Dear Friend of House of Hope,
I apologize that you have not heard from me for so long. That does not mean that the ministry of House of Hope is not moving forward. It certainly is and I want to get you up to date. I know the last time you heard from me was in December of 2017. I am currently in Ohio, where I am helping care for my mother who is now 92 years old and having some problems with her health. She is still able to get out to church most of the time on Sunday morning, though.When I left Romania 6 weeks ago, House of Hope had 85 residents and 30 employees. There have been some things completed in this past year to move forward on the indoor improvements and outdoor ones, as well. Inside, all the money that was required for the Fire Department upgrades has now been paid off and that was a huge answer to prayer. Currently, our facility is the only one for seniors in the city that is fully authorized, having passed all the inspection points by the Fire Department. On the top floor 6 more rooms with bathrooms were created. Sixteen other rooms were remodeled, making the entry doors and shower areas wheelchair-friendly. Thirty beds that are hospital-style (with remote controls for lowering and raising different sections) have replaced the old ones. Screens were placed on all the windows.

At the end of this letter, I will put two pictures – one of apple trees that are so loaded that you will see poles put in place to hold up the branches. The other picture is of the many small fruit bushes that were donated by a lady in Germany. The residents enjoy strawberries (not on bushes, of course), blueberries, and raspberries, plus other kinds of fruit trees beside apple. The garden did very well this year. All of these in-house measures greatly reduce the food bill each month.
The picture to the right shows the newest piglets to arrive at House of Hope this past August. For some reason, these 10 pigs wanted to be very close together. They will eventually supply a lot of meat for the residents. The House continues to raise chickens for another source of meat. The animals are now in a cement block building, which is up to standards. Also a new small cement block building with tile flooring has been put up in the back of the main building for a clean area to cut up and package the meat. It is also used for making batches of eggplant spread (vinete) and a red pepper spread (zacusca), which will be enjoyed throughout the winter.

In the coming year, there will be more remodeling to be done in the building, which is now 15 years old. The elevator, which was installed on the outside, needs new doors and more protection from the elements in the winter.

I left before the girls who live at the Barlea’s home came back from their summer vacations. The plan was to have 9 again this year. Three of these girls had plans to attend university and the others will be in high school. When I return to Romania, I will be working with several of them on their English skills. As you recall, the girls in high school attend the Christian High School in Sibiu. These girls have an opportunity to attend high school that they would not have in their own villages (where there are schools for the first 8 grades only). These girls are under the umbrella of House of Hope. The next time I write, I will include a picture of them.

Thank you so much for your prayers and financial gifts that have allowed this ministry to thrive and to share the gospel with theses seniors, many of whom are hearing the gospel for the first time. Pray for the directors, nurses, doctor, cooks, and others who labor for the benefit of these seniors. If you are led to make a contribution, the address is Greater Europe Mission, P.O. Box 1669, Monument, CO 80132. Please designate it for House of Hope on a separate piece of paper. Thank you.

God bless you,



Dear friend,

Unfortunately, it was not possible to go to Romania in the spring. My wife Edith and I, both of us are not capable of such a long journey yet. In addition, I broke my right wrist and so I can not operate the "rudder" for several weeks. But I hope t we can drive in the summer.

Gardening is the order of the day: planting flowers, trimming fruit trees, planting vegetable beds and much more.


In addition, a stable made of stones for the chickens and pigs is being built. The old wooden stable spread unpleasant odors and was not weatherproof in the long term.
In addition, a slaughter room is set up in the basement in order to comply with the hygiene regulations.

In the last newsletter I introduced you to our new caretaker Nicolae Adrian. We are grateful for him, he is very diligent and does his duties very conscientiously.

Our seniors are fine. For the staff it is always a challenge, since many seniors are bedridden and therefore need intensive care. A big problem is finding reliable nurses. Migration is constantly changing the job market and many change jobs as soon as more profits are promised somewhere.
The girls are all busy with the school. Emanuela and Estera prepare for high school. Bev (Head of Mission for Eastern Europe and promoter of our work) comes by every week and prepares her in English. Alexandra and Naomi participated in a national contest on religion. It was a nice recognition for both.


Meanwhile, houses are being built near the road at our main entrance. This nourishes the hope that finally the dirt road will be expanded to a sensible road.
It's great to see our girls helping out with child labor in the Baptist church of Rosia. As mentioned earlier, the Romanians are very musical and like learning to play an instrument. So the sponsored instruments are eagerly used.

With warm greetings,











my name is Melania. I am pleased to be able to study through your support in a Christian high school. I'm very grateful for that.
May the Lord bless you.  Melania

My name is Isabela and I'm learning in a Christian high school. I want to thank you for being here.
God bless you.   Isabela

For those who opened a door for me and stretched out a hand.
I could not even have dreamed about it. But with your help and a great God, I came to Sibiu.
I found a bed and food here.
I was allowed to meet new people, siblings through whom God still works today.
I was also allowed to work with the children in the municipality of Rosia. We gave them about God what is right and what is wrong.
Without your help, I probably would not have had such a life of responsibility.
This thanks goes to you who fulfilled this dream for me.
Love from,  Magdalena

 Dear sponsors
First and foremost I want to thank God and then you for your sacrifices and support to help us.
I am 19 years old and my first year at the university here in Sibiu.
I can say that I will never forget the experience gained here.
Also, I want to thank you for contributing indirectly to the development of my personality and character.
We will do our utmost to serve God and thank Him for this great blessing.
You are in my prayers and also in my heart.
Love from,    Ana S.

My name is  Alexandra, I am 17 years old and I am attending the 9th grade of the Betania Gymnasium. I am a blessed girl of God through you. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this opportunity. Without them I would be impossible to be here.
In the summer I supported the work with the children at Valea Moasei and from last summer I also helped with the children's services in Rosia.
I want everything in my power to know God.
I thank God and pray for you and I wish to meet you all, if not on this earth, then surely in heaven.
God bless you,
Love from,     Alexandra G.

My name is Naomi  and I want to wholeheartedly thank you for everything you do for me. I am very happy to live here in Sibiu and I thank you for your support and sacrifices to make this possible for me and the other girls.
God bless you,
Best regards,      Naomi S.

My name is Magdalena-Manuela. I wholeheartedly want to thank you for sponsoring me. I am very thankful to live in Sibiu and that I have everything I need.
I thank you and wish you God's blessing.
Greetings,   Manuela D.

I am Estera,
and through these few words I want to thank you for everything you do for me, my sisters and other girls.
I am very grateful to be allowed to live in Sibiu and not have to commute daily or periodically.
I want to thank you for the whole package. I see myself as very blessed.
God bless you for all this.
Love from,   Estera S.

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