Joy in a Box
November 1999 RoAF Newsletter
Beni reports from Dorohoi ...
October was a month with much work in all the projects we are involved in. Ionela and
Laurentiu have helped me a lot. We spent many hours every day at the warehouse, sorting
clothes and things for families; in the month we have delivered about 20% of the things
from the warehouse. We bought some food for the Boys' Home, and passed on the things that
were for Old People's Home - the medicine and glasses.
The office is open for families to come on Monday to Friday between 9:00 and 12:00.
Each day about 20 people came to the office, and every day we delivered aid to about 4
families. They are asking more for winter clothes and winter shoes. We helped about 65
families this month from Dorohoi and villages round here with clothes, shoes, food and
furniture, many families asked me to thank you very much.
Beni in our Dorohoi office
|Another one of the items that many people asked for was
detergents, for washing their clothes and bedding, it is very expensive here and it would
be very good if you will could get some to bring in May next year. This would be very
helpful for people here.
The social services office at the Town Hall sent some people
to our office with some special needs that we were able to help. We gave some boxes of
clothes, shoes and winter clothes to that office for some families who are in need.
I have changed some parts of the van, to mend the heating. Because I haven't any piston
rings for the van, I have arranged to change the engine for the one that came in the
lorry. The van now is in the garage and I expect that it will be ready soon. In the
meantime I use Laurentiu's car. The PECO* men ploughed all our land at the warehouse for
free. The herbicide needs to be put in the spring. Now would be good time to put in some
fertiliser which would cost about 50$.
I'm very excited about the things which are happening in England, especially the
concert, it's a great idea.
* PECO - the motel adjoining our warehouse at Dealu Mare
As part of its vision RoAF recognises the need to monitor and assess all its projects
to ensure that both funds and effort are being properly used. During our September visit
we were able to return to several earlier projects to get up-to-date news and to see if
more help is needed.
|In 1994 we delivered and assembled a climbing frame system at
Havarna Kindergarten. The equipment had been made and donated by a
Christian organisation in Robertsbridge, Sussex. We were delighted to see that after 5
years of use it was still in excellent condition, with the only deterioration being in the
gymnastic mats. We hope to be able to replace these and provide some more carpeting,
together with a first-aid kit and other school materials.
|Also in 1994 we were able to help Havarna Clinic
with furniture and medical equipment. Once about to be abandoned, this clinic now provides
family doctor services to a potential 20,000 people in Havarna and the surrounding area.
Unfortunately, emergency cases still have to be referred to Dorohoi, a 20km bus ride.
|More recently we have been able to take furniture, toys and
other materials to Girbeni Kindergarten. Following this, state funding
has been made available to repair the building and as a result of the improved facilities
the number of children attending has more than doubled.
Dates for your Diaries
RoAF Supporters' Conference
Saturday 5th February 2000, Three Bridges Free Church, 10am-4pm
This is the first of what we intend to be annual conferences. The day will be split
into seminars, and will be a time to find out what our work currenty involves, and an
opportunity to have a say in the areas we are moving into.
We would encourage anyone interested in our work to make the effort and come to this
one special day in the year.
More details later...
An evening of music at the superb Hawth concert hall in Crawley
on Saturday 22nd July 2000.
We have a choir coming specially from Leeds for the evening, as well as other soloists.
This will be a great night out, so make sure you're free that evening!
Dana and Beni discuss the wedding hire venture ...
Thank you for the photos of wedding dresses you sent us. We looked at them and consider
that they are nice and good for hiring. At the moment we did not find a shop to rent which
would be suitable for what we need. The shops are very expensive to rent here. We thought
that it would be too expensive to have a shop at the beginning when the venture might not
generate enough money to pay the rent. There is another suggestion that sounds better to
start with. Dana's father-in-law's house (which is close to the town centre) has a large
room at the front of the house. We can use that room and we may advertise from that
address. We've planned to go to Iasi next week to see a wedding hire shop there.
We already have several racks full of wedding dresses, plus other formal garments such
as bridesmaids' dresses, evening wear, hats and gentlemen's suits. We hope to launch this
venture formally in the Spring and Christine Jeavons, our costumier, would like to hear
from anyone who is able to donate more outfits of a similar nature.
Laurentiu writes about Birotica Neemia ...
This department started a little bit slowly, as any business just beginning.
I repaired and prepared for sale 10 typewriters, 2 televisions, 4 irons, many telephone
units, printers, 1 monitor, and 1 computer. In doing that I spent some money but I have
started to sell them now. The people are interested in buying good items. There are people
who want to buy things from us but they want to pay by 3 or 4 instalments making it easier
to pay. We have agreed to make this facility available to the people that we trust.
I need some ribbons for the Olivetti typewriters, model ET111, if you have something in
the warehouse that would be very good.
We hope that next month it will go better.
A reminder of the mobile
numbers: Jon 07971-071222 or Beni (in Romania) 00-40-94-198068
This Month's Prayer Link
There are many prayer requests this month. For
reasons of space we have produced a separate prayer sheet, which is available on request
from the usual address. Remember, if you can think about it you can pray about it!
- Please pray for Beni and the new trustee Laurentiu as
they establish new patterns of working together and as they react to the effectes of
another visit from Britain.
- Pray for Ionela as December draws closer, and for Beni
as he gets the nursery ready for the new arrival!
|Here is a selection from this months requests :
- Pray for the single-parent family in Arborea. There are 4 young
children and a teenage boy who is disobedient. The mother attends church but they all need
to commit their lives to Jesus Christ.
- The Churches at Stinca and Arborea are planning
evangelistic missions in December. Pray for those involved, Pastor Josif,
the elders and members of the Churches. Pray too for a spiritual revival in Dorohoi
- Pray for those who are suffering ill health, family problems or personal difficulties.
Pray for those who are trying to help and support these people.
- Pray for a new pastor in the Negreni area near to Botosani. Give thanks
for the spiritual growth that there has been in that area and pray that it will continue.
Remember to give thanks to God for the response to previous prayer
|Please remember to pray for the special home events being arranged for
next year. There is a lot of work involved in organising both of these events:
- The RoAF Supporters Conference 5th February 2000
- The RoAF Choral Concert 22nd July 2000
Remember too that its not too early to pray about next years trips to
|The three visitors from Hand-in-Hand (Helen Roe, Laura
Stratton and Catherine Griffin) would like us to pray for the following:
- The adoption of Luminita Helens parents have been trying
for a long time to adopt her but the process is very slow.
- Pray for Ovidiu he is in England at present for treatment but
his natural mother will not sign for his adoption even though she is not interested in
- Pray for more opportunities for them to get involved in any work whilst they are in
Give thanks for the improved conditions at Desca orphanage and the
wonderful work that Hand-in-Hand has been doing there.