Who Takes Photos of Trash?

Kim Jackson and Viorel Pasca in Tinca, Romania
My friend Viorel Pasca oversees the care of 160 elderly and frail in Romania. Their stories are unique but they have one thing in common: they would have no home were it not for God’s grace embodied in Viorel. 

He began rescuing homeless elderly in 2006. Today he is known by paramedics, police and social workers as the man who receives any person who needs a home, regardless of their past, their resources, their age, their health, or their nationality. 

He's been told, “You invest too much in people who have no future, who deserve their fate, who don’t even know what’s going on. Their lives are worthless.” Recently someone at city hall said, “You get the trash. All the trash is sent to you.” 

So it isn’t any surprise that God would direct our Elder Orphan Care mission team to deliver photographs of the so-called "trash" I took on previous trips. Our team had the most glorious privilege of giving the framed photographs to some of the most grateful people on planet earth. Their value in God's eyes is beautifully reflected in the photographs below. 

Each frame held a photograph of the person alone, but since the frames were clear plastic, I placed a photo of them with other people on the back side.

An interesting thing happened between the day we delivered the photographs and next day when we visited. In every case, the frame had been turned so that the photograph of them with someone was facing the front....

God bless you, Viorel Pasca, for not only believing, but for acting on the belief that God treasures each person He has created.

"So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them..." (Genesis 1:27).

A Shepherdess Meets the Great Shepherd

Lezica’s brief marriage failed when she was just 19. She found herself without parents, husband or home. Her circumstances combined with mild mental issues were cause enough for the authorities to take her only son away to an orphanage. 

Romanian Shepherd, June 2014
Alone, broke, and homeless, she found a job guarding sheep in exchange for makeshift shelter and food. After several years she was once again without work. It was winter. She went to a variety of places of worship begging for food and somewhere to lay her head. 

Only God knows how Lezica traveled over 24 years from Prahova, her birthplace in the southeastern region of Romania, through parts of Moldova, and back to Romania. But in February of 2014 she arrived at a church in Sibiu. Believers there knew about our friend and ministry partner, Viorel Pasca, who provides shelter, food, medical care and God’s love for 140 homeless elderly and frail. 

Kim and Lezica, June 2014
I met Lezica this summer when our mission team visited the care homes in Dumbrava. I was instantly struck by her sweet smile and beautiful white hair. 

“How do you like it here?” I asked through our translator. 

With no hesitation she spoke: 

“We have food. We have flowers. God loves me. I am grateful.” 

She eagerly took my hand when I extended it. Pastor Viorel took her other hand. He smiled and said, “She was recently baptized!” 

Lezica's Baptism
“Oh! How wonderful!” I threw my arms around Lezica, my new sister in Christ, the wandering shepherdess who was led home by our Great Shepherd. 

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen (Hebrews 13:20, 21 NIV).
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