Lau was born in Vaslui, Romania. The oldest of five children, Lau grew up with his parents, who worked in a fabrics factory and sisters. He became a Christian at summer camp, when he was 15 years old.
After finishing high school, Lau left his hometown and moved to Galaţi to work in construction. A few months later, a local ministry asked him to help them bring some street boys off the streets and into a home. Lau received this request as a call from God, and joined their work. From 1998 to 2000 Lau lived with and cared for the boys. During this time, he had an opportunity to participate on a WMF Discovery Team to India. In 2001, he moved to Arad (western Romania) to help a local non-profit organization in its work with street children. There, he ran a drop-in center and helped with a home for boys.
After a year in Arad, Lau felt God calling him back to Galaţi to join the WMF community. He was drawn to WMF because he desired to find a way to express God’s heart among the street kids. He now serves as executive director of Word Made Flesh Romania. His desire is to help the community grow and allow his life to be an example to the kids of what it means to live for God. Lau’s vision and his heart have been instrumental to the community’s growth and maturity. He has developed the drop-in center volunteer program, was very involved in the renovation of the drop-in center and boys home, continues to have strong relationships with the boys on the streets and helps with education. Through his leadership responsibilities within the community, he leads the staff and kids through humility, wisdom and service.
Lau and Vali were married in Galati in August 2005.
Vali was born in the Romanian village of Pechea, Galati, to a Romanian Orthodox family. She has three brothers and one sister. Though she grew up attending church occasionally and had some knowledge of religion, she did not have a relationship with God. As a teenager, her life was very tormented. Seeing the painful reality of the world, she tried to believe that God did not exist. After a few years of searching, reading Christian books and visiting some Christian programs, she asked Jesus to come into her life if He existed. Through her simple request, God came into her life and began to change her.
As a new Christian, Vali attended evangelical churches, where she met new people and began to form new relationships. She began to pray for God’s direction in her life and, at the same time, started visiting a home for street children and kids who were still living on the streets. Shortly after that, she met David Chronic (Europe/Africa Regional Coordinator), who was looking and praying for a Romanian to start a drop-in center for street children. As doors continued to open for ministry, Vali understood that God was calling her to serve Him through street children, and in 1999 she came on staff with WMF Romania.
Vali serves as Community Center Coordinator, scheduling daily and special events, tutoring, holding Bible studies and leading parent meetings and staff meetings. More than the tasks she completes, Vali’s compassion and service for the children is invaluable to the ministry of WMF Romania, providing much-needed love and stability for children in distress.
Lau and Vali were married in Galati in August 2005.
Mrs. Doiniţa Avasilcăi was born in Iasi, Romania. After they were married, her and her husband moved to Galati. She has two daughters and three sons. She has worked at the Galati steel factory and for other organizations. She came to work with WMF Romania in October 2007. Her presence is a blessing for us.
Bogdan was born into a God-loving family and has always had a certain understanding of the Scriptures. While at church camp at the age of 14, his “correct” life was transformed as Jesus the Savior revealed Himself to Bogdan.
Bogdan was first confronted with the issues of poverty in 2004 when he volunteered at the WMF Romania day center. He realized that the foundation of his beliefs had been grounded in what other people had taught him and he wanted to change that. The time he spent with the community had a great impact on his life as old values and principles shattered and were replaced by new values. Confronted by a Jesus revealed in the poor and the broken, Bogdan started to look for answers in terms of how his life could count in God’s work in the world.
The year of 2009 brought changes and unexpected answers about renouncing, accepting God’s mandate and about service.
As he came to the understanding that his life, his resources and his diploma in economic studies are not his own to use, Bogdan took a step of faith and left his job as a financial consultant to take on the administrative responsibilities of the WMF day center in Galati, Romania.
Bogdan and his wife Cristina love to talk about God and Theology over coffee. They both love the ministry of WMF. They count it as one of the greatest blessing of their lives to be part of such a beautiful community.
Lenuta was born in a small town, Cudalbi, Galaţi county, on June 20, 1965, in a family that kept the Romanian orthodox traditions, but didn’t know God. Lenuta has a younger brother and sister. In her school years, she adhered to the communist doctrine because she wanted to dedicate her life to an ideal. She learned that those who spoke of faith in God had attitudes from the Medieval ages and were obstacles to society’s progress. When her parents decided to follow Christ, she was 18 years old. She saw great changes in their lives, but her mind was already very grounded in the communist ideology.
After eight years of questions and interior struggle, she surrendered to the love of Christ. She began to go to the Pentecostal church her parents attended. In 1998, she met David Chronic. She saw how he related to street children, who she had ignored until then. She prayed for God’s direction in her life, and soon the leaders of a children’s home asked her if she wanted to work with them among street children. She worked there for a few years and then returned to teaching in public school. In the year 2000, two children that Word Made Flesh Romania worked with were in her class, and she became more involved with the Valley House. Lenuta has served as an educator for the school children’s program at the Valley House since fall 2005.
David and Lenuta were married in December 2002.
David was born in Denver, CO, and moved to Omaha, NE, with his family when he was 11. Following the move to Nebraska, he struggled through conflicts with his family. God had His hand on David’s life, though. David accepted Jesus in early 1992 because of a friend who reached out to him. At the time of David’s salvation, God also placed a call on him to be involved in missions. As he would read the Scriptures and pray, God would break his heart with visions and dreams of a dying world. Part of that calling was fulfilled in missions trips to India, Mexico, Romania and Moldova. As a student, David studied in Romania, where he began to spend time with street children. In 1996, he received an international business degree from the University of Nebraska. In 1998, David returned to Romania with WMF, where he started a WMF site in Galati, serving among street children, children with HIV, and the Roma (gypsy) community.
Lenuta and David were married in 2002. Since 2005, Lenuta as an educator for the schoolchildren at the Valley House. David is the Europe/Africa Regional Coordinator. He is studying theology in a distance study program through the London School of Theology.
Geanina was born in Galati in 1974. She came to work with WMF Romania in June 2004. Through her time at the drop-in center, she came to understand that there are many needy children and wondered what she could do to help. She didn’t understand exactly what work the drop-in center was doing, but as she tried, she found that she began to understand it well. After she was hired, she understood that God had sent her to the drop-in center where she needed to be and where she was needed. Geanina serves as the Cleaning Coordinator for Casa Vale as well as overseeing showers and laundry for the children.
Fani was born in Galati, Romania, in 1981 into a large family. He became a Christian in 2001 and from there life seemed more interesting to him. He is a student at a Bible college in Iasi, a city a few hours from Galati. He graduated from a school that prepared him to be a customs agent, but he is sure that this has no connection to his calling. In the past two years, he began to seriously consider his calling to work among the poor, but it took him a year to accept this calling. Beginning as a volunteer in January 2005, Fani has worked consistently with WMF Romania, mostly involved with the education program for adolescent boys. In 2006, Fani lived at Casa Lazar for nine months, assisting with the care and discipleship of recovering street boys. Currently, Fani continues tutoring adolescent boys at the community center, serves as coordinator of the street ministry program and makes frequent visits to follow up with boys who have come off the streets.