Newsletter - July 2000
Casa Shalom children - all 15 of them!
Heatwave Hits Bucharest
Most people would normally fry eggs in a skillet but in Romania during the first part of July we
could fry eggs on our cars. The temperatures were over 100 degrees and hit an all time high of
120 degrees. Everyone was looking for a shade tree and people were warned not to be outside in
the heat. During this time we had a team of 21 from Washington State camping out at Casa
Shalom. They asked, "Is this normal weather for Bucharest?" No, it surely isn't. Then again, is
anything normal anymore?
In the mist of the heat we were so blessed. We had all the water we needed while many had
wells that went dry. Last year we were blessed with two air conditioners for the house. The kids
were able to sleep. The hottest room at Casa Shalom was mine so I solved that problem by
putting wet towels on my legs and face. It worked all right and at least we could breath. Then the
American team went out and bought us more fans. Since we had no shade trees the best place
was our porch, so that became our summer hangout. Now I want to plant some more trees and
pray that they will be grow really fast so that we can have a little shade in the summer. The
greatest blessing has been the van, for without it we would have already melted in the heat. We
have had over 40 guests in the last two months and all of them have enjoyed riding in the
air-conditioned van. No one enjoys it more than I do. I pray every day that God will bless the
lady that gave it to us. The past 20 years we have battled the heat of the summer on the mission
field here in Europe. Now as I enjoy this luxury I remember the goodness of the Lord and his
faithfulness to us.
Another New Face at Casa Shalom
Alex on July 5, 2000 ===> Alex after 2 weeks!
Our little nest is full again with another little 3-year-old boy called Alexander. Alex, as we call
him, came to Casa Shalom on July 5th and almost turned the house and the staff upside down.
There were days we were all exhausted and thought maybe this is one child that we just can't
help. We were at wits-end but God continued to give us just enough grace to get through the day.
Alex has spent the first three years of his life in the children's hospital here in Bucharest. He had
never walked outside of the front door of that hospital. When we went to pick him up he was
horrified to think of walking out in the real world. The only world he knew was the hospital. We
seemed to be so cruel to destroy his little world. His mother was only 15 when he was born so it
was easy for her to dump him at the hospital. God had a better plan for Alex. Since Alex had
never had any discipline we had to help him in that area. He is learning his boundaries and also
enjoys getting rewarded when he's obedient. We see that under all the problems of adjusting to a
normal life, little Alex is quite an intelligent little fellow. We believe he will one day make a
great leader as he learns to submit. He loves playing on the drum so we want to stir up that gift
and help him to be a little drummer boy for the Lord.
We have been waiting for our permits to put up our 75 ft. long and 39 ft. wide storage building.
It has taken six months but we finally have a green light to construct the building. This has really
been a battle. Originally the building was just going to be used for storage for food and a garage
for our vehicles during the winter. The ministry is growing and we are running out of space. All
my staff and I are working in one single little office. This is almost impossible with the amount
of beauraeacy and paperwork we have over here. We want to use part of the new building to set
up two offices for the staff.
We are also training our kids in ministry and they have outgrown the living room. I told the
children we will believe God for the finances to finish off part of the storage building for a
ministry room. It will probably cost us around 10,0000 dollars to put in the foundation for the
building and pour the cement slab. I told the kids we need to believe God for an additional
20,000 dollars to finish off a big area as a ministry room and to make two more offices. They
are excited and believe God can and will do it. I believe also that God will help us take the next
step toward having a place that can be a center for ministry for Casa Shalom. That way we can
have our own outreach meetings for the kids in our neighborhood. It will be a place where they
can practice and store their instruments, learn to play the piano, and we can have our sound
system set up all the time. It's amazing how being able to sing with a microphone really inspires
kids. I am really thankful to the Lord for our children as they have a real sincere desire to be
used of God.
Volunteers for Our Building
Bruce Chase is one of our board members from Morgantown, West Virginia. I had the privilege
of meeting Bruce and Anne Chase here in Bucharest in 1996. Bruce is an excellent organizer
and we thank God for his gift to the body. At the present time he is working on setting up a work
schedule for men interesting in coming and helping set up the metal building. If you are
interested in coming around Sept. 6th or later on in Sept. or Oct. please contact Bruce. His
e-mail address is email@example.com. Some can help with setting up the building and
putting in the insulation. Others may have experience in putting up drywall or putting in a drop
ceiling. If you are willing to pay your own airfare, have experience in construction and want to
be a blessing to Romania contact Bruce as soon as possible. His telephone number is (304)
599-4045. We want you to pray about coming to help. We believe God that the finances for the
project will be released and that we can buy all the needed materials to finish off the needed
Furnace Sprung a Leak
There is an old saying that says "When it rains it pours". Our 20-year-old heating system from
Germany needs to go into retirement. I know it was good for it's time and we have used it for the
last five years. Two years ago it sprung a leak and we plugged it up. Then it sprung again and we
had about six people helping us weld the cracks. It lasted another year but unfortunately it
sprung again and no longer holds water pressure. That means we no longer can have hot water
here at Casa Shalom. Cold showers are great sometimes but not all the time, especially for our
little kids. A new Romanian heating system will cost us about $5,000. Now you all know that we
don't like asking for money all the time. If it were for me personally I would not, but since it's for
Casa Shalom and for our upcoming guests I ask boldly for your help so that our kids don't turn
into little ice cubes this winter.
Ministry Team with Our Children
Casa Shalom has been enriched with over 40 guests from all over the U.S. this summer. We
thank God for all that have come and imparted something positive into the lives of our children.
Just recently we had a team coming from Hampstead, MD. They had a little Bible school for the
girls. Then a team came from Arkansas teaching music for a week. Our biggest team was a team
of 21 from Washington State. They were part of the Kings Kids U.S.A. from Youth With A
Mission. The children came with their parents and taught our children how to minister with
them. We all had a wonderful time even though the weather was extremely hot. One of the
memorable events was going on an outreach in a village and watching around 25 American and
Romanian children ministering together.
The village we visited was our little Marianna's. She started the meeting by giving her testimony.
All her friends and neighbors were there besides a hundred others. She said, "I went to Casa
Shalom and God changed my life completely and gave me a future". The people were so moved;
I could have given an altar call when she finished. The children sang, put on a drama and then
gave out gospel bracelets. Many prayed for salvation. At the end I shared with the village folks
about God's love and concern for them. Then we were able to pray for those with special needs.
Since it had not rained for nearly two months they had a real need for rain to save their gardens.
I asked God to send the natural rain for the gardens and also for the spiritual rain for their thirsty
souls. The last day God had already begun to work. We had a downpour, a real old-fashioned
gully washer. It was the first big rainstorm of the summer. Now we are waiting for the spiritual
rain. It's for this we are praying and ask you to join with us that Romania will see a revival come
that will be like that gully washer and wash out all the man- made traditions and bring genuine
revival to the thirsty souls in this nation.
We appreciate so much your part in this ministry. We are here and continue to fight for the
future generation of children here in this nation. There are times we grow weary and like Moses
pray that God would send an Aaron and Hur to hold up our hands until we see the victory. We
know that victory is ahead, though sometimes we cannot see it. As I watched the children sing
and praise God last night I know his plan for their lives is even greater than I ever dreamed. The
anointing will break every yoke and a new generation will walk in freedom and fulfill the
destiny God has for each of them.
Becky Walsh, Director, Casa Shalom
U.S. Mission Address
For Financial Support:
Christian Faith Ministries
Attn: Casa Shalom
P.O. Box 50538
Denton, Texas. 76206
You can send your tax-deductible gifts to our mission address in the U.S. Add a note stating your gift is for Casa Shalom. A note about sending packages: Please do not send packages to Casa Shalom. We cannot get your packages out of customs without great difficulty. Send any package directly to us:
str. Donitei 15, sector 6
Remember, as soon as we receive your gift it will be completely transferred to help with
the building expenses unless designated for sponsoring one of the children.
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