A Letter from
Maria's Desk - May 2015
Did I ever tell
you that I LOVE butterflies? Well, I tell you now! I love
I love that this very beautiful creature, very sensitive, very
fragile, develops from something "quite ugly" like a caterpillar.
We are exactly
like that. We are born into a sinful world, but because GOD gave
His only Son to die on the cross for us, because of our sins, we
are clean! We have hope and a better future. We are God’s
butterflies! His beautiful creatures.
I love the fact
that now I’m a part of a "butterfly group". Yes you’ve heard it
right! It called
Let me tell you the whole story!
In January when I
started to work with the ladies in Tileagd I wanted to have a name
for the group! And I started to think of options. Other people did
also, but in all this time, we did not
come up with a name we agreed on.
Until April 20th.
I was soaking in my bath, yes after a busy day this relaxes me, a
voice told me butterfly!!!!!
I thought that is
a way too simple word and how will I apply that to my Crafts
Group? But then I remembered how it was 10 years ago! The ladies
did not know to do anything. People often said they are like
caterpillars. But now these ladies know to do a LOT of things
……and in my eyes and not only mine, they become like butterflies!
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PRODUCTS!!! In this way we can FLY!!!!!
So PLEASE visit our Facebook page
But make sure YOU
PRAY for us as well! At the foundation of this project is God and
everything that I am doing with the ladies is because I want to
show God’s love to them. I want them to know Him as a personal
Saviour. And then I feel that I will have a successful project.
thing that happened to me this past month related to the Craft
Project was a special visit from a special couple from Northern
Ireland, Cathie and Wayne Mulholland. I met Cathie while I
was on the UK tour with my colleagues earlier this year in
February/March time. I started telling her about the craft project
as a result of me liking very much the neckless she had given to
us as a gift. I showed her that evening everything that "we
already had done" in Tileagd……and the discussion ended up with "I
would love you to come and teach my ladies in Romania how to make
I did not realise
that God ALREADY planned everything in advance! A few weeks later
Cathie and Wayne came to Romania and for 3 days they did a lot of
things that I could only dream of. Cathie taught the ladies to
make high quality jewellery. Jewellery that YOU can buy so as to
support the Craft Project. So thank you Cathie and Wayne for
EVERYTHING!!! Thank you for being a blessing and may God richly
But you might be
wondering, does Maria work on anything else apart of her Crafts?!
Well, YES I do!!!
April was a
full month of mission trip people visiting too! AMAZING! I
love it because they help us do a lot of day to day work, when
they are here!! Then I have more "time off" and I can do crafts.
This year our
Easter was one week later than in the UK/USA. So I had the
opportunity to celebrate it twice!!! But I did not mind, because
Jesus Risen deserves to be celebrated every day! It’s the TRUTH
that NO ONE can deny!!
On the Romanian
Easter we had a celebration in Tileagd.
A special lunch with all the people there.
Nearly 100 persons, adults and kids have been there to celebrate
Christ’s Resurrection and to have fellowship together. It was a
really nice time and great food!!!
Also this past month because the kids were on holiday - me,
Cornel, Mr Hoy and Rita took the high school girls Florica S,
Florica G and Roxi on a "field trip experience". It was really
nice for me to show them, including Mr Hoy, very nice parts of our
country!! So I took them to a very traditional area called
Think and Pray about this and if any of you
would like it, just let us know! Maybe you will be the first
It is amazing!!
God really put a lot of the beauty in Romania when He created the
earth. So who knows, maybe one day I can show you all my nice
country too on a field trip experience………would you like that??!!!
Maybe you could take an extra 3-4 days at the end
of a busy mission trip serving the people
and we take a few days to show you the beauty of this country I
as we came back, we had another
mission group arriving! So a lot of work being done again!
project we work on is the
Rapa Gypsy community!
We try to offer to that place a new beginning! We work had on the
Unit and on the new housing foundations
……lots of construction work going on.
So please pray for this and if you can support feel free to do
that by contacting our office or
Mr Hoy directly!
But this is not my
main construction project as you already know! I’m really into
JFL Phase 2!!
This is the most
challenging project I’ve been a part of….and it’s not done yet.
I’ve started telling people that when this project is complete I
will retire!.......SO I NEED YOUR HELP!!!!!
I need your prayers, your time here to work and your financial
support. We are on the good road and as always the details take
more time and money, so please help us to see this project
Now as I write
this update report, we have another team working here. The special
nature of this one is a group of dentists, 6 of them came
here to make people SMILE!!! . And they’ve managed to do that!
THANK YOU GUYS!!! They are very committed and caring and therefore
children who had not been willing to sit in the dental chair, have
done so this week. These dentists being on a Mission Trip can take
time to play with the kids and have some fun. As the relationships
are built, based on trust, the kids are prepared to let the
dentist do their work. Great to see it happen and I hope these
guys with more coming next month,
will really help our Dental Work to get the support it needs to
operate throughout the year, not just when Mission Trip guests are
Well, I need to
finish as I’m always the last and Mr Hoy will be shouting at me to
not delay the process of all the Website updates this month. I’ve
also got a very important meeting to be at in just over an hour.
Guess where? – The Salonta Mayor office, discussing JFL Phase 2.
I’ll let you know the update on that next month.
Thanks for all
your support, love and prayers.
Keep in touch
Maria Hava ,
Director of Operations, Romania