I am very happy to announce that after a 2 year hiatus, Becky's Hope will be able to again hold a retreat for parents of special needs children.
Dates: August 27-31, 2018
Location: Valea Draganului, Romania
Your continued prayers and financial support is needed and greatly appreciated.
"...'Truly, I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brohters and sisters of mine, you did for Me.'" - Matthew 25:40
I was honored to make my way back to Romania for a couple of reasons.
We will be releasing a new book later this year about Becky's life and testimonies from people that met her and had contact with her. After working with the publisher through email I needed to go on site to assist with the editing and layout before it gets printed. It will be in Romanian at first but planning to have it available in English as well next year.
Most importantly, I was able to travel to a few churches to continue raising awareness about people with special needs and telling them about our ministry.
- February 28: Teofania Baptist Church, Cluj
- March 12: Fortress Baptist Church, Alba Iulia
- March 16: Betel Evangelical Church, Codlea
- March 19: Hope and First Baptist Churches, Brasov
- March 26: Golgota Baptist Church, Bucharest
Following up with families is always a joy, but sometimes its with sorrow. In October 2015 there was a post about my sister, Cornelia, visiting Chris Constantin and his mother. Unfortunately, Chris' mom passed away and I was able to attend her funeral in Alba Iulia. Please keep this young man in your prayers as he is now on his own.
Visited a Hospice and Respite Care center and met with the parents of special needs children to pray together and share testimonies. Aside from providing hospice care they minister to the parents by offering to watch their children for one week at a time in order to give the parents a break and some much needed rest.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers.
As previously posted, I had the opportunity to go back to Europe and speak about Becky's Hope to the Romanian churches located outside of Romania. I also had the pleasure and opportunity to meet with families in Romania, specifically focusing on the moms.
Although I had planned to be in places like Gratz, Austria and Bulgaria, the Lord had other plans for me. His plans are far greater than ours, and we praise Him for his protection and guidance for my group and I.
Speaking at the Romanian Baptist Church of Vienna, sharing the vision for Becky's Hope in Romania
On August 27th, we had a meeting with special needs individuals and their families. This took place at Betel Baptist Church in Cluj, Romania.
There was a need to build a temporary ramp for those in wheelchairs so that they could attend.
The following day, on August 28th at Betel Baptist Church in Cluj, Oana Albu, a young lady with Muscular Dystrophy gave her testimony.
Oana came to Christ 2 years ago and was at the Becky's Hope retreat last year. There she was able to take part in finding healing and deliverance from a life full of bitterness and anger due to her disability.
I find joy in visiting families that have children with special needs. It's so great to see that the hope and faith they have in God is what gives them peace and strength each day.
On September 16-25 I had the wonderful opportunity to present Becky's Hope to the Romanian Church in London, England for the very first time. Our goal is to reach out to as many Romanians living outside of Romania as possible, raising awareness and asking for them to get involved and to support and pray for the work that we do.
This summer, the Lord has opened up new opportunities for Becky's Hope. Beginning on August 5 - Sept 26, I will be presenting the vision for Becky's Hope Ministries in churches throughout Europe: Gratz, Austria; Sofia, Bulgaria; London, England and Romania. We are also excited to be doing something new this year. My service team and I have planned to visit those families with special needs children in their homes, bringing along a pastor from their local church. Specifically, we will also be hosting meetings with the families in Cluj on Aug 27th and in Petrosani on Sept 18th.
Our prayer and hope this year is that the churches and the pastors we are meeting with will recognize the needs of these families and that they willingly desire to get involved with our ministry. Working with the local churches and it's communities will be crucial in providing more help and support to families with special needs children.
We are asking for continued prayer and for God's protection during this time.
Blessings to you all
We had the pleasure and honor to meet president Klaus Werner Iohannis of Romania on April 1, 2016. Because Beckys Hope is known by the Romanian Ambassador,George Maior, in Washington D.C., we were cordially invited to attend a special event where the Romanian President was to speak. He spoke about his desire for Romanians in America to invest, not just through monetary services, but through their time, in Romania.
We had the opportunity to sit down with the President for a few minutes, mentioning the 16 years of service that Becky's Hope has given to the Romanian families with special needs children and will continue to give in the future. We believe that the meeting with President Iohannis and first lady Carmen will be a blessing for Becky's Hope.
Mircea and I want to invest more time in Romania to work on changing the mentality of those who live there. We want to continue to relay the message that people with disabilities are not a nuisance but a privilegeand joy of discovering an unconditional love and true humanity towards such individuals.
Our hope is for the churches to become involved in the lives of families with special needs and to show Gods love by reaching out to such families in their cities and surrounding towns.
We will be in Bucuresti, Cluj, Timisoara, Arad and Oradea
We ask for prayer for protection, wisdom and open hearts for those who will be listening. May God speak to their hearts through our words.
May our God be glorified in all we do.
Pastor Dani Chiu has organized a fundraiser for Becky’s Hope which will take place on April 9, 2016 at 6pm. The event will be held at the Romanian Baptist Church, Logos.
Mircea and I will also be at Bethel Baptist Church and Romanian Baptist Church of Chicago on Sunday, April 10.
We ask for your prayer and God’s favor and blessing to be upon us. May His name be Glorified.
Nancy Gray and I will be in Portland, OR on Friday, February 19th hosting a fundraiser at Agape Pentecostal Romanian Church. On Sunday, the 21st, we'll be speaking at Agape and at the Romanian Baptist Church of Portland. As a dear friend, who came with us to Romania 3 years ago and a board member of Becky's Hope, she will be sharing her experience of seeing first hand how this ministry is able to positively impact the lives of many people who have children with special needs. I will then share the new vision of Becky's Hope for the upcoming year.
Please pray for God's protection, open hearts and for His name to be glorified.
Praise God for His provision for Becky's Hope Ministries,
As we look back to 2015, it is with mixed emotions that we celebrate the success of this years camp. Being our first year without the presence of Becky, this years camp was especially unique as we dedicated a small part to her memory. We are so thankful for the volunteers, counselors and supporters that made the camp, at Valea Draganului, a success. This year, we also sponsored 7 leaders to participate in classes as observers. They were placed amongst other counselors during team time and formation in hopes that they too can be equipped as future counselors.
Serving almost 100 people who came to find hope, community and resources, we are filled with joy that we were able to provide these needy families with a weeks retreat, watching God work in their personal lives. We witnessed families coming together and learning how to support each other as they deal with hardships on a regular basis. We were all united in Love through the reading of the scriptures, worshiping in song, and group sessions with counselors.
Below are two testimonies from those that attended.
Paula Lazar (Cluj) Paula left camp with a new perspective. “For me this camp meant a new way, a way without compromise, with restoration in life and in my relationships with others. In camp, I was introduced to God in an amazing way. I truly understand who He is and who I am in His eyes. I learned not to allow myself to be overcome by emotions, but to place them in His hands. I learned to live a FREE life.”
Victoria (Iasi) My name is Victoria. I am 26 years old and I am Orthodox. All my life I fought with my emotions which has trapped me in my guilt, and I felt condemned. Here at camp, I understood to give Jesus my present emotional state, because only He can heal me. I understand now that forgiveness is a choice, and I forgive all of those who have wounded me in life. I found Jesus who offers me a bright future and destiny.
We would like to express appreciation to all the Evangelical Churches that have supported us throughout this ministry, making known the vision of Becky’s Hope. We would like to thank those of you who have sustained us with prayer and financial resources.
In Christ Lidia and Mircea Oprean
"The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'" Matthew 25:40