When the Oceans rise, and the Thunders roar
…what do you do?!
Maria’s Report – August 2012
is a song that is giving us an answer by saying. .. “I
will be still and know you are God”.
What a great encouragement! But do we really do
that? Do we really stay still? Do we really have that patience to
wait?? What are you doing when the storm comes? I know what
I’m doing! If I’m really honest here, often I’m scared and wonder
how long it will last? That’s my first reaction.
This past month I’m feeling I had a lot of
“storms” around me! Personally, professionally, all aspects of
life! I try to stay still, but the pressure is harder than ever!
Please pray for me! I won’t start now telling you all the details,
but will share with you one of issue!
This past month was a hard one relating to
the JFL project in Salonta. As you’ve read in the main
we had a few problems over the paper work with
Authorisations. It seems the
officials in various departments made several mistakes, some of
which are serious and as a result, the Construction project has
been forced to stop work. Smiles is now having to represent our
case in Court, which will be on August 21st and then we
pray God will make things work out for us to be working on the
Project once again. Please continue to pray for us! We need your
prayers as much as ever!
But there is of course positive news too! This
past month we had more people coming to share God’s love with the
people of Romania! It is an encouragement to see that happening
and to see what miracles God’s LOVE can bring in people‘s lives!
Some of them did not go back home, after one week!! They stay
longer to help us! Anna, Tom, Mark
and Sophie are some of the people
that decided to stay longer and give a “special hand” on the work
that is going on here. I’m blessed to have them around and very
happy! They take some of the pressure off me
And they are a great example of serving!
All of them are a part of the P.S.T. - PROJECTS SUPPORT TRIP-
came at the beginning of the month. She is a smart girl! Speaks 3
different languages and now is learning the 4th -
. She was
a great support to our team when they went with the kids from our
Gepiu project in the camp! She was involved in every project we
needed her. Never said no! Thank you Anna for all your hard work
and can’t wait to have you back!
– is a young guy from Northern Ireland that wanted to share his
“skills with his hands” in the construction projects! So from
building, climbing on walls for guttering, concreting and more -
he responded to every job that was needed! Thank you Tom!
Mark and Sophie-
a great couple! Both of them are teachers, and I’m amazed to see
them, a young couple, deciding to spend their summer time off in
Romanian serving other people! They were a great encouragement for
us at School, Nursery, Family visits! They just love people and
that is great to see in these days!
If YOU are interested in how you can be a part
please call the Smiles Office and we will share with you ways you
can get involved! If you want a “preview” of it, visit our website
…….. and if you believe that that’s not true, the only way you can
convince yourself is to COME to Romania and EXPERIENCE IT!
……PAUSE!!!! Excuse me
A family came to see if we have places available at the Cihei
Elderly Centre…..so I go there for a sec!! ………….
back! I just met a family that is looking desperately for a
place for their aging father. I showed them the place and told
them a few things about it, but they need to come back tomorrow
and talk to Georgi! She is the boss for our Elderly Care project …
But is a great privilege to have these people
around us, here is Cihei! Each of them has their story! For the
people that know me very well you know
that I love old people! Since my grandfather died it is harder for
me to get attached to the old people! But still, that does not
mean I do not like to stay and listen to their stories! This past
month we had our first couple coming in the Centre. Was a joy to
be able to help them. They have passed through heavy storms in
their life! But now they have peace and security in our facility.
Thank you for supporting our work that allows
us to share so much Love with so many people.
The July month is gone….more than half of 2012
is gone! I can’t believe it! I leave you with the song I was
telling you at the beginning of my report!
Hide me now
Under Your wings
Within Your mighty hand
When the oceans rise and thunders roar
I will soar with You above the storm
Father you are King over the flood
I will be still and know You are God
friend, when life is hard and when the storms are coming, I
encourage you and me to learn to stay still and wait for our God
to do a mighty work!
for everything you are doing for me and for the people of Romania!
We need you, your prayers, your support, both practically and
from a sincere heart.