The raven is our symbol. On the Romanian icons he is the trademark for the prophet Elijah. When Elijah told the unjust king the truth, he had to flee. He hid by the Kerit brook. The raven saved his life. The Bible reports: “The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and also bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.”
“Raven” is a derogatory term for a Rom in Romania. But ravens are loyal, social, capable of learning and smart. We want to help the ravens to their right. Instead of the swear word, their talents should shine. Instead of shame, the friendship they give should glow. They shall shine in their engagement for others. The raven children save lives.
The prophet and helper
ELIJAH fights for justice with fire from heaven. He helps out in famine. He brings a widow’s child back to life. He bravely takes on an unjust queen. At the end of his life he is taken to heaven in the chariot of fire. He leaves behind a school of prophets with many helpers. ELIJAH paves the way for the Messiah.
We got the name for our social organisation from the prophet.
The ravens of ELIJAH
Ravens came to ELIJAH when he had to flee. He hid by the Kerit brook. The Bible reports: ‘The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and in the evening.’ (1 Kings 17,6)
Friends hand us the bread that we pass on to the hungry. The children give us great tasks and fill our hearts with joy. Our children and friends are like the ravens of ELIJAH who entrust us with what is necessary.