A Letter from Maria's Desk...
know this song from NIA?
Is one of my favourites! Iím sure that
each of us have Secrets that only the "giver of life" knows!
The full verse says:
secret is knowing the
of Life, the One
who really holds the key"Ö.and
thatís GOD!!! God knows our heart, our thoughts. HE KNOWS
Secret's of Life)
In Psalm 139 : 2-4 says so nice:
You know when
I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
So my dear
friend, when you doubt if God is listening to you, be assured - HE
In Smiles, there are so many
times when I face all sorts of issues and there are times when I
feel like I cannot talk to anyone! But soon I remember that my God
is there ALL THE TIME for me to talk to and "my secrets" .... my
feelings, are in safe hands!
This past month I had a real busy monthÖ a very full month!!!
As you know from my last report
in January, I was in United Kingdom with my new colleague Emilia.
We had lots of meetings in the UK office about the promotion and
marketing of Smiles for all over the world.
Some of the discussions we had,
will start to be put in action in March! So IF you are living in
the UK and read my update, make sure you come to see me face to
face at our FORUMS that will start on March 1st.
I will be more than happy to see you and chat with you! Here is
Ireland March 2nd Troon, Scotland
March 3rd Carlisle, Cumbria
March 4th Chesterfield, Derbyshire
March 5th Leeds , W.Yorkshire
March 6th Pembroke, Wales
March 7th Gorsley, Herefordshire
March 8th Chelmsford, Essex (2pm)
March 8th Worthing, Sussex (7.30pm)
Further details from the
On February 1st once I came back to
Romania with lots of energy, I started to work on the makeover of
the Mission Centre. This year we celebrate 10 years of
activity in the Smiles Centre. Lots of surprises for our visitors
in 2014! Some things will really be new, so if you did not book
yet your mission trip to Romania -
YOU to do so NOW!!!
now my focus is on the work and the plans we have for 2014 in the
Mission Centre! I still have the other projects that are going on
day by day. Iím thankful to God for the people Iím working with.
Adi, Georgi and
Simona in the key
positions take a lot of day to day pressure from my shoulders! And
all the other colleagues that are involved in the day to day
activities are doing a great job and Iím thankful to God for each
Also this month we "lose"
Nina our accountant Ö. well not really lose her, but she is
about to give birth and will be on maternity leave for a while!
Nina and Calin are expecting their first baby- a little girl
named Alexandra! Please pray for them! Me and the girls organized
a surprised baby shower for Nina and we had a great time
Also in February I
celebrate the birthday of
Viorica and Florentina,
friends that we have living in the homeless village! Me and
celebrate with them with a special cake we had made.
the main two people that are involved on the day to day activity
in the homeless village, invited all the people in the village to
be at the party! So great pizza, great cakes, great people, great
It is soooo nice when you see
people being happy because of the small things that happen in
life! A cake, a pizza, a hug, a smile, a nice word, a prayer! Is
even happier when I know that Iím a part of it, actually, we are
all a part of it!! Thatís great.
Now Iím getting ready to go
back on the road! First, the
UK FORUMS and on March 9th
with Mr Hoy, Emilia and I fly to America! We want to
introduce Emilia to our USA friends! PLEASE PRAY for us. The
schedule is one of Mr Hoyís Ďspecialsí!!!
Please pray for
SAFE travel and successful meetings. We have a lot on our plate
and to be honest with you, Mr Hoy Ö.and me
are getting old and we tire quicker than
also pray for my hubby Cornel, as this is the first time since we
got married when we are staying apart for such a long time! Pray
for Smiles and for everything that is going on here in Romania day
by day, as well as in the UK and America.
But whatís great is that I know :
created my inner most being; He knit me together in my motherís
womb. I praise Him because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
His works are wonderful, I know that full well."
is in His Hands and under His Control!!
Have a great month and be Blessed,
Maria Hava ,
Director of Operations, Romania