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Casa Shalom ("House of Peace") is the name of our children's home here in Bucharest, Romania.
Casa Shalom is also the name of our non-profit humanitarian, missionary
organization registered here in Bucharest.
It was originally called Shalom Missionsdienst für Öst Europa as we
originally wanted to set up a branch from our
German organization. We had to set up a new independent organization and
therefore shortened the name to simply Casa Shalom.
This is a home with a Christian atmosphere for orphans, street children,
and/or those from disfunctional families.
Here the children have a sense of belonging to a normal family that cares
about them and their development --
emotionally and spiritually. The children attend the normal school and are
tutored to get on their age-class levels.
Each child has a different capacity, and we help them to develop and
recover what they lost in their own family
situation. Casa Shalom has a capacity for 15 children.
Our Miracle Land
The Lord is so good. It pays to wait on him!
One year ago we wanted to buy the land beside our
orphanage. The owners wanted an enormous price.
As much as we needed the land, I could not, nor
would I pay the price they were asking. We began
to pray and claim the land around our house.
The first piece of land we bought for $2,500 dollars
less then the original price. Now we can have a
playground for the children. We desperately need
the land in front of our house.
Last year another
neighbor wanted $24,000 for his parcel of land. I
told them the price was too high. They told me
that they had someone interested in buying the
land. I said, "That's all right." We prayed the buyer
would never come - and he didn't.
A year has now passed. I felt impressed to call the neighbor and offer him a
price much less than they asked a year
ago. Amazing as it seems, they agreed to our price
We are so thrilled to see God moving
in such a marvelous way. We see God is with us
and the great thing is we saved $10,000. On March
24th, this parcel of land will also belong to Casa
Shalom. At the present time we need only $4,000 more dollars
for this piece of land. I know God has
all the money we need and it will be there in time.
I want to encourage you my friends to wait on God. When you
do things according to His will he will be there for
you, too. This is the exciting journey of faith. I am
learning to walk in a new realm of the Spirit. We
are experiencing God's provision for us on a day to
day basis here at Casa Shalom.
No Room in the Inn
Our orphanage is full. Last week we had reached our capacity
for this house with 15 children. Some of them will be
reintegrated back into their families if possible. Other
children will remain with us until
they finish school or learn a profession. Some of them will
always need assistance. At the present time we have a waiting
list for children that want
to come to Shalom and I believe shortly we will
need to build another building.
"Sorry, Alexandru. You can't come today!"
97 Abandoned Babies
One of the hospitals we collaborate with here in Bucharest has
97 abandoned babies. They asked us if we could help them
some months ago in taking some of the babies. At that time we
were occupied getting our house up and running smoothly. Now
that our house is full it gives us the time to concentrate on this
new area of ministry.
We know it's a lot of work caring for
babies. We also realize from the past two years' experience that
changing life patterns and bringing restoration to wounded
children physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually is also
not easy. We believe taking the children at an early age will
protect them from ending up on the streets. They won't have to
go through all the rejection and hurt our kids have. Here you see
Alexandra and Alexandru waiting for a home.
God will show us the babies we are to start taking in this
spring. Pray for the right staff
and the speedy processing of their papers. Many of the little
babies 6 months- 2 yrs. don't even respond to their name.
Why? No one has ever talked with them. It is so.... sad.
We are praying about temporarily renting apartments in order to
rescue and nourish more of these precious children.
Vali - Our First Teenager Success - Glory to God!
Some of you may remember that I took in our first street kids in
May 1996. At that time we went regularly to the train station. I
met Vali and Laurentiu, two rough looking street kids. I bought
them something to eat and some clothes. They told me they
didn't want to go back to the train station so I took them to
Casa Shalom. Vali had lived on the street eight yrs. He was
with me four months.
When I decided to take in girls I had
asked them to return back to their families. Unfortunately both
boys returned to the train station. I was heartbroken. We didn't
give up. My husband (Joseph) talked with Vali about going into
the military. We convinced him, and for the past year he has
been in the army. He worked hard and was a good soldier. He
just completed his military assignment. Today he told us he
was going back to live with his sister and that he had also found
a job and a church to go to. I just felt like a proud Mom to have
had a part in Vali's life. For those of you that support us,
regularly you had a part in his life too. Thanks so much.
A Cry for Help
Just a few days ago one of my oldest girls, Tanta (Tan-sa)
became seriously ill and Joseph quickly drove her to the
hospital. She nearly died on the way. For some time she was
unconscious. We had given her some prescribed cough
medicine. Later we found out she had found some medicine and
overdosed hoping to commit suicide. Tanta is only 14. Her
mother left her when she was 8 yrs. old. Tanta has a learning
deficiency, inferiority complex and a spirit of rejection. I need
your prayers that God will give us wisdom in helping
Tanta overcome. God wants to bring restoration to her mind and
soul. Tanza loves the Lord and loves to pray. I believe God can
set her free.
After Two Years - a Telephone!
How would you like to wait two years for a phone at your house?
We did; it wasn't easy. Now you can be in touch with us. When
God blesses, He blesses indeed! We are also on the Internet.
Send us your e-mail address and we will update you with what's
happening at Casa Shalom.
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Girls at Shalom
Speranta, our 6-year-old Gypsy girl. She was found at the train
station. Her mother sent her out begging and getting food out of
the trash cans. She was found infested with scabies, lice and
sores in her head. She has adjusted well, and as with all the girls,
loves going to church.
Raluca is also new at Casa Shalom. She is 15 years of age. Her
situation is different. Her mother gave her away at birth. The
second lady gave her to her mother to raise. Only four months ago
the foster mother died and Raluca was left with an alcoholic
woman and her boy friend. In desperation she ran away. We
heard about her, and after hearing her story, I felt God wanted
us to take her in. She has missed a lot of school, so it's not
easy for her. She has a desire to learn, so please pray for her.
Thank you for investing in our girls.
"Please tell me more."