Meet Leah. Everyone thought prescription drugs, meth addiction, and being enslaved for over 2 years by a pimp would be the final chapter of her story, yet she was rescued and given new hope and a new future! Now she has traveled halfway around the world to share Hope with others, including cleaning and clearing a clogged drainage ditch that has caused serious flooding in this Macedonian community. How can your story share Hope with others? #HopeStartsHere #AdoptACommunity"
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 people in the village of Horezu to bless the local teachers and civic leaders, initiate an after-school program for children, and provide firewood for the neediest residents. All this to support significant and sustainable change in their community, and strengthen the local church. Horezu is an internationally acclaimed cultural epicenter for potters and wood workers. Pastor Alexandru would like to create an apprenticeship with local skilled artisans who can train the next generation in woodworking and pottery. He said, “This will ensure future jobs for young people, preserve the rich cultural heritage, and strengthen the local economy—all while sharing God’s love that will lead to healthy families and true life!” We are excited to see what God has in store for this village! If your church or organization would be interested in being a part of this Adopt-A-Community project, please contact our COHEU team for more information.
In the Lugansk region of eastern Ukraine, separatist forces have taken control and declared Lugansk to be an independent republic. For over a year, the Ukrainian military has been fighting to retake the land. Eighty percent of the civilians in the area have fled the fighting, and the twenty percent remaining do so because they are unable to leave. Martha and Victor are in their nineties. Their only child, a daughter Tanya, was killed by an abusive husband many years ago and they have no other family. When the fighting in Eastern Ukraine began two years ago, they had nowhere to go. Now, they are two of the thousands that have no way to find food or basic care in an area where supply lines and their pensions have been blocked. Convoy of Hope Europe has been working to bring physical, social, and spiritual help to people in these communities affected by the war. When our team first met Martha and Victor, and offered to pray with them, Martha said “Pray to God for us to die on our feet. We are over 90 years old and have no one to take care of us.” The team ministered to Martha and Victor, and provided the couple with plenty of food and a much-needed medical exam. Now, Martha says the future looks much brighter. With tears in her eyes she said, “You have given us hope!”
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 who received a coal delivery recently is a young lady named Liuba and her younger brother Gheorghe. Still teenagers, Liuba and Gheorghe are no strangers to looking out for themselves. Their father began drinking heavily after the death of their mother four years ago. When he too passed away last year, Liuba and Gheorghe were left in a desperate situation. Liuba even tried to commit suicide. Gheorghe works to support them, but since he was unable to complete school, his earning potential is very limited. Without the coal provided to them by teams from Belgium and the Netherlands, they would have no way to stay warm. Liuba was overwhelmed by the coal delivery, and told the team they not only brought warmth for the home, they brought warmth to her heart. She now knows that she and Gheorghe are not alone, that God will provide for their needs, as He provided the coal. Additionally, the pastor from a nearby church in Orhei offered Liuba room in an apartment for women where she can stay while studying at university. In one day, God came into her home and provided heat for the winter, as well as giving her an opportunity to study at university and make a better life for herself. Thanks to our Adopt-A-Community partners who have committed to transforming communities, Liuba and Gheorghe have the opportunity to start over, to begin their story anew.
Florita is an elderly woman from Les, Romania. Widowed early with a young daughter to raise, Florita went to work as the postwoman in Les. Her determination to support herself was dashed a few years later when a devastating sickness stole her eyesight, leaving her completely blind. For decades, Florita lived alone in a house that did not have a finished roof and ceiling. In a country where there are no social programs for the blind and/or elderly, Florita was unable to keep out the rain, wind, and snow. Because of your support, Convoy of Hope Europe was able to identify Florita’s situation and take action. When a team from First Assembly of God in Griffin, Georgia brought a team to Les, they made sure to fix the roof and ceiling of Florita’s home. Florita no longer has to worry about the rain and she now has faith and hope.