March 7, 2017
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Glory to Jesus Christ!
With the blessing of Metropolitan Nicolae, the Romanian Orthodox Youth of the Americas (ROYA) announce its missionary trip for teenagers and young adults to Father Nicolae Tanase’s Pro Vita Orphanage this summer. This trip will take place July 1 – July 27, 2017. The trip encompasses a 10 day international camp, two weeks of volunteer work and 4 days at Punta Monastery.
The purpose for the trip to Romania is to give time and aid to the orphanage run by Father Nicolae Tanase. This trip is also designed to give young adults an opportunity to deepen and live their faith through love, experience and action. Two weeks will be spent at the orphanage and may include the following capacities:
Social and educational interaction with the orphans
Repairs on orphanage buildings
Farm work (ie apple picking, gathering hay, etc.)
Christ tells us “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me...for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.”(Matthew 25:40).
Enclosed you will find applications for the trip. The cost of the trip is $600 USD and should be included with your application. Checks should be made out to St. Nicholas Church, and must specify “Mission Trip” in the memo. This does not include your transportation to and from Romania; plane tickets and travel insurance are the participant’s own responsibility. Please consider bringing spending or pocket money for souvenirs or other optional purchases. All money for the trip is the participant’s responsibility. Youth who would like to participate but do not have the financial means should consider fundraising in their parishes. Please contact us if you need help and speak with your parish priest about the initiative. With the grace of God, fund raising is not as difficult as it may seem.
The trip begins with the International Camp at Oasa Monastery on July 1st. However, those who require transportation to the monastery have the option of arriving at Henry Coanda Airport in Bucharest on June 30st. We will arrange pick up from the airport on the 30th and travel in a group to the monastery on the morning of July 1st. The other option is to meet us directly at the monastery on the July 1st.
All applications for ages 16-17 and adult 18+ MUST be postmarked by May 10, 2017. There are only thirty(30) places available for the team. Applications will be processed in the order received. If you do not have a current passport, you should apply for one immediately.
We pray that you will be able to join us on this ground-breaking trip to act upon the command of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In Christ’s Love,
Director ROYA Summer & Winter Camps