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Christmas is Coming!

Our after-school outreach programs have hit a rough patch in recent months. A year ago, we had three American missionaries and four Romanians on our team, but since then we have been whittled down to just one missionary and one soon-to-be part time Romanian team member. We have had to stop programs for the time…

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The Great Outdoors – Casa Juliana

One of our favorite things to do as a family with the Casa Juliana kids is to spend time outdoors.We love to take the kids to the woods as often as possible, even if it’s just the little hill not to far from our house. Spending time outside is a great bonding activity for all of…

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In Loving Memory of Ioana Marginean

On November 21st, Ioana Marginean, our beloved friend and colleague in the baby hospital department, passed away unexpectedly. Ioana has been a part of LOC since 2015, and she was an integral part of our ministry at the baby hospital. With her huge, compassionate heart, she faithfully showed up each day to pour out her…

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Celebrating Fall At The Baby Hospital

Since moving to Romania two months ago to serve at the baby hospital, I have gotten the chance to meet a few new faces along with celebrating the millstones of others. It has been a crazy and joyful experience so far! In October we got to celebrate one of our bigger boy’s birthdays! It was…

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Meet Our Staff – Emil Moldovan

Nearly 20 years ago, when I decided to become a volunteer in a social project, most of the people around me gave me funny looks and told me that being a volunteer in an NGO doesn’t help me. On the contrary, for me, working in an NGO provided me with that informal environment in which…

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Foster Care Celebrations

Sometimes we take for granted how special a birthday is… it’s basically just going around and saying how great it is you’re just here that you are important and loved.  This is the message we want to communicate to the children in our care.  To know that they are important, that their birthday is special…

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School Supplies for Children in Ogra

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela When we started our programs in Ogra years ago, one of the things we noticed needs change is education. So many children did not go to school and most of the adults were illiterate. We believe that if the…

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Meet Janos From the Baby Hospital

Meet Janos. He came to us in 2016 at the age of about 2 months. When he first arrived, he had a very bad fungal infection covering large parts of his body, presumably due to severe neglect, and an incredibly bad diaper rash. He was understandably upset and miserable at being left in an unfamiliar…

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Casa Juliana Children’s School Start

This week, the Casa Juliana kids’ summer came to a close and a new school year started. This year all the kids are in the same school together, as Sergiu, the youngest in the home, started his first year of school. Laji, Costi, and Nicu are in the second grade this year, and are all…

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Meet Our Staff

Life as a LOC American Missionary As an American missionary serving with LOC, I often get asked by both my friends in the States and my friends in Romania, “So what is it like living in Romania?” I usually laugh before responding, “Well, it’s kind of crazy, but I love it.” When I moved to…

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