“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
– James 1:27, ESV
December 1989 marked a turning point for Romania. Communist Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu had been dethroned and removed from the palace he had built for himself (ironically called the House of People). The promise of freedom filled the air, but the legacy of the former dictator’s twisted vision for the Romanian people left behind a country riddled with challenges.
The legacy of the former dictator’s twisted vision for the Romanian people left behind a country riddled with challenges.
Ceausescu wanted to build a populous Romanian nation of workers, farmers, and soldiers. In an effort to fulfill this passion, mothers with five or more children were praised and declared both heroic and patriotic. A rapidly growing population in a country with a centralized and collapsing communist economy was unsustainable. Parents were unable to provide for their own children who instead ended up in streets. These children had children of their own, and the vicious cycle began—one generation of orphans giving way to another.
HLO’s mission is to provide for the spiritual, emotional, physical, and educational needs of these precious children.
In 2001 an idea was birthed among a group of friends at Abilene Christian University. Led by Dr. Andrei Duta, His Little Ones was created with a vision for a brighter tomorrow for the children in Romania. HLO’s mission is to provide for the spiritual, emotional, physical, and educational needs of these precious children. HLO seeks to improve the quality of the day-to-day life in three orphanages in Bucharest. Progress has been steady. Today the hallways of these orphanages are not as full as they once were. Love is being shown; the Gospel is spoken and lived out.
These emotionally wounded, motherless and fatherless children need hope.
Today the former dictator’s legacy is quickly fading. The last two decades have brought much healing. However, many emotionally wounded, motherless, and fatherless children still need hope; a new hope that only Jesus can provide. These children, under the banner of His Little Ones, are the heartbeat of our mission.
“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.’ ”
– Matthew 25:40, ESV
Frequently Asked Questions
The team that runs His Little Ones is passionate about one thing and one thing only: Glorifying God through supporting orphaned and abandoned children in Bucharest, Romania. We realize you may wonder about what we do, why we do it, and how we get it done. Here you can find answers to a few of the more common questions we get about our ministry. If you have additional questions, please contact us through the website. We are thankful that you are exploring and considering our work.
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Here’s a general breakdown of the generous donations given to His Little Ones: