Stela said, “Winter may be a time of joy for many people, but for me, it’s an unwelcome guest, especially now during the pandemic when all the world is upside down. It’s almost impossible to find a good job, and the cold weather was worrying me the most. I didn’t know how I was going to find the money to heat the house and where I’d find warm clothes for my kids. It was so hard to look at my girls and boy wearing lightweight jackets and worn shoes. They wouldn’t say anything to me because they knew I couldn’t afford to get them what they needed. Mission Without Borders offered us a lifesaver in this situation - the briquettes that helped us to keep the house warm.
“And another wonderful and priceless gift that I look at and still can’t believe is true – the warm and beautiful clothes and shoes for my family! My heart leapt for joy to see my kids in cozy clothes for winter. I didn’t expect to also get warm clothing for myself… what a blessing! What a relief! Mission Without Borders provided warmth not only to our home but also to our souls!”
Ion said, “Three years ago, the Nastas family’s situation was desperate. The mother and children were sleeping on some rugs on a broken bed. At that time they were renting another house. I’m happy for them that they moved to this place where they can stay rent-free. We hope and pray together for a better place for them. For now, it’s encouraging to see that even though this place was in a disastrous condition, Stela found the strength to clean it out and make it livable. It is amazing to see her courage, strength and motivation.”
“I found a place to rent and started to work hard anywhere I could find a job. I was under so much pressure, and felt a great deal of stress and exhaustion.
He added, “People like Stela are an encouragement and example to many parents: bold, hardworking, and despite the many challenges in her way, always trying to stay strong and offer her children all the best she can.”
Stela’s face shines with pride when she speaks of her children. “Four precious diamonds, four beloved personalities who inspire me to keep pressing forwards, and I will do my best to encourage them to follow their dreams.”
Natalia, 16, wants to become a massage therapist. She said, “My mum and sister are my first customers and they say I do a good job, especially Mum who says that it eases her back pain a lot.”
Ilie, 13, loves all things IT: he started to take computer lessons at a local church, and looks forward to them every Tuesday and Friday. He said, “I love computer programming and I also know that programmers can make a lot of money, and I want to help provide for my mother and sisters when I’m older.”
Ten-year-old Doina, who loves to cook, said, “I dream of becoming a cook-confectioner, and I hope to be able to practice at home once we have an oven. At the moment I can only make salads and soup or other simple food, depending on what we have at home. I dream someday of inviting my mum and siblings to a nice restaurant and serving them the delicious food and cake I made.”
Xenia, aged eight, is thinking of becoming a veterinary or hairdresser. “I love animals because they are very cute and friendly, and I’m really sad when I see a sick pet… I also love to try out different hairdos. Yes, I’m the youngest, but I’m happy that my older sisters let me practice different hair styles on them, and they like it. I even tried on Mum, and she says that I have a gift for it. Maybe I can open a hair salon and also help sick pets.”
Stela said, “The Mission offered warmth not only to our house and bodies but also to our souls! I just can’t – and don’t even want to – imagine what our lives would look like now if we hadn’t met the Mission some years ago.”
A home that was once ill-equipped to keep the Nastas family warm and healthy over winter is now a cozy sanctuary, thanks to MWB’s support.
“I am always inspired every time I visit families like Stela’s and feel blessed to be a tool in God’s hand to minister to those who are struggling,” Ion said. “My heart rejoices when I see a smile on a face that was once full of sadness and hopelessness. And the thing that encourages me to keep working even harder for the Mission is when I see the people we work with at the local churches enjoying fellowship with each other, and most importantly, seeking God, who is the one who gives us peace, hope and joy that lasts. I pray that I will continue to spread God’s love to those who really need to hear how important they are to Him.