Camp Kit Update!

Overwhelmed with the response of everyone wanting to be involved!!! Thank you so so much from the bottom of my heart!

For those that want to donate money to this wonderful cause, here is the link to my fundraiser page I made to make it as simple for you to donate as possible.


[For information on camp kits, continue scrolling down to the next blog post!]



Please keep spreading the word, as children just like these beauties, still have not been sponsored!


“Camp Kit” Sponsorship

Helllllo everybody, and welcome to all the new visitors who have found their way here through the most recent Hope Rescue Centre campaign!

For those of you that don’t know, I am the camp coordinator for a local charity/NGO in Bucharest called “Hope Rescue Centre.” We work with the most at risk children in this city who live on the streets, in abandoned buildings and barracks and are generally homeless. Here are some of the “homes” these children come from who we have worked with consistently since the beginning of Hope Rescue Centre in November 2015.

This year I am taking close to 70 (YES, 70!) of these children away to summer camp. Last year we did 1 camp with 35 children so although this is double the work, it is also double the joy for the children. Summer camp is a time for these children to leave their hard lives in Bucharest for 5 days and enjoy childhood, summer and the sun in the mountains! Here are a few pictures from last year’s camp. (Don’t hesitate to look back on June/July 2016 blog posts for daily camp updates!)

Most of these kids have never left the city, never been on a bus before, and certainly never had three full meals in a day. Some parents were hesitant to send their child to camp because they didn’t have clothes or toiletries, until we mentioned these camp kits. It truly made the difference between some kids being able to come or not.
The first camp is geared towards children ages 11-14 and the second week of camp is children aged 7-10 with the exception of a few siblings who are going to camp together. The camps are funded and run by a group of high school and college American volunteers who are flying out from my home church based in Los Angeles. (If you really don’t know my story, this is how I ended up living here… one week of volunteering turned into 5 years of living and working in Romania!)

Lodging, food, activities, and transport is completely covered by the American team, but unfortunately the basics like clean clothes, pajamas and toiletries is not. To make this as easy as possible to help out, I am starting a campaign to sponsor one of these children for camp. Which means you would fill a backpack with new shoes, clothes, and a few toiletries (I have an exact list of what to supply) and give it to me before June 15 so the child coming to camp has a more enjoyable and clean week.

For those that are too busy, or located in another country but would still like to donate, I am asking for a 200 lei sponsorship, or 50 USD or 40 GBP so that I can do the shopping for the camp kit.

Here is the exact list of what we are hoping to fill in the overnight bags for the children:

Pair of flip flops
Pair of tennis shoes
2 pairs of shorts
1 track suit (or sweat pants and a hoodie)
3 t-shirts
5 pairs of underwear
3 pairs of socks
Sleepwear (Summer pajamas, light)
Deodorant spray

I have the sizes and age for each child, along with a picture so you know exactly who your kit is going to.

If you think you would like to sponsor a child, please contact me so I can give you more detailed information and a picture of the child you are providing a kit for!

As always, thank you so much in advance and especially to people who have spread the word and have got children sponsored already. Nothing makes me happier than knowing there are more people who care and love these children than we think.



Wisdom teeth be gone….paperwork be done!


I have officially completed all of my legal residency and car paperwork. I feel so free! But, not really because it cost quite a bit of money. BUT, there is no price on this feeling, knowing I am here legally, and knowing that if and when I get pulled over, the car is mine, insurance and registration is up to date and I can enjoy my personalized license plates! Huge thanks to Costi, who helped me with my paperwork over the last two years, and Petre who was able to take the final steps and get this all done for me. RELIEF! If you see these plates on the road in Bucharest- say hello, its me!


Last week I had an appointment for my wisdom teeth to be removed. My mom flew out late late late Tuesday evening. She was on the same flight as the Enescu’s who pastor Calvary Chapel here and who I have known for almost 6 years! So it was a little reunion at the airport!


Anyways, Wednesday afternoon I went to the dentist to get my wisdom teeth removed. They don’t really “do” anesthesia for this type of thing here which made me believe it wasn’t going to be as bad as I had thought. Well, it was. Unfortunately, because my teeth were so impacted, coming in sideways, and so close to nerves, they were only able to take one of the two out that they had planned. Which made recovery sliiiiiightly easier since I could still kind of feel one side of my face, BUT unfortunately means, I will have to do this entire this again when I return from America.  It was so helpful having my mom help me out for a few days after, thankfully there was enough football and tennis on the TV that we were well entertained! I am 6 days out of the operation and still recovering. Today I am even doing 24 hours without speaking to hope to speed up the recovery, and if anyone knows me you’ll know that this will be the longest 24 hours of my life. Which is probably why I am blogging today…. to speak through a keyboard.


Overall, it was okay. I am alive and recovering. And I am thankful for the good and cheap dental care here. Just not looking forward to doing this all over again but I am not going to think about it until August!

ANYWAYSSSSS, enough about me and onto far more important thing likes camps and the children attending! Mike and Dana are finalizing the list of children who will be officially coming to the camps RHCC is running in June and July. A lot of these kids have never seen life outside of Bucharest so these camps will be totally life changing for them. Unfortunately, most of these kids don’t have the clothes or toiletries to spend a week in a hotel SO within the next 48 hours, I will be launching a campaign for YOU to sponsor one of the children coming to camp to help pay for basic clothing and toiletries. Please consider and pray about sponsoring one of these children to make camp and all around better experience for them and for us.


Details, photos, and more information coming soon. Within the next 48 hours! Stay tunedddddddd.