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

Laszlo & Katalin Nagy – Obarok, Hungary

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Hungary in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We wish You peace and grace!

We hope this message finds you in health.

Working online meanwhile children are at home, and all the meals at home takes much more time than before November so we are sending our last two Newsletters together. Thank you for  your love and prayers. We appreciate all kind of supports you have sent for our ministry and family. 

We appreciate all your prayers, indeed.

Please find attached our Newsletters, and although it is in Hungarian we are sending our last church Newsletter, too, with some pictures of 2020.

Oct-Nov-Dec

Jan-Feb-March.pdf

We ask you to forward this donate address for our church building, IF God moves you so:

https://peminfo.hu/en/donate-2/

Thanks for your e-mail, if you would inform us how you are doing, and how is your church handling this virus situation. 

God Bless You All!

with love in Christ

László Nagy and his family

Hungary

Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Friday, March 19th, 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

March, 2021

Dear Friends,

It is so nice to see the springlike weather.   The children have been outside on their roller blades and riding their bikes. They are so glad to be able to play outside after school. It has been a long winter. Last Saturday, Ruben took them all on a hike into our hills nearby to pick wildflowers. They found a beautiful little waterfall, too.

March 8 is Women’s Day in Romania. We ordered pizza for all of the women workers and the girls. They decorated the diningroom, making it look very festive. Everyone also received a flower. The workers do a good job so we wanted to make them feel special. It was a nice afternoon.

We have been able to provide two electric wheelchairs through Beraca Foundation for two people in our village. They don’t drive cars and can’t walk very well. It was hard for them to go to the store or anywhere else. Now, they are so excited. You can see them driving all around with big smiles on their faces. We also were able to help a family in another village whose house burned down by providing some construction supplies to rebuild it. They have several children so it is important for them to have a place to live. And, the parents of another family in the village next to us died. Again, there are several children involved although a couple of them are older. The older ones are taking care of the younger ones but they still needed help with buying food and other things. So, we were able to give money to them through their pastor so they could buy groceries and other essentials. We are thankful to be able to branch out and help others in Romania who really need it. We are praying that God shows us more situations like these where we can provide for those who have no means to do it themselves.

The children are getting excited about doing the garden at the farm again this year. The ground has been plowed. Soon, they will be able to start planting. One of our cows had a little calf but unfortunately, the calf died. However, there is now a lot of milk to drink from the mother as well as use for other things. The children like having this abundance of milk.

Karen had a safe and easy trip back to the USA. Her tests were all good. Praise the Lord. He is so faithful. Your prayers were felt. She doesn’t have to see the doctor again for six months. She will be leaving on March 15 to travel back to Romania. She has a grueling schedule flying through five airports. Please pray for strength and easy transitions and safe flights. Thanks so much.

Thank you also for your financial giving and prayers for our ministry. They mean a lot. We pray that God continues to be with each of you. May you have a wonderful Easter.

With our love,
Ruben, Karen & Bianca

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

Beni Indru & Efrata Church in Lugoj, Romania

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ,
We want peace and grace to be multiplied in your home and the work of your hands.  It’s been a while since I haven’t written anything to you.  We would like you to know that the work of the Lord is moving forward and they are confident that after this pandemic it will go even better.  We are involved in spiritual activities in the Efrata Church and the church in Criciova where I have been supporting the ministry there for 2 years.  We will see what the Lord has in plan in this direction.  We are also involved in relief work, continuing to help widows with wood and food.  We take care of a new work with the children we bring over our house and study with them. During this period we want to support some families with wood, because this year the legislation has changed, regarding the cutting of forests and the price will increase.  We want to be able to take as much wood as we can and then sharing.  We do not know if we will be able to help in this regard next winter, but because this February is even more relaxed, we want to carry out this project.  If the Lord puts you in the heart to be a part of one of these projects, he asks you to join us.  We wish you health, peace and prosperity in all!

Thank you very much,
Beni

Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Tuesday, February 23rd, 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

February, 2021

Dear Friends,

As we are writing this newsletter, the temperature has dropped drastically, and it is snowing very heavily. During the break between semesters, we went with the children and teenagers to the mountains for sledding and skiing. Unfortunately, we picked the wrong day to go. When we arrived, it was snowing/sleeting. The wind was blowing very hard. Manu skied for a short time and the children sledded. But, we did not stay long. It was disappointing for everyone. They did get to go sledding for a few days in our village. It is so nice to have the sledding hill right by the orphanage.

Second semester started this week. Some of the children are going in person and some are at home. This may change next week as more may be going in person. Ramona, one of our staff, does a great job making sure that everyone does their homework. She also does extra work with the children, so no one falls behind. We are so thankful for her.

The food bank continues to serve 20-30 families a week. We are still buying most of the food that we give away. We have been given a few donations from an organization in Timisoara which helps a lot. The people are thankful for the food and clothes. It is a joy for us to be able to bless them.

Last weekend we went to see a waterfall and visit a park in a nearby village. The waterfall was especially beautiful because of so much water that was entering into it from the mountain. The park had a small zipline that the children loved. There were also life-size animals that you could climb up on. Everyone had a good time sitting on them and taking lots of pictures. It was a beautiful day outside. We were glad that we took advantage of it.

Karen is going to the USA on February 19 for her six-month control after her surgeries. She will be returning on March 15. She must have a negative COVID-19 test to be able to enter the USA. This test will be on February 17. Please pray for her test, travels and easy entry through the different country’s borders she will go through. Also, please pray for her tests in America that everything is clear and that the results are negative. Your prayers are so important to us.

Thank you for your prayers for our work in Romania, too. They are felt here. And, thank you for your financial gifts. They allow us to continue doing God’s work in Romania. May God bless you in many ways.

With our love,
Ruben, Karen and Bianca

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

Karen & Ruben Popet – Beraca Orphanage in Jdioara, Romania

Tuesday, February 2nd, 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

January, 2021

Happy New Year!

We brought in the new year with our own party at the orphanage. First, everyone got to make their own personal pizza, putting whatever toppings on it they wanted. They turned out very delicious. Then, we had snacks and a couple of movies. At midnight, we went outside to watch the fireworks being shot off all around us. After that, everyone was so full and tired that we called it a night.

We had planned to go to Pesac to take the children there presents again this year. Unfortunately, the group from Germany could not come because of COVID-19 restrictions. So, we were not quite sure how we were going to come up with 170 presents. But God came through in an amazing way, with half of them coming from a Romanian group that wanted to help. Some churches made gifts and we received some shoebox Christmas gifts, too. We ended up with extras which was a good thing because there were 200 children there to receive gifts. It had been a long time since we had seen some of them. It was wonderful to see the smile on their faces. God is always so faithful.

Christmas was a little quieter this year. Since we could not go caroling, we went to visit our American friends and sang carols to them. Of course, we stayed for food, our teenagers’ favorite part. The village did have the “pitarai” which is basically singing from house to house for candy. Our children came home with overflowing bags. They still are eating candy from Christmas. On Christmas Day, we had a meal with the workers and all of us. Afterwards, we played a game with switching and trading presents. It was a lot of fun. And everyone ended up with the present that they wanted. The day after Christmas, we were invited to a friend in Timisoara. He and his wife made the best hamburgers and fries for everyone. They also had a present for each of the children and teenagers. We played games with them for a while. It was a fun evening. Finally, after church on Sunday, we went to the mall to see the decorations. They were beautiful. The next two weeks were school vacation.

School is still online, with three weeks left in the first semester. Please pray for the children that they can concentrate and finish well. We want to thank you for all your prayers and financial giving. They are greatly appreciated. We pray you all have a wonderful year.

With our love,
Ruben, Karen and Bianca

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

Jacob & Rodica Logos – Crivina, Romania

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, 

We wanted to write you a short letter to tell you that my family and the churches that we serve are well.  Even though we are in a pandemic, we thank God that He protected us and we didn’t have any losses.  Also, we rejoice that on May 17, 2020, we had three people baptized in the church of Nadrag.  

We would like to know how you, your family and the churches are doing.  I want to thank you with all of my heart for the support you personally sent us in 2020 and for the support that other people gave us through the Philippian Fellowship.  May God bless you all.  We also pray for all of you.  

We thank you for your prayers.  They have been a blessing for us.  I pray God blesses you in the year 2021.  And if it is God’s will, we will see you in Romania. 

We greet you with I Thess.  5:23,24.

God bless you, Jacob and Rodica

Lucian & Carmen Bordea — Romania

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

Greetings from me and the churches on the mission.  Thank you for your continued support in prayer and financial support.  I try to show you the state of the churches (Florica and Valea Argovei) and how things have gone in recent months.  In Florica the activities of the church are: the children’s club which was more restricted due to the restrictions, the group of teenagers had regular meetings, the fact that a teenager attends the preparation course for baptism and others are determined in the decision to be baptized.  In the church a young family recently returned, we were happy with their decision.  There are unsaved people in the family in the church who attend the meeting regularly, we are waiting for decisions and choices to follow Jesus.  We have regular meetings on Sundays and during the week we have evenings of prayer and Bible study.  We keep in touch with those who visit the church through visits and the presentation of the gospel at home, we pray for them to be enlightened by the holy scriptures. We help and support families in need.  I would like to inform you of the case of a person from the church who has serious heart health problems, please support him and his family in prayers.  In Valea Argovei there will also be three people to do the preparation course for baptism, we are happy for their choice.  There are people who attend church meetings, we keep in touch with them through home visits. This year we want to preach the gospel in neighboring cities.  Valea Argovei is a connection point for the surrounding villages with a meeting location than in Valea Argovei.  My desire for this year is to be as effective and involved as possible in presenting the gospel and expanding the kingdom of God.  Thank you for your direct and personal involvement.  Be blessed!!