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Adopt-A-Family Recipients in Romania Express Thanks

May our Lord God overflow His peace and blessing over our brothers!

Dear brothers,

Through this letter, I would like to express our gratitude toward God and toward you for the care you have shown for our family. However, I am writing with shame and regret, because you should have read these words a long time ago.

Our family benefited from the help brought by your mission for many years.

At the beginning of this year it was concluded that our family situation does not require help through CAM, so we are not receiving food parcels anymore. However, we would like you to know that you are still in our hearts, and we pray for you every time we remember you.

Many times we have seen the arm of God streched with His blessings to our family. He has taken care of us so far, and your mission team was one of the vessels through which the Lord God was working.

I would like to share with you a few experiences . . . . These are told by our children.

One day our eldest daughter was at home with the other little brothers while we were gone to work. She was preparing lunch in the kitchen and noticed that there was no more oil. Then she prayed to the Lord to send oil to cook the meal, as she knew that we do not have money to buy some. It was on a Wednesday, and we had a church service that evening. We were just about ready to leave for church when we heard a horn sound at the gate. There were the brothers with the food parcel from CAM.

We praised the Lord that He answered our prayers so soon.

Another important moment was when the girls wanted to be dressed appropriately before our Lord, but we could not afford to buy all the clothes we needed. One day, along with the food parcel we received a few bags with clothes, in which we found the things we wanted. Praise the Lord!

We would like to thank you for the literature that you included in the food parcels. Our family has given up the computer, cartoons, and lectures of the world. The books that we received from you are real blessings for the whole family and community. We have lended them to others to read. May the Lord bless you!

We still have other things to remind us of you! The colorful comforters, the books, and the stove! The stove with its oven still bakes very well, despite that we have had it for several years now—I think about eight years.

From the bottom of our hearts we desire that the Lord God bless and reward all the hearts and hands which have been and still are available to help in this mission. We would also like for you to know that your example of mission work inspires others.

The children of our family have grown up now. Two of the girls are married, and the oldest two boys are earning a living on their own. There are still five children at home now, but your example has encouraged us to keep an open heart for those who are suffering and in trouble. We seek to comfort those in need and also want to be Good Samaritans.

Again from the bottom of our hearts, we desire that God bless you and even if we do not know each other here on earth, we shall see each other in glory when the beloved Groom will celebrate His wedding!

May the God of heavens and earth, and our Father, BLESS you. And His peace which exceeds every skill guard your hearts and thoughts in Jesus Christ, our Lord! Amen. With a lot of love.

Written by Adopt-A-Family recipients from Romania.

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Food Parcels for Gheorge and Ioana

Gheorge and Ioana live in a cramped Romanian house with their eight children. All ten of them sleep in the same room with only two beds. Both parents and some of the children have somewhat limited mental capacity. Gheorge does simple jobs such as splitting wood and hauling manure with his horse and wagon to help provide for his wife and children. The family’s small income doesn’t reach around, especially since expenses in Romania are comparable to America. A monthly gift of an Adopt-A-Family food parcel is a huge blessing to this family.

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Daily Bread for Disabled Father

Hassan,* is a disabled father who lives in the Middle East, was diagnosed with a brain tumor almost three years ago. Following surgery to remove the tumor, he fell into a coma for several months. Last year Hassan was finally well enough to return home to his wife Aliyah and their two young daughters.

The effects of the tumor left Hassan with severe physical and mental disabilities, forcing Aliyah to become the family’s breadwinner. Her husband’s need for almost constant care makes it hard for Aliyah to earn an income and provide for her family.

Using funds from the Adopt-A-Family program, CAM staff and contacts delivered a food parcel to Hassan and Aliyah. A gift of food is a bright spot of hope and relief in this family’s daily challenges.

*Names in this article are changed to protect identities.

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Child of recipient family returns years later to say “Thank you” 

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Ludmila and her six older siblings grew up without a father in their Moldovan home. She recently expressed appreciation for the food and literature her family received during difficult times when she was a child.

Ludmila writes, “My father went to be with the Lord one week before I was born. My mother had to work and struggled to raise us alone. Even so, she was not alone because God watched over us. I remember when we all came around the heating stove and one of my brothers read aloud one chapter from the only Bible we had in our house… After reading from the Bible, each of us prayed, kneeling down near our bed… My mother remained in the house for a long time, praying and crying for each of us.”

The prayers of Ludmila’s family were heard. One of the ways God provided for them was through generous supporters of the Adopt-A-Family food parcel program. “Even now after so many years, I remember the joy when . . . we received the food parcel,” wrote Ludmila. “All of us came around the parcel to see what was inside. I remember the canned chicken, powdered milk, and so many different food products in that box.”

Ludmila also remembers the great joy of receiving the Seed of Truth magazine and different Christian books. She shared, “In my heart, I developed a strong desire to go tell about Jesus to people who did not know about Him.”

Ludmila now works at a mission in the Namibian desert in southern Africa, which gives her opportunities to share about Jesus. She testifies that, amid intense darkness, God is working in people’s hearts.

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Ludmilla in Namibia

“I thank God for how He worked in my life,” Ludmila concludes. “To God be all the glory.”

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“We are a blessed family”

Vasile and Tatiana live in a small Romanian village with their twelve children. Vasile stays busy providing for his family of young children, most of whom are school-aged. He works at the local school in the winter, making sure the fires stay lit to warm the schoolhouse. During the summer he works on a construction crew.

Each season brings its challenges, but wintertime is the most difficult for Vasile and Tatiana. Providing firewood and thick clothes for warmth, medicine for sick family members, and school tuition for nine children is a challenge with a monthly income of a little over $100.

Then there is the constant need for food, especially for a family with growing children. When Vasile and Tatiana receive a food parcel through the Adopt-A-Family program, they always express their thanks. Recently they said, “Thank you for your help every month. . . . We pray for you and the good progress of the ministry. God bless CAM.” The family seeks to honor God in all they do and considers themselves fortunate amidst their struggles. “We are a blessed family,” they said. Workers who deliver the food parcels say this family’s godly living is an example in their small village. Vasile and Tatiana are always happy to see a CAM van parked at their gate. They say, “We always open our doors for you to come visit us.”

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Food for Gaza Families

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Adopt-A-Family food parcels help provide food for Gaza families who have few resources and no access to opportunities outside their poverty-stricken land.

An entire generation of Gazans live trapped on a thin piece of land between Israel and Egypt. This strip of land, Gaza, is home to 1.75 million people but could almost be missed by people traveling the highway that borders it. Lack of jobs from overpopulation and isolation from the rest of the world is causing serious poverty and hopelessness.

Bilal* and his family live in the structures pictured above. He earns slightly more than $3 per day by picking vegetables for nearby farmers. A recent accident partially disabled his one arm and reduced his ability to earn an income. Your support helps provide food for Gaza families and many others. God bless you for caring about Bilal!

*Name changed to protect privacy.

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Lifelines of hope for families in Moldova

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Moldova is a beautiful, mountainous country landlocked between Ukraine and Romania. But behind the country’s beauty, poverty remains a daily struggle for many. Government corruption, trade restrictions, rising food prices, and limited agricultural investments leave thousands of Moldovans stretching their incomes just to provide the basics.

In the small Moldovan village of Zaim live Anatol Ciorbu and his wife Maria with their twelve children. Anatol struggles to find a steady source of income to provide for his large family, since job opportunities in villages like Zaim are limited.

Moldova at a glance:

Moldova is the poorest country in Eastern Europe.

The population of Moldova is 4 million.

Most Moldovans speak two or three languages. These include Romanian, Russian, and Gagauz.

Anatol used to work as a watchman in Moldova’s capital city of Chisinau. But the $100 he received each month hardly covered the family’s clothing, heating, medical, and food expenses. Hoping to earn money to add rooms to their small house, Anatol left the country to look for work. However, the income he earned was not enough to complete these rooms, so living quarters remain cramped. Today, Anatol does odd jobs around the village, such as cutting and splitting wood, to try to provide for his family.

Anatol and Maria receive food parcels through the Adopt-A-Family program. These monthly gifts bring a sense of thankfulness and joy to their home. They are sure to use every food item in the parcel to its full potential. Although the food quickly diminishes with so many mouths to feed, “you can imagine the impact this gift has for such a needy family whose income is insufficient,” says a staff member.

Many Eastern European countries like Moldova still bear the damaging effects of communism, although it fell more than thirty years ago. Rising costs of living, low incomes, and limited job opportunities leave many people wondering how they will survive. Adopt-A-Family food parcels provide a lifeline of hope for families like Anatol and Maria’s in Moldova, Romania, Ukraine, and the Middle East. Thank you for extending this lifeline to thousands of families!

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Food parcels: A ray of sunshine

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Eastern Europe’s economy still feels the effects of communism although it fell over thirty years ago. The cost of living continues to rise while many families’ incomes remain low. Monthly Adopt-A-Family food parcels provide a ray of sunshine for families who face discouraging circumstances.

The Chadavi family in Ukraine, pictured at left, receives a monthly food parcel provided by CAM supporters. “From the bottom of our hearts, we are thankful for the help . . .” they share. “We are also thankful to God. For us [the parcel] is a big help and joy.”

Another Ukrainian family writes, “We are so thankful for your goodness in caring for our family. . . . It is such a help for our family in this hard time.”

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“God bless those people”

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Adrian broke into tears as he expressed thanks to sponsors who help provide food for his family. “We are thankful to God for what we have. God bless those people.”

Diabetes and a neurological disorder make it difficult for Adrian to do physical labor. He is able to work occasionally using his wagon and a borrowed horse to transport crops, water, and construction supplies for others. But the high cost of living in Romania increases Adrian’s struggle to pay his medical bills and provide for his wife and three children. A monthly food parcel helps stretch Adrian’s income a bit further.

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A monthly parcel when food is scarce

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The Atanasoaie family lives in a remote area of Romania with no grocery stores nearby. Mr. Atanasoaie works odd jobs to provide for his wife and six children.

Recently this family began receiving Adopt-A-Family parcels. These parcels often arrive just as their food starts to get scarce. With deep emotion, this mother said she doesn’t know how to express her appreciation for these food parcels. The family is very thankful for the donors and wishes to bless all who help send these gifts.