Dancing the Macarena

I wrote earlier about “Children Underground,” a documentary from 2001 about some of the children living in the subways of Bucuresti.  Although much has changed since 10 years ago, much has remained the same.  Instead of living in the subway tunnels, though, they now live in an old, abandoned, underground heating system in the north of the city.  Instead of mostly children, there are now families.  But they’re still hooked on drugs, usually paint or heroine.

One of the characters who most stood out to me from the video was Macarena, a 16-year-old girl hooked on paint and struggling to survive.  Watching her cry over her stolen paint and beg for food, I couldn’t help but feel compassion in my heart.

Well, our friend and co-worker Jason just called us with some crazy news:  he ran into Macarena today!  In a city of 2 million, it’s a crazy, cool, God thing to run into her.  So, Jason ended up talking with her for quite a while about Jesus, bought her some medicine she needed, and invited her to church.  She was very open.

Pray for Macarena and the tens of thousands who are hooked on drugs and wasting away here in Bucuresti.  And for some more information about their life (at least from 10 years ago), check out the video.

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2 responses to “Dancing the Macarena

  1. It’s great to hear more about macarena!! But did he say how she’s doing? what she’s doing? Her status? I’m hoping to go to Romania & pray I see her.

  2. Sadly, she’s still on drugs and surviving on handouts, so she’s really not doing very well. Jason told me she could have a conversation, but her mind kept wandering as well. None of us has seen her since February, but I’m assuming nothing has changed since then.

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