Project Compassion 2013

In the Roma village, houses are made of mud, dirt floors are hidden with pieced together blankets or small rugs, and heat is provided by whatever can be found to burn that day. For the first time, I was invited into the home of a Roma family.  I admired their handiwork — a micro-enterprise, creating small leather accessories — but I mostly found myself trying to imagine the family eating, sleeping and living in the small one-room space.

Another family down the road scrambled as they tried to figure out how to feed the 9 children who had been dropped at their house the night before by a distant relative.  The population of their two room house was now more than 15 people.
We experienced cold Romanian spring weather, which is nowhere near the harsh temperatures endured in the dead of winter. I was cold in my North Face boots, thermal underwear, and fleece lined jacket, but I watched kids and young pregnant mothers walk down the dirt roads without shoes.

A total of 87 students, leaders and program/construction staff were a part of Project Compassion 2013.  Our work was split between the Roma village and a camp property. Here are some of the projects we tackled during the week:

At the Camp:
Trimmed shrubs around recreation facilities and parking lots
Cleared paths throughout camp
Prepped the volleyball and sport courts for use
Repaired pot holes in road
Cleared weeds from the fence line
Prepped and poured a concrete porch and walkway
Painted cabins and foundations
Dug footings, compacted gravel, built forms, and poured concrete
Siria:
Repaired a greenhouse
Dug wells (2)
Built three fences to protect gardens
Repaired houses with a manure/mud mix
Cut firewood
Sorted seeds
Planted gardens
Assisted in an after school kids club
Once again we experienced a great week and we’re so thankful for all those who help make this trip possible!
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4 thoughts on “Project Compassion 2013

    • Another great post, Brice. Thanks for sharing and for the work you are doing in Germany and the yearly work in Romania. I take my life too for granted and tend to forget about those less fortunate. I am praying for you and your precious family!

  1. I was sad knowing way back when that Project Compassion didn’t line up with my spring break this year and that I wouldn’t be returning. However, in viewing the pictures as they came in throughout the week my heart broke again for the Siria citizens as it did last year. I am reminded how our Creator wired us up for service and how literally just a taste of helping to meet a true need of someone can forever change a life. I am proud of the vision of Youth Compass and I will pray that the seeds planted in these teenagers are nurtured and developed until they come to know the love of Christ.

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