That’s what happened six years ago when Viorel and Florica Pasca watched a newscast about homeless elderly who had frozen to death on the streets of Romania. They could have responded by switching channels. They could have turned off the TV, or said a prayer for those still living on the streets, or wished someone would do something.
Instead, they took action. They found elderly who had no place to live, and they opened their home to them. And their hearts. And their finances. They started with less than 10. They are caring for over 100 today.
I know of no one who better illustrates these verses than Viorel and Florica Pasca:
“Suppose there are brothers or sisters who need clothes and don't have enough to eat. What good is there in your saying to them, ‘God bless you! Keep warm and eat well!’ if you don't give them the necessities of life? So it is with faith: if it is alone and includes no actions, then it is dead” (James 2:15-17).
In God’s great plan, I serve with Elder Orphan Care today because their faith sprouted legs. I can only pray that as we partner together that some of their vibrantly alive faith will rub off on me.
The photographs below show a glimpse of what Living Faith looks like. Be aware that some of the images are graphic.
My next blog post will be full of celebration for what God has done through Elder Orphan Care in just over a year. God has worked through your prayers, encouragement, labor, creativity and resources to do amazing things! I will also share about upcoming trips, speaking engagements, needs, and other opportunities.
Believing Ephesians 3:20,
|Rescued from the streets and being shown God's love in action.|
|The winter in Europe was brutal this year.|
When I was in Dumbrava last October they were already trying to get ahead on chopping wood.
|Pastor Viorel, Nurse Crini and others went to the streets to offer blankets, homemade bread, and medical care.|
|The hospital staff knows if they call Pastor Viorel, he will take "the desperate cases."|