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“Create in me a clean heart, O God.” —Ps. 51:10

Tuesday, November 4

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One Sunday in a PC(USA) congregation, a speaker lifted up the church’s ministry to Romania’s crib-bound babies, institutionalized orphans, and other children of trauma. A special-offering basket was then circulated to help support PC(USA) partner NOROC fulfill its mission of providing New Opportunities for Romanian Orphaned Children.

One little girl heard with her heart and responded with her hands.

She had come to church planning to offer one dollar—quite a lot for a child her age. But when she heard about the challenges Romanian orphans face, she put in everything she had.

Through such generous individuals and congregations, and with the help of the Presbyterian Mission Agency and Presbyterian Women, NOROC continues to shower physical and spiritual blessings on crib-bound babies and institutionalized preschoolers, students, and at-risk youth. Romania’s institutionalized children face an uncertain and sometimes terrifying future. Youth typically leave institutions with little education, no money, and no family support, easily falling prey to human traffickers. Further, ethnic Roma people are disproportionately represented in state institutions. Doubly stigmatized and often without the resources made available to the mainstream population, institutionalized Roma face a lifetime of unemployment or various forms of 21st-century enslavement.

NOROC offers children and youth a safety net of relationships, mentoring, life-skills training, and spiritual, psychological, physical, and educational nurture. With God’s blessing, these youth have a chance to break the cycles of poverty, hopelessness, and abuse. They are challenged to become contributing members in the family of God and their local communities.

Elizabeth Searles, PC(USA) mission coworker, Tulcea

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) People in Mission

New Opportunities for Romanian Orphaned Children Foundation (NOROC): Elizabeth Searles, advisor and children/youth worker


Reformed Church in Romania, Cluj Diocese: Bishop Geza Pap • Reformed Church in Romania, Oradea Diocese: Bishop Istvan Csüry • Casuta Noastra Orphanage • United Protestant Theological Institute • Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania-AIDRom • NOROC: Petru Solca, president • Healing of Memories: Dieter Brandes, director

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Martha Smyrski, BOP
Becca Snipp, PMA

Let us pray

O God, we thank you for loving families, even as we pray for those who have no family or whose family causes hurt or harm. We ask that you would make your presence known especially to children of trauma in Romania. In the name of our brother Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 42; 146
First Reading Zephaniah 1:14-18
Second Reading Revelation 14:14-15:8
Gospel Reading Luke 13:1-9
Evening Psalms 102; 133

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