Joy has come even as the prospect of yet another cold winter closes in here in Eastern Romania. The summer was extraordinarily dry but we still were able to can many fruits and vegetables, as Adina shows us in the first photo below. Our friends at Camping Maroadi in Italy again brought 4 of our residents to spend a glorious week at Lago di Garda. Then there was the halloween party with roasting marshmallows at Jacob Center. Coincidentally, on the same day, Florentin, looking incredulous in the photo below, turned 40! Daily workshops continue, too, with 12 of our residents creating a variety of crafts; that's Eithne preparing an activity and Costel getting ready to paint. We all bid a final farewell to Ciprian Soare whose all-too-short life blessed us for nearly 20 years. We have already had to start cleaning ashes from our wood-burning fireplaces, as Anca demonstrates in the lower left photo. And, utilizing welders' masks, we thrilled at the partial solar eclipse on 27 October. Now we are looking forward to Thanksgiving when all residents, employees and a few friends will be gathered together for our annual dinner. We cannot emphasize too strongly our appreciation for all those who, through prayer, labor and financial support, have contributed to this mission established by our Creator so many years ago.
SUMMER 2022 HAS BEEN ONE OF GREAT ADJUSTMENT AND GREAT FUN. WE REOPENED CASA ELISABETA FOR REFUGEES FROM UKRAINE AND WITH SUPPORT FROM FRIENDS IN AMERICA, IRELAND AND ITALY WERE ABLE TO PROVIDE FOOD, CLOTHING, SHELTER AND MEDICAL SERVICES.
THIS WAS THE FIRST SUMMER SINCE MAMA SANDIE PASSED ON TO JESUS. OUR HEARTS STILL ACHE WITH THE EMPTINESS. AND EVERY BREEZE CARRIES A MEMORY.
THIS TOO WAS THE FIRST SUMMER WITHOUT TWO BELOVED AND LONG-TERM EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE RECENTLY RETIRED, ANIȘOARA AND VERONICA. EACH ONE OF US MISSES THEIR INDIVIDUAL PERSONALITIES AND SPIRIT OF COMPASSION.
EVERY ACTIVITY CARRIES ON THOUGH. RESIDENTS FROM A SISTER FOUNDATION NEAR THE CITY OF IAȘI, EL CHICCO, VISITED TWICE AND IN JULY CAME TO SEE US FOR DINNER AND AN AFTERNOON OF OUR BRAND OF SPECIAL OLYMPICS. WORSHIP SERVICE, CREATIVE WORKSHOPS, CHOIR PRACTISE AND NEVER-ENDING CHORES AND SHOPPING KEEP ALL THE RESIDENTS, EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS BUSY EVERY DAY.
Dear Friends and Family,
It has been a tough year spiritually and physically but once again God is pulling us through!
All the children are well physically, within their disabilities and continue to push us on by showing how God works through them and you.
We have not found the help God had planned for us until we were enlightened. We should always wait on Him, I pushed a situation that was all wrong. As we age we realize the children will outlive us, all we need is for you all to stick with us till we go home to Him.
While I was in ICU, I had 2 visitors from Ireland & Italy, (they broke all rules to get in) they promised when the time comes, they will care for our children! They are true Christians who dedicate their lives as we have.
The hospital in Bucuresti said I am a "walking miracle" and our children are amazingly healthy, always have been, that is the real miracle. The 48 children we have raised has given us a wonderous, exciting & fulfilled 26 years so far!
Please continue to help this mission prosper!
From His Fields of Harvest!
Bruce & Sandie Tanner
Mail Checks to:
Payable: Tanner Romania Mission
PO Box 61
Greenville, OH 45331
May 25As I again wind down my stay here in Romania I will say as always, it is bitter sweet. It wouldn't be truthful to say I don't miss home. I do, but, I will miss being here too. I was born 66 years ago on Sand Mountain , New Home Community . I never thought life would take me this far. I can tell you about the beauty of the Grand Canyon . I can attest to the majesty of the Eiffel Tower. I can tell you of the beauty of Prague and Vienna . I have seen the Sun rise out of the Atlantic and have watched it sink back into the Pacific. I have gazed at Hippocampus and lions and elephants in Africa. All this said, I count it yet a greater blessing to watch, Florintin do needle point, Costell paint works of art, Gelu sitting in his room making beaded articles, because he can't get to workshop. I could name them all but I just call them the kids of Tanner Romanian Mission. I indeed can leave this world one day and of course see yet a place that makes any other pale in comparison . I will meet then the creator of all I have ever seen and more. But, to make it all the more beautiful I will see all these guys and gals there too, without any restraints . I am far more blessed than I could ever be, a blessing . If you ever get a chance to go, and be exactly in God's will, do it for there remains no greater blessing than to be, right there.
Here are some of the pictures of donations we received for the mission this Christmas!
GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
Val Di Non: Un Infinito per la bici
AND TO ALL OUR DONORS WHO PAY THE ELECTRIC BILLS, PAY FOR TRANSPORT AND PICK UP ALL THOSE EXTRAS IT TAKES TO RAISE THE CHILDREN.
But Spring is here, Easter behind us PRAISE GOD HE IS RISEN, and we move on to the planting and growing of this years harvest.
Our Outreach program has seen Anca come into her own! Not only does she join Shannon on the delivery of food, furniture, med supplies and more...she has begun sharing the Word in the Park at Tecuci, passing out pamplets and asking passerbys if they will stop a moment to hear a message!!! So proud of her, of course Tata is within eye watching that Anca is not bullied or harmed in any way. God in His wisdom is also at her side so that has made her quite successful!