Horizon of Hope will offer a home for Romanian youth as they learn the skills needed to move from high school to employment.
Horizon of Hope will offer a home for Romanian youth as they learn the skills needed to move from high school to employment. A non-profit organization, Horizon of Hope desires to help young people who seek guidance and direction for their future, both spiritually and vocationally.
Horizon of Hope’s president, Vasile Holerga, saw the need for such a program as the missionary/children’s pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Fagaras, Romania. While Vasile’s Bible Club meetings attracted many children when he visited nearby villages, Vasile noticed that attendance waned as those children approached their teenage years. Vasile also noticed that those later years were, in fact, the time when young people needed the most guidance. Many of the children came from less-than-ideal family situations, and they desperately needed someone to help guide them into their futures. Even youth from more stable homes still lacked an understanding of how to succeed as adults, including goal setting, self-discipline, financial knowledge, and skills for employment.
To reach out to these youth, Vasile and a team of volunteers launched Horizon of Hope. Our building will house 18 to 20 students, who will stay at Horizon of Hope for one to two years. During their stay, they will experience a Christian environment in a family setting.We believe youth need this as a strong foundation for values. Because they will live on site, students will form a strong sense of community with other students as well as with the host family.
During their time at Horizon of Hope, students will have the opportunity to study computers, languages, agriculture, carpentry, auto mechanics,etc. all of which will be taught by volunteers from the community. We plan to offer classes based on students’ needs. We will encourage christian values by offering students opportunities to work with various local ministries, including those at Bethany Baptist Church. We do not want students to become isolated at Horizon of Hope; we want them to practice what they learn. So, our team of volunteers constantly searches for opportunities to have students interact with the community.
Bethany Baptist Church currently works with about 800 children in villages around Fagaras and also in some orphanages from our area. We anticipate our students coming primarily from these groups, although we will also accept students based on recommendations. Our team will interview all students who wish to attend Horizon of Hope, and we will choose youth who show a genuine desire to better themselves and be a part of Horizon of Hope.
1. Romanian youth, especially from rural areas, who have not had the opportunity for higher education should be able to enter the workforce.
2. Horizon of Hope provides a Christian environment for transitional youth to learn a trade as well as integral values in a family setting.
3. During their time at Horizon of Hope, students will have the opportunity to study computers, languages, agriculture, carpentry, auto mechanics,etc.
4. HoH searches for opportunities for students to interact with their community and practice what they learn.