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“So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.” Matt. 27:66

Friday, October 11


A PC(USA) ruling elder went to Romania to adopt a child from the state- run orphanage system in the early 1990s. Upon seeing the deprived condition of the children, he decided to do something for them. During the 41-year dictatorship of Nicolae Ceauceşcu, thousands of children were abandoned to a government orphanage system that did not have the capacity to administer even basic care. These children were mistreated, ignored, and abused. Unfortunately, attitudes and practices are slow to change, and much that was true in the early 1990s is still true today. But NOROC (New Opportunities for Romanian Orphaned Children) is making a difference.

NOROC serves in Tulcea County, Romania, providing nurture and care to children in the orphanage system. NOROC staff lead weekly Bible studies and worship. PC(USA) mission helps support shelters for girls and boys while they seek employment. A group of 20–30 retired women (“grannies”) spend seven hours per day, six days per week with the younger children—teaching, playing, and reading. Tutors, teachers, and friends also work with the children. Many of these children, a large number of whom are Roma, have now completed high school and vocational training. Several are currently enrolled in universities or have graduated with university degrees, all with the emotional and financial support of Presbyterian mission.

How has the message of God’s abundant giving changed our outlook on mission? It has taught us that out of one person’s concern for the welfare of a few children, God has enabled hundreds of children to know that they are cared for and loved even when their own society fails to communicate that.

Rev. Richard A. Schempp, executive presbyter, Palo Duro Presbytery, and president, NOROC, Abilene, Texas

Let us join in prayer for:

Reformed Church in Romania (RCR), 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

Presbytery Partnerships: Flint River Presbytery and Lehigh Presbytery, with the RCR

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Christy Riggs, PMA
Kay Riley, PMA

Let us pray

You are a God who cares about the hungry, the sick, the neglected, the prodigal. Help us to see through your eyes, so that when we share of our abundance, the lives you care about are changed for the good. Thank you for your love that crosses all boundaries. Amen!

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 51; 148
First Reading 2 Kings 23:36-24:17
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 12:12-26
Gospel Reading Matthew 9:27-34
Evening Psalms 142; 65

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