Caminul Felix April 2019 Update
Caminul Felix April 2019 Update

Our Dear Friends and Sponsors

We joyfully greet you again, wonderful people who have been supporting this ministry with great faithfulness for a long time. We don’t even know and have never met most of you, but we cherish you greatly and we want you to know that you are to us what fuel is to a car. That may not be the finest comparison, but it really expresses the truth … without your support we would not be able to function. Several times a year I receive a phone call from a person I would dare to call my friend … I refer to her as my friend because we have a few common interests, such as our love for God and our love for those who for various reasons have been left without a home and a family. Considering her age though, I could almost refer to her as my mother. A woman who for years, along with her husband, has been supporting this ministry even though they live on modest pensions, managing their money very carefully in order to be able to get by. We only met once. Back then I felt slightly uneasy because of her simplicity and at the same time her unstoppable desire to help us with everything she thought she could help us with. An instant connection was formed between me and this extremely modest lady whose inner richness goes far beyond the financial aspect, and this connection has lasted for several years. The kind and warm voice and the words of encouragement that I hear from the other end of the “line” often invigorate my heart and reassure me that we are not alone, and that there may be many people like her who think about us and meet our needs even though they have never met us. What a tremendous encouragement that is to us! Therefore, we want to assure you once again that we greatly cherish every prayer, every financial effort however small, and every encouragement. All of these things have a huge contribution to the advancement of the ministry and the transformation of these children’s lives. We wish you a year full of blessings and we encourage you that this year as well you will choose to be a blessing to those who need a home, who need a family! With gratitude – Simona Puscas

 

Greetings to you all from the Sponsorship Office!

First of all, we would like to thank all of you who sent gifts, packages, knitted warm clothes and many more nice things for our children and families for Christmas. We gratefully received everything that came to us! A new year started, and we are looking forward to what will happen in the Caminul Felix Villages. Some of our families who have been around since the start have moved out from their CF homes as their children are now young adults and are living independently. New families and more children will begin a new life and a bright future in those homes. Our goal is to continue to offer everyone who wants to participate and give support the opportunity to become a child sponsor. Help us to tell people you meet about Caminul Felix Family Village and that they too can invest in children’s lives through this Ministry,. God bless you! Ellie Filip and Lisa E Hornberg

Child Story

As children we were taken care of by our great-grandmother because our mother didn’t want to take care of us. I was an obedient child. I enjoyed helping Granny to feed the chickens and goats. However, I didn’t like to feed the pigs, since they were too noisy and it smelled really bad in the pigpen. I really enjoyed playing with the dog and running around with it through the yard, going to kindergarten and playing with friends, going to the.store with my great-grandmother, going fishing with my grandfather and going to the park. There are more unpleasant memories from home than pleasant ones and I’d rather not talk about those. However, it was pretty nice until our great-grandmother got sick and was no longer able to take care of us. Not long after that, I was taken to a foster care center along with my siblings. We stayed there for about two months. We were among the youngest children in the center. Then we were brought to Caminul Felix. When we arrived here, I remember seeing a lot of children welcome us. Later we went outside and sat on the swing. When I saw how much space we had for playing, I realized how much the children at the center would have enjoyed playing here and how lucky I was: I have adjusted quite well and I get along with most of the children here. My pleasant memories here are numerous: my birthdays that we have celebrated at the mountain and one time at the seaside; the camps and trips I have been on with my family, especially the one in Cheile Turzii; the camps and trips I have been-on with the children in my group from church. I really really love to read. My favorite books are the Mark of the Lion trilogy. I also like to play basketball and my favorite color is blue. When I grow up, I would like to become a pharmacist- but that can change along the way. I have learned from my biological parents’ mistakes: in the future I see myself with the family I am going to build and which I will never abandon, as my biological parents have done. Mihaela Iuhas, Villa Falkoping House, Caminul Felix

What do you do with the things you have?

This is the question we want to ingrain into our children’s minds. American essayist Hamilton Wright Mabie said: “The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence and educational advantages; the question is what he will do with the things he has.”

Because of you, our children have a lot of opportunities here that they could take advantage of in order to achieve great things-they just need to have the desire to do it. This is what we try to instill into our children, that being at Caminul Felix does not mean failure and that the wisest thing for them to do would be to use this opportunity to develop and grow physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. Mihaela is one of the children ‘ who uses opportunities well, has good results in school, wants to go to college, plays the mandolin, is atnbitious, likes to attend church and the children’s groups at church, has good plans for the future and aims high. It is a great joy for us to see children like Mihaela and we pray that more and more children will become responsible civilized adults, thus honouring the efforts of all of you who have chosen and continue to choos to constantly give some of your resources so that these children can have this kind of life. Thank you – Ghita Cozma – father in Villa Falkoping House