A few days ago I heard a very sad story of a 14 year old girl that
came in our shelter at Smiles, for domestic abuse! When she had
her while life ahead of her, her father and his best friend
decided to "have some fun" and they raped her! Not only that, but
she got pregnant and now she has brought into this world, a baby
boy that she is wondering if itís her son or her brother!?!?! A
truly disgusting and disturbing thought!
At times I wish
I did not hear of these things! It also amazes me that Smiles has
now reached the point where we can deal with these issues and
actually are the only facility in the county of Bihor seeking to
help those facing the horror and desperation of domestic abuse.
But I realise more and more that we live not only in a very sinful
world, but a world that is going slowly to destruction. What is
the future for this poor girl? Her childhood came to an end
because now she has to look after her baby!! So sad.
of news I heard, was about one of my dear friends who was
diagnosed with 17 different sicknesses. God gave him a second
chance to repent and get closer to Him and he took it. Now, he
died but he knew that his eternity is with His eternal father!
I donít know
about you, but as I was celebrating my birthday this past month I
realised that the nice things in life can come pretty fast to an
end! The happiness that this world offers us is not actually for
very long. Thatís why itís important to look for the "ETERNAL
So dear friend,
remember Psalm 37:3-5 - "Trust
in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and
verily thou shalt be fed .Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he
shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto
the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass."
What else was
going on in Smiles this past month? A lot!
This past month
was full of mission trip people visiting us! It has been an
amazing time to share Godís love with the Romanian people. More
than 200 people visited us this past 3 months! AMAZING!! I would
like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to ALL the people that came to
Romania to share their time, money and energy with us!!! Continue
to be a blessing wherever you are, because you are a blessing for
us! The final group left us on August 23rd and now is
time for me to get back to my daily routine and deal with some
serious issues on the horizon!
This past month
I had to make sure the work at JFL Phase 2 is nearly to the
end of what we call "red building". Basically ĎWind & Watertightí
I think in English. Iím sure you remember that we told you that
the final inspection for this phase of the building is on 19th
September. So with GODíS GRACE the work is DONE!!!!!! I donít know
how but another miracle within Smiles for sure. The building is
up, the doors and windows are in and the underground drainage in
before the slab floor was laid.
Iím waiting now
for the inspection but to be honest with you Iím really, really
nervous about it. PLEASE, PLEASE PRAY FOR ME!! I will have to face
it alone, as Mr Hoy is on tour and then away with the High School
Kids and he wonít be in Romania! So for me and Dana, my
administrative colleague, it will be a real challenge!!!
Also this past
month I had to work a lot on Tileagd and the new academic
year. Again, the budget on the financial side is a real pressure
for me, but I still believe in miracles!
academic year was the hardest for me. Lots of spiritual warfare
and sadly in some of it I lost the battle!! But Iím happy that God
renewed my strength and Iím back on track. Now Iím looking forward
to see it start again. A few changes happened during the summer.
Two of my nursery teachers are expecting their first babies, so
they are to take two year maternity leave. Iím sooooooo happy for
Lidia and for Anamaria. They deserve it.
forward to September/ October to meet the new staff members. Both
of them have left two great ladies in their places. Lady Monica
will replace Lidia. She was working for 40 years in the academic
field and has a lot of experience. So for me this will be a real
help and Iím thankful to God that we found her. The other lady is
Simida. She will replace Anamaria. She is a great young Christian
lady, devoted to the children. Iím really looking forward to offer
her a full time position starting from September 1st.
PLEASE continue to pray for this project. I know I drive you mad
with it and ask you all the time for help, but without you I canít
really do it. Without Godís protection I canít do it! I still need
lots of financial support to balance my budget and at times I do
not know how to do it, but Iím not losing hope yet!
Iím still in
deficit with £1,500 a month but I pray and I hope one day I
will get the project on plus. If you can help me with any amount,
please let me know, or contact the Leeds office or go on line to
see how you can support our monthly budget.
APPRECIATING your PRAYERS and Iím really thankful for them, for
your financial support and please do not stop!! On September 15th
I will be there, starting a new academic year knowing that as long
as we have God on our side EVERYTHING is possible!!
Also on my list
is the newest Smiles challenge! The ECO project