Calendar 2024 – reminder to pray for us

Please feel free to download the PDF Calendar by clicking on the image bellow and put in on your desk, that way you will be reminded to pray for Caleb Foundation!

It looks like this when you print it, but if you fold it will be the perfect addition to your desk.

 

 

Blessed 2023

2023 has been an amazing year. After 23 years of spreading God’s love and working hard at transforming the Roma community in Lazareni, we are seeing major changes take place.

From a people without hope, education, access to jobs and training, we are now seeing a generation that understands the value of education, of having a job, but most of all realizing that they are the ones determining their family’s future.

Hope that comes from knowing God as a good father, made such a huge difference in the way they view life, so much so, that desperation seems to have left the village almost entirely.

Through all the Programs and Projects that Caleb has been running we are aiming at a holistic approach to the needs of the community, while emphasizing some more than others according to seasons and changes we notice.

Education
We are now in a season where Education is of paramount importance, not only because of all the opportunities aiming at the minority groups, but we notice an openness, a hunger even in the children toward wanting to know more. Of course, this doesn’t apply only to school related subjects but also to the Bible knowledge and spiritual growth that is part of our curriculum.

We now have 156 children from age 4 to 14 that come to our programs 5 days a week. Some come to kindergarten, others come to the afterschool program, while others that need more help and attention come to the “one to one” meeting with our teachers. We are blessed to be able to provide care, love, affection and much needed food for them every time they come to Caleb.

From January to August, we had many activities that involved the kids. Among them we had 3 summer camps where we divided the kids according to age. Two of the week-long camps were held on our property and the weather helped make these summer camps some of our best so far. All activities revolved around the theme of this year which was “Kingdom Kids”. The 3rd camp took place 5 hours away at a beautiful camp site and it was for the older kids that have earned the right to go by scoring a high attendance and good grades.

We made sure that the Kingdom values: Righteousness, Peace and Joy were present throughout all our activities. The aim was a major shift in their identity.
It’s hard to capture so many kids and the joy they experienced but of you watch the video bellow you will get a glimpse of what it was like.

Training
In July we were blessed to be able to do a course called “My job, my profession” in partnership with COM International from Switzerland with the young people looking to go to high school and then move on to choosing a career. In 2024 we will continue with the second stage of training.

Community Center
The Community Building is almost finished (project that has been going one for 3 years, as we are highly dependent on donations) and we are all looking forward to putting it to good use. If you’re thinking of doing a mission trip next year, please let us know. We will now be able to host you in our new building.

Job Creation
There have been a few endeavors to create jobs especially for those that are illiterate or have had very little education. Even though we had qualified people help us write business plans as well as assisting us in applying for grants nothing has materialized. That doesn’t mean we are giving up; we just have to look at other ways of doing it. We have met with the mayor and his team and are looking at finding long term solutions for the unemployment problem in the Roma communities.

Agriculture
Our garden and orchard yielded and unusual bountiful crop this year which meant we were able to bless the community and not had to spend so much money on food. Praise God.

Ukraine relief
As we are close to the Ukraine border many thousands of Ukrainians have fled to our home town Oradea and many have settled since, we have been able to raise funds for this cause as well as facilitate humanitarian aid in 2022 and 2023 for churches in Ukraine.
It’s been over a year since the Ukrainian church in our town has its services in our church’s facilities every Thursday night. Due to the partnership with the Ukrainian pastor many hundreds have been blessed over the course of almost two years.

Christmas celebration
We still have a few evets worth mentioning like the Thanksgiving Event for the Ladies that will take place on Friday the 24th of Nov, as well as Christmas celebration events according to age groups in December.

The unplanned & emergencies
There are many of these throughout the year, and being a humanitarian organization, we cannot ignore them. We have a tab open at the local pharmacy where we sent the ones that cannot afford to buy medicine. A few roofs needed to be replaced as the storm blew them away. A desperate family needed a house and we were able to facilitate that. And there are the many cases we need to intervene on the Roma’s behalf in the hospitals or other government offices as they are either neglected or taken advantage of.

These are just some of the highlights of this fruitful year!
Thank you for your prayers and support!

Gheorghe & Alina Galea

When tragedy strikes!

Dear friends of Caleb Foundation,

UPDATE: Because some decided to be generous Nicu and his family will soon be able to move back into his house! 

Today is a sad day for all of us at Caleb as one of our team members and his family suffered great loss. Last night Nicu’s house caught fire and everything was burned down leaving the brick walls standing. Everything Nicu’s family had, was consumed by the devastating fire that threatened to take their lived had they not moved as fast as they did. Apparently the fire started in the attic due to electrical short-circuit and had been growing without being noticed. When they realized the attic was on fire was too late to salvage anything, the family barely made it out alive!

As you can imagine they are devastated, helpless and hopeless. We encouraged them and thanked God that there were no people hurt in the fire. 

We are asking all our dear friends, especially since many of you know Nicu and his wife Anita (they’ve been faithfully working for Caleb for many years) to help financially so we can assist them in rebuilding their house before the cold weather hits.

As seen in the photos, all the debris has been cleared so the work can start.

The workers employed to work on our Community Center are already starting rebuilding the roof free of charge on Monday! As funds come in we will be able to continue the work!

Will you please help?

 

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We will make a difference!

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6: 9-10

Many of you have asked us, how you can help the people in the Ukraine as well as those having fled to Romania from the horrors of war.

God orchestrated it that we became acquainted with our brother Alex Tinjajev who is on the pastoral team of “Khrystyianska Tserkva” (Christian Chruch) from Cherkasy, a city about 200 km south of Kiev. He was allowed to leave the Ukraine as he has three daughters under the age of eight.  His family has found refuge in an orphanage in Beiuș, a small town close to Lazareni, together with about 80 people from his church family. He looks after them and tries to organize supplies for about 200 people, who have decided to remain in their hometown in the Ukraine. His brother‑in‑law has been driving to and from there several times – first with people and now with food and medicine.

If you want to contribute to filling a 20-ton truck with goods to send to his home town, as well as for covering other daily expenses the group incurs, please send your love gift to the Caleb Foundation, which acts as a neutral, independent and respected mediator for the sake of financial transparency.

Here is Alex in our office sharing his heart with us all:

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You can also donate by making a direct bank transfer using the currency of your choice:

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We are very grateful for help!

On behalf of Caleb Foundation, yours sincerely

Gheorghe and Alina Galea

 

Formular 230

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Va multumim!

Gheorghe & Alina Galea

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New Building Project- Mission House

Those that have visited Caleb Foundation in the past five years have seen how much we have expanded our programs and projects and grown our impact in the community.

Whether you were part of a short-term mission team or visited as an individual I am sure you were blessed to be able to interact with the ever-growing romma community in Lazareni. While some of you were thrilled to be working with the small children or the students, others had the privilege of insulating homes and participating in other hands-on projects that brought comfort to the needy families. Now, without wanting to make the other jealous, the teams that joined us for the Caleb Sommer Camps seemed to have had the most fun while transforming many lives.

If there is a common suggestion in our end of trip survey, that would be “we’d like to spend more time out in the village”. So far we have had to drive back and forth from Oradea every day as Caleb could not offer suitable accommodation.

After much prayer and hours of discussion with our board we have decided it was time to build a building that would serve that very purpose, hosting our mission teams, as well as other. So as seen in the 3D rendering there is going to be (finally) a large enough room on the main floor to fit the crowds present for different activities and celebrations throughout the year. This will also serve as a dining room as we are pleased to let you know we will be serving all the meals on site.

Upstairs there will be four bedrooms that will accommodate our Short Mission Teams during the warmer months and Internship Program candidates in the colder months.

Now, all we have to do is raise the necessary funds for the Mission House! The good news is that some friends have already pledged to cover some of the costs! 

UPDATE: visible progress

Will you consider donating EUR 50; EUR 100; EUR 1000 or more towards making this dream come true?
If so, please click on the buttons bellow or contact us for more information.



Victory sign in the window

Victory sign in the window… Today I went to the colony to fetch the kindergarten children. After walking for about 15 minutes, I had frozen toes, cause Doroteea and winter socks don’t go together. One thing about me is that when I’m cold I’m not the friendliest person in the world. Walking down the snowy street, waiting to see where another dog would come out of, Denisa points out this window.

– Look, did you see?

– See what?

Turning my head and see this “picture” placed in the window.

My heart danced with joy.

This “picture” is a letter I wrote to Romina’s mother about her little girl. When I wrote them, my though was something like “I’m sure they’ll end up in the trash.” But no. Not only was this letter not thrown away, on the contrary, it was put in the window for all to see. Those who pass by can stop and read it. It was not my intention to be read by more people, but I am happy for that gesture. It gave me the courage to dare more.

Yes, the Roma may not value many things, but what comes out of love they end up putting in the window, like a white flag.

The line between love and pity may be fine, but they certainly feel the difference.

When you help a person no matter what color they are, you wonder if it was love or pity. When you give love, the person who receives will raise a white flag of victory.

Love will always be a sign of victory!

Don’t ever forget that!

with love, Doroteea