Monthly Prayer Notes

The Romanian Aid Foundation – January 2022

RoAF is essentially a faith-based organisation that relies on prayer. Below and overleaf we offer some prayer pointers, but please feel free to add your own items as they come to mind. Prayer is our connection with God’s ultimate power source and, without prayer support, this work would achieve nothing of lasting value.

Another year has passed, with its particular difficulties and successes. Despite lockdowns, travel restrictions and evolving bureaucracy, our teams were able to send 5 loads of clothing and other useful items.

New regulations were due to come into force on 1st January. This may mean changes to the types of goods that we can send. Once the situation becomes clearer we will update our advice to donors accordingly.

Give thanks …

1. For guidance establishing procedures that allow aid to continue.

Please pray …

1. For clarity concerning the way forward, for the strengthening of old hands and for fresh encouragement in the new year.
2. For God’s love to be seen through our humanitarian activities.

Asociaţia Neemia – January 2022

Once again the old calendar is replaced by a fresh new one and after a short break the work resumes. Despite the problems of the past year, with its restrictions on movement and normal activities, even when at one point there was only one day’s stock remaining, nevertheless AN was able to continue to provide help to those in need around us.

We did not make the general distribution of Christmas boxes this year but we did deliver the family boxes intended for specific households as in previous years.. After some 20 years of the ‘Joy in a Box’ scheme, its primary purpose of providing gifts for those who might not receive anything has been superseded by the ability of most households, schools and churches to provide gifts themselves for their children.

However, those in the most need were not left out; specific sponsorships allowed AN to prepare some gifts for the most needy. Bags of ‘goodies’ were made up for children and a packages of food items were prepared for those families in the most difficult circumstances. For the children, the bags contained fruit, biscuits and chocolate items, together with a pack of face masks for the return to school. For households, the pack contained a selection of items including flour, sugar, oil, fresh fruit, tinned vegetables and domestic essentials.

Earlier in the year, AN worked with a company that wanted to help a family whose house had burnt. The company could not give money directly but AN, as a recognised charity, acted as agent on behalf of the two parties. This is one example of additional services to the local community that can be offered beyond the basic distribution of aid.

Thank you for your support during 2021, let’s work together in 2022!

Give thanks …

1. For achievements and valuable lessons during another difficult year.
2. For sponsorship for the Christmas bags and packs.
3. For our team’s resilience in health and dedication to their work.

Please pray …

1. For confidence in God and a clear understanding of his will as we move forward into a new year.

See the extended news online via our news index.

Our photos this month: Christmas goodies