Responsible to, NOT responsible FOR!!!
Maria's Report Ė
have heard this phrase a few times before but did not really,
really understand it! This past month, I not only understood what
it really means but had to apply it in a few circumstances! It was
not easy, but it brought me peace in applying it!
two persons that this past month really encouraged me! So, I would
like to say THANK YOU to my dear dear friend John Schwab
for all the "chatting" that we had. Thank you for being a great
example of Godís faithfulness and I pray for blessings over you
every day! And the second person I would like to say thank-you to
is Dr Merrill Reese ÖÖÖ.Thank you for listening to me! Be
blessed in everything you do!
So what was
I was up to this month?? UfffÖ..I don't think this report will be
enough to tell you everything, but I will try to say it in as
short phrases as possible what I was up to.
you last month saying that Iím getting ready for a trip to USA.
Well, again lots of travelling was on our schedule and lots of
meetings, but Godís protection and blessing was over us from the
first hour!......(We were sooo close to miss the FIRST plane to
USA from UKÖ.due to bad traffic on the motorway! )
was MIAMI! (Well, after Amsterdam and Atlanta) Sooooooo
busy! But I got over that and was over the moon when my first
meeting was in Stuart FL, with a dear friend Philip
Short, and some of his Church members. I pray for the day when
he will come to Romania, and see the work he is supporting for so
many years. No pressure Philip!!
we had a meeting back in Hollywood, FL with a Romanian pastor,
Florin Vancea and with a great lady Mimi Susman. I was
very encouraged to see Romanian people that still have their
hearts for the Romanian people back home. Thank you very much for
two main meetings we had a lovely dinner with our friend
Whitney in South Miami. Then I had "a day off"Ö..Well, I
had to be present at my little sister, Octaviaís wedding! If
Iím honest, it was harder than I thought it would be! For me
it was a very emotional day and I could not stop crying! Iím happy
for my sister, but I was sad that I did not have all the Cimpoca
family there (USA-RO is quite a long way).Still, I pray for her
and for Ruben, for their new family and Godís blessing over them.
after the wedding I got to Jacksonville! Spending time with my
friends there (and YOU ALL know who ?!?!) It is always a great
encouragement and really refreshing! I would like to say a special
thank you to Dr. Jim and Donna Watts for their hospitality
and for their friendship! Be blessed!
we went to a very quiet place, Leesburg GA. to meet another two
special friends Bobby and Lanelle Harrell. When Bobby says,
"Maria, Iím praying for you every day!" it makes me gasp a wow!
Just the thought that a busy pastor is praying for me from 5,000
miles away is WOW! Thank you for doing thatÖ.and I will be waiting
for you to come to Romania in May 2013!!!! Your prayers give me
strength and power to go on! I would also like to say thank you to
many others that are praying for me regularly. I truly appreciate
here we went to Baton Rouge, LA and had 3 amazing days! Meeting
special friends and spending time with them, making plans for the
future and sharing stories from Romania was great. I would like to
say a special thank-you to the First Presbyterian Church in
Baton Rouge for their generous gift to us for the Joint
Facility of Love!! May God bless you all!
While I was
in Baton Rouge, I had time to do things that a woman really loves
doing!! SHOPPING!!! So, I had time to visit one of the Dillardís
Clearance Store there. I was amazed at the size, the price and the
clothing range of that shop! Now many of them are in the Smiles
Stores in Romania!
was also able to visit two stores that are selling WEDDING
DRESSES!! Well, I could not miss that! Alfred Angelo Bridal
and Davidís Bridal were part of "my dream list" for when I will
get married! I did this list many many years ago (at least 10) and
at that time I did not know how I will go all the way to USA to
try it, but God has plans for every desire of our hearts!! And Iím
happy for that!!! So THANK YOU GOD!!! Mr Hoy and my friend John
Schwab were sooooooo good to me and patient to take me there and
make sure that after 2-3 hours will come to collect me !!
time in Baton Rouge we moved to Charlotte NC. We were part
of the three morning services at the Christ Lutheran Church, where
our dear friend and a Smiles trustee, Scott Suskovic is the
pastor. They are special to me. After the lunch we had with
friends there, he showed us the new building they are working on.
I was amazed and so happy for them! Canít wait to see it finished
and I pray for Godís favour over them and everything they do
there! Last year, they gave us a huge gift of $50,000 as a tithe
on their capital construction campaign! A great example of serving
and sharing Godís love and money! That investment can now be seen
in the Joint Facility of Love development.
there we went to Kingsport TN to meet our friends and had a
great evening with the team that came this past summer to visit us
in Romania. Thank you guys for making time and we wait for you ALL
to come back to RO! We also met their new pastor, Phil Roberts
and spending time with Melissa, Lisa, Jim, and Kelly, is always
great. Thank you!!
Then we had
lunch with our friend Jeremy. I was really happy to see him, and
so glad to hear his news! Thank you Jeremy and canít wait to have
you back in RO also!
we had a long, long drive! (Great job I can sleep in the car!!) My
Hoy was driving!!!
again, meeting Dr Keyes and Dr Reese at Regent University
in Virginia Beach was worth the drive! We spent a few hours with
them, but I came out of that meeting soooooo encouraged and with
so much energy! I really appreciate the work they do around the
World and Iím so honoured to know them! Canít wait for the day
when they will come back to Romania which we agreed to be no later
than summer 2014. Until then, I pray for Godís blessings over
EVERYTHING they do! ÖÖ.and I know where to go when I need
counselling. Thank you!
meeting in America this trip, was with a special
lady, Johanne Cossette. Her passion for the work she does
impresses me a lot! I pray for blessings and for God to make ways
to open doors in places we only can dream of! Iím sure that HE
will bless the faithful servant, because He told us, when we are
faithful in the small things, HE will give us the BIG ONES!!
So, after 3 weeks and a bit of being away, I came back HOME!! Now
Iím busy getting ready for the CHRISTMAS MISSION TRIP!! I
LOVE IT!!! Iím busy looking around the shops for the SOS
goodies, and Iím really happy that once again, this year, we can
make kids and people know that JESUS is the one that loves them
the most, not Santa Clause!!
Pray for us, as the request for help is more that we can handle,
due to the financial situation here, but we have less to do it
with due to the financial situation there! BUT WITH GOD
EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!
Now, I know
some of you might wonder how the wedding plans are going on!!
Well, I never imagined it can be so stressful!! J But a kind of
nice stress. I have soooooooo many dreams Ö.Did not find yet
THE DRESS, so loooooots to do, still!! Please pray for me and for
Cornel to manage to have it all done by May 12, 2013!!!!
Yes this is the day!! Pray for nice weather! Pray for strength,
power and wisdom from God! I will come
back with more details in my
friends, I canít believe this is my last report for 2012!!!! If
Iím honest with you, 2012, was a very hard year for me! One of the
hardest! Not because of the physical work, but emotionally and
personally in my work and on the personal side - only God can
understand some of the issues I had to deal with! Thank you all
for being out there! For your prayers and time and money!!! Be
blessed dear, dear friends. Thank you Dawn for helping me with the
report each month! Thank you Mr Hoy for correcting my grammar
mistakes and for everything you do for me and the Romanian
people!! Thank you Georgi for being
a true friend! Thank you Cornel for putting up with me Ö..Thank
you to all my Smiles StaffÖÖTHANK YOU GOD for 2012!! and for
EVERYTHING YOU do for meÖ.even when I do not deserve or understand
I know Christmas is soooooo close I pray for Godís light to be in
each of our lives all the time. Have a wonderful Christmas, a
blessed one!! I do not leave you with a Christmas carol, but
will leave you with a song that is on my heart very much at this
moment and really encourages me!! I hope it will you too.