The Need

betheda home, romaniaIn the wake of the Communist regime, the utter poverty in Romania is still apparent. The Romanian elderly receive the equivalent of $25 USD per month as a pension to live on.

This must cover food, rent and heat.

Those whose spouses are still alive are slightly better off because they receive two pensions. But the widowed very often cannot afford to survive.

Homes for the elderly and disabled are available, but are generally dirty, undesirable and for some, unaffordable.


Via and Daria Pop, disabled and aging themselves, fund, manage and provide care for 5 elderly and disabled Romanian widows in Arad, Romania. They “adopted” the ladies into their family.

Tangibles such as food, heat and care are supplied. Intangible needs - dignity, community and significance flow freely at Bethesda Home.

Bethesda Home, Romania, Widows

Bethesda Home, Vio Pop

The Bethesda residents - Lia, Moni, Ileana, Elaine and Florita - currently face significant physical challenges.

Four of them cannot walk, and one is bedridden. Another is blind and deaf, unable even to chew solid food. One is on oxygen for respiratory failure.

They require two full-time nurses round-the-clock. 

Daria has an incredibly soft heart toward the physically disabled and suffering. For years, she taught at a local medical school and directed a Christian school for disabled children. As time allowed, she drove to a remote village to provide the only medical care they would receive - free of charge. 

The residents do donate 90% of their $25 pension to help cover the cost of the care, but each widow's expenses are $747/month.  

The Pops have been slowly - as funds are available - constructing a facility where they'd be able to take in more widows. 


  • Evangelize while providing Christian love to the needy.
  • Raise funds to maintain their current facilities.
  • Acquire a facility where they could house elderly men.


  • Funding to pay the nurses who care for the women and to expand the facilities to better serve the elderly in need.
  • Financial support for the Vio and Daria to cover increased living costs. The pension that the elderly contribute does not cover the additional cost of caring for them.
  • Increased exposure to those with hearts to care for the elderly and disabled.
  • Prayer for Vio and Daria as they serve the Lord in this ministry.

Who’s Involved

  • ITMI to provide oversight and US presence for exposing this ministry to potential supporters.
  • Supporting churches in England and the US.

Latest News

Why One Romanian Couple Should Retire and 5 Reasons They Haven’t

Romania, Bethesda Home

There’s a lot of reasons ITMI’s Daria and Viorel Pop shouldn’t have devoted the last couple decades to caring for disabled elderly widows. The Pops appear to be an ordinary Romanian couple living in Arad, Romania. …

Bethesda Home Update

Bethesda Home, Romania

We’re so grateful for the generous way ITMI supporters have responded to the needs of Bethesda Home in Romania. Let’s keep showing God’s love and compassion to these widows.
Not long ago…

Could You Adopt a Widow for $50 a month?

Bethesda Home, Romania

Bethesda Home is a great testimony to the unsaved staff and extended Romanian families that see first-hand the difference between Bethesda’s quality of care and what would happen in a state-run elderly care facility. We are looking for 100 supporters to adopt a widow for $50 per month.

The Truth About Growing Old in Romania

Romania, Bethesda Foundation, Widows

The images were forever branded into her memory. Elderly women, abandoned by their children in icy, un-heated homes. Soiled sheets and meager blankets, their only defense against a bitter winter. Bedsores and other ailments unattended to. Limp legs and arms, frail with age and hunger.

How I Meet the Challenges of Missionary Travel

Steve Evers, Dear Team, Travel

After six of the last eight plus weeks being either in southern Africa or in Eastern Europe, my body’s internal clock has pretty much gone haywire. For the whole week that I have been home my body has insisted on transitioning from deep sleep to wide awake at anywhere from 2:15 am to 3:35 am. Driving to the ITMI office at our normal starting time mentally feels like I’m arriving in the mid-afternoon, due to my work day starting 5-6 hours before.