Saint Paraskeva Orthodox Charity

A brief update from a ongoing activity: Happy Children in Braila!

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28 children from Braila Preschool project received during last week of September, 2016, a $500 worth value of school supply from our donors. We share with you the joy from their faces and some pictures that have been sent to us by Miss. Perianu - the teacher that carries for these children with many social challenges like of her own. We also share a thank you note addressed to our charity by Miss. Perianu on behalf of the children. We would like to thank you to all the all our volunteers, donors and partners that by God's grace enabled us to bring a sun-shine and some hope where is so much needed:

"Today I sent photos of happy children to Saint Paraskeva Charity. Since I have come to know the members of this organization (although only through e-mails) I had the most beautiful year of my life! The kids received this year through your help everything that they have dreamed about: clothing, food, shoes, backpack, toys and school supply. We have never been so happy! I believe that God has sent some engels in the world to help all those struggling with poverty! For us, those engels have been you. I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for EVERYTHING!"

Miss Perianu, preschool teacher, Braila, September 28, 2016

Christ has Risen!

Sfintele Pasti
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the fundamental truth and absolute fact of the Christian faith. It confirms the authenticity of Christ's remarkable earthly life and vindicates the truth of His teaching. It seals all His redemptive work: His life, the model of a holy life; His compelling and unique teaching; His extraordinary works; and His awesome, life-creating death. Christ's Resurrection is the guarantee of our salvation. Together with His Ascension it brings to perfection God's union with us for all eternity.

The Resurrection made possible the miracle of the Church, which in every age and generation proclaims and affirms "God's plan for the universe, the ultimate divination of man and the created order." The profound experience of and the unshakable belief in the risen Lord enabled the Apostles to evangelize the world. The Resurrection discloses the indestructible power and inscrutable wisdom of God. It disposes of the illusory myths and belief systems by which people, bereft of divine knowledge, strain to affirm the meaning and purpose of their existence. Christ, risen and glorified, releases humanity from the delusions of idolatry. In Him grave-bound humanity discovers and is filled with incomparable hope. The Resurrection bestows illumination, energizes souls, brings forgiveness, transfigures lifes, creates saints, and gives joy.

The Resurrection has not yet abolished the reality of death. But it has revealed its powerlessness (Hebrews 2:14-15). We continue to die as a result of the Fall. Our bodies decay and fall away. "God allows death to exist but turns it against corruption and its cause, sin, and sets a boundary both to corruption and sin". Thus, physical death does not destroy our life of communion with God. Rather, we move from death to life - from this fallen world to God's reign.

Christ is risen from the dead, by death trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.
http://lent.goarch.org/holy_pascha/learn/

Saint Paraskeva Orthodox Charity is a faith based non-profit organization that provides developmental and spiritual services through a grass roots approach focusing primarily on orphaned and disabled children in Romania’s most under served communities, providing support not just on a one-time basis but through long-term relationships. Our organization operates 100% on volunteer-based work, ensuring that the entire amount of your donations is allocated to our programs that make a difference in the lives of those individuals most in need of help. 

With the generous support and donations of our sponsors we are able to be involved in a few humanitarian projects in Romania, a complete list of our supported project can be found here.  If you will like to help us please donate to our cause.

Saint ParaskevaSaint Paraskeva was born at the beginning of the 11th century A.D. into a wealthy, noble, and pious Christian family in the town of Epivat (now in Turkey) on the shores of the Marmara Sea. At the age of ten, while attending the liturgy in the “Church of the Holy Theotokos”, she heard the words, “Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross, and follow me.” The words of the Lord had a profound effect on the young girl, and they became the subject of her meditations.