A Letter from
seen the Disney movie FROZEN? If not, I’m sure that you’ve seen in
the shops lots of things printed with the characters from the
movie! Although Elsa is the main character, my favourite one is
Anna. The sister that believes with all her heart that LOVE can
MELT anything that is frozen, even a person’s heart!
The sad thing is
that these days, too many people have their hearts frozen. They
look around themselves at the needs of others and they do not
care. They think it’s ‘not my job’ to take care of them…. ‘someone
else can do that, not me’. Isn’t it sad to see where this world is
January was a very
cold month for us here in Romania. I do like winter! I do like the
snow….and trust me, Romania is very beautiful when it’s "dressed
in white"! But I do not like it when I see kids freezing in the
car park at Mc Donald’s, or adults frozen because they do not have
to lay their head at night...or families living in a cold room
because they do not have wood for the fire……and sadly, the list
can go on and on!
past week on my way home from work I stopped to get some food for
me and Cornel. I was so sad when I saw my little friend called
Silviu, 9 years old, freezing in the car park. When I asked
him why he is here in the fog and in the -10 degree, his answer
was "maybe I will get something to eat". Asking him where his
brother was and his other friends were, his response to me was
"they are at the other shops around here".
So I took him in
the car and went to see them. And they were there, at Mc Donald’s
car park. It does not matter if it’s summer or winter, freezing or
hot weather, they are there. WAITING for something!!! It is
heart-breaking to see this situation in 2016! Yes, I learnt
about them many years ago, but to see them today in a world that
has ‘progressed’ so much is not easy. The good news is that when
we at Smiles find them we do something for them. And we did for
them too! I felt so sad and concerned I called Mr Hoy. Now at
least they have warm jackets on. Mr Hoy allowed me to use his
credit card and get them jackets and some shoes! He did not say
the limit, so who knows what else I will get them!!
In my next report
I will tell you!
I love it when
I see people with unfrozen hearts! It does not matter how big or
small is the help that you give to people, it matters if you are
willing to help them or not!
And I can go on
and on with these type of stories. I have lots of examples. But I
do not have ‘enough space’ here, so I want you to come to Romania
and see for yourself.
In the bible, in
Mathew 25: 40 it says
"The King will reply, ‘Truly
I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these
brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’. So my dear friend,
ANYTHING that you do, do it from a pure loving heart. Doing it for
next to your home or 2000 miles away - it does not matter, as long
as you do it in Jesus name. His name to be glorified not yours!
What else did I
do? Lots of things. I love these ‘quiet months’ because then I can
do things that I can’t during the ‘busy months’.
For example. So
far I managed to spend 2 days a week in Tileagd. Lots of
challenges there as usual, but the joy when you see things moving
forward is helping you to forget all the ‘bad moments’.
Being there more
often I see what the kids are doing. And sometimes they are
naughty. My parents told me that I was naughty too,
believe it or not.:) When I saw it I took them in the office and I
started to argue with them! They looked at me and I had the
‘impression’ that ‘it went in one ear and went out the other one’.
I could teach them about appreciation, or about being good and
grateful for what they get as much as I wanted that day. So I left
them. 2 days later one of the kids came to Geta our administrator
there and said to her "here are my clothes that I received them as
a gift, but because I was not good I bring them back to Maria!"….I
was speechless when I saw the bag in the office!!!! So I asked the
same group of kids to come back. And they came WITH A TOTALLY
I was soooooooo
happy that in their little hearts they had got the message….and
I’m sure that it will stay there many years from now on! MAYBE at
times I do not see the results as fast as I would like to see, but
I’m sure that God is using me and my colleagues to be a part of
their change……and in the case of my Tileagd kids we can see it
…Small steps but we can see it!!! When they got out of the office
I could not talk for a few minutes…..and for people that know me
that’s a big thing!:)…… (p.s. by the way, the boy that brought the
clothes back to me, I gave them back to him the same day)
project in Tileagd, ‘Butterfly Design’ is progressing well! We
learnt to do new
things that this year we would like to sell. So if you want to
help us by buying/selling our products and trust me we need your
help, feel free to call the Smiles UK/USA office and ask for
details of supplies. These ladies need the help!
Some of them, yes
they have a better lifestyle than 10 years ago, but many of them
are still in the same way "struggling with providing for the
family from one day to the next day"….and these are the ones I
want to help more.
More good news
from this past month is that we’ve managed to move another family
into the RAPA HOUSE PROJECT! Because a third house was
nearly done, Darius and his family got the key from it this
past month and moved in. What a joy! With the freezing conditions
that were outside we took the step and we moved him in. We still
have to paint the exterior but that’s the first thing on our list
when the better spring weather comes. Until then we are happy that
another family does not have to bear the cold weather in their mud
houses. I’ve told you in my last report about the joy that they
had in December when I gave them the pots as a Christmas gift
because this is what they wanted! You should see their joy and
happiness when we told them that we are not stopping here, but
this year with God’s help we will do more houses for them!!!!THANK
YOU ALL for making this dream become a reality.
Another thing that
I’ve been doing this past month, even if the winter is here, was
the finishing the construction of our extension at EHU. I’m
happy to see it nearly complete. A building that in 2003 when we
first purchased it, I never believed could be made a ‘home’…… but
today it is a real home! A home to care for abused ladies and
children. Because of the nature of the project we can’t really
promote it and that’s why we are running a lot of time in deficit
and funding the work from the ‘where most needed’ fund! BUT if you
want to make a contribution for it please do! Whether we have a
full house or not, our cost to have this project running is
£1,445/$2,167 per month! It might not sound a lot but for us it
is, and we need the facility. If you want more information on it,
feel free to send me an e mail and I will answer it! Either way
your help is very important to us!
Emergency Housing Unit.
YES, there is
no doubt about it, your help is important for us. No matter for
which project. Without it we can’t do the job we do. Together we
are partners in building God’s Kingdom….and what
blessing it is to be able to build for heaven!
There our effort and investment it will not rust, it will not be
damaged! There, it is eternal!
Thank you very
much for everything you do for "these least of mine" – remember -
you do it for God!
May God give
you ‘extra special’ gifts back!
Maria Hava ,
Director of Operations, Romania