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The Kidstown Auction Is Coming This Fall!
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Recently, some of our leaders in Nepal were able to partner with a great organization to distribute gifts to some of our supported homes in Nepal. Please follow the link below to read the whole story about what happened!
We are so thankful for the people that helped make this a possibility. There is a lot of hard work and sacrifice that goes into serving these children, but the reward is far greater!
“It was the day Cristi distributed biscuits, a day like many others outside the city of Botosani in northeastern Romania.
The night before we joined Cristi on his regular mission to the most needy families in the area, he told us what brought him to his commitment, to this outreach among the hungry and poor. His path to the side of Jesus was neither straight nor without doubt, but there was always that feeling, that trust deeply born when he was a teenager, that his life would be a life of service.
Cristi manages the Kidstown-supported Ioana Home, with 20 resident children, in Botosani. This is the city where Cristi grew up through turbulent times, through political revolution and through the revelation that brought him to his commitment. Like many other Romanians — currently 1,300 per day — he could have left Romania for economic opportunities in Western Europe. But a voice told him to stay, and in Botosani he has become an entrepreneur for Jesus.
Cristi receives donations from friends in Holland as well as from Kidstown supporters. These Dutch contributions come in the form of food, clothing and household goods that are given to the poor in the outlying areas or else placed for sale on the shelves of the Mic Si Mare second-hand store in Botosani.
Items in the store sell from 25 cents up to the equivalent of a few dollars and include clothing, household goods, knickknacks, toys and other items. Most profits go to salaries of the store workers, and items also find their way to the helpless and needy.
Children from the Ioana Home help load Cristi’s van with the donated biscuits, dozens upon dozens of packages of surplus biscuits from Holland. We drive from the city — the second-most poverty stricken city in Romania — and we head for the surrounding villages where hardship and need prevail like the dry cornstalks waving in the autumn breeze.
We visit a home where four unsupervised children sit on a bed of dirty blankets watching cartoons on a long-used television. Piles of garbage cover the floors of two small rooms. A pig roots outside the front door. One child, an infant, is without clothes or a diaper. He is lovingly held by the oldest boy, perhaps six years old.
We visit a former military barracks where families each rent one room, where each room is lit by a single low-wattage bulb hanging from a wire. Children gather around us, for biscuits and for the company of visitors and the games we will play.
In darkness lit only by a rising moon we visit a home without electricity where five children wait, dressed in layers of soft and soiled clothing. They seem surprised to see us and they accept our gifts and Cristi’s biscuits with curiosity. If not by the light of our cellphones, they will be able to see these gifts when daylight comes.
The mother, Cristi tells us, has never had a shower.
We meet dozens of people, from the woman with a severe toothache and no available remedy to the children who wait, smiling, in front of the home with boards where windows once stood. Down dirt roads where horse-drawn wagons outnumber cars, we watch as Cristi fulfills the mission he has been given — the mission he also shares with the children at the Ioana Home.
Such is the lesson he teaches to these 20 abandoned and at-risk children. To serve others and serve God. To share whatever blessings you have been given. To know that life takes work, and that grace will light the way.”
-Written by C.R. Roberts after his most recent trip to visit some of the Kidstown supported homes in Romania. Cristi is one of our valued home leaders there.
Spring has come to Romania! With the coming of Spring we see the grass coming up, the leaving coming
out, the flowers blooming, and we are reminded of how God makes all things new. We serve a great,
loving God who takes what is old and broken and makes it new again. When we accept His love, He
makes our hearts new, He washes away our sin and guilt. We also look forward to the day when He will
make the Earth and our bodies new again. I hope you are reminded of this when you see the spring
flowers coming up. Our hope is that the hearts of the kids in Romania are made new through Christ.
Would you join us in prayer for them?
In March we were blessed to be able to purchase a 9-passanger Volkswagen van that is much newer and
more reliable than our old microbus. Our director drove to Germany to purchase it because vehicles
there are less expensive and less worn. When transporting the children recently, there has always been
the stress of not knowing if the microbus would break down. It will be such a blessing to have a reliable
van. In addition to the 9-passenger van, we have a minivan, a station wagon, and a 6-passenger truck,
which combined are enough to transport all 22 children.
Many of the children have been involved in the church orchestra, learning a variety of instruments. This
past month they were invited to two other churches to perform their songs that they have learned. It
was a great experience for the kids to share the fruits of their hard work and dedication. It has also
been an encouragement to the church here in our village to see the involvement of the kids in the
Please be in prayer that the children would finish out the school year strong. Typically, when they
return to school after a break, it takes them a long time to get back into a groove of being motivated and
getting their work done. It’s a significant step backwards every time they have a holiday break. They
will be returning from spring break shortly and the lack of motivation will be compounded by the
anticipation for summer break. We are blessed now to have a tutor that is coming nearly every day to
work with them and even a few times during spring break, so join us in prayer that we can quickly jump
back in to getting their school work done.
Thank you for your continued prayers and financial support. We are continually blessed by you. We
pray that God would bless you greatly for your investment in His children.
The Casa Dorca Staff”
We have so many great pictures and stories from our team’s recent trip to India and Nepal. We can’t wait to share about some of their experiences! These two lovely ladies are just a portion of the great kids they got to see. They saw a lot of people, but they were really touched by the joy and happiness of the kids they visited. Despite the struggles in their life, they are choosing to be content and hopeful with who they are. Watch for some more updates soon!
Happy New Year from Kidstown International!
It’s easy to jump right into 2018 and look to our goals and the future, but it’s important to us to reflect on our last year. We have seen many new things, hard things, and joyful things. There have been some moments more difficult than others, but in the end, we are so grateful for this opportunity we have to make a lasting impact on these children’s lives. For all of our donors, you made this last year possible, and we could not be more thankful for your partnership with us. We are believing in more possibilities and opportunities this year to rescue children and give them a second chance at a successful life. We know that the Lord has His hand on us and our children, and this will be a year of blessings and hope!
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God. 1 John 3:1
How can there be so much suffering and isolation to children around the world? Let us stand up and declare that these children that have been forgotten or rejected are children of God, and His love for them goes beyond the perspective of the world. They are precious in His sight and He will fight for every last one of them!
This Wednesday we want to take a moment to THANK all of our supporters! Because of you we are able to provide a safe and warm home for children that would otherwise live in a dark and dangerous world. You are creating a family and a support for these young people that would otherwise have no one and no hope. Let us celebrate everyone who is a part of the Kidstown International family today because these smiles are because of you! We love getting to connect to the heart of God as we rescue these children and restore their true identity in Christ. What an honor!
What is #GivingTuesday?
The Tuesday that follows Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday is a globally recognized day of giving.
This is a great opportunity for people to make a big difference with even a small gift. Even if you aren’t a regular donor of Kidstown, we would love to give you the space to reach out internationally and take part in this day of giving.
Why should I #give to Kidstown International?
Our family goes far and wide. We have over a thousand children that live amongst 47 homes throughout Romania, Nepal, and India. All of these children have a story. All of them have seen rejection and isolation in one way or another. Everyone who gives to Kidstown International, small or large, is personally involved in the restoration of these children’s stories. We are in the business of hope and better futures, and so is everyone who chooses to support us.
How do I give to Kidstown International?
You can donate online at https://kidstown.org/how-can-i-help or go to our website link in our bio.
Or you can send a check to our address 119 North Commercial St. Bellingham, WA 98225.
And please note that you do not have to already be affiliated with us to donate, and you are by no means obligated to continue giving. We just want to make sure that you are given the opportunity this #GivingTuesday2017 to be a part of something great!