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We have lived in Romania for 16 years now. We have 6 kids. The top photo of our family is the day we met the twins, just before their 4th birthday. We were granted custody of them on their 5th birthday.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Camp Pictures

The girls!

This is Bogdan, he is 7 and has lived in the same private children's home as Marius since he was a baby.

This is Flavius. He is 7. He was taken from his home two years ago and lives in a state run facility.

Gianina, Spencer, and Ema. Ema comes to church with his grandma who cares for him. He lives in a two room apartment with his grandma, grandpa, sister, mom, dad, and uncle. His parents are both mentally handicapped. Ema starts 3rd grade this fall. He has improved much in reading and math. His sister, Loredana, will start 1st grade this fall.

This is Gianina. She is 10 and lives just up the street from us. She and her 5 year old sister come to church. They live in one room with their mom and 4 dogs. She comes to our house for help with school work.

Here are all 12 of the kids that went to the first week of camp.

This is Marius. He comes from a private children's home in a village not too far from us. He is 7. We met him first when he was almost 4. This is his first year of going to camp. He is a sweet, energetic, stinker! When he was born, his birth mom did not even name him. She put down a false name for herself so when she left the hospital without him they couldn't track her down. The mayor of the town he was born in gave him a name. Please pray for Marius, that he would know his Heavenly Father loves him and that he would some day receive a family.


Anca said...

So great to see pictures! Thanks for the update, as well. Now we're homesick... :)

Praying for the kids at camp!

Anca & Dan

PBBaddorf said...

Thanks for the great pictures and info of what you are up to.
My name is Petra Baddorf and I am teaching at World View at NHCC in Greenville, SC. Your mission work and your family Have been in my prayers for the past few weeks while I am teaching the fourth graders about missions in Europe. Your blog has given me some good insight into what you are doing and I can share all this with the children.
Thank you and may the Lord bless you and your family.
Petra Baddorf

Joyce Howerton said...

Thanks Petra! I'm homesick too Anca ;).