Kola comes from a background of poverty. God had other plans for her, however, and a few years ago she came to live in a Christian orphanage in India. Here she received love and care, her needs were met, she was sent to school, and she heard about Jesus. In this environment she began to blossom. She accepted Christ as her Savior. She, and a few other orphan girls, desired to reach out to their home village and in 2010 they started a Sunday School which has evolved into an active church! Kola is currently in the 2nd year of nursing training. She wants to become a nurse, go back to her village, and help her own people. Talk about a success story in the making!
Eszter is the director of the Emmaus Home orphanage in Bogata, Romania. She tells an amazing story of family reunification. Five years ago, the parents of Istvan and Kinga Santa were alcoholics. The dad came to Eszter’s father-in-law and told him that he had no job, no place to live, and no future for his children. His solution was to kill the children, then kill his wife, then kill himself. He believed that then the problem would be over. Eszter’s father-in-law counseled the dad to take his kids to the Emmaus Home. The dad listened, and Kinga and Istvan lived in the home for 3 years. During this time the parents came to know Christ, quit drinking, the dad got a job, and now the family is reunited again! Istvan and Kinga are proud of their parents for quitting alcohol. Istvan is studying agronomy and in his spare time works with his dad. Kinga is studying English in a very prestigious school in Tirgu Mures. Miracles do happen!
Catalina is a young lady who lives in the Casa Sperantei orphanage in Timisoara, Romania. She, along with two of her brothers, came to live in the Casa Sperantei in 1995 after their mother died. Catalina comes from a family of five siblings, and the two oldest siblings stayed to live with their father. From the beginning Catalina integrated very well into life at the Casa Sperantei. She started to attend school and was a good student, earning the honor of top academic student four years in a row. It was in school that she began to learn English. She supplemented her formal English education with English cartoons which she watched at the orphanage. In Catalina's opinion, it was from the TV that she really learned the language.
In 1999 Catalina accepted Jesus as her Savior and her life as a Christian began. She continued her educational studies at a local Christian school.
In 2002 the European Union and the Romanian government organized a skills contest for the children living in Romanian orphanages. Catalina wanted to compete in this contest in the area of English knowledge. She proceeded to win the contest at the local level and then went on to win two prizes at the national level. Both the president and prime minister of Romania congratulated her. Catalina and those who won in other skill areas were rewarded with a trip to Brussels, Belgium to attend a parliament meeting. Catalina subsequently was interviewed many times on TV and in the newspapers.
During this time, a lady from Alabama came to the Casa Sperantei to visit. She heard about Catalina and her recent achievements, and offered to help Catalina obtain a scholarship to a university in the United States. Catalina was very happy with this proposition and in 2003 sent in her application. In February of 2004 Catalina received word that she received a scholarship to Jacksonville University in Alabama. She began attending the university in August 2004, excelling academically and securing a scholarship for the 2005-2006 school year as well.
Magdolna and Adorjan are two children who live in the Alesd Home orphanage in Northwestern Romania. They have lived in this home for many years now. Both of their parents are deceased. Magdolna and Adorjan witnessed their father’s self-inflicted death which affected them so much that their speech was impaired (it caused them to stammer). They both were taken out of school for one year because of this speech defect. Now, several years later, both Magdolna and Adorjan have recovered their ability to speak normally, have resumed their studies in school, and have adapted well to life in the orphanage. Both are progressing well.
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