prayer and praise
ever go on a ride on a roller coaster??? How did you feel?!?!?! I
went few times before….in my youth ! The scariest one was in Sea
World, in Florida! I remember I got to the top and for a few
seconds it stops! I was scared of it! I had enough and wanted to
get down as soon as possible!!! I thought "that’s it, now I would
die"!!! Few minutes later I got safely down from it!
friends this past month was feeling like a ride on a roller-
coaster!!! Lots of things going on! Personally, professionally –
everywhere it seemed!
It started with the news on my grandmother health – pancreatic
cancer. After a few weeks in the hospital she came back home.
We enjoy the time with her and ask God to give her peace and make
the pain less. God is the only one that knows for sure how long
she has on this earth! Please pray for me, for my family and for
my grandmother! For me this is a very hard time because I am very
close to her!
From the Smiles point of view?!?!! Well, let me tell you few of
the things that I had this past month!!
Many of you know the situation over the school and nursery
future! For more than 1 year and a half I’ve been working on
this and had lots of meetings!!! One day is positive answer,
one day is negative answer! Many people discourage me! Many people
said " is easier to close the project and forget about it!". Even
when in June we had to take more hard
decisions, I still did not have a total peace on this! So this
we had more meetings and I was
over the moon to get a positive answer from the last meeting we
had!!! So dear friends, please continue to pray for TILEAGD
PROJECT!!! Our job there is not done! There is still a lot of work
to do! We can’t do it without GOD, without your prayers and
support!!! For more details on this check
Mr Hoy’s E-mail News Update.
Another big project on my plate is JFL!!! Again a true
roller –coaster!! Now that we set a time, a fixed date for
opening the pressure is higher and higher day by day!!! God is
doing miracles there, but Satan is not sleeping either!! So, the
inside of the building from the hard construction side is nearly
done!! We have to paint and start decorating the place!!
There was a lot of shopping hours spent
in B&Q, Bricostore (construction shops)…….lots of decisions on the
right products and the best prices…lots of negotiation …..lots of
tears of joy and some of sadness……Please pray for us and this
project! We do need money to cover the expenses that we have with
this project! It’s not just "another project for the Smiles
portfolio" – it’s a true RESPONSE TO A REAL NEED!!!
I know there are people who are thinking "why another one?!?!".
I was thinking the same if I’m honest with you! But this past
month when one of the elderly
people that is already downstairs
at Cihei had to go to the hospital because of
health problems, the family first question was "will you take him
back??!! Will he be able to still have a room here?!?!"….It breaks
my heart to see sooo many old people alone! With no hope! No one
to come and open their door and just say HI!!! My grandmother is
soooo blessed! I told her that this past month many times! She has
her kids around, her grandkids, and great grand kids!! So,
please please pray and support financially this project! One pound
or one dollar can go a loooooooong way!!! We will be very careful
with everything we spend.
You might wander what‘s next??? Well the mission trip season is in
full swings now!! So that was another "focus point" for me this
past month! It is a joy for me to have sooo many people coming to
Romania and see the work we do. Be a part of the work we do! Hands
on experience!!! My joy is that when I have so many people around
the jobs are done faster!
Just as I type this report we have a team of Scouts here
for the first time ever in Romania from England. 22 of them!! I
had a day off this past week and I spent
that day with them in a camp! Three hour drive from Oradea! A very
nice place where the Gepiu kids went for their summer holiday! A
But like the roller coaster is up and down, I had great things
going on too!!! What are they??!?!? Well, on July 13th
the Smiles office team had a great time at an Andre Rieu
concert!! A very relaxing time!!! Like Mr Hoy says, work hard
, play hard!!
Another piece of good news that I would like to share with
you……and to be honest I could not wait for August update to
come…….is that on September the 1st I will have ANOTHER
DREAM COMING TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I GO TO AFRICA!!!! YES ,
you read right!! I said AFRICAAAAAAAAAAA!!!
I go together with few Smiles members and with Cornel, my hubby
for a mission trip!! I can’t wait for it!!! I’m over the moon!! I
prayed and dreamt of this for years!!! Every time when I heard a
story about an African missionary my heart melted!! The story of
the kids and poor people there always left me with the taste that
I‘M REALLY BLESSED!!!! So, I can’t wait to get there!!! PLEASE
PRAY FOR US!!! PRAY for a safe journey and no accidents or
problems!! The key people are going! So
we need extra prayers!! Mr Hoy, Georgi, Ritza, Me and Cornel…….and
Dawn our UK administrator!!
I’m soooooo happy that she is coming to! Dawn works sooooo hard in
order for us to do our job month by month so this is a great great
experience we all look forward to!! Can’t wait to be back with
God’s grace and tell you how it was!!!
So, I’m leaving you this month with a psalm, that this month was a
good encouragement for me!
Psalm 124 (NIV)
the Lord had not been on our side— let Israel say
2 if the Lord had not been on our side when people
3 they would have swallowed us alive when their anger
flared against us;
4 the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would
have swept over us,
5 the raging waters would have swept us away.
be to the Lord, who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
7 We have escaped like a bird from the fowler’s snare;
the snare has been broken, and we have escaped.
8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of
heaven and earth.
Maria Hava ,
Director of Operations, Romania
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