Erin’s Eastern Europe Mission

Erin Patton volunteers in Eastern Europe with orphaned and abandoned children. She has traveled to Moldova, Romania, and Bulgaria. Her trips involve working in baby orphanages, pediatric hospitals, and schools for children with disabilities.

Currently Europe has 819,000 children living in institutional care. Although conditions have improved in these institutions in recent years, children are still being abandoned: unloved, uncared for, and left. Most of these children are “social orphans” whose parents are unable to care for them due to various reasons, and so they end up in state care. Life in an orphanage provides shelter, food, and clothing, but severely lacks the love and attention that children need to survive. The children spend most of the day in their crib, with limited human contact. As a result, these children often fail to develop skills or even grow. They need attention, touch, and play to thrive, have hope, and know God’s love for them. Working directly with the children and also teaching their caregivers how to provide nurturing environments and build developmental skills is a definite need.

There are many ways to contribute to ensuring these children are not left forgotten and unloved. We can all have a role in answering God’s call to look after the orphan.
Feel free to contact Erin at with questions or interest.
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“Once our eyes are opened, we can’t pretend we don’t know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act.”

Proverbs 24:12