September 15

We Placed 27 Children Into Foster Families Last Month!

With summer camp completed and the new school year beginning, Mariana and her team placed another 27 children into foster families last month!

Let me share the story of a family we are supporting and getting ready for the new school year.  Foster parents Liliana and Lionel Iliescu, live in a village called Ohaba, which is close to The Village of Hope. They have grown children and have known of Mariana and the work she does for the children.

They originally fostered two sisters, Alexandra who is 14 year old, and 12 year-old Theodora. When Mariana told them there were two more siblings – 11 year-old Theodore, and 9 year-old Cyprian – they agreed to take all four children! As you can see in the pictorial, Mariana found them happy and well-adjusted when she visited the home two weeks ago.

Mariana is so happy that all four siblings are able to stay together. She told us she could not imagine the trauma, fear, and abuse these children would face without a safe home and loving foster parents to care for them.

All of the children are very smart and eager to learn. One of our social workers will assist Liliana with the children so she doesn’t get overwhelmed during the school year. It’s your prayers and your support that make it possible for this couple to open up their home and their hearts to these children.

Another family we are supporting is Maria and Volar Popescu, who fostered two sisters. Luminita is 7 years old, and Carmenita is 6 years old. They live in the town of Jabar, a farming community outside Timisoara, and they have just been approved to foster a third sibling – 5 year-old brother Sorin.

Child Protection Services didn’t allow Sorin to be placed into a foster family because he didn’t speak. He had been living in filth and neglect with an elderly aunt and uncle and needed special care and attention. Sorin has been living at The Village of Hope for the past 5 months. With love and care from our social workers, slowly he began to speak, socialize, and play with the other children. Last month Child Protection Services approved Sorin going to the same foster family as his sisters. He will be attending school this year in Jabar, and is a very happy, intelligent little boy!

Yasmina, who is 4 years old, just arrived. Child Protection Services brought her to us because her elderly grandparents became ill and could no longer care for her. She is very shy and still adapting to her new surroundings. We will keep her at The Village of Hope for several months, and place her in kindergarten in Carani, with the other children.  Please keep her in your prayers.

The reason I share these stories with you each month is because we always need more family sponsors.  Abused and neglected children arrive at The Village of Hope every single week and they need our love, our help, and our support.

Would you prayerfully consider sponsoring a foster family at $43.20 per month, or $129.60 for three months, or $518.40 for a year?

We still have children that need back-to-school supplies – things like backpacks, books, note paper, pens and pencils, etc.  It costs $17 for each child.

Please pray about providing school supplies for one child $17. . .2 children $34. . .4 children $68. . . or 10 children at $170 .  Anything you can give will be greatly appreciated.

You can call my office at 1-800-964-9846 and put a gift on your credit card, or give on this website by clicking on the GIVE tab on the top of this page.

I look forward to hearing from you this week.