student sharing personal photos of his trip to Romania was the reason
for my visit. Part of my tour included a trip to that village that
he visited in the spring. It was really in the middle of a forest.
According to the story I heard, originally the inhabitants were horse
thieves and needed a place of seclusion. They certainly found that
seclusion, even though there were now scattered satellite dishes,
electricity, and the school had Internet.
also people in need. A newspaper report in a Bucharest paper talked
about two orphan boys who had one pair of shoes. They alternated wearing
the shoes so that more than one child could attend school. When a
businessman in the capital read about them, he was moved into action.
The children were located in what couldn't be called a home. It was
a hut without roof or windows -- in the middle of the winter! There
was, however, an icon of Mary, whom the children prayed to for help.
They got that
help and more than they could have ever asked for. A new home was
built next to their former shelter. The place was furnished, kids
received hope, medical care, education and a future. Children that
were once afraid and unable to trust others learned to laugh and smile.
And, of course, they were given shoes.
When I visited
the place, I suggested they also receive some color.