Well we have now come to the end of another summer of Micro Gappers and volunteers. We have seen many volunteers come and go this summer and at one time we were hosting around 21 people for at least a week at Casa Albert.
Beth had to call on all her cooking skills to keep them all fed and watered.
The beauty of having the Micro gappers this year was that we had around 8 official gappers in the first month of July and 4 in the last month of August and these were mixed in with the groups and individual volunteers that joined us over the summer so we were never short of volunteers which meant (drum roll please) the main loft at Casa Lumina was finally cleared of around 18 years of rubbish which had been hoarded there over the years (just in case) well just in case came to end with a sudden abrupt invasion of eager volunteers some of which had been dreaming of this moment for a long time!
We were however met with a bit of resistance but once the ball was rolling the Casa Lumina staff got the idea! So with a lot of blood sweat and tears the job got done.
There was also a crash course in Arc welding for a couple of our volunteers as they learnt on their feet to weld our new fence in place at Casa Lumina along with the building of another garden shelter this time to provide cover for the ever growing washing that is produced by Casa Lumina day by day.
And of course the summer would not be complete without a bit of concreting, so the bicycle road for the young people at Casa Lumina was extended to the gate giving them a slightly longer road to practice their three wheeler biking skills.
Along with all this activity at Casa Lumina there was of course the Saturday morning open air kids club at Poiana Negustorului which was great fun and sometimes a little challenging but it wouldn’t be Poiana without a little bit of a challenge would it?
Another big success this year was the introduction of the volunteers to our in patient children’s Hospice ‘Hospice Lumina’ the staff and the children that were there over the summer were truly blessed by our volunteers and our Micro Gappers who in the last week didn’t want to leave the place. I think their efforts there were really appreciated by everyone.
Last but not least we continued with some renovation work at Casa Albert as we endeavour to use it to help us raise much needed funding. It can be used for our school volunteers which we are hoping to expand upon next year and it will be available hopefully on Air B and B in the near future… at this point I would like to say any group church school of business group looking for a venue for a retreat or training or cycling or walking holiday why not give us a try?
Well that’s about it from me and CITD for now we hope and pray that God continues to bless our work and all the families we reach out to in his name and of course you guys without whom we couldn’t do the things we do!
You see God uses us all to get his love and care out to a hurting world!
Until next time.
Blessings and thanks