A Letter from
Maria's Desk - August 2014
not a big fan of parties! But I do love to see other people having
I personally love
more the preparation side of the party! All the details that makes
a party a real success!
month, I had the privilege to organise a type of party for the
kids from Tileagd. Because we are celebrating this year 10 years
since the Mission Centre was opened, every Wednesday we have a
party with the people that are coming on the mission trip!
But on Thursday
the Celebration moves to the project! And this past month, the
project that I was responsible for was Tileagd!
So - How did
I would say, very
nice!! Great Fun!!! With all the ingredient that a successful
With 35 mission
trip people visiting us that week, I wanted to make sure that each
of them had a "partner". So Thursday morning 3 big vans from Cihei
went to bring 35 kids from Tileagd!!!
After a short
Ďclean upí at the Complex (wash and change of clothes for some of
the kids), they came here in Cihei to have breakfast! It breaks my
heart to see so many of them not having a proper meal. This is
always a problem when school is on holiday, which further
demonstrates how important ĎSchoolí is for these kids, even beyond
bellies were full, we loaded up the Smiles vans again and went to
the cinema!!! 70 people!! Kids and Adults!! Some of them
had seen only on TV what a cinema looks like! Now it was real! And
real fun! They enjoyed the movie- even if somewhere in the middle
of they all seem to need a toilet break! It was hard to explain to
them that the cinema canít put pause on the screen and start again
when they are back!!
Once the movie
finished and we had a 10 minute break, we moved to the bowling
alley!!! I do not know how to call that experience, fun or
The kids had fun,
because they wanted to keep the ball all the time in their arms,
and not let go. But after 2 hours of explaining the rules to them,
they decided it was time to give up and wait for another time!!!
Still for me the
big achievement was to have them all in indoors and having fun!
And Iím happy that we managed it!
I would like to
say a HUGE THANK YOU to the two mission teams from Ardstraw
and Ballymena in Northern Ireland for making this
Celebration Party possible due to their amazing giving. Their
support in covering the cost of the Tileagd kids, their time spent
with the kids throughout the day and their prayers for everything
to go well Ė which it did!
But this is
not the only thing that Iíve been doing during my month of July!
JFL Phase 2
took part of my time! Iím sooooooooooooo happy with the
progress that is happening there! Iím thankful to GOD for
everything and everybody that is involved in this project! Iím
really looking forward to seeing it done! The good news is that
we believe the building can be done in time for the State
Inspection, the bad news is that we still need a lot of money for
If YOU can help
and make a big difference, please do so!!
that took my time this month was being involved in lots of
meetings, discussions and paperwork, on the new project proposal
with the Mayor office in Oradea. Iím sure that Mr Hoy will be
telling you more in the
e-mail update, so if you havenít read that
yet, go and update yourself now.
Iím happy to
see the authorities in Romania recognising the hard work we do. It
is a blessing and an honour! Although it has already been a lot of
work - The real journey now starts, so PLEASE pray for us!!!
Pray for Georgi as she takes adds this to her responsibilities
and pray for every single person that will come there. Pray for
wisdom and for guidance in choosing the staff to make it all
So dear friends, time in Smiles
goes fast! Real fast!! Thank you for keeping up to the speed we
life we do not realise how time flies until we have some sad news
or a bad experience happening! Then we stop and think, sometimes
needing to re-plan! I pray for wisdom, because I need a lot, to
learn to stop before bad things happen!
weekend, Iíve heard that another friend of mine from childhood,
that is only 27 years old, has cancer! A dear friend of mine that
lives in my village 57 years old was diagnosed with 17 different
sicknesses. Every day I hear of people in suffering and hard
situations ÖÖ..At times Iím emotionally drained out, so I ask for
your constant prayers.
But, when I say
to my father, friends and family to pray for me often they say
"God is not giving us more than we can take!!"Ö..This may be true,
but I wish at times He would not to give me so much!
For that I will
ask Him when Iím in heaven! Until then, I do my work and at the
end I wish I can say like it says in Timothy 4. Verse7 Ė
"I have fought the good fight, I have
finished the race, and I have remained faithful."
God help us in
all we do!
Lots of love
Maria Hava ,
Director of Operations, Romania