Gergo arrived at the Bethesda Home orphanage in the fall of 2014, along with his siblings. Unfortunately, the family was destroyed because of the aggressive behavior of his father, caused by too much alcohol. The mother was not able to properly care for her five children and had no interest in them. Gergo attends an excellent school, however his academic results are not so good. Gergo is friendly with others and has made many new friendships since he has been at the orphanage. He likes to keep his room, clothes, and school material in order. Gergo is helpful in the orphanage. He has an older brother employed in Western Europe who he keeps in contact with via phone. The leaders at the orphanage have done an excellent job of being faithful to what God has given them to do. They try to provide a home of love, care and structure for all the children.
Being homeless with no job, Magdalena’s parents were not caring for their 4 children. They were neglected, starving, and had nothing. When child services got involved, the girls were taken to a state orphanage, but Magdalena’s mother requested that they be brought to one of our homes that was closer to them so that they could still visit the children. These four girls have been living at our home since 2014, and they have been attending school. Magdalena has successfully continued through her classes, and she is now a happy and creative young girl. She loves going to church and attending Sunday school. She plays the violin in the church kids band, and has a lot of hope for her future.
A responsible and driven young man, Stanculeanu was growing up in a remote village with no access to school. He was the oldest of 8 siblings, his family had no money, and there was little opportunity for Stan’s future. He was happy to come to one of our homes so that he can go to highschool and pursue his desire to be a car mechanic. He is loved by those at the home, and they believe he will be able to go as far as he wants. Stan enjoys playing the keyboard, and is keeping up with his grades.
When Samuel was brought to our home in Romania, he had experienced much brokenness and tragedy. After his mother abandoned the family, his father put him in the care of his grandmother. Samuel’s father re-married and moved out of the country, but when Samuel’s grandmother died, he had no one. After a few days of living with neighbors, he was brought to our home. He has been able to grow up in a safe and loving environment. He is friendly and like to help others. He has worked through a stutter, but he is learning and growing, now as an 18 year old.
Jozsef and five of his siblings came to live in their Romanian home in March of 2008. They were taken from their family due to the family’s dysfunction and poverty. The children were uneducated, neglected, and underfed. The youngest, who is 3 years old, only weighed about 20 pounds. The oldest child, who was supposed to be in the third grade couldn’t read or write. At the beginning they could not even say thanks or hello. Their behavior changed significantly since they have been at the orphanage and they are integrating better with the other children.
Without even a chance for a real family, Zsolt was abandoned by his mother in the hospital after his birth. Zsolt was placed in a number of foster care homes, but none of them were stable enough to keep him in their lives for long. After being placed in various families, Zsolt was connected one of our supported children’s homes. He has now been able to grow up in a stable and loving home. He has been able to go to school, and he is receiving the proper and full care that he needs in his life. In his free time Zsolt enjoys riding a bike, swimming, reading, doing puzzles, drawing, or writing letters.
After his parents divorce from a disorganized family, Benjamin went to live with his mother. She remarried, but unfortunately, Benjamin’s step-father died, leaving him and his mother homeless and desperate. Benjamin was failing in school, but he was found by one of our homes and was brought in to live with them. He is continuing his education and has found a passion for wrestling. He is connected with the other boys at the home, and although he is struggling in school, the home is supporting him and encouraging him to do his best and push towards success.
After Manu’s father died, his mother walked out of his life to be with another man. Manu was 16 years old when this happened, and he knew he needed to continue going to school, but he now had no way. He came to our home and is now going to vocational school for car mechanics. He has a chance at life and a good future now. Manu enjoys sports and working. We are thankful that he now has the support and foundation to heal and grow from. Manu is a special young man with a bright future ahead of him.
After Nimrod’s father died, his mother did her best to support her son for the next couple of years, but she continued to digress, and was desperate for her son to have a better chance at life. She was worried about his emotional and physical health as she could not provide for his needs. One of our homes in Romania was available to accept Nimrod into their home. Nimrod’s mother was thankful that he could receive education and learn about Jesus. Nimrod is in a safe environment and will be well taken care of.
Cristian is 18 years old. He has had a troubled past. He came from a home with severe poverty. He came to the home after being arrested for theft and being placed in child protective services. The services brought him to the home because they knew it was a good place for him to recover from his rough past. He has not had any problems at the home and is trying very hard at becoming a healthy young man. He loves attending school and being social with the other children in the home.