Delia-Claudia L. comes from a family well-known to our ministry. Her family home had always been open to our teams whenever we used to visit the nearby villages to help the families in need. Aurica, her mother, insisted that she fed everyone that came through, regardless of the number of people. She was a hard working sister in Christ, and was our contact person for different situations that our brothers and sisters were confronted with in the villages surrounding Tudor Vladimirescu. Moreover, she used to travel with us every time to personally visit the families in need and pray with us over them.
She was a role model not only for her fourteen children but also for us and every other person that met her. She kept an impeccable house, always made sure she had cooked food for her family and all the visitors that came by and her storage room was full of jars of jams, preserves, vegetables for winter, and so much more. Always faithful, always grateful, she worked day by day to make sure she is a wife, a mother and an example to all, according to what Christ taught us to be.
The month of February, 2017 was when we received the terrible news. Following a massive stroke and months in a coma, the Lord had taken her home and into eternal rest. The news was so sudden that most of the people could not even believe it. Eight of her fourteen children were still living at home, the youngest being only six years old. Being at work all day trying to make ends meet, his children were left alone, with no one to help them and the older girls having to take the maternal role for the younger ones. It was after a few months that the father, a hard-working individual working two shifts himself, realized that he would not be able to raise the children by himself and assist them in attending high school, the closest being almost 20 miles away.
Although having learned so much from their mother and trying their best to keep the house in place, it was soon obvious that the older girls were doing all this at the cost of their own well-being, often times putting school on a secondary place and heading towards completely giving up their education.
When their father asked for our help, we immediately started working with local authorities to get the approval to receive Delia-Claudia in our center. She moved in one of our apartments and quickly adapted to our big family. She loves chemistry and biology and is considering continuing her education and maybe becoming a doctor with the help of our Lord. She has found a place where she can grow and receive the support needed to help her get through the traumatic events in her life and also the opportunity to keep in close contact with her father and siblings. She visits her family often and we are praying about helping her other siblings as well. We can all see her mother in her and oftentimes we are the ones being encouraged by her words and her unmovable faith in God and His sovereign will and that nothing happens out of mere circumstance. Please pray for Delia-Claudia; despite her fortitude, one can see the inner suffering and pain in her heart. She has lost her mother, her mentor and role model but we believe that our Lord can fill the void in her and that a testimony of His love and sovereignty will arise from all these events.