Back in Tulcea...

It is good to be back in Tulcea with our NOROC family once more!  September is a wonderful month in Dobrogea,  a region in southeastern Romania.  Although the spring and summer months were very dry and some crops have not done as well as expected, the landscapes are still beautiful.  

We are in the midst of many changes in the institutions.  Children have been moved around due to some center closings and some projected closings.  From one day to the next some children are not sure where they will be living.  NOROC seeks to provide as much support as possible during all of this upheaval, and will concentrate on helping the ones who have been moved to adjust to their new surroundings by integrating them into our activities as quickly as possible.

Please pray with us for the health and safety of the orphaned and abandoned children of Tulcea County!

 

A New Beginning

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September 9 was the first day of the new school year. Outfitted in their school uniforms the kids from Cocorii 1 were ready for a new beginning. The sun was very bright that day so there were lots of squinty eyes. A favorite granny was there to reassure and comfort anyone in need.

Reconnecting

Even though it is hard to leave Tulcea after 3 months, we are happy to reconnect when we return.  This time, we have jumped back into the routine very quickly with the help of Ioana Toma.  Ioana is a dynamo and we sometimes have a hard time keeping up with her!  She is not only our interpreter but also our colleague, and we share our thoughts and ideas to help the children in the best way possible.  Ioana and I (Carol) are both "outloud" thinkers, so you can imagine a lot of talking when we are together!  Sometimes Rich has a hard time getting a word in edgewise.  We thank God that we have Ioana as our colleague and our friend.  

Do you like fruit salad?

On Saturday, six of the younger children from the largest center came to Casa Noua for some activities.  Rich led a short Bible study about the Creation story using our wonderful flannel board figures donated by FPC in Lubbock, Texas. Next we made fruit salad for their snack, and finally there was time for outdoor play.  The younger children don't often get a chance to be "top dog," so they had a great time choosing wherever they wanted to play.  They hadn't been here for more than 5 minutes when one of them asked when they could come back again, so we know this is a special place for them. 

The best part was eating the pieces that fell on the counter!

There was even time for a short lesson in Romanian geography. Who can find Tulcea?

Should I keep my day job?

Sunday was a beautiful September day, and just right for a little archery practice.  Some of the older girls from Cocorii 3 and Speranta came to Casa Noua to enjoy some quiet time and explore possible extra-curricular activities offered by the city.  We all decided that everyone should probably keep their "day" job instead of relying on their skills at archery!

Arrow? Who needs an arrow?

I think I'll hit the target this time!