Caleb’s journey through 2019

We’d love to share with you a bit of our 2019 journey at Caleb Foundation.
Every year we like to choose a theme that we follow throughout the year. For 2019 it has been “Spiritual Warfare”, which meant a lot of prayer in and over the community. With the significant breakthrough and victories came quite a bit of hardship, opposition and pain. But in the end it’s all worth it.

Short Term Mission Teams – this year we’ve had a record number of teams come to Caleb Foundation to aid us in our endeavor to bring transformation to the gypsy community of Lazareni. The 8 teams spread out from April to November, very different in make-up and purpose, all achieved what they came to accomplish.
From working with kindergarten and primary school kids, doing ministry in the streets, playing sports with the kids, building and gardening, insulating houses while teaming with the local men, doing training sessions with the local teachers to declaring the reign of Jesus over the community.

We highly appreciate all the teams that have been such a blessing for us!

After School Camp – There is an old saying ‘give a man a fish and it will feed him for a day, but teach a man to fish and it will feed him for a lifetime’. This same principle of giving a child an education is giving them a passport for the future, a chance to live.
To further influence and invest in these children’s lives we made sure they have a chance to go to our summer camp. This is the second year we have our Afterschool camp and apparently the last year’s camp had such a major impact that they all fought for best results in order to qualify for this year’s camp.
It is hard to accurately describe what a culture of love, acceptance and grace present at camp can do to a child lacking most of these values in their own homes. The leader’s transparent and vulnerable hearts made it possible for the children to open up and share burdens, wounds as well as desires and aspirations. In a godly atmosphere healing took place as kids were prayed for, talked to and encouraged to continue to dream big.

In the video bellow you get a glimpse of the incredible time we all had!

House Insulation Project – The HIP has been such a game changer for the community of Lazareni, not only giving the romma people a more comfortable home during the harsh winter months, but also bringing unity among the families involved in helping each other out throughout the process.
What is different this year from all five previous years of HIP-ing houses is that we made it a community project by having the men of the village do most of the work. Each family whose house is being insulated has to come up with a team of 3-4 men that will do the work assisted and supervised by us. Having a team from other country or town insulate your house is no doubt an incredible blessing. However, having the locals be part of the hands on process makes it even more special giving the family the satisfaction of personal involvement and investment.
It has been such a great experience, seeing the families come together, helping each other out with water, electricity or simply offering to do the work.

By the end of the year, we will have insulated a total of 53 houses in Lazareni and they all will be bearing our signature color as a testimony of what can be achieved when we partner to make a difference.
Here is a short video capturing the excitement experienced by a team we had with us in September:

 

Kindergarten: these are the 35-40 sweet kids we run into every day as their classrooms share the same building with our office. What an incredibly different picture from the one we were witnessing a few years back. They used to be scared, wild and unruly and today while they are still full of energy they became kinder and more affectionate and much easier to work with.
Watch this incredible video to see how blessed these kids are:

 

Thank you so much for partnering with us in making a long lasting impact in the gypsy community of Lazareni!

Gheorghe & Alina Galea

House Insulation Project – Houses 38-40

The HIP has been such a game changer for the community of Lazareni, not only giving the roma people a more comfortable home during the harsh winter months, but also bringing unity among the families involved in helping each other out throughout the process.

From Sep 27 to Oct 4 we had the privilege of hosting a team from New Covenant Church,  Tyler TX led by Pastor Sam Fisher. These men came determined to insulate two houses but because of their tenacity, hard work and generosity we ended up insulating three. 

These are houses 6-8 of 2019 but houses 38-40 overall. What a joy this project has been!

Please watch the video bellow to see the miracle unfold: 

Kindergarten Update

DENISA – class A teacher

As you may already know, our kindergarten is split in two groups: class A and class B. This school year I had the opportunity to teach class A made up of 19 kids. This is their last year in the kindergarten because in September they will start school!! Due to mostly health reasons not all the kids have been able to attend at all times. One of the boys has some serious health issues (special needs) and he couldn’t attend but a few classes. We have realized that we have at least as much to work with the parents as we do with the children in order to make them realize the importance of education if these kids are to have any real chance of making it in life.

The rest of the kids have happily attended all classes and have grown immensely. Continue reading “Kindergarten Update”

After School Camp 2019 – What an awesome experience!

The Afterschool project closest to our hearts as we get to see the kids being transformed, educated, challenged to desire a brighter future for themselves and the generations to come.

Life through the eyes of the average gypsy child looked bleak and hopeless. This average child represents a number of children living in this very poor Roma Gypsy community in Lazareni where the poverty is so extreme that even the basic human right of access to running water is not a reality. These children were stigmatised, they were marginalised from society they couldn’t look to a future, or even contemplate having aspirations and dreams. Continue reading “After School Camp 2019 – What an awesome experience!”

Florin – ursuletul clasei

 

Nu sunt pentru porecle. Nu le accept, dar când vine vorba de Florin fac o execepție. El e ursulețul clasei. E o pufoșenie de copil. Când îi strigi numele e tot un zâmbet. Larg și în care se oglindește toată frumusețea lumii.

Dar acest ursuleț nu a fost mereu așa. Are o sora mai mare în grupă, Ioana, care e total opusul lui. Independentă și sigură pe sine. Florin e mai închis, e mai încet și încăpățânat. În primele zile nu făcea nimic din ceea ce îi spuneam. Dacă era să mâncăm la masă, el nu. Dacă ne jucam, el nu. Dacă coloram, el nu. Parcă l-a îmbrățișat pe acel nu. Continue reading “Florin – ursuletul clasei”

House Insulation Project 2018

One can only appreciate how much we can live without when visiting a poor community like the gyspy community in Lazareni, Romania. It is a great reality check for most teams joining us throughout the year.

There is however, a great need that we have been trying to meet for many years, and that is the lack decent living conditions. Even though the process of providing decent living conditions for the gypsys in Lazareni is slow, we are celebrating every step of the way.
Because of very low income, very few families have been able to build a house that provides adequate shelter from the elements as well as safety. With help from our partners and individuals we have been able to help six families build a house and insulate them in order provide a more appropriate living conditions. Continue reading “House Insulation Project 2018”