Kelle and I (Andrei) have three children: Aryana, Troy and our adopted daughter Elena. Sufficient Bread Ministry, originally started by my wife, has been an active ministry in Romania since 2003.
I am a Romanian national who grew up in the Romanian Orphanage for the majority of my life. I have two brothers, one older and another younger. All three of us were abandoned by our parents when I was only four years old. My life in its entirety is very important to me because I accept and understand it as God’s perfect plan for my life. As a child I asked God, “Why do I exist?”, “Why did my parents not want to raise me?”, “Why does the whole world hate me?”, “Am I just a kid no one wants?”, “Why should I live?”, “Can I have hope?” As a child I had joy, sadness, needs, but most importantly I had the need of parental love.
In the early 90’s, I remember people began to visit our orphanage from America. I did not know what they were looking for. Why were they coming to give the children all sorts of candy, chocolate, toys, and clothes? I did not understand why they would come from another country and tell us about a man named Jesus Christ. I did not know who this Jesus was. I remember them talking about the birth of the Savior, that this Jesus was sent to die for us, for our sins. I still have memories of their smiling faces, the joy and love they showed us children. I remember I was so dirty. Our noses were running, some kids were covered in sores and other sickness but these people were not afraid to touch us, or most amazingly hug us. I realized that this Jesus Christ had something to do with the kindness and courage I saw in their hearts. These people had something I wanted. By God’s grace, I ultimately came to know the Lord as my Savior when I was 18.
My wife and I now serve the abandoned and vulnerable in Romania. Our desire is that these children know the FATHER in heaven who loves them so much! I thank the Lord for giving me the privilege, because it truly is a privilege to care and defend the fatherless of this world.