A Letter from
My desk is
mobile this month :)
Iíve tried to do my update these past days
from my office desk but it did not work out so now, while we are
driving with a mission team to Salonta, I found some time to do
it. (But Sefu is driving so donít panic!)
What have I been up to this past month?
Well, with the mission team season in full swing my time becomes
quite busy and longer days for sure.
We started this month with a great Celebration of Godís
goodness and faithfulness to us. The Grand Opening of JFL
Phase 2. I can't quite believe it yet, but it is finally finished!
A project that took longer to complete than we anticipated. But
for 5 years we were busy working on it and not just Ďconstructioní
but also handling some of the difficulties we face with
authorities in this country. Lots of things that made me think we
will "never finish". I was quickly reminded that Iím wrong. God
knows better and HE decides when itís time for us to move forward
and when itís time to slow down!!! The number of trips I do now to
Salonta is less and less each week! My dear friend Georgi
is doing an amazing job there. Iím sure she will have told you
more about it in
her report. So if you did not
read it yet, go now and do so!
Less journeyís to Salonta does not mean less travel for me! My
journeys moved now to Rapa. With Godís help and people
assisting from around the world, we managed to see another house
done and 3 more foundations on the way! Watch this space. With me
and Mr. HOY now having more time free from specific capital
projects, you never know what is next. So watch this space!!!
With Godís help we
are moving forward!!!
My craft project is also doing well. I did a few new things
with the ladies this past month and Iím happy to see their
involvement in it more and more. Please pray for my ladies. I have
20 of them in the group now and my job there will not be complete
until they know God as their Saviour. Each time I see them face to
face I talk about what God does for themÖÖ..and they know it
because over the years they saw and experienced it! But it seems
hard to "make the step" to move forward and leave the past
behind!!! Please, please pray for them and for the Gypsy
community in Tileagd!
Speaking of Tileagd this coming month, June, is normally a very
emotional month for me. Kidsí graduate school at different stages
which always gives me goose bumps! I have kids graduating 4th
grade, 8th grade and 12th grade!!!! Iím very proud of them all.
Very proud of what theyíve achieved over the years. Iím proud and
thankful that so many of you support this vital work in educating
the Gypsies and giving them hope and opportunity for a better
future. Thank you, but please continue. We need the monthly
support whether for the Educational Project or individual support
of children. Call the Smiles office to help us or go on line to
School, Nursery & Kindergarten:
Individual Children for sponsorship:
What makes this
year more special for me? Well, in 2004 when we started the
nursery we had our FIRST GENERATION from the gypsy village that
started education at the right age, in the right way! This year,
the kids that were in
group" - (they were 2-3 years old) will finish their 8th
grade! AMAZING!! If you would have asked me in 2004 if this was
possible and they will finish 8th grade Iím sure I
would have told you "I do not think so"ÖÖBUT Godís plans are for
good and his way of doing things are better and for that Iím
weeks ago the kids came to me to ask for help with their "final
preparation" for graduation. I went with them shopping and got
what they needed. The next day they had the photo session in the
school, so because I was in Tileagd I managed to see them. I could
not stop crying. If in 2004 I was holding them in my arms, singing
and playing with them today they are taller than me! Now they
start a new journey so please continue to pray for them. Being a
teenager these days is not easy. The challenges and temptations
out there are huge. They need to stay strong and close to God.
Please, please pray for them. They are really moving forward.
My prayer is that they will move closer to God!
Another thing that
really impressed me this month was a short visit of a group of
Romanian people now living in USA. To be honest with you, I do not
have a good opinion of the people
who move out of the
country and they forget where they come
from! Maybe because over the years I had lots
of negative examples, it made me have the same opinion about
everybody! But this family impressed me in a very positive way!
Their heart and passion for Godís work around the world is huge.
The fact that they want to come back to
their Ďmother countryí and help I think is a blessing from God.
Even though we only spent
a day together, I felt that I had
known them for a very
long time. The highlight of the visit was when we got to Tileagd
Complex and one of the ladies from the group start to pray!!! I
felt the Holy Spirit came down on us! Amazing feeling! I pray for
God to clear the way and to help them to come back and serve the
people of Romania. Until then, may Godís blessings be over them in
Now Iím getting
ready for the next mission trip! I love it when I have people
visiting. If you did not book your holiday yet, Smiles mission
trip is the best idea! Few days working with us and few days
visiting the country is a remarkable experience!! If you are
interested in this, let me know, and I will come with all the
great ideas!! I even offer myself as your tour guide.
So my dear
friends Godís way of doing things are the best! Let us leave Him
to have full control of our lives!! Letís move forward in
everything we do with HIM.
And before I say
bye, I just want to say thank you to all the people
who wrote to congratulate me and Cornel on our
news of a special arrival in October. Baby Hava is doing good. We
are half way through. Everybody tells us that the hard part is now
coming. Please pray for me. I would like to be able to work as
much as possible during the pregnancy. This will keep me young and
fit and will make me a cool mum. Iím thankful to God that he gave
us this blessing and even if at times I get scared and panic a
little, I know that our life is in His hands! We move forward
together with HIM.
Iím thankful to
God and to all the people around the world for everything you do
Be blessed and may
God keep you in His hands!
Maria Hava ,
Director of Operations, Romania