All educational institutions, restaurants, and commercial centres remain closed and all schools have been closed for the academic year. Masks are compulsory in all enclosed public spaces including public transportation, and starting this week, in all open-air public spaces. Parks are open, except the playgrounds and exercise spaces, but groups larger than three people are not permitted. Even though many restrictions have been lifted, the number of infected people is on the increase with 300-400 new cases daily. The authorities have officially announced that no Summer Camps will be allowed this season.
Travel is not restricted, but family visitation is not recommended. Open air meetings are allowed with a maximum of 50 people. Many churches have resumed Sunday meetings; however, others have decided against it.
We continue to distribute food parcels to all F2F families, and to Senior Care beneficiaries. GIK is distributed to F2F and CRI Community members. Our Coordinators and communications departments continue with their work on updates, and gather and present stories from the field to the International office. Coordinators regularly communicate with beneficiaries, and continue to visit families and children to make GIK deliveries, updates, food deliveries, medicine and urgent needs deliveries, at all times taking all the recommended precautions. Community Centers are not functioning, consequently no meetings are held. Coordinators continue to conduct Bible studies with families individually via phone calls. Soup kitchen, After School and Street Mercy continue to provide daily meals and carry-away bags with tinned/dry products
Angela Corcimari, our BCC coordinator says: “Bible Correspondence Courses remain an encouragement even in these hard conditions. As the post offices slowed down, or have been closed, and Church centres can’t operate, we have been looking for solutions to keep in touch with the children and parents, so that the Word of God could continue to reach their homes. Coordinators searched for new methods for the distribution the letters, and virtual correspondence has now become the new tool.”
Spiridon Cozaru, F2F coordinator: “These past weeks I have visited the villages we work in at least 2-3 days every week. I visit families to see how they are doing and to pray for them. Schinoasa is a small poor village of exclusively Roma people, located in the woods, remote from other villages. I have met with several families, who said that they are so thankful to God and to the Mission for all that we do for them.
The Rusu family, both the husband Vitalie, and his wife said: “In these days of crisis and pandemic, when nobody accepts us and we are kept closed in our homes, you (MWB) are the only ones that truly shows care for us, you visit us and bring us food and seeds to sow, which we need so much. We thank God and the Mission for what you do.” – “I hope that God will help us to be that support for people’s needs as long as we have to,” said Spiridon.
Our Christian Input department continues to communicate and supply volunteers with online resources for children’s lessons. Since they now have more time, they are more involved in the Bible Correspondence Courses. We are presently considering setting up a Christian book club for parents and children. Also, Christian literature is purchased and is distributed to CRI/F2F. Even though BCC overall has decreased (the post offices literally do not work) there is still increased interest from parents and children to correspond with MWB in order to get Bible lessons, Christian materials, etc. We are finding new, practical ways to organise the correspondence between beneficiaries and MWB. We have now completed School supplies purchases and are busy packing ready for distribution which we plan for July, once we have completed the updates.
For the moment Summer Camps are not possible as the authorities have officially cancelled all summer camps for the whole season.