Olga van Lavieren has been involved with Eastern European Outreach (Netherlands) since 1987. She has been working in Romania since June 1991 and has been stationed as a missionary in Oradea, since May 1996.
The purpose of the centre
The purpose of the Centre is to help street-children to integrate into, and become part of society. Because of their difficult backgrounds and traumatic past, this integration takes a lot of time and patience. We have been working with this target group since 1996. The doors of the Social Centre Casa Lumina --which means House of Light-- opened in 2000; since then our activities in Oradea (Romania) have been organised from there.
Our desire is to use the Centre to spread the light of God into this dark world and to testify about the life-transforming power of Jesus Christ. We do not just focus on educating these former street-children, but also help them to raise their own children. The Centre has kindergarten facilities, a programme for “mother and child”, homework support, Bible studies, easily accessible church services and evangelistic activities.
Casa Lumina wants to help in several key areas in their lives:
1. We give basic teaching on personal hygiene, parenting, birth control and the consequences of abortion.
2. We give support in finding a suitable job and housing
3. We teach basic English
4. We stimulate their creative skills by providing music lessons, singing in the choir, recording music CD’s, etc.
5.We counsel these young people and help them to resolve their personal issues
We work with people who have been through severe traumatic experiences, and these traumas heal slowly. Those who have come to faith in Christ generally come to terms with their past easier, and the healing process is quicker. For this reason we give Bible studies to make them grow in their faith. We would really appreciate your prayers for these young people and their children.
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