At Smiles. I canít
believe Iím nearly half way through the Tileagd Assisted Living
project. A new adventure, a new project but Iím happy to see
when all the things start coming together. This past month we
finished all the "big construction" side of the renovation. Now we
are at the painting stage and redecorating the place. It will look
amazing. Please, if you feel that this is a project you can be a
part of, then please support it. It is great to see Tileagd
This past month I
had Margaret and Carol coming to visit us and work with the
ladies from the craft project! Iím thankful for their love
for the ladies of Tileagd. Thankful for their time and support. I
will never have enough words to express my appreciation. One thing
that touched me more this time was the testimony that Margaret
shared with the ladies during the church service. She was not
feeling great and yet she made the trip to Romania to serve them.
I still hope and pray that above everything else, these ladies
will give their lives to God. And now Iím ready to wait until they
will do that because I believe it will happen. So thank you
Margaret and Carol for everything, and especially for coming to
On the school
and nursery side, Iím happy that spring/summer time is coming
because I can save my budget Ö.. no more expensive wood on the
fire! It was a long hard winter.
From the academic
side Iím happy to see the kids making progress. If a few years
back I thought that things will not happen or change, now when I
see small results, itís a great encouragement.
I have one kid,
Sami, who Iím impressed with the progress he makes each week.
He used to be a naughty boy but now, since he moved to the 5th
grade, he changed a lot and became more responsible. I pray he
will stay like that and be a good example.
One thing that
touched me this past month was the day when I took Stefan to visit
them. I was sooooo impressed and pleased to see the Gypsy kids
showing their love and interest for a Romanian childÖ.things that
people said will never change just because they are Gypsy! All of
them are asking me to "leave Stefan there Ďcause they can take
care of him every day". Iím looking forward to the day when I will
be able to take him with me and leave him at the nursery to play
adventure this past month was Smiles holding their first
literacy class for people that canít read or write. In
partnership with Literacy & Evangelism International, a
charity represented in Europe by Georg Ort, we had our first ever
class this past month. Lucas Warner was the main teacher
and 5 of our people from different projects were learning how to
teach others the art of reading.
Iím very proud of
all 5 participants for their courage to get involved with this new
adventure and very thankful to Lucas for leading the class. He did
great as he had to teach in their language - Romanian. Iím also
thankful to Georg and Martha for providing the material and
support. Iím looking forward to have them here and see the results
of the training. Iím really pleased that lady Coman already
started to put into practice what she learned, by sharing with
others in the Homeless community Ö.. that means progress!
Other good news,
and a journey that is now half way complete, is that we have a
new CD from the Smiles staff! Adi has written more
about it so be sure you read his page. Iím so thankful to God that
He gives us this opportunity to Ďserveí others with our voices
It may seem
strange that the CD is finished and produced and yet I say Ďhalf
wayí. Why? Well, the other half in this matter will be when people
buy it, so please order your copy now and support us
And to be a really
big help, think about buying more copies and give them as gifts to
your friends. That would be a great gift for us too!
So being half
way through is not that badÖ..we just have to make sure we all get
to the end result!
Thanks to all of
you my friends, who help us to move forward month by month!
May God bless you
day by day!