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Maria's Report –
like to start my report this month by saying
to ALL my friends from all over the world that have sent me an
e-mail, letter, cards and messages to congratulate me on
my engagement with Cornel!
I appreciate every word of encouragement, every good wish and for
your prayers. Thank you!
I need to confess that I was sad to hear few negative comments
like “Will Maria leave Smiles, now that she got engaged!”… “What
about when she’s married?” I want to assure you all, that my
marriage with Cornel will not send me away from Smiles.
decides that! Not us! Cornel is
supporting my work and encouraging me in everything I do. ….and
who knows, maybe one day he will end up working as my personal
So, my dear friends, I do not
want to say that there are not moments when I’m feeling down, or
disappointed about things. I do not want to deny that I never
thought of giving up Smiles…(most of the time because I think
being a cleaning lady maybe easier and less stress and problems!!
….but each time I ask myself, is this what I want to do?!?...or
what God is asking me to do?
if it is harder than it’s
ever been these days
because of the financial pressure,
working in the charity
the time for me in this
job is not over yet! The job, the
work we do here in
Romania, is not done and is needed as much today as ever, maybe
Let me tell you the events from the last month, and you can
After the nice news of my engagement, I had to
come back to my day to day activity!
October month started with Mr Hoy back in the country!! Well, with
him being here, there were sooooooooooooooo many things to do!!
Soooooooooooooooooooooooo many meetings and planning to do!!!
Sooooooooooooooo many hours ……it’s so good that Chocolate
and Coke were invented!!
marathon week of meetings we had a special week of mission trip.
Why special? Well,
having 12 pastors around you every day for 7 days was wow!
For me, it came at the
right time! I felt very encouraged just being around and listening
to their stories each night. I would like to say a special
to all of them for being
here. Also, a special ‘Thank You’ to
for leading the devotions and sharing the lead with
of our vision here in Romania. You are a great encouragement to
they left we had another mission group. This time I had a very
interesting experience! The group arrived on Saturday evening, so
my first meeting with them was Sunday morning at the church!
Because I translate the church program I had to translate each
person that was speaking. …..So after I translate a few Romanians,
because they are not shy to talk, there was a lady from the group
that stood up and shared her story. And sounded like this:
“it is great that after 11
years of serving in Romania, I’m able to come back and see a
different side of it!”
…..Well, I was shocked. I could not wait for the church to finish
in order for me to ask more about it! And once the church finished
I did. So I found out that she, her husband and few friends were
coming for 11 years in Romania with help. The charity they worked
with closed down and they went back to the UK. After a break of 8
years, she came back in Romania, but this time with Smiles
Foundation. I’m so humbled when I see, hear and talk to people
that are doing/was doing work in my country. I love to hear their
story!! It was so emotional for me, when she said “the work there
closed down”….My mind fly to Smiles work! What if!???....was the
first question that popped in my mind!....But then I remembered
what God told to His disciples :
“be faithful in the small
things and I will give you the big things!”.
I know that if we are faithful in the small things, if we are
doing the job with less money, God will provide! He will provide
the money, the wisdom, the power to do the job, even the BIG jobs!
Once the second mission trip group left, we had a week
off…..well….off from the mission trip side, because we went back
on the meetings and planning part!
was again on our main list!
But not only that….Budgets,
high school kids, their future and their new challenges, strategy
and plans for Smiles work and projects in Romania are a few other
issues on our list!
We were “saved by the bell” when we had the 3rd mission
trip group arriving. Not that my meetings were put on hold, but
needed to find time for both! Now we are in the middle of the
final mission trip group. Some people for the first time, coming
to experience the work we do. A privilege for us to have them and
to have their support!
Now I’m also getting ready to make another
trip to USA!
I’m really looking forward for that as we have planned lots of
meetings, events that is bringing support to Smiles.
please pray for us.
Pray for a safe journey and
God’s protection and His blessings over us!
Pray for the team that is here who have to do the job while we are
gone and within the budgets. Winter is here. Lots of problems and
request for help from sooo many people. Pray for us, as we really,
really can’t do the job without that!
so much for everything and I can’t wait to be back and tell you
more news from my desk next month.