Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Waiting for God

This is an excerpt from a message I gave recently and thought I would share it with you all!

Last year, if you remember I talked about obeying God’s command no matter how insecure or afraid you felt. I gave my testimony on how the Lord nudged me along every step of the way in my journey to Romania, in setting up the Ministry afterwards and even recently into becoming a Non Profit. And how looking back I can now see the benefits and blessings of obedience, namely the adoption of my son!

Today, I want to talk to you about something almost opposite of that~ resting in God’s timing and patience in knowing God’s will! For those of you that know me well, you know I am not a patient person! My husband could tell you that! Once my mind is made up or when I am confident in a situation I like to execute with military precision! But sometimes God asks us to sit quietly and watch for his signal.
My children are riding the bus this year and I love to watch as they walk out to the end of the driveway keeping their eyes on the bus driver. They halt when he signals them to stop then proceed to cross and board the bus when he has given them the ok. Even Andrew waits patiently. I watch proudly at this morning routine before the question asks, “Do you do get the ok from God before making decisions?” Sadly the answer is no sometimes.

I Cor. 612 “You say, “I am allowed to do anything”- but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.  And I Cor. 10:23 You say, “I am allowed to do anything”- but not everything is good for you. You say,”I am allowed to do anything”- but not everything is beneficial. Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.

Within PHFTC there are so many areas we could get involved in and so many needs and I want to help them all! This year we are more organized, have a better giving base and more opportunities than ever. And I find myself straining at the leash to do it all right now! But if I were to do it all now there could be repercussions in other areas. My Children, our foster parenting, Jack’s and my relationship, maybe a relationship with a friend… You know what I mean. We are all pulled in so many directions for “good” causes.

My mother always quoted Romans 12:1,2 to me. “And so dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice- the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don’t copy the behaviors and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Good, acceptable/pleasing and perfect… some of my decisions might be good, some acceptable, but is the decision all three? I will only know that if I am watching the Lord and waiting for his guidance. So my challenge for you is this: Examine your life. Not only is it best to heed the Lord’s prompting in obedience to something but it is also wise to wait for Him to tell you when and where to go. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

So please pray for The Board and I as we make decisions this year that we would listen to God and be in His perfect will!

Twelve Years

Twelve years ago I stepped off my first plane flight into Hungary and drove across the border into Romania! I was so young and innocent back then, but was eager to do my part in showing God's love to unwanted children. What a ride it has been since! There have been many humbling, learning experiences a long the way and things have occured that I never imagined!  

In a month, I will be flying back to Romania for two weeks! Alina and I will purchase supplies for the Oradea hospital and the Sibiu hospital. If we get in enough funds this year we will attempt to add the preshool section in Sibiu. It will cost us about $2,000 more to completely fund the Sibiu hospital for a total of $6,000 spent on supplies. The Oradea hospital ranges between $6,000-$7,000 a year. We also try to help some of the other foundations there. We are almost on budget so please keep us in your thoughts and prayers to bring in $2,000 more in the next month!

Thank you for all your help and support!



Monday, April 6, 2015


Dear Friends,

You are overdue for an update and much has gone on so I will try to condense it! First let me thank you for your kind emails and thoughts concerning our private life with our son! Your sharing and encouragement has meant so much to me! We have found a psychotherapist and hopefully can start on paperwork this week! The training that Jack and I will receive will be very helpful especially with me being gone to Romania and the benefits to Andrew are exciting to think about!

And speaking of being in Romania, I found tickets for $1025. A great deal, though I leave a little earlier than expected. My dates for working in Romania will be May 14-29th. Jack will work during the days and be a single parent at night to all three children so please keep him in your prayers. Our awesome nanny, Brittany will be here during the days!

Thankfully, I have almost all my Sundays booked before I leave and am hoping to meet our target goal of $16,000 before I leave. We are at approximately $12,500 now. I think that we can make it!

We found out that the the pediatric hospital in Cluj was not in need of help at this time so I can remove that from my travel itinerary . Alina and I will still need to travel to Sibiu in the middle of the country, and visit our hospital down there! There is a section of that hospital that we did not fund last year due to lack of money so hoping that will be a possibility this year!

In Oradea, there are changes going on as well. One of the foundations in the hospital is having to downsize and we will be picking up any slack that comes about because of that. Alina will be in care of more children and will be working longer hours now. A big thank you to the people who are generously increasing her salary! This came at the same time as Alina's father lost his job. Her salary will go to help her family as it is a stressful time for all of them now. Please remember Mr. Plugar in your prayers that God would bring him a better job in Oradea.

This is a busy time of year for our Ministry and I want to thank you for all of your encouragement, prayers and financial help! Project Hope thrives because of your compassion and concern for others! If you are feeling led to give you can give via PayPal on our donate page or mail to Project Hope for the Children Inc, 6983 Chase Rd, Fabius, NY 13063.

Enjoy the sunny and maybe warmer weather coming our way!

In Him,