A Letter from
Maria's Desk - September 2015
"God will never take something away from
you without the intention of replacing it with something better!"
The first time I
head this saying was nearly 10 years ago, when a dear friend of
mine left Smiles!!! At that moment in time I thought everything
will collapse and we will close down, but God showed me that is
not the case! He always has better things in store waiting for me,
IF I trust Him completely!!
Why do I say this
now?!?! Because as you might have noticed in the last updates Iíve
done, I had a hard time in my work at Smiles! Although Iím sure
itís not the end, I know that God exists and He loves me, but I
also realise more and more each day that Satan wants bad for Godís
people and the spiritual warfare these days is more and more
intense on Godís children.
But what do we
need to do as a Christian people? As Godís children? We need NOT
TO GIVE UP!
It is a hard job
to stick in there but it is worth it!
These days Iíve read a very nice description about the suffering
that Job was enduring! The author said IF Job knew from the
beginning that the battle is between God and Satan and if God came
to him and said: "my child, this is not about you
is about me. I want to show them that you love
me and listen to me. Iím next to you and with me you will win! Iím
sorry you have to go through this but Iím next to you! Stay still
and our team will win in the end",
Job would have taken the suffering better!! The GREAT part is that
Job stayed there even if he did not hear Godís voice!!! What a
great testimony of being Godís child!
So dear friends,
Iím sure that each of you has different warfare in your life! Iím
sure that each of you are going through things that you might say
"God - WHY ME?" Iím not the best to give you Ďadviceí but I say to
you the same things I say to myself "DO NOT GIVE UP! Stay still!
Iím your God and together we will win!!"
August was a great
month having many mission trip guests around. Lots of things are
always done when we have extra hands. I would like to say thank
you to all the people who visited us during this summer. You all
made an impact, planted the seeds to make a difference! THANK YOU.
thing during the summer is the help we get from the interns. I
would like to say a huge thank you to all of them. THANK YOU Bret,
Hikita, Beth and Jamie. Thank you for making a difference and for
your hard work. Be blessed and continue to be a blessing!
I also want to say
a huge thank you to Dawn and Barbara, who work very hard "behind
the scenes" each time we put a mission trip together.
And letís not
forget Mr Hoy who is doing a lot of work as usual and ALL my
colleagues from Smiles Romania (ALL OF THEM INCLUDED) who are
spending their day to day time with the people on the field. Well
done and may God bless you all!
A piece of sad
news is that at the end of the mission trip season my colleague
Ritza (Simona Duciuc) left us! Iím thankful to Ritza for all
the hard work she did in Smiles these last 4 years and I pray for
Godís blessings over her in her new job and life in Austria! Now
you need to pray for us to take the best decision in employing the
next person that will serve in the important role of Mission Guest
Once again in my
work for the last 12 years I realise that when God is doing His
job, His work, we the people are only the tools in His hands!!!
Iím sure that when I will leave Smiles (if I ever will)
God will have someone ready to take over. But what a great joy it
is when He chooses us! I did not say an easy job, but for sure
itís a great honour!!
So pray for us all
in Smiles as itís not easy when one of us chooses a different
Alongside all the
work that we had during this summer regarding mission trips, there
were other great things going on!
JFL Phase 2 is
progressing nicely! I have always thought of this project as a
"miracle project" taking in consideration all the spiritual
warfare we have to go through with it! This past month more work
was done on plastering, ceilings, flooring, tiles and the
gardenÖÖ..BUT the really amazing thing that happened this past
month was the building of the sensory room!
Iím grateful to
John Montgomery and Paul Murray from Northern Ireland
for spending an entire week in Romania "constructing" this room. I
appreciate their time, effort and financial commitment to the
project! They did a great job and I say a HUGE THANK YOU. But I do
not want to forget ALL THE PEOPLE behind the scenes that raised
money in order for us to have this room in the building! John
Montgomery who is an expert in Sensory Room construction and
equipping says the entire facility with all things taken into
account, value the Smiles Sensory Room at over £40,000 ($60,000).
BE BLESSED dear
friends and THANK YOU very much for it for your contribution.
Project is running very well too! More things made and so more
to sell!! Please help me to make a difference in these ladies
lives! Not only by giving them a weekly payment but also by
helping them to understand that everything we do, we do because
God loves us! And because they need to know GOD in everything they
and Nursery is getting ready for another academic year!! I DO
NOT KNOW HOW THIS IS POSSIBLE BUT I know I have a GREAT BIG GOD!!!
The financial pressure is HUGE but Iím not giving up! The kids
NEED education and we at Smiles need to help them achieve that. It
is not an easy task but is not impossible either! Starting to
support at £5 or $5 is better than sitting back and doing nothing!
So why not start now? I do not want to tell you all the needs we
have in the project, but I want to tell you that WITH GOD AND YOUR
SUPPORT we can meet all the needs! So please start now helping us
to continue making a difference!
While I write this
report Iím in the Leeds office! Why here? Because I have a very
Well Iím here for
the SMILES VOLUNTEER DAYs, a great time when I meet a lot
of the people that have the same passion as me. Iím also here for
the Trustee Board Meeting, which is a great time when we
are accountable for the things that we do in Romania! In a few
words Iím here for a special days with special people.
In closing my
report this month I want to say CONGRATULATIONS and may God bless
new journeyís, for two special ladies that decided to get married
this past month!! Cristina Duciuc, our Sminro accountant on
August 8th married with Efraim! And to my special
friend Jennifer Hoy that on August 31st got
married with Nick. Because I was in the United Kingdom when
Jenny had her wedding, I will leave you with some great pictures
from the event. I can tell you that I saw Mr Hoy very very happy
on this special day!
So my dear
friends, no matter what you are going through, DO NOT GIVE UP!!!
This is the encouragement I received from dear people to my heart
and this is what I would like to leave you with.
DO NOT GIVE UP ...
together with God we can make a difference!
Be blessed and
thank you for being a blessing!
Maria Hava ,
Director of Operations, Romania