Monday, February 8, 2010

Livada Blog Change...

Dear Friends,

The Livada Blog can now be found at The current address will no longer be updated, please see the new address for future updates. Thank you for following the ministry of Livada Orphan Care in Romania through this blog. We hope you will continue!

If you reach the blog through the Livada website, the address has already been updated for you and you will reach the new blog site automatically. Thanks.

Livada Orphan Care

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Prevention of Abandonment Ministry

In November of 2009 Fundatia LOC began a new ministry in the local community, the Prevention of Child Abandonment. The activities take place in Reghin, an area near Targu Mures with almost 2300 gypsies. Our objective is to improve the quality of life for the children and disadvantaged families, prevent school abandonment and prevent the child’s separation from his/her family.

Every week around 80 kids attend our social and educational programs divided in 2 groups by age: 3-8 years old and 9-14 years old. We also offer food, clothing and medical assistance for more families with difficult financial situations.

In December we organized three Christmas parties, two for the kids and one for their mothers. It was a special time enjoying lunch together, playing games, singing carols and opening gifts that brought joy to everyone’s heart.

We want to thank all who have made this ministry possible. Please pray for those who serve the Lord through this ministry and also for all the kids and their families.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Livada welcomes Vio Gaga

My name is Viorel Gaga, and I was born on January 15th 1961 in Arad, Romania. At the age of nineteen, I received Jesus Christ into my life as Lord and Savior. After high school I attended University and graduated with a degree in Chemistry. It was here that I met my future wife, Daniela, who was a student at the Economics University.

During our student years in Iasi we both were part of a Bible study and prayer group. We were married in 1986 and moved to Targu Mures.

For twelve years I was in charge of the youth program at First Baptist Church in Targu Mures. In the early 90’s I met Bruce Thomas for the first time, and worked with him as a volunteer for Reach Out Ministries in Christian discipleship camps.

In 1991 our family was blessed with our only son, Filip Daniel. In the same year I started my own business, a printing company, but last year, because of the financial crisis I had to close it. In December 2009 I was asked to be the Executive Director for Fundatia LOC. My goal as a director is that the vision of the foundation will be fulfilled in the lives of all our kids and especially that they will meet Jesus Christ as only way for their future.

Please pray for Vio and all of the staff of Livada in Romania as they continue to reach out to the children in our care as well as those God places in their paths from the orphanages and community. Thank you.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Daniel!

On January 10, 2010 Daniel Simon celebrated his first birthday in his new foster family. Daniel has been living in foster care with the Iliesu family for almost one year. He feels better, has accommodated well, has made new friends, and even his behavior has improved.

He was also able to spend his birthday with his brothers, Sergiu and Madalin, who went to celebrate with Daniel and his family. They were so happy to be together! They ate cake, spent time talking, and took pictures together. Daniel was very thankful for the gifts that he received, but he was especially thankful that he had the opportunity to spend time with his brothers!

Thank you all so much for your continued investment and prayers in Daniel Simon. We thank God for the changes we have seen in him and that God provided a great family to help Daniel!

Friday, January 15, 2010

A Christmas Party for the Staff...

After a year full of growth, change and challenges, finally at Christmas the staff of Livada had the chance to get together and celebrate the joy of Christmas together.

We had a good time together playing games and talking with one another. We are grateful to all those who continue to support us and made this possible.

Please continue to pray for the staff of Livada/Fundatia LOC in the New Year!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Party at Church...

All the kids gathered together to celebrate Christmas a few days before at our church in town. They were excited to get dressed up, and know that once they walked in the door a fun time awaited them.

They played games, did a white elephant gift exchange with each other, decorated cupcakes, and ended the afternoon with a Christmas movie, popcorn and a coke! They had never done a white elephant exchange.

Some were thrilled with their gifts, like candy bars, soccer balls, or even a little spending money...others looked at their gifts like we were 2 double cheeseburgers, granny panties, or a funny hat. They had a great time spending the afternoon all together as they eagerly anticipated Christmas!

Sledding with Casa Ana-Nadia...

More fun sledding adventures, this time with Casa Ana-Nadia.

We spent the day driving to a hillside filled with lots and lots of snow. However, it was meant for skiers only, so we had to walk about a mile to another hill...but the only place to sled was a road! All was great and the kids were having a ball until the big rig with freshly cuts logs came down the road! Everyone was safe and out of the way, but we learned to watch ahead for traffic on this mostly empty road.

We still managed to get a few runs in between the cars and trucks. Jeff & Jenny McDonnell's little boy, Jack, had a great time too as he laughed and watched the kids come down the hill and just miss each other as they crash landed!

We had a mini snowball fight right before we left. The kids had a wonderful day getting out of the ordinary rhythm of being in town, sledding, and being with their "family."