Written by: Karen B., ministry partner in Romania

Karen and, Cornel. Ministry partners in Romania for One More Child.

Children growing up in Romanian orphanages protect themselves by not attaching.  They have learned that relationships are not safe, often painful and volunteers.  She did everything she could do to sabotage that week.

On the first day of camp, it was clear that Sabina had no interest in our Bible studies, organized games, art and meals.  This focused time with her made me think about what it must be like to be her.

Karen and a camp participant*, preparing to go white water rafting. *Camper not displayed due to Romanian orphan privacy regulations.

Throughout the next two years, I would regularly visit Sabina at the orphanage.  It took one month before she would make eye contact with me and abuse.

When Sabina turned 16, she came to me asking for money for an abortion.  I told her I could not support her in this way, but I would be willing to help her if she chose to give her baby life.  Sabina got pregnant by her boyfriend from the orphanage. His name was Rudy and get Rudy a full-time job.  I was at the hospital the day Sabina gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Denis.

When Denis turned two, Sabina and for the ability to pull their lives together so they could get their baby back.

When Sabina was released from prison, she contacted me again.  I was able to get her into a government-subsidized apartment, and engage her peers. Rudy had attended that camp as well. Sabina appeared to have completely checked out emotionally that week, yet God had begun the process of healing her wounded heart.

Tragically, baby John died the day after he was born.  I remember the nurse wrapping him in a white blanket before hand healing around baby John’s grave site.

Sabina’s son, Denis, in 2020.

After baby John’s death, Sabina decided to give her life to Christ and unconditional love contributed to the newfound strength in our friendship

Karen Elizabeth in 2020

The story of these young people has had such a profound impact on me.  I am so grateful that God called our family to Romania to love and praise God for His divine Patience in each of us.



If you wish to support the life of a vulnerable child like Sabina or Rudy, you can go online and sponsor a child today!

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