The Latest at PHFTCDear Friends,
I hope your New Year has started out with blessings and the affirmation that you are important and have much impact on this world! I am continually reminded that we are each here for a purpose, whether it is encouraging a stranger or a friend, making a meal for someone, paying someone's utilities, or donating money to a cause, you are here for a reason- to make this world a better place!
Recently, I took my son to an elder care home and had him pass out flowers and use his gifts of smiles and dance to bless the occupants. They were so happy to see a young, vibrant boy in their midst willing to give them a breath of Springtime and a hug. As I watched, Andrew became more and more happy as he saw their joy! I explained to him later that dancing not only can bring him pleasure, but others as well, and in return he felt fulfilled too. I realized that I was merely being the vehicle for him to use his talents to bless others.
That is what we at PHFTC are praying we will be for you this year - a conduit of your dreams and goals! Our work to help others that are abandoned and needy continues on! Even with the changes happening in our projects, we are eager to see what will happen in the next few months and how our reach will broaden!
For those of you that haven't heard yet, Alina, our long time employee, resigned at the end of the year. She has been working tirelessly for many years with not only our foundation, but others and is need of a rest. She will be training our new employee, Andrea this month for the position of Director of Romanian Outreach. This is a part time position doing the managerial work in Romania and her sponsored salary will be less than Alina's. *Please see her bio below. We are also looking for a part time Maternal Assistant for the Sibiu Hospital.
We also have a new opportunity presenting itself that we are beginning to explore. Many of you might remember that I lived in Puerto Rico for a short period and volunteered at a Christian school for the deaf. The director there and I will be writing letters to the many orphanages on the island to see if there are any deaf children that are being "lost in the system". PHFTC would provide sponsors for the children so they could be housed and taught in their language at the school! At this time, we don't know if there are any such children, but we want to investigate this area. This will also give us as a non profit the introduction into these orphanages so we might see if they need any donations of basic essentials for the children housed in the orphanages. With the recent hurricanes and earthquakes, I feel strongly that this is a location that could use our help!
Please Pray for:
- Our new employee, Andrea
- Hiring another employee in Sibiu
- Starting a new project in Puerto Rico
- Fundraising this spring - the need is about $20,000
- My Spring trip to Romania
* For the past seven years I have had the amazing privilege to live as a missionary in Romania. God gave me the opportunity to use my experience as a teacher and youth leader to minister to the poor and orphaned, to bring them hope and healing through education and discipleship. By teaching in the poor villages and taking in orphans on the weekends, I realize that not only has God transformed others lives but He has transformed me in the process! What He has done in me is greater than anything He can do through me because serving Him is all about knowing Him. So I am thankful to now have another opportunity to know Him more by serving under Project Hope For The Children.
Growing up in a small town in Vermont I never imagined that God would send me halfway across the world but I am so grateful to be in Romania. I have learned so much more than just a new language. I have learned that God's love for me and others is deeper than I ever imagined. It has been such a joy to share His heart... to proclaim His message of grace... and to let His great love continue to change me and others around me as I journey with Him.
Thank you for your support, prayers, and emails! They mean so much!