In Romania, hundreds of children are abandoned in hospitals or left to the care of the state. There are a myriad of factors that contribute to the vulnerability of children and families, including challenging economic conditions, alcohol, and drug abuse. However, these trends are changing! Our partner, the Romania Without Orphans (RoWO) movement, has been leading the way to a world without orphans since 2013. Their awareness-raising events frequently result in orphans finding loving Christian families in their home countries, as Cristi’s story demonstrates.
Pain and loss are no strangers to four-month-old Cristi. He was born with a severe leg abnormality that causes his knees to bend backwards. His biological parents, when they realized they couldn’t deal with the lifetime of medical treatment Cristi would need, abandoned him at the hospital. Because of his health condition, there was little hope Cristi would be adopted.
Recently a RoWO spokesman traveled through Bucharest, highlighting the Romanian national orphan crisis and advocating adoption and family-based care. His report particularly moved members of one church—especially the pastor, Marius.
After the same RoWO spokesman met Cristi, he called Marius to ask for prayer that this little boy would be adopted. As Marius and his family prayed, God continued to touch their hearts. So much so that now Cristi is part of Marius’ family! In addition to two loving parents Cristi also has three siblings
But, the story of Marius and Cristi isn’t over. Cristi’s adoption so motivated Marius that he is now an adoption advocate in Bucharest. Praise God that in addition to Cristi finding a true home, through Romania Without Orphans, pastors like Marius—and your prayers—orphans in Romania can dare to hope for a forever family!