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Mission of the Month

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Romanian Student EDUCATION Fund

Costica, Deny, and Cosmin - Leawood Pres’ Romanian Students

Costica, Deny, and Cosmin - Leawood Pres’ Romanian Students

Jennifer, Deny, and Jim

Jennifer, Deny, and Jim

Denisia (Deny), Georgianna (Georgi), Marian, Cosmin, and Constantin (Costica) were born in Romania – a beautiful country, but one plagued in modern times by political tyranny and widespread poverty. It’s difficult to imagine the only hope a parent might have for their baby’s survival would be surrendering them to an orphanage. However, being placed in an orphanage was often the only option for babies like Deny, Georgi, Marian and the twins. While these orphanages may have provided survival, they certainly did not provide a future.

Deb Murphy-Scheumann made it her life’s work to provide a future for as many Romanian children as possible. By luck or divine intervention, they came to live in “Deb’s House,” a home for babies in transition to adoption. In 2003 Deb secured adoptive families for the children in the U.S. Then, just weeks from joining their new families, the Romanian government placed a ban on international adoptions. Through the generosity and hard work of a small group of donors and volunteers, who were also determined that these children should have a future beyond “Deb’s House,” Deny, Georgi, Marian, Cosmin, and Costica have grown up together with their 12 ”siblings.”

The children from “Deb’s House” in Romania were raised together as a large family.

The children from “Deb’s House” in Romania were raised together as a large family.

Georgi, Deny, Marian, Costica and Cosmin are attending High school in Kansas City

Georgi, Deny, Marian, Costica and Cosmin are attending High school in Kansas City

In 2016 thanks to an exchange program sponsored by the Olathe Rotary Club, Deny became the first child from “Deb’s House” to attend high school in the U.S. She became part of Leawood Pres’ Starcev family and attended Shawnee Mission East. However, students may only participate in foreign exchange programs for one year and then must transfer to international student status at a U.S. approved private school. Therefore, Deny transferred to St. Teresa’s Academy in the fall of 2017 where she is now well established, playing junior varsity soccer, and finishing her junior year.

Deny’s success paved the way for Georgi to follow. She is completing her junior year at Heritage Christian Academy and is being hosted by Deb Murphy-Scheumann and her husband Brent. Georgi’s favorite class is math and she is participating in International Club, Theatre and Basketball.

This year, Marian, Cosmin and Costica started their freshman years at Bishop Miege. Marian is living with Ross and Jennifer Dessert. Ross is one of the Theology teachers at Miege. The twins, now sixteen, fulfilled a lifelong dream of coming to Kansas City for high school. They were to live with Pam Turner, a friend who had been like a mother to them and offered to fund tuition and living expenses. Tragically, Pam died in her sleep, just as their new life was getting started.

Cosmin, Wendy, Jack and Costica

Cosmin, Wendy, Jack and Costica

Cosmin, Deny, and Costica - Leawood Pres’ Romanian Students

Cosmin, Deny, and Costica - Leawood Pres’ Romanian Students

Cosmin and Costica have joined Leawood Pres’ Herndon family. Both boys have excellent grades and tested into honors math courses their freshman year. Cosmin plays soccer and wants to be a high school math teacher someday. Costica is kind and sensitive. He likes animals and volunteering.

These young people have faced many roadblocks to their future and unfortunately they now face another, as the expense of private school is substantial and additional support is needed. Your financial gifts through Leawood Pres’ Global Missions fund help our Romanian students stay in school and in the United States, giving them the opportunity for a life changing education. Funds help pay tuition, health insurance, and school fees and bring them closer to graduation day.

Thank you for your prayers and partnership. To learn more contact Jim Starcev, Jennifer Starcev, Jack Herndon or Wendy Herndon. Meet Deny, Cosmin and Costica at Leawood Pres on Sundays.

Marian, Cosmin, Georgi, Costica and Deny are attending high school in Kansas City

Marian, Cosmin, Georgi, Costica and Deny are attending high school in Kansas City

The children from “Deb’s House” in Romania were raised together as a large family.

The children from “Deb’s House” in Romania were raised together as a large family.