Dear friends and family,
You have been such a support for me over the last few years—thank you! Now, I want to tell you about the next steps I am taking. As many of you know, I have journeyed to Romania with Word Made Flesh a number of times during the last 4 years. This work has changed my life. I have now accepted a long-term staff position with Word Made Flesh in Romania so that I am able to continue moving forward in living among and working among families and children that I have come to know and care about deeply. Please consider being a part of this journey through prayer and support!
What Brought Me Here
Education: In my first year of university, I made the decision to double major in social work and biblical studies. My passion and dream was to work with children and empower families. In this time, I saw God’s heart for people experiencing poverty. I learned a lot about how God called His people in the Old and New Testament to care for the poor. I began to feel that same call now to work with families and children, and to show them the love God has for them, and to affirm the dignity they have as human beings who are created in the very image of God.
Internships and Experiences: Throughout internships and experiences I have had, it has become increasingly clear that I am called to walk alongside children and families who are unseen and forgotten and help them be seen, loved, and to experience holistic healing, including physical, relational, and spiritual healing. I learned so much of what brokenness looks like by working in the foster care system in Portland. I also saw the beauty of restored relationships when groups of college students volunteered their time to play and get to know foster children to let foster parents have time to breathe and take a break.
I long for the church to love and restore relationships with those on the margins of society. I continually find myself working in roles that connect people to those living at the edge of society and people experiencing isolation. When we enter into relationships and friendships with those largely excluded from society, it is a sign of the kingdom of God here on earth. This is work I deeply believe in and want to be a part of.
Word Made Flesh
Word Made Flesh is a missional organization that seeks to model healthy community among those that have often lacked the actuality of and training for healthy community and relationships. Word Made Flesh seeks to place itself among the forgotten places in society throughout the world in order to develop community and empower people towards a dignifying future.
Specifically in Romania, Word Made Flesh has created a day center for children who are vulnerable to neglect, trafficking, dropping out of school, or living on the streets to come and receive a hot healthy meal, to help with school work, provide counseling services, and a chance to play and just be a child. Word Made Flesh Romania also focuses on helping parents strengthen and restore relationships with their children and also helps with basic needs.
I first began my journey with this community and I continued to think about what it means to love those at the margins through long-term relationships when I participated in a 3-week trip to Romania and Moldova my first year of university.
I was invited back to do my social work internship in Romania for 5 months in my third year of university. During this time, I participated in the intentional community and also worked with the children and families to connect them with local resources through social work and ministry.
I had the opportunity of leading the same trip I had participated in 4 years prior after I graduated university. I was able to show a group of my classmates the place that had stolen my heart and share with them the amazing work that Word Made Flesh was doing.
Where I am going:
I have now been invited back on staff in Romania for 3 years. I will be inviting visitors to come experience what changed my life so deeply by coordinating short-term teams (internships, summer teams, semester-long study abroad programs) and also developing their social work program. The Romania site seeks to move further in community development by bringing the families in the area together to advocate for what they need. I will also be a part of the community care team, which seeks to connect families and staff members to local churches and to disciple children and families as they continue to know God in deeper and tangible ways.
I cannot do this work alone. You have been an extremely important part in getting me to where I am today, and I ask that you continue to partner with me in the next part of my journey through prayer and support.
I plan to move to Romania in November, and before I can begin this journey, Word Made Flesh values solidarity with the populations they work with and simplicity, so the salary I am raising is very close to the average salary in Galati, Romania. I need to raise $5,000 before leaving for Romania, which covers 4 months of expenses, airfare, and visa costs.
Primarily, I am also in need of long-term monthly supporters during my time for my work in Romania.
If you are able to partner with me in this way and make a one time or monthly donation, there are a few ways you can do this:
- By check: Checks can be made payable to Word Made Flesh and sent to P.O. Box 70, Wilmore, KY 40390. Please include a note designating the donation to “First name Last name support” or fill out and send attached form with a check
- By credit card: Donate monthly or give a one time gift online at purecharity.com/mikayla-greenwell-romania
- If you would like to learn more about what I’m doing, please email me at email@example.com . I’d love to grab coffee or lunch to tell you more!