Heart Of Hope Ministries International "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

Sponsor team Klotz

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Team Klotz will be serving at Camp of the Good Shepherd from June 20th-July 5th.  They will provide leadership and service their first week to the boys and girls from the Turnu Rosu Special Education Placement Center and their second week of service will be to the boys from the Medias Special Education Placement Center and Agarbiciu Placement Center.  Jenn Klotz will lead this team and this will be her 10th year of service since 2002!  We are so very thankful for this compassionate team serving those with special needs!


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What a way to spend spring break?! High School students from Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, CA spent their spring break providing service to Camp of the Good Shepherd and ministering to those in need in Romania. Mornings were spent putting a new coat of outdoor paint on all of the cabins – a cold job for these California kids – but, they were up to the task!
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Afternoons were spent delivering Easter gifts and providing 3 hours of afternoon activities at the Placement Center at Turnu Rosu.
Easter week can be a time when a child from a Placement Center can have a chance to visit a family member or friend willing to take them out for a visit. But, there are a majority of children that remain in the Center’s with no one to visit them.
For the 40 children remaining at Turnu Rosu, the Oaks Team provided much needed affection, crafts, games, and Bible lessons – accompanied by Romanian staff and volunteers that will work with them at Camp and re-inforce the love that Christ has for each one.
The last day was spent distributing food staples such as rice, beans, sugar, cornmeal, tea, bread, herbs, soup bases, bread, fresh fruit, and treats to 140 families in need!

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Easing Suffering and Mentoring the Younger Professional Generation!

April saw the return of dentist, Dr. Scott Packham and Endodontist, Dr. Timothy Jue. This two man power house treated children from the Placement Center’s at Orlat and Turnu Rosu. 6th year dental students observed, translated, assisted, and were mentored by the doctors. In 4 days’ time the team completed 94 fillings, 17 extractions and 12 root canals!

In a culture where, in general, children in the Placement Center’s remain for all practical purposes ‘invisible’, one of the wonderful benefits of Heart of Hope’s partnership with the Dental University has been the ability to bring the children from the Placement Center’s for care by these young students, soon to be licensed professionals.
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A week after Dr. Packham and Dr. Jue served; Dr. Packham got the following message from two of the dental students that had been mentored: “Last Friday we went to visit the children to Turnu Rosu. They were very happy to see us and they asked us about you. We would like to thank you for introducing them to us. You were right, looks like we have a new friend…Lorena! We promised her we will go to visit her. Maybe she didn’t believe that we’ll go to visit her for real, but last Friday we went. She was a bit shy, but we are very excited to go again in a few weeks. Thank you again for everything!”

Camp of the Good Shepherd prepares for the 2015 Summer Season of Hope!

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Camp for the children in the Placement Center’s as well as from poor village communities, is the high-light of the year for most. A safe haven of Christian compassion, nutritious food, memorable crafts, games, and Bible lessons embrace each child with tender loving compassion in a life that for many has been marked by abandonment, neglect, and hardship.

Every afternoon as I took the Oaks Team to Turnu Rosu the question asked again and again was: “When are we going to camp?” My answer was always the same, “the third week of June”. Cheers would follow and the question would be asked again the next day just to hear the same re-assuring answer! The next three newsletters will have a camp brochure in it for your consideration. The $50.00 scholarship provides the daily food for one camper. We certainly have additional operational costs for camp but your consideration to provide food and any additional is deeply appreciated!

Yours in Partnership,
Debbie and Your HHMI Board