End of the Year Progress Report

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By God’s grace, last December we launched an end of the year fundraising campaign for two major areas that need improvement in our school’s educational process: textbooks and technology.

We are incredibly blessed and thankful to God that he has put on the hearts of Roger and Melinda Russell, Jake and Cristina Francis, Melynda and Vali Lupu, Brenda Cox, and Richard Simmons the desire to support and partner with BCA. By their generosity we were able to raise $3115, while our matching donor was gracious enough to give the entire amount of $5000 he had pledged towards a matching fund.

Thank you so much to each and every one of you for loving our kids and our ministry and for supporting the work that God is doing in the lives of BCA students. We pray that the Lord will bless you and reward you, knowing that all good things come from Him and that He brings forth fruit from every seed that is sown in his name.

We are looking forward to being able to show you the new textbooks and tech equipment we will purchase.

Even if the end of the year campaign is over, we are still on our way to reaching our goal. By God’s grace, we are looking to raise $15000 to cover the expenses for texts and tech. So we still have a little bit to go!

If you feel led in this direction, please prayerfully consider partnering with BCA in supporting the education of our missionary students. Should you want to know more about our ministry and students visit this link and watch our presentation video. If God puts it on your heart to partner with us, visit this page and choose the area you would like to donate towards. There is also a general fund where you can send your donation. Any amount will surely matter in helping us reach our goals. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you should like to know more.

IMG_2477Above all things we would ask that you keep us in your prayers that God would send new teachers our way, as every year there are a couple who finish their missionary term, that he would bring new students and parents into our community, and that these kids would come to know Christ and grow strong academically, prepared for the life ahead of them. As our motto says, we aim at equipping students to influence the world.

May the Lord give you a blessed new year, filled with his presence and love!

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Pieces of the Puzzle

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1 Corinthians 12:12

Our bodies have many parts, but the many parts make up only one body when they are all put together. So it is with the “body” of Christ. […] But the Holy Spirit has fitted us all together into one body. We have been baptized into Christ’s body by the one Spirit, and have all been given that same Holy Spirit.

 

 

Romans 12:4-5

Just as there are many parts to our bodies, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of it, and it takes every one of us to make it complete, for we each have different work to do. So we belong to each other, and each needs all the others.

Ephesians 4:4

We are all parts of one body, we have the same Spirit, and we have all been called to the same glorious future. […] Christ has given each of us special abilities—whatever he wants us to have out of his rich storehouse of gifts.

 

I am sure you figured out what is the common theme of these three passages! This year we would like to gain a deeper understanding of what it means that we are parts of the same body, the body of Christ, but also to learn how to live in the light of this truth every day.

Unity is what we want to focus our attention on as we grow our relationships with each other and as we seek to be a powerful testimony to the people that God has placed around us. We understand that there is no one person in our community that is more or less important than others. We each play our own part and, in a profound significant sense, in our uniqueness, no one else could replace any of the members of this “body”. We are thankful for each of the students that God has brought to BCA this year and for each of the teachers who were called to serve here.

This year, I would like to show you, through the articles that I will post here, how we are all so different but also how we enjoy and celebrate the intimacy of our relationships as we were called, at least for a while, to be part of a small and tightly knit community.

Paul says that “the Holy Spirit has fitted us all together into one body” and it is Him who has given each one of us the right gift and the right spot to fill so that we would be able to support each other, build each other up, encourage each other, look after each other’s physical and emotional needs.

In order to be reminded of all this every day, we have put together a puzzle. A puzzle has many pieces, but when they are all together, each in its right place, they form a beautiful picture. You can see this picture on the left wall as you walk in the building. What is different about this particular puzzle is that it is missing some pieces. Those pieces were given to every student and every teacher to symbolically represent the fact that each one is a part of the bigger picture that is the BCA community and it’s testimony in Bucharest.

So, I invite you once more into our kitchen to follow our story in Bucharest on our virtual refrigerator door to meet our family, to discover its diversity, and to watch us as we grow unity within. I hope I will be able to capture in pictures and words the story that God will be writing this year and that you will feel led to pray for us, bless us, and, why not, join us if you are not already part of the family.

I will leave you with the verse that we chose as the motto for this year:

Just as there are many parts to our bodies, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of it, and it takes every one of us to make it complete, for we each have different work to do. So we belong to each other, and each needs all the others. (Romans 12:4-5)

Here’s to looking at a great new school year!

 

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We are back! Back to school. Back on the blog. I hope you missed us and I am terribly sorry that we have not been active here in such a long time but this year I am planning to keep you up to speed with the stories of all the exciting things happening at BCA.

We are thankful for the gift of another school year and for the fact that the Lord has provided everything we need in order to continue to be part of the His plan in the lives of our students. This year He has given us new staff members, new students, new chairs 😀 and we are trusting in Him to provide for the other things that would make BCA an even greater environment for learning.

As I was going through my drawers, getting everything in order for this new school year, I stumbled upon a couple of testimonials from students that I never got to write about. But as I read them, I was encouraged and reminded once more that this is a place that the Lord blessed and that these kids are a gift to us. It’s a wonderful privilege to have the opportunity to teach them and befriend them, to watch them grow and mature and turn into young ladies and men who we hope and pray will have a great impact for the Lord in society, wherever they are.

So, for this post, I decided to share with you this reminder that I received, either to encourage or strengthen your belief in the fact that BCA is a blessed school or to maybe give you a nudge to consider joining us in the near future. These testimonials were written by Naomi Popa and Zachary Ziemer (a fourth grader respectively a seventh grader at the time). I have two pieces from Naomi. One of them is on her initiative to fundraise for our school’s playground. You can read more about the fundraiser here.

Naomi: “In March I did a fundraiser for the BCA playground. My grandma made a quilt and I did a raffle. We raised $2,000 for the playground. I didn’t think we could raise that much money but people also bought tickets online so we got a lot of money through that. I remember leveling the ground outside to get ready for the playground. I was so happy to see the men put the playground up and now we (elementary students) have much fun playing on it. I was happy and so surprised when Mr. Barbusca asked me to cut the ribbon and be the first person down the slide. The playground is small but all the kids enjoy it. We love our new playground and praise God for helping us to raise all the money for the playground. Every time I see the playground I am so grateful for what God has given us and I thank all the people who helped build and raise money for the playground. I hope that BCA will get all the money and help they need to build all of the other things they need.

Zach: “This year is my first year of secondary and each day brings new surprises and challenges. Elementary and Secondary are very different. From the first day of school I knew that this year would be tough and that I would need to study much more than in 6th grade, but I also knew that I would try to love all of my teachers and try my best to earn their trust, love and friendship. Not all secondary know this but from my experience in elementary all of the kids love and respect the secondary. When I was in 5th grade I used to watch the secondary students at lunch get along, laugh, shoot hoops and I never saw someone left out. They are a big family and I can tell they all need each other. And I know I am extremely excited to be part of this wonderful family.

Naomi’s second piece was going to be part of our Student Diary, if you remember that.

Dear Diary,

Being at BCA is fun. I like it because there are fewer students in a class so you get to know each one of them personally. I also like that I know every one of the teachers and older and younger students. I like that in the morning we watch videos about people who are being persecuted and unreached and then we pray for them. Another thing that I really like is on every Friday the 1st and 2nd graders come to our room and we read stories that we have written. One of my favorite classes is Bible because we can talk about things and not be afraid because we have a small class. Another thing I like about Bible class is that we do crafts and fun things to help us understand what we’re learning better. One of my favorite end of the week things is chapel. I love chapel because we can sing and worship God and also get a good lesson about the Bible. My second favorite class is history because our teacher Mrs. York gets extra books to read about what we are learning and she also gets crafts. I think BCA is a really fun school!

It’s amazing and heart-warming to read something like this and know that our teachers are making a difference in these students’ lives and that they in turn feel blessed. As I was writing this, I remembered how the Lord always strengthened his people by telling them to look back and see what great miracles He had done for them and how He had kept them, guided them, protected them. I think we can hope, “and hope does not disappoint” (Romans 5:5), for a good future when strengthened in our faith by God’s past blessings in our students’ lives and by recognizing the immense grace we have received so far, counting on His steadfastness towards his children forever.

Spring 2014

So much is going on at BCA!  Here are some highlights from March and April…

On Capstone Night, senior Louis Meuli discusses the cost-benefit ratio of advertising for businesses.  His research included an experiment with the senior store, where he tracked sales of specific items based on varying levels of advertising for those items.

On Capstone Night, senior Louis Meuli discusses the cost-benefit ratio of advertising for businesses. His research included an experiment with the senior store, where he tracked sales of specific items based on varying levels of advertising for those items.

The senior class leads a chapel for the elementary students.  Senior Bethel Chai gently blows the inside of an egg out without breaking the shell to demonstrate God's restraint in dealing with mankind.

The senior class leads a chapel for the elementary students. Senior Bethel Chai gently blows the inside of an egg out without breaking the shell to demonstrate God’s restraint in dealing with mankind.

High school students enjoy an Evening Out at a new restaurant in the Lipscani walking district of downtown Bucharest.

High school students enjoy an Evening Out at a new restaurant in the Lipscani walking district of downtown Bucharest.

Michael Ziemer displays his Capstone research project about the benefits of regular exercise.

   Michael Ziemer displays his Capstone research project about the benefits of regular exercise.

As part of her Capstone Night display on smoking, senior Katelyn Brown has sophomore Lexi Popa attempt to run while breathing through a straw.

As part of her Capstone Night display on smoking, senior Katelyn Brown has sophomore Lexi Popa attempt to run while breathing through a straw.

Junior Young Jun Kim paints a local church's playground as part of our spring Service Day.

Junior Young Jun Kim paints a local church’s playground as part of our spring Service Day.

Freshman Elijah Mallette wheels second grader Gianna Barbusca along with clippings from trees he had just finished pruning as part of our spring Service Day.

Freshman Elijah Mallette wheels second grader Gianna Barbusca along with clippings from trees he had just finished pruning as part of our spring Service Day.

Sixth graders Heh Song Lee and Marco Barbusca work with manipulatives during math class with Mrs. Rachael Pratt.

Sixth graders Heh Song Lee and Marco Barbusca work with manipulatives during math class with Mrs. Rachael Pratt.

Diary Entry 9

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Today is the first day of vacation for BCA!!!!!! Many of our students and staff have already left home or to other places where they do summer ministry. Some are still here dealing with last details, but, all in all, we definitely feel that summer break is here.

This is our last blog post for the school year 2012-2013 and we wanted to make it a special one. It is our 9th diary entry and it was written by our school director, Mr. Tony Barbusca. We appreciate it that in all the craziness that comes with the end of the year, he found time to write a few words for us and for those of you who like to follow our story in Romania on our Virtual Refrigerator door.

Hoping that next year we will see you back in our kitchen, checking out our refrigerator door, I leave you with the last diary entry of the year! We all wish you a blessed summer, filled with joy and service for the Lord!

Dear Diary,

The end of another school year is here. Seniors have become alumni and are heading on to the next chapter of their lives. Other students are leaving to go back to their “home” countries. The annual end of the year field day almost got rained out again, but was instead a great time to laugh and play together as a school before we all depart for our summer plans. The last day of school chapel was a time to celebrate but also to say goodbye. This is the end of the year in a TCK school. Sounds like it could be any other school, but it is not. It is BCA; a community who laughs together, cries together, and grows together.

Thank you all for making this such a wonderful year. I look forward to doing it all again, and giving all the glory to God for what He has in store for us next year.