Many Roma do seasonal work to bring in money – and there is little of that in winter. People in Mariuca’s village survive through the toughest season by borrowing money and gathering firewood to warm their homes.
Mariuca’s aunt said, “We go to the woods and get firewood illegally, stick by stick. We can only take a small amount at a time, and it’s only enough for a couple of days, then we do it all over again.”
Instead of fun and feasting, Christmas for Mariuca’s family is another reminder of their poverty, of their ongoing struggle to meet their basic needs.
This Christmas, Mission Without Borders (MWB) wants struggling families such as hers to have the chance to celebrate the birth of Christ – and to find out about God’s abundant love and provision.
Through Operation Christmas Love (OCL), we provide 7,000 families living in poverty in Romania with a parcel containing food supplies, treats and Christian literature. It lifts the burden off poor families in the midst of winter when living costs are high – and brings the message of salvation into their lives on one of the most special days of the year.
Mariuca said, “I like the tea and my little sister loves the chocolate we get. It makes us so happy!”
Marius Anescu, MWB’s coordinator in the area, said, “This is one of the toughest areas we work in. Christmas is the perfect time to show them that Christ’s love never fails and to show them that there is hope.”
*Maricua’s name has been changed