Carmen was born on December 26th, 1975 in Vaslui, Romania in a nominal Orthodox Christian family. She is the oldest of 4 sisters. She became a Christian when she was 17 years old in 1993 when her family was going through very hard times and problems. Her father struggled with addiction to alcohol and became violent, causing her mother to leave their home. Carmen was forced to be the caregiver for her sisters. Although memories from my childhood are sad and disturbing, she discovered in Jesus the love of the Father God and she experienced healing and transformation. She finished high school and went to work in a bakery for a year and then in a market until 1996. She married Dan: her wonderful, God fearing husband who loves others. From 2002 she worked for her brother’s in law company until it closed.
In June 2015 her sister in law, who is on the Word Made Flesh Romania board told her that there was a need for someone to do the bookkeeping. Carmen felt this was a gift from God and that God was calling her to this community. Through this community sheI learned that God has given her a new perception of serving the vulnerable. Together with her husband Dan, they have two children. Andre is 19 and Albert is 17.
Anca was born in 1975 in Pechea, a county of Galati, Romania to an Orthodox family. She has 3 brothers and 2 sisters.
In her last year of high school, she started to understand how there were many kids, youth, and families affected by poverty, diseases, and other difficulties around the community she was in.
When she finished high school, she already knew that she wanted to help the vulnerable, especially children. She didn’t know how exactly, but she had this in mind when she began deciding where she wanted to work.
From 1999 to 2011 she worked through a few NGO’s with abandoned children affected by HIV/AIDS and other effects of poverty and marginalization. She has studied social work, sociology, and psychology.
In 2011 she became a part of Word Made Flesh, first as a volunteer and then came on staff in 2012. She oversees communication and fundraising in the community.
Anca believes in the power of personal example to change things that are not how they are supposed to be. She also believes that whatever one decides to do must be done with gladness and love. “Whatever you do, do it with all your might.”
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.
Mikayla was born in Littleton, Colorado in a Christian family. Throughout her life she had a heart for those that were left out, unseen, and hurting. In high school and college, Mikayla went abroad on service trips with her church and school to Haiti, Italy, and Alaska. The trip to Haiti radically changed the way she saw the world and opened her eyes to the hurt people living on the margins of society experience.
In college, Mikayla went on a discovery trip through George Fox University with Word Made Flesh. After meeting the staff and getting to know the children that attended the community center, she returned to complete a social work internship for 5 months with Word Made Flesh 2 years later. In her last 2 years of college, Mikayla felt called to work with marginalized children. This led her to work with the George Fox Spiritual Life department to create a ministry providing hospitality to the Department of Human Services Child Welfare staff and linking students with service opportunities to foster children and their foster parents, as well as helping lead and plan cross cultural engagement experiences for students locally and internationally.
After her time in Romania and what she had experienced and learned in her Biblical Studies and Social Work majors, she came on staff with Word Made Flesh as the short-term teams coordinator and social worker in November of 2016.
Monica was born in Ploiesti, Romania to a Christian family. Monica remembers her journey with God beginning by attending church each Sunday with her younger brothers. There and at home, she learned a lot about Jesus and his love for people. In March of 2010, she was baptized in her church along with her two brothers.
Throughout her life, Monica’s family moved to multiple cities. In 2009, she moved to Galati with her family. When she was in high school, she had a passion for serving and wanted to be a missionary to other countries. In her last year of high school, she learned about Word Made Flesh and volunteered with them that summer.
She then moved to attend university in Oradea to study Romanian and English literature. She began to work with marginalized children in a village close by. Almost every week, they hosted programs for kids from villages that did not come from Christian families. She greatly enjoyed the opportunity to work with these children and their families.
After she graduated university she returned to Galati. She began praying for a job and began volunteering at the Word Made Flesh center that summer. She became an educator at the center in July of 2016.
She finds the discussions with the children lifegiving and loves how her relationship with the kids is growing and how they are changing and growing in trust every day.
Harper was born in Billings, Montana in 1993 and became a Christian in 2008 when friends invited her to a high school church group. She was inspired by Jesus’s radical message of grace and reconciliation and especially what she interpreted as God’s preferential option for the poor and vulnerable; consequently she knew she would spend the rest of her living out this prophetic message by serving and living among those at the margins. She went on to study social work at George Fox University and spent a semester abroad learning about missions, community development, and international social in Word Made Flesh Romania’s study abroad program. After graduating a year later, Harper returned to join this community as a full-time staff member in 2016.
While living and working at a home for women in crises each summer during college, Harper fell in love with the work of assisting new mothers (often teenagers) develop secure attachments with their babies and confidence in their worth and parenting abilities. The joy and significance she felt in this work led her to conclude that it is her vocation. She is currently studying to become a doula so she can provide competent pregnancy and postpartum assistance to families in the Valley community. In the future she hopes to participate in developing workshops for job-skills training and a preschool in this neighborhood as well.
Caty grew up as a child in the Word Made Flesh program, and in 2014 she became a part of the team and community in Galati. She works primarily in Tudor Vladimirescu, a village located near Galati, a place where God has placed her to give all of herself. She feels what gives her the most joy is that God is using her and that she is not cast aside but that God can use her, understand her, and work through her. She feels blessed and values Word Made Flesh because it is a place where you can receive, give, grow, and know people with open hearts and people who are ready to walk through life beside you.
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.