Support in Romania
New Life Church has been supporting a family home, called ‘a-mic’, for orphaned and displaced children, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania since 2007;
‘a-mic’ means ‘friend’ in Romanian. The family home is run by a Christian organisation called ‘Ecce Homo’. Ecce Homo’s activities began on the 29th of December 1989, springing from the desire to solve the chaotic situation, which followed the deposition of Nicolae Ceausescu, and the need to distribute humanitarian aid coming from Western countries.A team of 20-30 volunteers was formed to receive and distribute the goods to the needy. The work of Ecce Homo, which is ongoing, includes support for street children, poor families, the elderly, farming communities and Romanian gypsies.
The a-mic family home can accommodate up to 12 children. There are two self contained studio apartments built into the basement of the building, which are used to house older children as a springboard to independent life, whilst still being under the overall care of Ecce Homo staff.
The home was built in 1993 by a group of Christians from Chipping Camden, and sponsored by Laing Homes. Initially, the running costs were born by Samaritan’s Purse International, but their support has now been withdrawn, and we, at New Life Church, have committed to help with part of the running costs, together with other sponsor churches and organisations.
Since beginning the partnership with Ecce Homo, it has been important to maintain and strengthen our relationship with the children and staff, by making regular visits. Most years we have taken small teams to Romania to carry out remedial works to the home, and to encourage and support these special children. The objective has not been solely to supply funds, but also to show love to the children, and to make them feel valued. These visits have been life changing, and indeed a blessing to team members, our partners and the children. Visits, planned for July and October 2020, were stopped in their tracks by the Coronavirus pandemic. A future visit is intended just as soon as restrictions are lifted, and it is considered safe to do so. Anyone, interested in joining a team, is advised to contact Lynn and Andy Holland via the church.
New sponsors are always welcomed to this work, and we are grateful to the many individuals, who have partnered with us and have donated so generously for many years.
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