Romania Reborn; Hands of Hope

Romania Reborn’s Director, Corina Caba, with a young man adopted through the Romania Reborn Ministry years ago.

She  grew up during the darkest days of Communism, the daughter of a Pentecostal preacher. She remembers being mocked for her faith every day at school. She remembers peeking under her bedroom door at night, watching the boots of the soldiers who had come to take her father away for interrogation. She remembers what it was like when Communism finally fell, and she learned that the government had hidden hundreds of thousands of children away in terrible orphanages. And that was when Corina Caba knew what God wanted her to do with her life.

She founded her orphanage in a tiny apartment in 1996, taking abandoned babies from the hospital and caring for them until she could find adoptive families. Gradually, she added to her staff, paying their salaries however she could. After Romania Reborn was founded to support the work, she built a bigger facility, hired more workers, and took in more babies. As the years passed, Romania’s laws and child welfare system evolved, but God always made a way for Corina to help abandoned children.

 

Today, Corina is the adoptive mother of four children and a mother figure to hundreds more, whose lives she has forever changed. She is also an emerging national leader in the field of orphan care, traveling to speak at conferences, helping advise the government on policy, and (reluctantly) speaking to national media. And she’s still fighting for individual children every day. “When the pain is too much, God taught me to trust in Him,” she says. “One day, He will restore all that seems lost, redeem all that seems hopeless, repair all that seems destroyed. Our God owns the last reply!”

Give the Gift of Commitment

Your gift will help our committed staff keep passionately fighting for the children in our care, advocating for better government practices, and using our ministry headquarters as a training and counseling center for families. You can give toward the following staff and ministry needs:

$50: ONE WEEK OF GAS/TRAVEL EXPENSES (FOR SOCIAL WORK)

$250: ONE MONTH OF ELECTRIC EXPENSES (FOR HEADQUARTERS)

$600: ONE MONTH SALARY FOR A SOCIAL WORKER

LOVE LIGHT ROMANIA

 

Breaking the Cycle

Narrated by Miriam Margolyes this film looks at the progress of the Jacodu Children’s Project from its launch in September 2010.

HIV/AIDS Support

Love Light Romania is dedicated to providing support services to children, teenagers & families affected by HIV/AIDS.

End of Life Care

We believe that everyone has the right to die with dignity, where they can access medication and not be alone.

Tackling Poverty

Understanding poor family communities, instead of judging them, helps us to stop cycles of poverty in future generations.

Where we work

We have been working in the area of Transylvania, since 2000. We have projects in Mediaș, Sighişoara and Târgu Mureș.

LoveLightRomanianeedsyourhelp!

Love Light Romania relies solely on private gifts and donations for its projects to continue, expand and launch of new programs. All sponsorship goes directly to the project and not on the salaries of directors. Please help us by making a donation, act now to make a difference by clicking the link on the right. You can make a single donation or setup a monthly standing order. Thank you for your support.

Latest Multimedia

Revisiting Cernavoda

Between 1997 and 2000, Ron and Jo Jowett would spend their winters and summers in Romania with the children of Cernavodă Orphanage.

Breaking the Cycle

Narrated by Miriam Margolyes this film looks at the progress of the Jacodu Children’s Project from its launch in September 2010.

Christmas Film 2013

The children of The Sanctuary and those from the Jacodu Children’s Project work together to provide hope for the children in the poor community of Albest.

World AIDS Day 2013

Jo Jowett of Love Light Romania reflects upon the lives of those who have lost their fight to AIDS and also those who are still fighting against the disease.

Education Program – Next Stage

A short film highlighting the progress of the Education Program and information for the next stage of its development.

Summer Activity Program

This film follows the progress of the children from the Jacodu Children’s Project and their experiences on the Summer Activity Program.

A Year in Memories

A short montage film of memories, people and the projects over the last year at Love Light Romania.

Jacodu Education Project

A film which looks at the progress being made on the Education Program which is part of the Jacodu Children’s Project.
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Our Target Group

  • HIV/AIDS Support

    Love Light Romania is dedicated to providing support services to children, teenagers & families affected by HIV/AIDS in Romania. With a policy that says you are not dying of AIDS but living a healthy & productive life with HIV.
  • Poverty

  • Respite Care/End of Life Care

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Testimonial

  • Since the formation of Love Light Romania many children now have a quality of life they must never have envisaged. While I stayed with them it was great to see them so happy and for those who were not so well the care and attention they got was amazing. Every penny raised for Love Light helps the disadvantaged in so many ways through their various projects. It is a privilege to be able to help them and may God bless them in all they do.

    Audrey Pegrum MBE, Teddies For Tragedies
  • Living Well Church is delighted to be connected with the work of Love Light Romania. We have been involved since 2008 and it forms a significant part of our mission activity as a church. We have raised money and have also had the opportunity to travel to Romania and provide hands on support. The work carried out by Love Light is really important and carries a Christian ethos. We look forward to being involved and partnering with them for many years to come.

    Marcus Abbott, Pastor, Living Well Church
  • For anyone who has ever loved a child, you will be moved by the extraordinary work of Love Light Romania. It has given these children love and hope, when they were faced with loneliness and despair. If you are lucky enough to see the work of Love Light Romania, it will make an impression on you that will last a lifetime.

    Robin Nydes, F.R.O.D.O.
  • Recently we made a visit to the project at Jacodu and on the way back we stopped at the homes of the families who use it. It made me realise the massive difference Love Light Romania make to people living in desperate poverty, who would otherwise remain forgotten and excluded from society. Love Light Romania knows that helping the children gain confidence and skills through education can be a first step towards breaking the cycle of poverty which traps them.

    Ed Gifford
  • For anyone who has ever loved a child, you will be moved by the extraordinary work of Love Light Romania. It has given these children love and hope, when they were faced with loneliness and despair. If you are lucky enough to see the work of Love Light Romania, it will make an impression on you that will last a lifetime.
    Robin Nydes, F.R.O.D.O.
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FIRM FOUNDATIONS – Volunteer

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About Firm Foundations Romania…   Sarah  was born in Boston, raised in California. She moved to Romania thirteen years ago, where she was led by God to establish a not for profit organisation; Firm Foundations Romania. Screen shot 2016-02-25 at 10.15.42 AMSarah’s organisation has grown over the years, beyond her original vision, as her team at Firm Foundations has supported and educated Roma children, and run an international volunteer program. Volunteers from around the world can spend time at the baby hospital in Brasov, holding babies, thereby providing them with much needed love and comfort.

This is Sarah’s passion today. To make a difference in a person’s heart through Christ’s love for them. God has gifted Sarah with the ability to write and perform beautiful music, which today reflects her life and those whom she  serves. Sarah’s music is being distributed in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This year, she recorded in Nashville with Russ Long. Sarah is  living out her passion to help humanity and inspire lives through her inspirational music.  Sarah is grateful to God for His calling on her life.

Sarah Vienna.

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FFR is a non profit organization whose mission is to follow Christ’s instruction to assist widows and orphans in their trouble. Our purpose is to provide aid in a practical way to the abandoned children of the Brasov Children’s Hospital and the Roma community.

Our focus is loving the unloved and providing educational opportunities to the forgotten youth of this country. Our goal is for future generations to have a better quality of life; our hope, that they would then be influenced to serve others and be an example for the people of Romania.

*We have parental permission for all photographs of children used on this site.

Sarah Vienna
Firm Foundations Romania / President
http://www.firmfoundationsromania.com
http://www.sarahvienna.com
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The Hospital Project

 

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Ways to Help

 

It all started with one bag of diapers… Sarah and Steffi (President and Vice President of FFR) remember the first day they walked into the Brasov Children’s Hospital and saw children wrapped in seven layers of rags lying in their own feces and urine. The stench was terrible, and the children looked desolate.

They started to bring in diapers that were bought with their personal money and asked the nurses if they could help change the children. Relationships and trust were built with the nurses and the social worker as they continued bringing in more and more diapers. Thus the hospital project started.

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Children are still being abandoned and neglected in Romania due to a myriad of social issues. Firm Foundations Romania has started an international volunteer program to hold, feed, change and care for these children in the local Children’s Hospital, where we have formed a partnership which enables us to run the project.

Our volunteers change over 4000 diapers a month which we supply. Our volunteers come from all around the world, uniting hearts for the plight of Romania’s youth. It is time to make a difference.

Apply Now

There are many ways in which you can help. We are always seeking volunteers, both short term and long term to serve with our various projects.

We are in need of donations such as clothing, hygiene products, school and craft supplies. At present we are seeking financial sponsorship of numerous projects, including diapers for the Hospital Project as well as sponsorship of our After School Program.

 ” I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand ” Isaiah 41:10

God’s Original Romanian Protestor

screen-shot-2016-12-20-at-16-12-32Pastor Richard Wurmbrand and his wife, Sabina, led lives of meaning and purpose serving the persecuted church in Romania.

They left a legacy- The Voice Of The Martyrs.

The Story of Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand

Many people called him ‘the Voice of the Underground Church’ and others referred to him as ‘the Iron Curtain St Paul.’ This humble man, who began the ministry of Voice of the Martyrs, was the Rev Richard Wurmbrand, who passed away 17 February 2001.

Richard’s life was a partnership with the equally amazing Sabina who he married on 26 October 1936. Richard Wurmbrand was born the youngest of four boys in a Jewish family, on 24 March 1909, in Bucharest, Romania. Gifted intellectually and fluent in nine languages, Richard was active in leftist politics and worked as a stockbroker. After their marriage, Richard and Sabina were converted to Christ in 1938, chiefly by the influence of a German carpenter, Mr Wolfkes. They joined the Anglican Mission to the Jews in Bucharest. Richard was ordained firstly as an Anglican, and then after World War II, as a Lutheran minister.

During WW II, Richard and Sabina saw an opportunity for evangelism among the occupying German forces. They also preached in the bomb shelters and rescued Jewish children out of the ghettos. Richard and Sabina were repeatedly arrested and beaten and at least once, were nearly executed. Sabina lost her Jewish family in Nazi concentration camps.

In 1945 Romanian Communists seized power and a million ‘invited’ Russian troops poured into the country. Pastor Wurmbrand ministered to his oppressed countrymen and engaged in bold evangelism to the Russian soldiers. In the same year, Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand attended the Congress of Cults organised by the Romanian Communist government. Many religious leaders came forward to praise Communism and to swear loyalty to the new regime. Sabina said, “Richard, stand up and wash away this shame from the face of Christ.”

Richard warned, “If I do so, you lose your husband.” She replied, “I don’t wish to have a coward as a husband.” Thus Richard declared to the 4,000 delegates, whose speeches were broadcast to the whole nation, that their duty is to glorify God and Christ alone. Between 1945 and 1947, Richard distributed one million Gospels to Russian troops, the books often disguised as Communist propaganda. Richard also smuggled Gospels into Russia. On 30 December 1947, the Peoples’ Republic of Romania was proclaimed.

Richard Wurmbrand Kidnapped

On 29 February 1948, the secret police arrested Richard while on his way to church and took him to their headquarters. He was locked in a solitary cell and assigned as ‘Prisoner Number 1’.

In 1950, his wife Sabina was also imprisoned. She was forced to serve as a labourer on the Danube Canal project, leaving their nine-year-old son Mihai alone and homeless. Following her release in 1953, the Romanian authorities informed her that Richard had died in prison. A doctor masquerading as a Communist Party member discovered Richard alive in prison.

In a general amnesty, Richard was released in 1956 after serving eight-and-a-half years in prison. He was warned never to preach again. While in prison, he went through horrific tortures at the hands of the brutal secret police. Despite the treatments and the warnings he received from his persecutors, after his release Richard soon resumed his work with the ‘underground’ churches. He was re-arrested in 1959 through the conspiracy of an associate, and sentenced to 25 years. He was accused of preaching contrary to Communist doctrine.

Due to increased political pressure from Western countries, Richard was granted another amnesty and released in 1964. In December 1965, the Norwegian Mission to the Jews and the Hebrew Christian Alliance paid $10,000 in ransom to the Communist government to allow the Wurmbrand family to leave Romania. Reluctant to leave Romania, other underground church leaders convinced him to leave and become a ‘voice’ for the underground church to the world. Richard, Sabina, and their son Mihai left Romania for Norway and then travelled on to England.

The Birth of a Unique Ministry

Richard began his ministry of being a voice for persecuted Christians in England with Rev Stuart Harris, where he also wrote his testimony of persecution, Tortured for Christ. Later Richard moved on to the United States, and in 1965 he appeared before a US Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, where he stripped to the waist and revealed eighteen deep torture wounds on his body.

His story spread rapidly, leading to wider speaking engagements. In 1967, the Wurmbrands officially began a ministry committed to serving the persecuted church, called Jesus to the Communist World (later called Voice of the Martyrs). In the same year, Richard released his book, Tortured for Christ. In October, the first monthly issue of The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter was published in the USA.

By the mid-1980s his work was established in 80 restricted nations with offices in 30 countries around the world. In 1990, after the fall of Nicolae Ceausescu in December 1989, Richard and Sabina returned to Romania after 25 years in exile, and were warmly received. A printing facility and bookstore were opened in Bucharest and the officials of the city offered storage below the palace of Ceausescu, the very site where Richard was held in solitary confinement.

Richard retired from the day to day work of Voice of the Martyrs in 1992, but continued as a consultant and member of the Board of Directors, showing a keen interest in the work until his death. During his ministry, Richard wrote 18 books in English, others in Romanian, which have been translated into 38 languages. His most well known book is Tortured for Christ. He received numerous honours and citations for his work during his lifetime.

Richard will be remembered with great affection as an outstanding man of God, passionate for the cause of Christ, powerful in evangelism, persevering in suffering, for the sake of Jesus whom he loved. Sabina, who passed away 11 August 2000, will be remembered as a woman of great integrity, mighty faith and serene godliness.

Richard Wurmbrand in Australia

In August 1969, Richard Wurmbrand arrived in Sydney in response to an invitation issued by Ambassadors for Christ. For a month, he preached in meetings held all over Australia. Australian Christians warmly responded to his plea to ‘remember the persecuted.’ The meetings led to the founding of Voice of the Martyrs in Australia. The first Australian newsletter was published in November 1969. We praise God that VOM Australia has experienced constant growth from the beginning and is currently moving into ever enlarging projects to serve the persecuted church around the world.