Youth Mission & Outreach – Romania
Since 2016 we have been supporting Perspective Danes based in Danes, Transylvania, Romania through the
running of youth mission and outreach trips to Danes and financial giving.
Perspective is run by Liviu & Elena Tudosie, a Christian couple with 3 children and a huge heart for seeing God’s love spread into every corner of the local communities, particularly amongst the young people of the marginalised Gypsy neighbourhoods. Perspective exists to “invest in the present, change the future”, seeing the potential of children and young people and supporting them and channelling this potential in whatever way they can. Through the charity they have supported young people through high school, into and through University, helping them to afford driving lessons, and in all these things and more, open them up to a host of opportunities and possibilities for their future they would not have otherwise have.
The families from Roma Gypsy neighbourhoods are poor, deprived, and marginalised in more ways than one. They have no running water. Restricted mains electricity. No sewerage systems. Few have toilets. Most live in makeshift houses, either run down and abandoned buildings that are falling apart, or wood and tin roof shacks of one room. Usually at least 3 generations are living in one ‘house’, the older children and young people often looking after the younger and older generations, or working in the nearby landfill site, scavenging anything that can be used, or recycled, for a few coins. Few of them make it to high school (secondary school), let alone finish it, and it is miles away and has to be walked to and from everyday.
But the work and love of God through Liviu, Elena & Perspective and those who support it brings hope, new opportunities and a fresh outlook for the children and young people of these communities. Through workshops, Bible studies, community camps and residentials, they feel loved and accepted and learn the message of the Gospel alongside more practical social skills.
Our latest trip to Romania was in August 2019. 5 young people from St Michaels as well as our youth and childrens worker and 4 adults from Wilmington community church went to help take 49 Romanian children from poor communities on their first ever holiday. We went to a camp site in the mountains where we shared stories about Jesus, had 3 meals a day and did various crafts and games. It was a special time for everyone and hopefully has helped give irreplaceable memories to all involved.
Our mission trips with young people from Wilmington provide an amazing opportunity for young people and our church to support these marginalised communities. Practical help in the communities, like painting and decorating houses, running children’s community camps, youth day trips, children's programmes, providing packed lunches, or school bags, for over 40 children, sharing our food and the love of Jesus as well. It gives the Romanian youth a chance to see and meet young people from other countries, to communicate and share experiences with them, to show that others do care about them and want to help. It also gives our young people the opportunity to see and be part of God’s mission in another country, another language, to experience firsthand the reality of communities like these and ignite a passion for serving the poor and carrying out mission and outreach. It is an eye-opening and life changing experience for them and a real privilege to be able to offer them such an opportunity.
“Working with Perspective Danes has literally changed my perspective on everything! It’s an experience I wouldn’t trade for the world, and I’m so glad for the opportunities it’s given me and the things it’s taught me”. Katie
“It was amazing. I learned so much about how people have to live over there”. Cordelia
“Do go if you can. It will teach you things we all should know”. Ellen
"I found a cause that I am passionate about to use my energy to help and it inspired me to carry on volunteering in every way I can". Laura
you would like to support future mission trips, or are interested in
joining us in person, please contact the Youth & Children's Worker
(see contact section of website).
If you would like to find out more about the work of
Perspective Danes or directly support them through donation, please visit www.perspectivedanes.ro
or Like their Facebook page “Asociatia Perspective Danes” to see regular updates.