We are working in partnership with the Reformed Church of Hungary in the villages of Amati and Hirip, Romania, to help the elderly in these villages. The elderly in Romania have little or no money to pay for medicines, fuel or at times food. They rely very much on their small holdings, which many of them still work.
Members of the Church in the Wider World Committee have visited both parishes and met with their Pastor, Sandor Zlost Kereszturi, his family, elders of the church and some of the villagers.
We have been raising money through the sale of books on a Sunday after church, having Praise Nights and other fundraising efforts.
We sent over £850 to the churches recently and when Tracey, Sharon and Sandy return to Romania in April 2018, they will discuss further with the Pastors and their Sessions how this money should be spent. It was decided in the past that they would identify the most needy of their elderly parishioners/villagers and they would purchase their necessary medicines. Discussions will also take place with the newly appointed doctor in Amati on his thoughts.
A Twinning Agreement was signed on behalf of St Kentigern’s and the Reformed Churches in the villages in 2017 and this will continue at least until 2021. This brings a closer bond between our churches in Scotland and Romania.