Report from Homes of Hope Europe!
Hello my dear friends!!
I wanted to take this time to write about the beginning of a long journey. Homes of Hope in Europe/Africa. The first step that I took towards this vision, was to spend so
me time inverting into the community which I was hoping would embrace the vision, take me in, and release me to go to the nations. As soon as I came to base, everyone on staff were very welcoming and interested in getting to know me and hearing about Homes of Hope. They made room for me to get to know them as well and participate in their ministries. I spent a lot of time in the kitchen, which was a huge blessing since it’s the perfect place to talk and get to know people. There’s a break mid morning and working in the kitchen gave me the time to just go and chat with different people. Great friendships were found and depend. As far of Homes of Hope on base, they gave me a couple of time during staff meetings to share videos and share my vision to see a proper roof over those who don’t have it.
The second to last week I was there, I was able to travel to Romania to scout the land. Days before, I had several conversions with different people about Romania while at the same time I was contacted by 3 YWAm bases in Romania. Which I felt was God’s confirmation that we should go there. 1 week in Romania and we visited 3 cities, Craiova, Cluj and Medias. Other than communities in need, what I was looking for, was the investment that the bases were already doing in the communities. As Homes of Hope is more interested in the long term impact than the short term. And I was very happy to see that they were already known and seen in these communities. At the YWAM base in Cluj, which I think will be the first base were we will start taking groups to, they already have a project to plant a church in the middle of the community. I loved seeing their long term vision and heart for the people.
The housing situation in Romania, isn’t that different that those in Latinamerica or Africa where we’ve gone to build. Romania is a country with a lot of corruption and discrimination toward the minority, called Gypsies. Or as they would like now to be called, Romans. They have the rights as every other Romanian, but the poverty mindset and discrimination against them, make them not take full advantage of them. They don’t normally get the same jobs or equally paid. So, basically what the government does, is they send them to an area where they keep away from the city. That’s how they know where their place is. Because of the lack of opportunities, they sell on the streets, pick up aluminum to sell or simply flee to other countries like Italy, France, Germany and Switzerland to “work”, which for them means, beg on the streets. Here’s a few pictures that I hope than represent a little bit of the great need in this country.
I believe we all have experienced building a home for a family in extreme need. Imagine those faces of the moms, dads and kids of the families you’ve been able to change lives for. Those are the same faces we are going to change in Europe and Africa! We want to make sure entire families don’t have to sleep on dirt anymore. That they don’t have to sleep under the sky in the freezing cold. But that that they have a dignified home to go to. One that will let them know that God truly cares for them and loves them enough to send complete strangers to help them!!!
I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank you. Thank you for the blessing and opportunity to be your missionary into the nations. WE are a group of world changers!
Please let me know how I can be praying for you!! I look forward to hearing back from you. 🙂