The Difficulties of This Winter

From Mia:    “Like January, February is very dramatic here. Street protests, terrible snowstorms, people dying of exposure to the terrible cold, entire villages isolated under mountains of snow, perpetual uncertainties and a lowering of the standard of living, a government unable to solve the problems of so many people without hope.  These are just some of the daily challenges we are confronted with, here at the Mission.

The cold weather reached minus 30 degrees Celsius, and again, like in the old days, we had ice and snow inside the house. In some places the snow banks reach 6 meteres (18 feet), around us it’s been just 1 meter (3 feet). Schools have been closed several times, as students could not travel due to the extreme snow and cold.

As always here, the authorities have been unable to manage the situation; only God’s mercy complelled some people not to resign themselves into lack of action. In the meanwhile, we have tried to mitigate the effects of the severe weather for the children.

Thank God,  only a few kids had colds, but no serious conditions. Mona was hospitalized for an ear polyp which perforated her ear-drum, got infected, was not correctly diagnosed, so she was in the hospital with Nicoleta for a week. Now she’s well and happy to be rid of the headaches that plagued her for 2 years.

We are in the midst of a rubella epidemic among the kids. However God grantted us a great wish, that of having a pediatrician for the kids who are officially documented.  The lord sent us a female MD willing to follow our children and to sign a contract with us. It remains to be seen if and what we will have to pay for her services.  Anyway, we thank God for the unexpected, marvellous way in which He answered our prayers.”

Major Prayer Request:   Please pray for healing and protection of the children and those who work with them during this difficult winter, and for provision for their daily physical and spiritual needs.


Painting and Prayer

They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water.

Isaiah 49:10

God we pray for the many people affected by scorching heat. If there is any way for us to help them, we ask for you to show us and remind us. Thank you for sunshine, and for the opportunity to love each other by caring for each other’s needs. Amen.

Flooding Devastates Romania

The Danube flooding in Budapest, Hungary

Floodwater has continued to grow in Romania after our last post about severe weather in the country.

Continuous heavy rain has caused rivers to rise, killing 24 people as of Wednesday and forcing over 7,000 people to be evacuated.

So far the area of Bucharest has not suffered the same damage as the northern region of Romania, but the city expects an untimely drop in GDP along with the rest of the country, which would further damage their already weak economy after a year of massive wage cuts in the public sector.

Read more about the flooding here, and please continue to lift up the people of Romania as they try to prevent further flooding and assess the damage already done.

Dangerous Weather in Romania

Serious flooding has damaged twenty-eight counties in Romania in the last day.

The Prut, Crasna and Danube Rivers have caused 3 deaths so far and widespread damage across the country. The counties Cluj and Alba have been hit particularly hard.

The Prut, before flooding

In Bucharest, officials are taking steps to protect the city from flooding, including the employment of water evacuation pumps and monitoring of roadways. But so far these measures are largely preventative: Bucharest has not reported any serious problems.

At the same time, the capitol is preparing for coming heat waves. Romania annually has problems with heat-related deaths, and Bucharest is no exception. The city plans to wash the sidewalks and streets with detergent twice a week to help diminish dust.

Let’s pray for the people whose lives have been washed away by the flooding, and that more damage can be prevented as the rivers continue to fill up. And let’s pray for the people of Bucharest and our family at Mia’s Children as they prepare for this year’s dangerous heat.