Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.   James 1:27

July, 2021

Dear Friends,

We have arrived safely in America. We have been quite busy since we got here, getting things set up and getting settled in. We have two phone numbers while we are here. They are 217-473-8757 (Karen) and 217-248-2720 (Ruben). A family from the Ukraine are staying at the orphanage while we are gone. They are excited to spend the summer with our children. We are thankful for their desire to be a part of our ministry and help us in this way.

Our friends from Germany came to visit us before we left. The children and teenagers always have a great time with them. The weekend was full of activities and fun. They are special people to all of us. It was great to see them.

Some young adults from Romania came and spent a couple of afternoons with our children after school was finished. They played games with them and spent one on one time with each child. It is so good for our children to have that individual time. It makes them feel special. We are thankful for those who have a heart to invest in the children of Romania.

We have been attending a church in Timisoara which has a great children’s ministry. Our children have enjoyed going to children’s church each Sunday. They are learning a lot and are around other children who have a love for Jesus. The leaders are so loving and are investing their lives in the children in their classes. They are going to have a camp later this summer and have invited our children to go. They are all looking forward to it.

It has been very hot in Romania so far this summer. We have a slip and slide with water that the children have been using a lot. They also have a small wading pool where they can cool off. Plus, they have started to go to the river to swim.   With 100 degree temperatures in the afternoon, there isn’t much else you can do but swim. Thankfully, it cools off later in the evening so sleeping isn’t a problem. It has been great weather for hay. Our teenagers have been helping to put up hay for the winter for our cows. It is not their favorite activity.

We are so thankful for all of you who have prayed for our ministry. Prayers are so important. Also, we want to thank all of you who

With our love,
Ruben, Karen & Bianca

Beraca Foundation, P.O. Box 674, Jacksonville, IL 62651; karenpopet@gmail.com

Romanian Ministries Update

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

Dear Philippian Fellowship friends,

Thank you for your faithfulness in prayers and support in May and June.  You guys are a lifeline for our national pastors!

The Lord has allowed us to open Camp Eli and host campers!  The first two weeks we had 130 campers, with another 50 arriving tomorrow from our church plant locations.  Praise the Lord for this opportunity to chare the gospel with these young people.  Last week we had 15 new campers, and 41 campers from unsaved families.  What an awesome privilege to share with them Christ’s love!

Last month we witnessed the baptism of three ladies.  God has worked in their lives in amazing ways, and we are excited for the expression of their faith in Christ publicly!  Please pray for Daniela, Cristina, and Gina in their walk with the Lord!

On April 4 we celebrated with our church plant in Sinesti with the baptism of our dear brother Margarit.  One month later he went home to be with our Savior!  He had a sweet testimony, and we were able to clearly present the gospel at his funeral.

We will be making a short trip to the states this fall for the wedding of our son Zach and his bride Alexa.  They have both finished two years at the Word of Life Bible Institute, and will be taking up residence in Corning, NY to begin their married life together.  Pray with us for them as they seek the Lord’s leading in work and ministry opportunities.

In 2019, Kristin and I had the opportunity to work with 13 young families in our church.  The Lord blessed 6 of these families with baby boys that year.  This is going to be a fun Sunday School class in a couple years!  Pray for these young families as they train up these children in the way they should go!

As we are all aware the COVID pandemic has had a major effect on our lives.  We do not have the possibility of hosting teams that normally come over and help us run the program for the children at Camp Eli.  Their gifts help offset some of the costs of running Camp Eli, and the sponsorships of needy campers.  We have also done some major renovations to our now 15 year old camp, and are in need of your help.  If you would like to send a one-time gift or sponsor a child for camp ($90), you can do so at TitusInternational.org and choose the “Ziemer-Camp Eli” designation on the giving page.

Gerald and Kristin Ziemer

 

Vlada & Eliska Donat – BTS Czech Republic

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021
Dear friends,
 

We trust all is well with you all. The summer is here, and it will be a little different again due to the global situation. This year, we don’t have our traditional English camp and basketball camp because (some of) you, our American friends, are not able to come, and be a part of it. So, we are doing two different camps. One is our church camp, which is next week. The other is organised by my parents, and it is the week after our camp. My parents were used to do many camps during communism – illegal Christian camps, but this year there is nothing illegal about it :). They are doing a small camp for kids from our church only (about 15 kids). You will be able to see pictures from these camps on our Facebook update group. If you are not a part of it, please, let me know, and I will be happy to add you to the closed group.

Please, pray for us during these camps. Specifically, pray that we would be open and clear with the Gospel, that all the volunteers from the church would grow spiritually and in practical ministry through this experience, and that everyone would be safe.

Finally, you probably already saw these pictures on Facebook, but in case you didn’t, I will add them here. Men from our church got the opportunity to begin learning to preach – we spent time with them individually and as a group, and several of them already preached their short sermons. What an encouragement it is to the whole church to see disciples of Christ grow!

Brothers and sisters, Thank you for your prayers, and for every other practical way you are supporting this ministry. We are so grateful to the Lord for you all. We just finished going through Philippians at our church, and it was so wonderful to see again how Paul Thanks the church for a financial gift, and says that it is a two way blessing when both the giving and the receiving is done in Christ. We are so blessed to have you pray for us and support us, and we trust it is a blessing for you as well to be a part of this ministry.

Vlada and Eliska
Czech Republic

PS: I am sending this message from a new email host so I hope it gets all the way to you 🙂 would you please let me that it arrived ok? Thank you!

David & Stefy Harlea – Romania

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

Please click the link below to read the most recent update from David & Stefy Harlea.
And please pray for their ministry in rural Romania. 
God bless! 

Harlea Ministry Update

Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.   James 1:27

June, 2021

Dear Friends,

Summer has arrived but some of our children and teenagers still have two weeks left of school. Maria, our oldest, has finished high school. She has decided not to go on to college. She will be getting a job in Lugoj for now. Claudiu has also finished professional high school. He is working full-time in a village near us. Both came to us when they were just babies. Cipi Mircov, who also was only three years old when he came to stay at Beraca, is getting married this month. We are excited for all three of them as they start their new lives.

Last month, a church invited us to spend the day with them. During their church service, our children and teenagers sang a few songs and recited Scripture verses. Then we had a chance to share about our ministry as well as share the Word of God. Afterwards, we all ate together. Then the young people of the church had games, a puppet show, and other things planned for our children. They played all afternoon. At the end of the day, some of our teenagers sang worship songs in sanctuary. They sounded beautiful. It was a great day for everyone.

A few of our children went to a cook-out/evening with their Sunday school class. The leaders have done a great job to include our children in everything. They had games, singing around the campfire and lots of food. The children really enjoyed themselves. We are thankful that they can make friends from Christian families and be surrounded with a Christian influence.

Agriculture is in full swing now in Jdioara. A couple of our older boys are going every afternoon to work to pick strawberries in some fields nearby. Our garden at the farm looks great. We have already been enjoying salad, radishes, and green onions. Cutting grass in the fields and collecting the hay from them for our cows has started as well. Plus, we have been doing some general cleaning after a long winter. We have already filled one van of clothes and things to give away. It feels good to have the nice weather and be able to get outside and work.

We appreciate so much all your prayers for our ministry here. We also want to thank you for your faithful finances. We will be going to America on June 25 for a couple of months. Karen’s Dad will be turning 90 years old in July. Karen also has her six months checkup in August. Please pray for a safe trip as we travel back to the USA. We would love to hear from you and see you. We do not have a phone number yet, but you can contact us through e-mail or messenger until then. God’s blessings to you.

With our love,
Ruben, Karen & Bianca

Beraca Foundation, P.O. Box 674, Jacksonville, IL 62651; karenpopet@gmail.com

Pastor Iulian Vodislav – Noul Legamant Church in Lugoj, Romania

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Here’s a visual glimpse into the ministry of Iulian Vodislav. Thank you for supporting the ministry. 

Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.   James 1:27

May, 2021

Dear Friends,

We want to say Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful moms who read our newsletter. You truly are a blessing from God for your family. We pray that God continues to strengthen you and surround you with His love as you daily take care of and love so many others.

This past month we have been able to bless others as well. Many people in Pesac still live in poverty with limited amount of money for food. We went shopping with some of our older girls and made twenty-five boxes of food for the neediest families there. The surprise and gratitude on their faces was great. It was Ionela’s birthday as well so afterwards we took her to the restaurant of her choice – KFC!

A lot of refugees from Syria and Afghanistan are staying temporarily in Timisoara. A non-profit organization has set up a program to provide meals for them. Many of the churches in Timisoara as well as other individuals are serving lunch and dinner daily. We volunteered for one day and had all the children help us to make supper for them. They like doing things like this. It teaches them to serve others who are less fortunate than themselves.

They are also learning that as they give of themselves, God will bless them in return. We had a church group come out one Saturday to help us with yard work, splitting wood, cleaning out the garage and etc. When the work was done, they had a big barbeque for all of us. The food was delicious. Another church invited us to come for the weekend. The pastor opened his home for all of us to stay in. They have a separate part just for groups. Saturday afternoon there were children and youth meetings at their church. Our teenagers and children had a great time. Afterwards, there was a mini fair going on. Our teenagers went with their teenagers to ride on some of the rides. Everyone made some new friends. Church the next day was wonderful. It was a great weekend.

Andrada and Gabi were in a play at church for Easter. Andrada had a speaking part and had to use a microphone. She was a little nervous but did a great job. Gabi was so excited to be a part of it, too. It was wonderful to celebrate our Lord’s resurrection with everyone.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us this past month with your finances and prayers. They are so important to us. May you also be blessed in a special way.

With our love,
Ruben, Karen & Bianca

Beraca Foundation, P.O. Box 674, Jacksonville, IL 62651; karenpopet@gmail.com

Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.   James 1:27

April, 2021

Dear Friends,

We pray you had a blessed Easter. We will be celebrating Easter in Romania on May 2. To incorporate both the Catholic and Orthodox Easters, the children and teenagers have vacation from April 2 until May 4. However, they will have to go to school until June 25. Some of them still have a class or two during the week with specific professors to help them prepare for the year-end tests. It is tough for them to have a whole month off and then try to concentrate again for two months when the weather is getting nice outside.

Yesterday, a group from Timisoara came out to visit the children. They brought lunch for them and a lot of food. They played games with them in the afternoon and even cut the boys hair. Everyone had a good time. After they left, we headed to our American friends in another village for a cook-out. There is a huge backyard for the children to play in. We had a great visit with our friends. After church Sunday, we took everyone to the mall for lunch. You still must eat outside in the open air, but it was a beautiful day, so no one cared. Someone blessed us at church with a surprise financial gift for the orphanage, so we used it to buy lunch for everyone. God is a great provider. We have a few more outings planned with the children while they are on vacation.

A church blessed us with money to buy the children and teenagers some new spring clothes. So, we took everyone shopping last week. It was fun to see them pick out things that they liked. Everyone was excited to wear their new clothes and shoes to church. Thank you to all who proved the funds to make this happen.

We bought food for the widows again and distributed it to them. It is always nice to visit them. They like seeing the children and having visitors. Loneliness is their biggest struggle. With the weather getting warmer, they can at least get outside some and see people. Unfortunately, one widow is confined to her bed. We got her a new mattress and sheets to help her feel more comfortable.

The food bank in Timisoara gave us a donation of food. We were able to bless our people at our food bank as well as help a couple of other foundations in Timisoara with food. We continue to have new people whose living situation is terrible come to our food bank. We are thankful that we can help them with food and clothing.

Thank you to everyone who continues to give faithfully through finances and in prayer for our ministry here. Both are so important.

With our love,
Ruben, Karen & Bianca

Beraca Foundation, P.O. Box 674, Jacksonville, IL 62651; karenpopet@gmail.com

Gyuri & Aniko Varga – Erd, Hungary

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021
VARGA NEWS – EASTER 2021
 
PANDEMIC – Schools and kindergartens were closed on March 8 in our country because of COVID-19. They remain like that until April 19. Our church has been operating online since March last year. Summer time we met outside couple times. The health situation is very bad right now. This time last year we had 10 deaths/day. Yesterday we had over 300. It is like you had over 10000 deaths /day in the USA. As far as we can know numbers, we lead the world in deaths/day. Gyuri got his 1st shot, Anikó and the kids are on the waiting list. Last Friday the wife of the other Baptist pastor in Érd died in Covid. She was a healthy 50 years old woman. Our mission director’s wife has been in intensive care for 2 weeks. (Anikó’s age) Her condition is developing very slowly. Nobody can visit their relative, they can get information on phone every day between 3-4 pm. Young people and pregnant women die also. This British mutant is very aggressive. It is frightening. Anybody can be the next person. Of course, we know our days are numbered by God the Almighty and He prepares a place for us in Heaven. 
 
TIME TO THINK – We can’t do church as we used to. For some it is very difficult, we use this time to think through the basics. What is our purpose in serving God? What is our main goal? What is a church? What if we can’t come together anymore?  Many pastors are fearing the time we can open churches half of the congregation will not show up anymore. This process has become very beneficial for us. We have a clearer picture of what we would like to see in and around us as the outcome of the Spirit’s work.
 
SMALL GROUPS on Zoom – Last week we launched a Bible Study group for 3 ladies who would like to be baptized. Plus 2 small groups for closer spiritual fellowship (cell groups). All went very well. We had 25 persons involved. 
 
PASTORS – Gyuri had a difficult year with the pastors’ program online. They started late and could not finish. They had a difficult time dedicating their time online. It was much easier and effective when they were able to go away for 5 days. Not this year. Though we are very thankful to God for the opportunity to spend 4 days together with 6 pastor couples in August. We still get very nice feedbacks from them. There are 2 pastors (our age) who are in personal crises. Gyuri tries to help them somehow. Last week he had a 4 hours talk with one. Next month they continue.
 
VERITAS – Abigel’s new school brings new opportunities for Gyuri to minister. The principle asked him to spend an hour every other Thursday with the kids to talk about faith. They had 2 classes together so far. Abi said they like Gyuri. 6 of 9 kids are not believers. Gyuri was invited to take part of the teachers’ meetings also, so he’d have a chance to influence the teachers too (half of them are not Christians). 
 
HOUSE – Our house project is still going on. Since early December we do it ourselves. We dedicate Saturdays and Mondays for this purpose. Last week we finished the wood covering on the outside. Aniko paints all the rough walls that used to be outside, Gyuri puts down the laminated floor in the built-in terrace. That is where we’ll have people for counselling. When we finish that, we’ll begin to build the wooden deck in front of the house. We are not bored.
 
PRAYER REQUESTS:
-protection from Covid
-good spiritual experiences in small groups
-pastors in crises
-good health of our daughter-in-law and her baby girl (due July 2)
-kids and teachers would be interested in knowing Jesus in Abi’s school
 
 
Thanks for your prayers and financial support that enables us to serve our wonderful God in Hungary.
 
“… the Son of man must be delivered up into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” Luke 24,7
 
We wish you a meaningful and joyful celebration of the death and resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ! Happy Easter!!!
 
Gyuri, Anikó
Áron and Abigél

Mirek & Olinka Klepacek – Cerna Horna, Czech Republic

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021