Who Takes Photos of Trash?

My friend Viorel Pasca oversees the care of 112 elderly and frail in Romania. Their stories are unique but they have one thing in common: they would have no home were it not for God’s grace embodied in Viorel. 

He began rescuing homeless elderly seven years ago. Today he is known by paramedics, police and social workers as the man who receives any person who needs a home, regardless of their past, their resources, their age, their health, or their nationality. 

He's been told, “You invest too much in people who have no future, who deserve their fate, who don’t even know what’s going on. Their lives are worthless.” Recently someone at city hall said, “You get the trash. All the trash is sent to you.” 

So it isn’t any surprise that God would direct our April Elder Orphan Care mission team to deliver photographs of the so-called "trash" I took on previous trips. In Romania this month our team had the most glorious privilege of giving the framed photographs to some of the most grateful people on planet earth. Their value in God's eyes is beautifully reflected in the photographs below. 











Each frame held a photograph of the person alone, but since the frames were clear plastic, I placed a photo of them with other people on the back side.

An interesting thing happened between the day we delivered the photographs and next day when we visited. In every case, the frame had been turned so that the photograph of them with someone was facing the front....



God bless you, Viorel Pasca (on the left) for not only believing, but for acting on the belief that God treasures each person He has created.

"So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them..." (Genesis 1:27).

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(If you'd like to know more about the ministry of Elder Orphan Care, please visit www.elderorphancare.com or to make a secure donation, visit our parent mission at Remember-the-Children.)

12 comments:

  1. That is awesome!!!!!!! Is there a way we can donate to this organization?

    Katie
    www.simplefoody.com

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  2. Absolutely! I serve as an advocate/missionary for Elder Orphan Care, which partners with Viorel Pasca in Romania. You can make secure donations to help Viorel's ministry at the link below. Be sure to put ELDER ORPHAN CARE in the comments box. If you'd like to send a check, send it to EOC c/o Remember-the-Children, 2611 W. 16th Street, Bedford, Indiana 47421. (Elder Orphan Care is an outreach of Remember-the-Children.org, so tax-deductable donations are received there)

    https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/RememberTheChildren/OnlineGiving.html

    You can also read my Elder Orphan Care blog at www.elderorphancare.com

    GOD BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY, Katie!

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  3. Kim,
    Thank you for all that you are doing. It makes a HUGE statement to unbelievers that yes, God does care about every one...even the 'trash'. Can one 'adopt' an elderly orphan and send packages to him/her?

    Katie
    www.simplefoody.org

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    1. Yes! We have an "adoption" program! :) The link to the brochure that describes it is below. The only disclaimer I have is that it is challenging to send packages, and it is also awkward when one elder orphan receives "goodies" and others don't. I travel there at least twice a year (3 times this year) and take or buy "goodies" and necessities for all of them. We also do a Christmas Box of Hope program in August and ship the boxes and many other items on a container. All that is distributed the first two weeks of December by myself and a team. So look at the brochure and let me know what you think. I can send photos of our TREASURES :) for you to choose someone, or you may have seen someone on this blog who you'd like encourage via "adoption." YAY! Thank you for encouraging ME today, Katie!
      http://www.remember-the-children.org/clientimages/43485/newphotos2012/eoc%20brochure_rev-nov2011_web.pdf

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  4. That is the most beautiful "trash" I will ever see!! But ... you said to read the end of the story "click here". Kim Joy, I don't think it's the end of the story; it's one being renewed every day. God bless Pastor Viorel and his work and God bless you and your "team" for caring for these beautiful people.

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement, Bettie! And I totally agree: it is NOT the end of the story!! Pastor Viorel is one of my heroes in the faith and it is my absolute privilege to serve alongside him. What a YAY GOD to be a part of this ONGOING Story! And thank you, Bettie, for helping me be able to walk in this calling on my life! Your reward is great in Heaven! (and Happy Birthday early!!)

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  5. Kim: What beautiful pictures and such touching stories! You are quite the author to capture so many emotions through your writings & pictures. God Bless you, dear friend! Love you, Donna Surles

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    1. Donna, thank you for your kind encouragement and also for your support of my service to these beautiful souls! I am SO grateful for your friendship and partnership in this ministry. May God bless you B I G !

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  6. I love this so much, Kim.
    the photos tell it all. And I praise God for you and Pastor Viorel.

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    1. Thank you, Gail. You and Michael and such a big part of my life and the ministry of EOC! SO much of what God has done has your fingerprints on it! May He reward you out of His riches in glory! SO grateful for you both....

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  7. What a beautiful story. God used it to remind me today to treasure the elderly in my life. It is far too easy, in the busyness of our lifestyles, to see the needs of our elderly relatives as an extra stress on us. I want to view those needs as God's opportunity to join him in the privilege of treasuring each person he has created ... especially those who are no longer viewed as productive from the world's point of view.

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  8. Thank you for reading and responding, Pam. I am glad God used this in your life. He is continually teaching me.... Grateful for you!

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