Thursday, August 25, 2016

ACF Announces JUMPSTART initiative!


Another Child is blessed to tell you that the doors to another school year will soon be opening for over 140 children at the Point of Hope Development Center in Tarneveni, Romania. In 2007 we started with 25 pre-school children and because of supporters like you we are blessed to be able to serve over 140 children, from ages 3 to 16. God has entrusted these precious children into our care and we take this responsibility seriously.  Twelve of the 140 children will be our new 3 year-old preschoolers. In addition to the 2 warm meals, health care, Christian education and daily hygiene we also open the door to a NEW preschool development playroom for our preschoolers to enjoy. However, this blog post is to ask for your partnership in a NEW program.

The Jumpstart initiative is designed to have people like yourself engage into a life-changing experience with a child by "jump-starting" their preschool education. This short-term commitment of $20 per month for 10 months will enable us to enroll these children into the Point of Hope school on September 12. Our goal is to get each of these children at least one new Jumpstart donor that will be committed to praying and sending holiday and birthday cards to their Jumpstart child during the school year.

We ask that you prayerfully consider becoming part of the solution to children who live on the verge of abandonment in Romania struggle with this overwhelming fear and often feel unlovable and worthless.  The Point of Hope Development Center was designed to specifically do address this issue!


Your involvement will provide essential and vital school supplies, clothing, food and other support these children desperately need. If you are interested in becoming part of the Jumpstart initiative you will need to email ACF at the following email address director@anotherchild.org. We will be releasing the names and pictures of the children in the coming days. So stay tuned!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Breaking through Barriers August UPDATE!

Last year we made the decision to complete the renovation of the third floor of the Point of Hope Development Center. This capital campaign was called "Breaking through Barriers" and had the purpose of renovating the remaining class-rooms into life-skill development rooms. This was a large under-taking due to the remaining rooms were completely stripped of anything with any value. All of the wiring and wood had been stripped from the walls when the building sat abandoned for several years. Well the renovation has rendered its first completed room!

The donors who have made the Breaking through Barriers campaign a reality need to be recognized for their generous hearts! Thanks to each of you for your support of this project.

The rooms are now ready to be have the furnishings purchased and moved in. With much of the staff taking the month on August off the activity on the 3rd floor of the Point of Hope has been limited. However, as September cranks up a lot of work will be done so that the rooms are ready to be used by the children by the time school opens. It is our goal to have these ready by September 12. We will be posting many more pictures as the rooms become complete.

The end results will be magnificent! The 140 children we serve on a daily basis will have access to a preschool play area for those times when playing outside are not conducive, a wood-working classroom, and sewing/fabrics classroom, and a cooking classroom. These 4 new rooms along with a new restroom will give our children a chance to develop some valuable life-skills needed to survive in their environments.




ACF is so very thankful to ALL of our supporters for their commitment to these children. Thank you, thank you and thank you!  We do still have a need for some additional support to come in to complete these rooms. So if you want to make a donation towards the final $3500 you can do that by clicking the link below.
 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Prayers for our friends in Lafayette Louisiana


Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for the prayers during the South Louisiana Flood over this past weekend.  We are all beginning to dry out and the waters in many areas have receded.  Thankfully Nancy and I did not have water in our home, but many of our friends and church members here in Lafayette have been devastated by the rising waters.  Today, FBC Lafayette is working to help hundreds that have been hit hard.   We rest assured in our the provision of our great God!  Isaiah 43:2 "I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and when you pass through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. You will not be scorched when you walk through the fire, and the flame will not burn you."


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The One Voice Christmas Concert!!

Friends...Another Child Foundation will be supporting and participating in a great event this Christmas season in the Quad Cities. Below is an email from the One Voice Coordinator Brenda Schaefer. If you would like to be part of this exciting event please contact Brenda. Her contact info is at the bottom of this post. I know they are looking for more volunteers to make this the best event in the Quad Cities during the Christmas season.

Dear friends- 

I hope that you are well!  

The Quad Cities Prayer Center (QCPC) has been planning a community Christmas outreach to the Quad Cities, called ONE VOICE that will be at the i-WIRELESS Center on Dec. 16 and 17.  We have invited several churches and ministries to partner with us, and so far we have 22 that have said yes and there will be some that will participate!  KWQC has approached us and will be co-sponsoring this event with the QCPC!  WDLM and Chick-fil-a will  also be involved in helping to get the word out!  The mission for ONE VOICE is:

“ONE VOICE utilizes praise, prayer and training to unify the local church by sharing the Gospel to the community through an annual Christmas celebration.”

For those of you who remember the days of Creative Christmas, you will recall that it takes a great number of volunteers to do something like this and that is why I wanted to personally invite you to attend a ONE VOICE Info Meeting.   At this meeting, you will hear the heart and the how of this outreach and find a place to serve that suits your interests, gifts and talents!  Each of these meetings will be held at the Quad Cities Prayer Center in North Park Mall (Sears Court) in the Family Room-you may enter from the parking lot, through the doors under the yellow canopy next to Sears facing Kimberly Rd.  The following are the dates that we have scheduled and hope that one of them works for you:

Monday               August 8              6:30 pm
Tuesday               August 16            6:30 pm
Tuesday               August 23            6:30 pm

Volunteer Opportunities: 
Administration        Children’s Choir                 Choir/Vocalist               Church Display Host                  Clean up crew          Communications                Costumes                         Make-up/Hair
Dancers                      Drummers                            Hospitality                      Load-in/Load-out                       Medical                      Merchandise                         Prayer                              Technical
Underwriting           

If you would like more information you can go to: www.onevoiceqc.com ; check us out on face book at one voice qc.  Thank you for your consideration and feel free to forward this email to anyone that you think might be interested!  Please let me know if you have any questions and I will be glad to answer them.

Blessed to serve,

Brenda

Brenda Schaefer
Prayer Coordinator

Quad Cities Prayer Center
320 W. Kimberly Rd. #510
Davenport, IA  52806

Monday, August 8, 2016

Final Counts on Project Respond

Well the totals are in and once again the generosity of the people who support the Another Child Foundation's- Project Respond drives is overwhelming! Below are the totals of all the aid we collected this summer to send to the vulnerable children and families in Romania.


  • 4900 new pairs of shoes & boots
  • 7899 new pairs of socks
  • 3265 pieces of new clothing hoodies/sweatshirts/jackets
  • 175 new pairs of jeans
  • 71 new blankets or quilts
  • 408 pieces of used clothing
  • 72 large boxes of school supplies including 125 back packs and 125 school kits
The total number of pieces of aid are 21,175 in 414 boxes. These items filled a 40' shipping container!! These items were put onto a ship and are now headed over the Atlantic for the next six weeks and will arrive in Constanta, Romania in late September. Below is a list of churches/organizations that helped collect this aid along with a large number of individuals.


  • Bunker Hill Church- Buda, IL
  • Calvary Church of the Quad Cities
  • Calvary Lutheran Church- Moline, IL
  • Cambridge UM Church- Cambridge, IL
  • Christ UM Church- East Moline, IL
  • Community Bible Church- Walnut, IL
  • Eastwood Community- Ooltewah, TN
  • Edgewood Baptist Church- Rock Island, IL
  • E-Free Church- Erie, IL
  • Evangelical Covenant- Princeton, IL
  • Faith Lutheran Church- Moline, IL
  • First Bapptist Church- Lafayette, LA
  • First Christian Church- Princeton, IL
  • First Lutheran Church- Ohio, IL
  • First Lutheran Church- Geneseo, IL
  • First Lutheran Church- Princeton, IL
  • First UM Church- Geneseo, IL
  • Harvest Time Bible Church- Rock Falls, IL
  • Loraine UM Church- Prophetstown, IL
  • New Life Fellowship Church- Moline, IL
  • New Life Lutheran Church- Sterling, IL
  • Osco Community Church- Osco, IL
  • Peace Lutheran- Port Byron, IL
  • Quad City Prayer Center- Davenport, IA
  • Shoes for Orphan Souls- Dallas, TX
  • Sinnissippi Baptist Group- Dixon, IL
  • St. John's Lutheran Church- Mendota, IL
  • St. John's Lutheran Church- Sterling, IL
  • St. Matthew Lutheran Church- Princeton, IL
  • The People Church- Princeton, IL
  • Trinity Lutheran Church- Davenport, IA
  • Trinity Lutheran Church- Manlius, IL
  • United Methodist Church- Alpha, IL
  • United Methodist Church- Wyanet, IL
  • United Methodist Church- Malden, IL
  • Zion Lutheran Church- LaMoille, IL
  • Zion Lutheran Church- Kewanee, IL

Another Child Foundation provides humanitarian aid to our Romania partner (Fundatia Buckner) to improve the living conditions and well-being of the families and children God has entrusted to us. Through these support drives we demonstrate the love that God has put onto our hearts to transform the hearts of those less fortunate. By joining ACF in gathering humanitarian aid you are making a difference in the lives of children in Romania. ACF is committed to meeting the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of children. By helping us meet these needs, hopefully you have gained a sense of satisfaction of knowing you changed the life of a child.

It is the vision of ACF to provide unequaled educational programs and spiritual growth opportunities that provide HOPE for children and families in Romania. We strive to be a respected organization that inspires others to promote healthy families of the people in Romania.

Another Child Foundation does have one immediate need. ACF is still $1400 short of the needed funds to send this container to Romania without dipping into our emergency fund. Can you help? Every dollar we collect from you today will get us closer to our goal.

DONATE NOW!





Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Day #1- A Rousing Success!


Day one of VBS was a fabulous success for our team! Along with the translators and Point of Hope staff, we shared the Gospel and love of Jesus with 96 children!

We loved learning Romanian from the kiddos during craft and music, had great conversations with them about trusting God and having a relationship with Him, playing partner tag, duck duck goose, and bubbles! We all (especially Tony) enjoyed the traditional Romanian lunch of dumpling soup and schnitzel with potatoes, Jim loved having the kiddos hang all over him, and I was very inspired by our Bible translator Gelu. 

Things are going amazingly well thus far - each day feels like two days, our team continues to bond and grow closer, and we're extremely grateful for this opportunity to minister to the kiddos and be inspired by them. We can't wait to see what God does through the rest of VBS!


- Amanda and the Rochester team

Keep this team in your prayers as they continue to reach, teach and transform the lives of children and their families in Romania! Please take a couple minutes to watch the video below.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Rochester New York Team Has Arrived!


Another Child Foundation (ACF) is excited to have our final summer mission team arrive safely in Bucharest, Romania. The awesome team of 6 people from the Rochester, New York area have been preparing for 6 months for this trip. Team members include; Amanda Lozon, Victoria Reyes, Raquel Burgos, Jim Mark, Amelia VanDuzee and Tony Ortiz-Potter.
The July 20 mission group will be serving the children at the Point of Hope Development Center in Tarneveni, Romania. This mission trip experience is for those people who have a desire to meet the physical and spiritual needs of children who play a key role in the transformation of the Târnăveni community. The team will have the ability to create curriculum for this fantastic mission trip experience for the children in which God has called ACF to serve! The team will also be putting the final touches on a construction project that will renovate three classrooms into life-skill development rooms.
Keep this team in your prayers as they enjoy some sight-seeing and start preparations for their ministry starting on Saturday!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

School Kits Have ARRIVED!



Today the school kits donated by many of our loyal supporters arrived in a large Fed Ex truck at the ACF Mission's office in Princeton, Illinois. These boxes of school supplies along with many shoes, boots, socks, blankets, and other humanitarian aid will be loaded onto a 40 foot shipping container in early August. The aid is being sent to Fundatia Buckner where staff and volunteers will distribute all of the aid to the needy children and families in which God has entrusted to our care.

The aid collected during the 2016 Project Respond aid drive helps ACF reach our mission of reaching, teaching and transforming the lives of vulnerable children in Romania. Because of our generous supporters we will meet the needs of the teachers in Romania who need these vital school supplies to be able to properly educate the children in their classrooms.

The kits are customized to meet the exact needs of the teachers at the Point of Hope Development Center. Each kit includes: large pack of construction paper, water colors, filler paper, 8 piece marker set, colored pencils, erasers, glue stick, highlighter, dry erase marker, pens of 3 different colors, metric ruler, and scissors. The actual retail cost of all these supplies is over $20. Even at sale prices the value of the kit exceeds $18. ACF was also to add may other items to the shipping container thanks to our generous donors. This year we were able to include 400 sheets of colored poster board, printer paper, staplers, correction fluid, post-it notes and many other items that will benefit our teachers at the Point of Hope Development Center. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!!

You can learn more about Project Respond here and see last year's results here and here.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Emotions Running High at Camp!

Not much of a lead is needed for this post. Enjoy!

Today we woke up to a group of over energetic kids who could barely keep their eyes open. It was my first time being there when we woke the kids up. Normally I would be in bible or helping out with crafts. It was a great experience, being able to hug and love these children the second they were ready to leave their home.

The lesson for the day was John the Baptist. The day had a tinge of sadness and excitement as we went through our last full day of camp. When we went on a hike, there were crying counselors and tired kids. There were group songs and flower picking. The guys hauled in firewood as the rest of us chowed down on the infamous Romanian watermelon (apa melon!!). We had to let the kids prepare for the talent show, and when it finally happened, it was epic. I've never had so much fun with this youth group than when we were jamming out to Uptown Funk on stage as all fifty of the Romanian children we had loved and nurtured all week long cheered us on enthusiastically. The rest of the acts included drawing, "gypsy dancing", a surprising amount of twerking, an amazing step dancing performance, singing, cups, comedy, and magic (Courtesy of Kevin). After that, we had a bonfire. So, when I first came down, I was terrified. The fire pillared up to the sky and embers rained down like glitter, sparkling dangerously and burning everything it touched. The fire towered high, about 3 Pastor Hilles' tall. The air within a ten foot radius was scorching hot and burned my lungs. And then it began to collapse. Needless to say, I was terrified. Luckily, everything worked out in the end and no one got hurt.


Then, it was our group meeting that really stuck in my mind. Maren cried five times, Kevin and Jill and Sophia all cried, all we all joked, laughed, and felt sadness together. We leave the children tomorrow, but I wouldn't change my time with them for any reward in the world. I truly hoped we helped them, no matter the home they go back to. I hope they forever remember the compassion we taught them, even when things get rough for them, which it will. I cry unshed tears as I think about the fifty children we loved, only to leave them behind, most likely for forever. Goodbye my children. You are loved.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Is a Mission Trip for You?

Romania 2011
Many years ago my husband decided he was called to missions.  He traveled many places and was eager for me to go with him.  My answer was always the same.  I need to stay and take care of the kids.  You go on and I will be your support from home.  In 2011 he finally convinced me to go on a trip to Romania.  The trip was a small one.  Only one other couple and the director of ACF went with us.  We were to work on the third floor of what is now called the Point of Hope.  I was okay with that since I really didn't have to go out of my comfort zone and deal with people.  I could scrape walls, sand mud and paint.  You see my comfort zone was building and fixing - not forming relationships.  In addition to scraping and painting someone decided it would be a good idea to take some of the kids served by the Point of Hope on a picnic.  I went along because I really didn't have a choice.  We took the kids away from the center and played games and ate.  That was the beginning of a change that occurred me.  I started to see that relationships are what is important.  Fixing things can occur at any time, but you only have so many opportunities to make new friends.
This week
So the girl who wanted to stay home and send others had a shift occur in her heart.  I wanted to go back to Romania.  So I came back in 2014 with my son, Jonathan, and this year I brought my daughter, Asya.  I wanted to give them the opportunity to see how loving and accepting the people of Romania are.  Asya was a little hesitant to come on the trip not knowing what to expect.  She asked a lot of questions about who we were going to see and where we would go.  Today she informed me she doesn't want to leave Romania.  She said she will miss all of the hugs from the kids and Asya will miss the team very much as well.
For me this mission trip has been so much more than fixing the physical things that are broken.  I've made new friends in the States (we have folks from Illinois, Texas and Tennessee on our team), worked with some wonderful translators, teachers and workers at Point of Hope.  It's a step out of that comfort zone I like to stay in.  The rewards have been many.  It's watching special moments - like kids hugging the team members and squeezing so tight, women laughing at each other as they use a facial scrub and relax with cucumbers on their eyes.  It's about visiting the homes of the people you are serving and watching the pride with which they welcome you into their homes.  The pictures they proudly show you of their families and seeing the crafts the kids made the past week displayed on the walls of their home.  It's sharing with these people the struggles we have and how they are similar to their struggles.  It's telling these people that the same God carries us through the tough times and through the good times.  It's about sharing the Hope we find in Christ.

So what keeps you from going on a trip?

Written by Terri Harper from Chattanooga, TN.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

VBS Camp Hits Day #4

Today we are blessed to hear from Meredith Banks and Jill Trick as they share what is going on during the Harghita VBS camp!


Today was a great 4th day of camp. The kids got used to the rotation and seem to be having a lot of fun. In crafts they made tiles with their group picture on them- a little memory to remember everyone in their group. In music they learned another song in English complete with hand motions. In games they had another fun day despite the hot weather and the afternoon was spent doing a fun photo scavenger hunt. Overall the message for the day was to love one another with a focus on the bible story of the Good Samaritan Woman and how it's important to love people from other places. We once again brought out the giant 9 ft earth ball and the kids enjoyed it a lot and were encouraged to show kindness to the members on the opposing team. Overall relationships have been strengthened, making it even harder on Friday when it will be time to say goodbye.
    - Meredith Banks 



Day 4 really went smoothly! The morning was great the Bible lesson was about the Samaritan Woman, Music learned another song "Banner Over Me", in Crafts the kids made decoupaged tiles with pictures of their group on them and in Games the kids learned the game "Red Light Green Light" and loved it all! The afternoon we played an assortment and games and had a photo scavenger hunt. The evening ended with another round of giant beach ball soccer! Looking forward until tomorrow but sad that it is our last day of camp.