Church Letter Sept 2018

 

 
Dear Friends,

Please find enclosed in this latest mailing our Pictorial New sheet and our Needs list for our next trip to Romania in November. We want to thank you for the support you have given to us since we started the journeys to Romania in January 1990, just three weeks after Ceausescu was overthrown. We have been blessed over the years and have seen wonderful things happen in Romania. Our trip in April went well and we visited many places all around the country of Romania. The pictorial leaflet will tell you more.

This will be our 167th visit in November, but sadly we have to say it will be our last. All our helpers are ‘getting older’ and we no longer have the help we need. Of course, Romania is a much better place now than when we went on that first journey. There are now many supermarkets but the problem is salaries. A monthly salary is about £300 and pension about £50 per month!! Only about 10% of people needing palliative care are taken into hospital. The other 90% are usually sent home without medication. That is why the building of the Hospice is so important. We will continue to raise finance for the projects and families we support and will send the money to Romania through a safe passage. Thank you for your support over many years now, many of you since we started and pray that you have also been blessed by the different stories we have shared with you. Ann’s book sold very well and the first print sold out. We had another 2000 printed and we only have about 500 left. Praise the Lord!

Again we want to thank you for your loving support over many years and we look forward to seeing you at our receiving-in days in October.

God bless,

Alan & Ann

Church Letter January 2018

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Dear Friends,

Once again we are writing another letter as we commence our 29th year of travelling to Romania with much-needed goods. What a difference on that first visit in January 1990, to our last visit in December 2017. In 1990 the shops were few and very little in them. Now in December 2017 there were many supermarkets, just like ours in the U.K. with prices very similar to ours. Of course the wages are still very low and pensions also and the children are having to help their parents with financial aid (if the children can afford to). That is why we meet many Romanians in our country as they are helping their parents back home.
However, despite the economy many people in Romania still attend church as the important thing to them is their faith in their Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. There are still many youth in the churches which of course thrills us. We pray that many of them will become leaders in their country.

1. CASA GRACE: We continue supporting the social workers where there is still much poverty, even in the Oradea area. Families are supported by sponsors in this country. Can you help support a family?
2. EMANUEL HOSPICE: The basement has been completed. We are continuing to raise money for the construction of this building. The Hospice team are still working hard in the community giving palliative care to patients in their homes. Can you help with a gift for the new building?
3. CIPRIAN BOGDAN: He is a pastor to the Gypsy community in Aiud and have built a new church as the old one was too small. It will include a centre for children’s activities before and after school.
4. IOCHEBED GROUP: They continue their work in Suceava to prevent abortions. We help to provide Baby Milk and Clothes for the mothers and babies so saving the babies lives. They also work with teenage girls teaching them ‘How to stay sexually pure from a Christian viewpoint’.

We also visit and support other people and projects in many places in Romania. Dr Vali continues with his home for Elderly and it was so good to meet many of these people being cared for in advancing years. They are building a stable where they can house cows and have their own milk.

If you wish to support any of these needs please make cheques payable to ‘SUPPORT FOR ROMANIA’ letting us know where you would like your gift to be given.

Our 165th trip will leave on Tuesday 20th March and we will be taking 2 vehicles with 4 drivers. Please bring items to our depot in Llanishen on Mondays 26th February and 5th March (9am-1pm) and 12th March (9am-5pm). Please note times of opening. Remember the drivers in your prayers for this next trip
COFFEE, TEA & CAKES will be available when you visit our depot.

OUR PICTORIAL NEWSHEET 2018 WILL BE SENT WITH OUR NEXT MAILING.

With Christian love,

Alan & Ann Penrose (on behalf of the Trustees)

Church Letter Sept 2017

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Dear Friends,

It seems no time since we sent our last letter requesting Easter Eggs, that we are now approaching Christmas 2017 and requesting, among other items Sweets for the children for Christmas presents. It seems so long ago that the minister of the church in Oradea, Dr Paul Negrut, said to Ken Price (my co-driver in 1990) and myself on that November trip: ‘Do you think you could bring back sweets for some of the children in Romania?’ On our return we contacted as many churches in the South Wales area, and beyond, together with some schools and youth groups and we returned in December 1990 with a van, full of sweets. For some of the children, they had never had sweets. Here we are, many years hence and we still travel to Romania, although with much more than sweets.

We sent a truck to Romania in August with items for summer camps, together with handicapped items, incontinence pads, clothes, shoes etc., all needed still in Romania. Although things are much better now in Romania many people cannot afford the high prices with salaries so low.

In April we attended a church where we have supported the pastor for many years. We went for the first time on a Sunday and attended his church for a morning service in Ploiesti. 200 people at the morning service: 120 children in the Sunday school: 30 in the Youth department!! God is still blessing His church in Romania

1. CASA GRACE: We continue supporting the social workers where there is still much poverty in the Oradea area. Families are supported by sponsors in this country. Can you help support a family?
2. EMANUEL HOSPICE: The basement has been completed. We are continuing to raise money for the construction of this building. The Hospice team are still working hard in the community giving palliative care to patients in their homes. Can you help with a gift for the new building?
3. CIPRIAN BOGDAN: He is a pastor to the Gypsy community in Aiud and have built a new church as the old one was too small. It will include a centre for children’s activities before and after school.
4. IOCHEBED GROUP: They continue their work in Suceava to prevent abortions. We help to provide Baby Milk and Clothes for the mothers and babies so saving the babies lives. They also work with teenage girls teaching them ‘How to stay sexually pure from a Christian viewpoint’.

We also visit and support other people and projects in many places in Romania. In April a pastor friend took us to a very poor village just outside Tecuci. There we visited a family of ten children and Mum and Dad who lived in one room of approximately20 x 20 yds. They cooked, ate and slept in this one room. If you wish to support any of these needs please make cheques payable to ‘SUPPORT FOR ROMANIA’ letting us know where you would like your gift to be given.

Our 162nd trip will leave on Monday 13th November and we will be taking 2 vehicles with 4 drivers. Please bring items to our depot in Llanishen on Mondays 23rd & 30th October (9am-1pm) and 6th November (9am-5pm). Please note times of opening. Remember the drivers in your prayers for this next trip
COFFEE, TEA & CAKES will be available when you visit our depot.

With Christian love,

Alan & Ann Penrose (on behalf of the trustees)

Families needing help

We work through Christian Social workers and they send us details of families needing support. Details of families can be found below. We take money for the families in April and October/November. Please contact us if you wish to support any of these families.


Chririca family

Chirica family is a single parent family who lives in Oradea in a rented apartment which has one room and a shared kitchen and bathroom. This apartment is a part of a big building which has many rented rooms and a lot of people lives in them.

The mother came from a very poor family with 16 children. Her life was very dificult in her own family and after she left it too. She was involved in relatioships with concubins and she left them because they drank alchool, were agresive and they didn’t find a proper job for them. Each child came from different relatioship. Cristina (Anika) is 10 years old, Robert (Robiko) is 8 years old and Nicolae (Miki) is 6 years old.

Two of the children – Anika and Robiko- have lived in the school’s dormitory in a small town 40 km far away from Oradea for some years. They came at home just in the school holidays.

The mother tried to find a way to have all her children together in order to take care to all of them. Finnaly in the end of June 2016 the mother have decided to take out Anika and Robiko from the old school in order to live with her as a family. Starting with September all the children have followed a school in Oradea and their mother will take care of them.

The mother’s monthly income is very poor. She works as a cleaner in the flats’ blocks and she receives 175 pounds/monthly. The family income is 240 pounds/month/family which is formed by the lady’s salary and children state allowances.

CASA helps the family with a food parcel, hygiene products, new freeze, etc.

The children enjoyed to be part of the last two summer camps.


Oanto family

Oanto family is composed by mother- Florentina (36 years old) and her children: Andrei – son (7 years old) and Anastasia – daughter (5 years old).

In present the family lives in a social apartment with one room. The lady graduated Economics College but she couldn’t find a proper job and she worked in many places trying to have a proper one.

About four years ago have started relationship’s problems in their family. In 2014 her husband left home and he decided to divorce. The lady didn’t want to divorce and she hope her husband will come back.

Florentina’s family didn’t help her and husband’s family didn’t let them to live in the apartment where they lived before the husband’s departure. And they were put in the street.

The family income is 173 pounds/family/month – 57 pounds/ person/ month. The lady could pay for her children in order to attend the kindergarten and some of her friends pay for them. She couldn’t afford to pay the bills- heating, electric current, water and she already has debts.

Having these needs CASA decided to help this family for two years. It depends on their social condition. CASA has started to help this family in 2015 January with a food product, hygiene products, cloths and other things we have.


Church Letter Sept 2016

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Dear Friends,

As we come to the Autumn of this year we realise that we have nearly completed 27 years of travelling to Romania, with much needed goods and finance. Romania is far different from that first visit in January 1990, just three weeks after the revolution, to what it is today. There are now many supermarkets, where in 1990 there were shops with very few goods. The problem is that prices now are very similar to ours, but salaries and pensions are about 30% of ours in Britain. However, the churches are still quite full and growing.
We continue to support the many organisations and people whom we have supported for many years.

  1. We continue the support of the social workers at Casa Grace where there is still much poverty in the Oradea area. Families are supported by donors in this country. Can you help support a family?
  2. The new Emanuel Hospice Building continues with building of the basement complete. We have raised £45000 this year (£5000 at the concert at Ararat in April) for this building. They are still working hard in the community giving palliative care to patients in their homes.
  3. Ciprian Bogdan is a pastor to the Gypsy community in Aiud and they are building a new church because the old one was too small. It will include a centre for activities before and after school.
  4. The Iochebed group in Suceava continue their work to prevent abortions. We help to provide Baby Milk and Clothes for the mothers and babies so saving the babies lives. They also work with teenage girls teaching them ‘How to stay sexually pure from a Christian viewpoint’.

We also visit and support other people and projects in many places in Romania, which you can read on our needs list. If you wish to support any of these please make cheques payable to ‘SUPPORT FOR ROMANIA’ letting us know where you would like your gift to be given. If you are able to make a regular contribution you can do so by standing order. Please let us know if you are able to Gift Aid your donation and we will send a declaration form to be completed.

We made a trip (155th) in July and another one will leave on 29th September. Our 157th trip will leave on Tuesday 8th November and we will be taking 2 vehicles with 4 drivers. You can bring donated items to our depot in Llanishen on Mondays 17th & 24th October (9am-1pm) and 31st October (9am-5pm).

Please note times of opening.


COFFEE, TEA & CAKES will be available when you visit our depot. Please remember the drivers in your prayers for the trips in September and November.

With Christian love,
Alan & Ann Penrose (on behalf of the Trustees)

Latest news in pictures

Download the pictoral newsletterDear Friends,

We are now entering the 27th year of our work for the Lord in Romania. We can well remember our first trip just 3 weeks

after the revolution in 1990. How things have changed. Although we have made 154 trips to Romania and have seen a great improvement in the country, there is still much poverty. We are continuing to take chocolate eggs at Easter and sweets at Christmas, together with financial aid for families and the projects detailed below:
DR VALI’S OLD PEOPLE’S HOME

CHRISTIAN SOCIAL WORKERS IN ORADEA & CLUJ WORKING WITH POOR & UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES. EMANUEL HOSPICE, ORADEA, WORKING WITH TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS & FAMILIES. THEY HAVE NOW COMMENCED BUILDING A RESIDENTIAL HOSPICE. CHRISTIAN GROUP – IOCHEBED, SUCEAVA WORKING WITH MUMS TO PREVENT ABORTION PASTOR WORKING WITH GYPSY CHILDREN AND POOR FAMILIES AGAPE, A GROUP WORKING WITH HANDICAPPED CHILDREN IN VASLUI. VARIOUS PROJECTS WORKING WITH POOR FAMILIES.

Many of you have appreciated these pictorial newsletters so we have again produced one hoping that it will give you a greater insight into our work. We would ask for prayer that the Lord will guide us in every situation, especially as our team increases in age!!

With Christian love,
Alan & Ann Penrose (on behalf of the trustees)

Church Letter Jan 2016

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At the start of this New Year we are thankful to God for His protection over us for another year. We enter this year as the 27th of our travelling to Romania with aid. We remember all the difficulties we had over the early years and how many things have changed. However, we remember that God’s protection has been evident over those years and He has been faithful as He promises to those who follow Him.

Despite some holdups at the borders due to the bombings in Paris the trips in November and December last year went well.

These are a few of the places we visited as we travelled 1600 miles around Romania:-
We met with the social workers from Casa Grace in Oradea and with some of the families who are being supported by people from South Wales. Some families are going through difficult times with their health as well as financially. There are new families needing sponsorship.
It was good to see progress on the new Emanuel Hospice building and hope that the basement will be finished within the next few months. We have raised over £40,000 for this new building.
We spent time with Ciprian Bogdan, a pastor to the Gypsy community, who is building a new church (the old one is too small). He is a busy man with three young daughters, but has a heart for the Lord and was excited when telling us about recent conversions in his church.
We also spent time in Suceava with a group called Iochebed who are working to prevent abortions. Last year 50 babies were saved from abortion. The mothers cannot afford to feed and clothe the babies as salaries are so low and very little contraception is used as it is so expensive. Iochebed promises the new mums that if they keep their babies the group will help with baby milk, nappies, clothes and food. We took baby milk, nappies and some clothes, for which they were very grateful.
Pontypridd Rugby Club gave us 100 chairs which we had cleaned and we delivered them to a new Christian School in Lugoj, Romania.

We have listed the projects which we are supporting. All cheques payable to SUPPORT FOR ROMANIA. If you are able to make a regular donation you can do so by standing order. Please request a form from us. Please let us know if you are able to Gift Aid your donation.

Our next trip will leave on Tuesday 5th April and will be our 154th, taking 2 vehicles with 4 drivers. You can bring donated items to our depot in Llanishen on 7th, 14th March (9am-1 pm) and 21st March (9 am-5pm). We plan to be back in Cardiff on 19th April. Please remember the trip in your prayers.

Easter in the UK March 27th: Easter in Romania May 1st

With Christian love,
Alan & Ann Penrose (on behalf of the Trustees)

Church Letter Sept 2015

Dear Friends,

Once again we want to thank you for your continued support for the work in Romania and we look forward to hearing from you, or meeting you on one of our receiving-in days. Our trip to Romania in April/May went very smoothly especially in our newly acquired vehicle. We managed to buy a one year old van just a couple of weeks before we left, when we took over 20,000 Easter Eggs. We visited many of the projects we support and left financial aid for them. How wonderful to see the continuation of the good work which is being done in various parts of Romania. Whether it is helping poor families out of severe poverty, or seeing many people becoming Christians through the love of those who are working with them. Thank you for all the financial gifts you have given to us. Whether it is for a family or for a project, those in Romania are very grateful

We are very grateful for the gifts we have received from our appeal in June/July. We have raised about £40,000 towards this new building. Having the work on hold because the builder could not continue was very worrying but through prayer and financial support the Hospice committee have found a new builder – ABEDNEGO – and they have already re-commenced building and hope to have the ground floor finished by Christmas. If you would still like to give towards this work we will accept donations. Please mark ‘FOR EMANUEL HOSPICE’.

Dr Vali continues running The Old Peoples’ Home in Otelu Rosu, together with various activities in the other buildings. They also have a charity shop in the town. Pastor Costel in Tecuci is now fully involved with a large medical centre built mainly by the Americans. They not only meet physical needs but spiritual ones also.

As you see from the needs list it includes finance for the projects we are supporting and we would be grateful if you could consider them prayerfully. If you wish to make a regular donation by standing order to any of the projects, please request a form from us. The social workers at CASA GRACE, ORADEA, are always looking for sponsors for poor families. If you would like to sponsor a family please contact us either by email or telephone.

We will leave on Wednesday 11th November for our 152nd trip. Collection dates 19th & 26th October (9am-1pm) and 2nd November (9am-5pm). We shall be travelling around the country visiting various projects with finance and distributing the sweets we will have received. We shall also visit Gherla prison. We hope to arrive back in Cardiff on the 25th November. Please remember the drivers in your prayers. We will be collecting Easter Eggs next year to take to Romania at EASTER 2016 and will send further details about the collection in January 2016.

We are grateful that we continue to have depots in Llanishen and Talbot Green, both rent free and our drivers still continue to pay their own expenses.

Thank you again for all your support as we work together for the Lord in Romania.

With Christian love,
Alan & Ann Penrose (on behalf of the trustees)

ROMANIAN HONEY and MUGS &AVAILABLE TO BUY ON RECEIVING-IN DAYS
Coffee/ tea & cakes will also be served

Special Appeal for Emanuel Hospice – Oradea

Dear Friends,

We are a registered charity and have been involved with numerous projects in Romania for 26 years. Since January 1990 we have taken trucks of aid with various goods, together with financial gifts to support the work there. We have just returned from our 150th trip. All our helpers are volunteers and all our drivers have always paid their own expenses so we have no salary costs. Even the two depots we operate from are rent-free.

We normally send out appeals twice a year but are sending this special appeal to you for EMANUEL HOSPICE as there is a problem completing the new building. We have explained in detail about the new building in the enclosed leaflet and would welcome your help. Please share the need with your friends, at your church or club and if you want further copies of the leaflet please let me know. The hospice is desperate to re-start the building work. Any gift, however small, will be very welcome. We look forward to hearing from you.

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With grateful thanks for all your past support,

Alan & Ann Penrose