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Let's Go to Romania with Lida!

Organized by: Lida Mathews

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EVENT DATE Aug 07, 2015

THE STORY:

Almost 3 years ago I sat in a conference room day dreaming with God. I clearly remember Him telling me: "I want you to use your talents for good, I want you to photograph orphans." I kept thinking - how? How will I do this exact thing that God had given me a dream in my heart for?? Fast forward to 6 months ago when I started following The Archibald Project (TAP) on Instagram. They mentioned a media mission in Uganda during the Easter holidays but with a busy wedding season I knew that wasn't possible. About a month, ago they announced their summer media mission to Romania. I was excited, nervous, and eager to see what God had in store for me in this mission. Kenny was super supportive and I submitted my application, met via Skype, and eagerly awaited the answer. AMAZINGLY...that answer was YES. God is so amazing how He works! Working in Romania will be very difficult and so incredibly life changing. We will be working with NOROC, an organization dedicated to meet the spiritual, emotional, physical, academic and other basic needs of orphaned, abandoned or abused children in Tulcea County, all while sharing the all-inclusive love of Jesus Christ. We will work with their programs to tell the stories of children who they are helping and love. We will be there to come under NOROC and learn how they help the orphans and vulnerable children of the community and to show the world that these children exist, matter, and that help is needed. Most of all, we will tell the stories of the lost and broken and bring them back to you. From TAP: In Romania, orphaned, abandoned or abused children face a difficult present and a hopeless future. Those who are of Rroma ethnicity (gypsies) are doubly stigmatized—they are thought to be “bad seed.” The Archibald Project wishes to partner with NOROC to share with the world the redemptive work of Big-Hearted Grannies, small group leaders, psychologists and other NOROC volunteers and staff. We want to encourage others to partner with NOROC’s ministries to widen the circle of caring and commitment. Your part in this is to relate to children and youth and to develop ways to share their story—the needs of institutionalized children, the ways NOROC meets those needs, and helping children rise out of institutions to become self-supporting and contributing members of the community. NOROC seeks to help break cycles of poverty and abuse and to keep the vulnerable out of trafficking (forced labor, domestic servitude and sex work) or further institutionalization. I'm so incredibly grateful for the talent that God gave me to look through a camera and capture the life that is in front of me. In addition, I'm grateful that He gave me the opportunity to live most of my childhood overseas to prepare me for what I will encounter and the life that I will be around that is incredibly different from what we see here now. Nothing makes me more excited than to bring His love and grace to this part of the world and to support the staff and "Big Hearted Grannies" who love and care for these children daily. I can't imagine the stories we will hear. God is so good to give me this opportunity, God is so good to give me an amazing community that supports me during this process as well! I want to make this very clear in my fundraising. I am going to Romania to serve the children and ministry and YOU. What good is it for me to go without bringing words back home to you? Although I will physically be going, I have a DEEP desire for the people who support me to be a big part of it as well. I would love to send you a mini-magazine of stories and photographs from my journey upon returning. I covet your prayers for this time as it won't be the easiest hearing about children who have been through times of heavy abuse or neglect from severe poverty and human trafficking. In addition, this fundraising will pay for the plane ticket to Tulcea, Romania and the time with The Archibald Project for 10 days. If there is any additional funds raised, or I'm able to get the ticket cheaper I will donated the remaining back to The Archibald Project or NORCO. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Lida!

$1,185

 

32% Raised of $3,700 Goal

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  • Jennifer Morrow

    $10

  • The Bolin Family

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

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  • The Pollards

    $100

  • Heather, Patrick, Brooklynn, and Alexis

    $100

  • Julie Oneal

    $50

  • Wickham Family

     

  • Alison Brown

    $20

  • Jessica McCash family

    $20

  • Shaterica Aaron

    $100

  • Phillips

    $100

  • The Sullivans

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

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Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

Love you Lida! Can't wait to see how God uses you in Romania! 3 years ago

The Sullivans

The Sullivans

DONATION: $100

Lida, we are so proud of you. God has blessed you in so many ways. We can't wait to see how much more this trip will bless your family 3 years ago

Phillips

Phillips

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Shaterica Aaron

Shaterica Aaron

DONATION: $100

Sending blessing and love your way!! You are an amazing woman of God!! Love you!!! 3 years ago

Jessica McCash family

Jessica McCash family

DONATION: $20

Rejoicing in the good seeds we know you will plant in faithfulness! 3 years ago

Alison Brown

Alison Brown

DONATION: $20

Wishing you love on your amazing journey! Can't wait to hear all about it! 3 years ago

Wickham Family

Wickham Family

We love you and we are so proud of you carrying the light of Jesus to the world! Patrick, Kathleen, Simon & John-Thomas 3 years ago

Julie Oneal

Julie Oneal

DONATION: $50

Praying that God will use you in a mighty way! Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and He will make your paths straight. 3 years ago

Heather, Patrick, Brooklynn, and Alexis

Heather, Patrick, Brooklynn, and Alexis

DONATION: $100

So very proud of you!! We love and support you! 3 years ago

The Pollards

The Pollards

DONATION: $100

Lida- this is such an incredible opportunity to live out James 1:27. We will be praying for you as you follow the Lord on this journey. 3 years ago

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