I came as a volunteer to the center and then was employed in 2009 as a cook here. I enjoy the work that I do here with the children, and I have stayed for ten years because I find the work I do here really meaningful.
Looking for a job, I became familiar with Word Made Flesh in Romania. I was a volunteer in the beginning of 2017. I really enjoy being a part of this team, and I appreciate how the children here are able to come to a safe place and receive guidance, affection, education, help, food, clothing, school supplies, and more. It gives me great purpose to get to see these children every day and see that what I like to do helps them as well.
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.”
Claudia was born on September 5th, 1986 in Galati. She was married in 2010 to Ionut. She has one son and one daughter, 3 years old and 2 years old. Claudia graduated from university with a degree in social work in Oradea. The third year in university, the field director of Word Made Flesh in Romania wrote and asked her if she wanted to join the community in Galati when she returned from university. She was a volunteer before university and liked her time with the community.
After discussing and praying about working at the day center, she decided to begin working with Word Made Flesh. In 2010 in October, she began working as an educator and in the social work department. She felt that God was calling her here, and she has been a part of the community ever since. Even when things were hard, it was clear that God wanted her to be involved in this work.
She returned in Feb 2019 after 4 years of maternity leave and now works as an educator for the teens that attend the day center.
Adina came to know WMF Romania through volunteering and having friends within the community for over a decade now. She was invited to join the team as a Social Worker in 2017 and she’s been implementing social services programs ever since, organizing community events for the children, visiting the families, social counselling, getting the parents involved, working with the educators in periodically evaluating the children progress etc.
Having experience in social work and social services for almost 15 years now, Adina has served with some of the most vulnerable children and youth in Galati communities, being especially drawn to those living in poverty and domestic violence, seen as the roots of vulnerability.
”I believe in the healing power of a Community. And I believe that, the same way ”it takes a village to raise a child!”, in the exact same way, when it comes to doing the Social Work of healing and growing, it clearly involves the togetherness of the child with the family, the educator, the teacher, the cook, the medical doctor, the librarian, the psychologist etc. And this is what I love about the WMF Community: the way it keeps the doors open for the children to grow and heal and be part of a larger Family!” Adina is responsible for implementing the organizational policy for preventing abuse of vulnerable persons (VPPP), for training the staff and volunteers with WMF methodology and for representing the WMF organization in communicating and reporting to the local State authorities and other entities in Galați. Starting in 2019, Adina took over the role and responsibilities of the Program Director for WMF Romania.
Growing up in a Christian Orthodox family in the last days of communist Romania and following years of searching for the meaning of life and for God’s purpose with her life and after many ups and downs on this journey, Adina is now part of a local Orthodox Church Community and is currently finishing her studies for a Master’s Degree in Orthodox Spirituality and Social Studies, at the University of Galati.
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.
I am from Galati Romania and am married to Ionel. I have two children, Andrei and Sarah. They are 21 and 16 years old. I became a Christian after getting married and have found a great community in my church here. Before coming to Word Made Flesh, I worked in sales. I felt that after some time, God was calling me here to work with the kids. I am blessed each day by our time together at chapel as well as time with the community.
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.