Letter from Maria's Desk - June 2014
Someone told me
once, that for as long as my parents live, I am a child!! Well, I
think that is true! But what I like more than that, is that I am
God’s child and HE is my Father! My real home is in heaven and
while I am here on this earth, I need to be a good servant in
everything I do!
Here in Romania,
we celebrated on June 1st, the KIDS DAY!!! Officially
‘International Children’s Day’.
How did we
celebrate it?!? Well me and Mr Hoy went to Tileagd church in the
morning and had a blessed time in fellowship with our family from
the Gypsy village! After the church finished, we had to take a few
of the kids - 24 to be precise - in the big American van and bring
them to Oradea for a party that Pastor Vasile organised!!
But until the
party which started at 3pm, we stopped for lunch at McDonald’s!! I
was really happy to see the kids’ happiness! The Bible verse from
says - "Let the little children come to me, and do not
hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
Today I understood
better what this Bible verse means in practice. Their innocence
and honest hearts, their good intentions in everything they do,
gives us, the adults, a big lesson that these days is harder and
harder to apply to day to day life. I remember when I heard for
the first time the story of ‘trusting 100% in Jesus’ said from a
child perspective. A teacher was asking the children in the class
"who they trust more and who they believe in more"? One kid said -
in God! And the smart teacher replied: "but you know God is not
someone you can see, how can you trust Him?!……but the child in his
nice innocent way said: "and we can’t see the wind but we can feel
it!!!". My prayer is for all of us to have this faith in all the
things that we are called to do.
If you are
wondering if all month I was having parties, my answer is ......
yes, most of it!
I closed my report
last month telling you that I was going on holiday! O yes!!
I’ve been! It was a great one!! Had a good time together with my
hubby and my friends Georgi and Ritza! One week seemed a short
time….. but in Smiles time, it was a lot.
Things never stops here, so good to come back before too long
When I came back,
we had a special mission group visiting us! A different team this
time. A special construction team from Ireland that for two weeks
gave up at their time to spend here in Romania. Doing what?! Well
building a new Farm Crop Storage Barn!! And I tell you, I’m
amazed to see it DONE!!! Looks AMAZING!I really do not have words
to say what I feel when I look at it, but just want to make sure
that all the GUYS!:) know how much we appreciate their effort and
hard work. THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH!!!....and can’t wait to have
you all back and put all the crops in it.
During this time I
also had to make sure that the Joint
Facility of Love
part 2 was moving on!! I am thankful to God for the
construction team that we have the contract with. They are a true
blessing to us and the way that the things are going at the moment
is really good for us in Smiles. Please pray to God for the things
to stay in this way
and to get the building
done and ready for the inspection on September 19th.
we have to make sure we get the money in place to pay for all the
things we have to do. IF YOU CAN HELP with donating towards
this, please do so! There are soooo many beneficiaries that
wait to see you face to face and say a huge thank you for
everything you do.
construction team from Ireland left we had another mission group!
To be honest with you, I love it when I have people visiting us!
For me it is a great help and encouragement!....and more than that
..... they do a lot of work. This time the focus for the week was
our Homeless Project! If you remember, I told you in my
previous updates about the "parties" that we have each mission
trip and the special activities that they have to do while they
visit us, during this special 10 year anniversary of building the
Cihei Mission Centre!
One of the
highlights of the last group that came was our Sunday evening
service in the Homeless community! I was translating the message
and the songs. And I could feel God’s presence there! At the end
of it, one of the guys came and told us: "I pray that one day to
get to that stage in my life when I can say that I love God as
much as I loved to do the bad things in my past life!!!". I did
not understand initially, but talking to him, and finding out what
he did, I was amazed with his statement. He really wants to get to
know God more and love him more. What a great encouragement!
If you still
wonder if my job is hard at times, the answer is yes .... very
hard. But when you see people wanting to get to know God and
realise that THIS is the most important thing, it is worth all the
stress and pressure!
I loved it when we
closed our special evening with a prayer. When My Hoy invited
people to say their prayer requests and to come in front in order
for us to pray for them, one kid from the container village, Denis
who is 8 years old, came in the front and said "I want you to pray
for God to give power and blessings to Jesus and to God". What a
great way of saying thank you to God, even when you are in a hard
situation like being Homeless!
I admire people
that have so strong relationship with God in a true way.
On May 31st,
while I was in the office I received one of the hardest pieces of
news from this year. A dear friend of mine, mum of 2 kids, a great
wife, strong Christian lady, has received the news that she has
cancer! I could not believe it and I called her straight away. My
shock was when she started to encourage me, instead of me
encouraging her! What a great way to live your life with God.
Please pray for my friend! Maybe, if I have her permission, in the
next report I will tell you more……but for now, pray for Maria’s
friend, who is a Smiles friend and even if you do not know her
name – God does!
So to you my dear
friends, life is short and we do not know when God is coming to
take us home! It might be a day, a month, a year or 10 years! Let
us stay strong on his path and be a faithful servant in the place
that he put us on this earth! He knows why we are in the positions
we are. I am sure He can do the work without us, but what a great
opportunity for us to be used in His service?!?!?!
I’m thankful for
everything He does for me, even if at times I can’t understand it!
From a thankful heart for everything you also do for us day by day.
Maria Hava ,
Director of Operations, Romania