whom to quote it by memory in front of us. One of the boys has a really funny way of saying it, looks like a little preacher: he stands and keeps his hands on the table as he closes his eyes. This is how he focuses! There were one time, verses about stealing, and one other boy – oh yes, most of them are boys- prayed to be forgiven because he doesn’t want to steel anymore.
This is the place where we plant the seed; the fruits belong only to the Lord.

To God be the glory!
Ana Popa

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