Adopt-A-Community

Countless small communities throughout Europe lack basic health, education, and support systems. Many villages need basic sanitation, schools, and simple community centers in order to sustain a movement toward a higher quality of life. Without these basic elements, each new generation is deprived of the basic tools needed to break the cycle of poverty in their community.

Convoy of Hope Europe’s Adopt-A-Community program partners an organization or church with a community in Europe to meet a specific need. Each program has a clearly identified objective, and involves a three to five year commitment from each party. Objectives from past programs have included building schools, renovating orphanages, road repairs, and installing indoor plumbing in community buildings. Current projects extend from installing water filtration systems to opening community centers.

Even small changes have a big impact on the general population, as was demonstrated when Albania was hit with devastating floods over the winter of 2014, destroying thousands of homes. Church members from one of our Adopt-A-Community programs in Albania took it upon themselves to respond to the disaster and began providing blankets and household goods to those hit worst by the flooding. Kindness had been shown to them, and they did not hesitate to pass it on.

Find out how your organization or church can become an Adopt-A-Community partner!

Stories From The Communities
No Longer A Place Of Despair

No Longer a Place of Despair

The daily schedule simply said, “Home visitations and food parcel distribution.” Nothing could have fully prepared the team from Marlton, New Jersey for what they encountered. While it was an emotional couple of days visiting the neediest families, it was clear that God had directed their steps, and an extra deposit of God’s love flowed through this team as they delivered food parcels, gift bags, and hope wrapped in prayers! One woman stood at the gate, with tears streaming down…

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A Difference In Darabani

A Difference in Darabani

It was the most important building in Darabani, Romania. Lonel, a local man and leader from the church, shared his memories from a time 25 years earlier under Communist rule. This building housed the only grocery store. Many fights would break out as people struggled to get a ticket for bread, eggs, and milk. They would wait in line for hours, and even with a ticket, there was no guarantee the store wouldn’t run out before they made it the…

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After The Fire

After the Fire

Five years ago, Cornerstone Church in Bowie, Maryland decided to partner with Convoy of Hope Europe and adopt the community of Glinjeni, Moldova. Cornerstone sent multiple teams every year to the village, repairing houses, digging a well, and building a church. Over the course of three years, Glinjeni started to change. When the Adopt-A-Community program officially finished in 2014, Cornerstone decided to continue the relationship with the church in Glinjeni, and still regularly provides assistance and mentorship. Five months ago,…

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Pressing Forward With Hope

Pressing Forward with Hope

Driving over 9,000 kilometers (5,600 miles) through 11 countries, a Convoy of Hope Europe (COHEU) team member set out to rekindle older territories and blaze new trails in places yet unreached in previous years. Over the past 12 years of ministry, COHEU has established a presence in 56 countries, and is hoping to spend the next five years delving deeper into areas with the greatest need. Much of southeastern Europe has been wrought with wars, ethnic cleansing, and atrocities that…

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Moving, Not Quitting

Moving, not quitting

Living in a small, one-room apartment in Romania, Pastor Alexandru and his wife share a passion to see lives transformed and their community infused with a fresh hope.  They have suffered great opposition, moving 6 times over the past few years when local religious leaders pressured the landlords “to evict the pastors”. Even so, the couple continues to press on sharing love with their neighbors and the hurting in their community. Convoy of Hope Europe is partnering with these wonderful…

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Warming Homes And Hearts

Warming Homes and Hearts

For the last three years, Convoy of Hope Europe has been working to bring help and hope to the village of Biesti, Moldova in a unique, transforming way through our Adopt-A-Community program. While projects in Biesti have involved construction work in the school and building playgrounds, the sponsor churches in Holland and Belgium also decided to provide coal to families in Biesti that could not otherwise afford to heat their homes in the bitter Moldovan winters. One of the families…

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Advocacy

Advocacy

Every day we see images of the world around us through media channels. It is a limited scope, a targeted vision of what is currently “going on” in the world. We hear about politics, about sports, about wars, about Hollywood. What we do not hear about or see are the millions of hurting people in Europe, the millions who are starving. Though earthquakes and floods are initially reported in the first few weeks after the disaster, the damage they invoke…

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Dicanesti, Romania // AAC Trip 4

Dicanesti, Romania // AAC Trip 4

From July 11th- 18th, 2014, Bethany Church of Wyckoff, New Jersey, and Bethlehem Assembly of God of Valley Stream, New York teamed up for a week of service in the adopted community of Dicanesti, Romania. Dicanesti has been sponsored through the Adopt-a-Community program by Bethany Church in partnership with Calvary Lighthouse of Lakewood, New Jersey. This was our fourth and final joint trip. Throughout the week, the team engaged in several days of children’s programs that included songs, dancing, stories, face…

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Biesti, Moldova // AAC Trip 4

Biesti, Moldova // AAC Trip 4

From July 2nd-9th, 2014, COHEU took its fourth Adopt-A-Community trip to Biesti, Moldova. Biesti is a community that has been adopted in partnership with Mission Impact of L’Église Protestante Évangelique de Tubize of Belgium, and Agape Church, Amsterdam, Netherlands. This time, we were joined by a team from Mission Impact. On previous trips, we have worked to build a relational foundation with the people of Biesti through several community projects. We have done home improvements, built a playground, distributed food,…

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