Henri Coanda Community Transformation
We believe that the love of God can transform anyone and we desire to see God’s love transform the neighborhood of Henri Coanda. It was established by the government in 2012 as an area for low-income Turkish-gyspy, Gypsy, and Romanians to live. We began working there when it opened as there was such a need for the love of God among these people who are marginalized and stereotyped by the society around them. We have the desire to see each individual in the neighborhood living a life that has been transformed by God.
Throughout the week, we run a Kid’s Club where we are able to build relationships with the families and start introducing the children to God. From there, as the relationships grow, we visit the families that are open to see how they are doing, read the Bible and pray with them. Another way that we continue to further discipleship is through Girls’ Group and Boys’ Group where we are able to bring kids that we have invested in closer to God through deeper discussions, teachings, and more.
Every summer, we also run a Day Camp in the neighborhood where all of the kids and their families are welcome to join us for a week in the evenings for a few hours. Through this event, we are able to preach the gospel, build relationships, and really start seeing kids experience Jesus.