Lezica’s brief marriage failed when she was just 19. She found herself without parents, husband or home. Her circumstances combined with mild mental issues were cause enough for the authorities to take her only son away to an orphanage.

Alone, broke, and homeless, she found a job guarding sheep in exchange for makeshift shelter and food. After several years she was once again without work. It was winter. She went to a variety of places of worship begging for food and somewhere to lay her head.

Only God knows how Lezica traveled over 24 years from Prahova, her birthplace in the southeastern region of Romania, through parts of Moldova, and back to Romania. But in February of 2014 she arrived at a church in Sibiu. Believers there knew about our friend and ministry partner, Viorel Pasca, who provides shelter, food, medical care and God’s love for 140 homeless elderly and frail.

I met Lezica this summer when our mission team visited the care homes in Dumbrava. I was instantly struck by her sweet smile and beautiful white hair.

“How do you like it here?” I asked through our translator.

With no hesitation she spoke:

“We have food. We have flowers. God loves me. I am grateful.”

She eagerly took my hand when I extended it. Pastor Viorel took her other hand. He smiled and said, “She was recently baptized!”

“Oh! How wonderful!” I threw my arms around Lezica, my new sister in Christ, the wandering shepherdess who was led home by our Great Shepherd.

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen
(Hebrews 13:20, 21 NIV).

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