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                                 A Letter from Maria's Desk...

Lifeís stormsÖ.

This past month I heard a sermon that really made me think hard!!! Since I was a kid Iíve heard this story many many times, but never thought of it and saw it the way I heard it this time!

After a "busy day" talking to the people, Jesus asked the disciples to get in the boat and go on the other side of the sea!!! Once they got in the middle of the sea, a storm started! The boat was in danger and they began to panicÖÖand Jesus?!?!? Jesus was sleeping. Here is the thing that Iíd not realised until now!!!!!!
Jesus DID NOT PROMISE to the disciples that everything will be perfect and calm and smooth!!! He promised them that He will take them to THE OTHER SIDE!!!!

I love it!!! To live this life with the thought in your mind that "Jesus is taking us on the other side ALWAYS!! ". The journey in the middle!?!?! Well, He promised us that he will be with us no matter what, so we go through them WITH HIM!!!

This past month for me was a real "storm month".

The pressure with the construction on the
JFL project is at the top! But the good news is that with Jesus in it, all will be done on time and a real joy! Iíve been involved with a lots of things there- plumbing, painting, cleaning, plastering, flooringÖÖ.lots!!! The great news is that when the project is finished - it will look AMAZING!!

Also another big "storm project" for me in the last time was Tileagd!!! But Jesus took us "on the other side" and now with a great joy, we can say that starting from September - the State is paying the teachers and Smiles can continue the involvement that we had in the peopleís lives.

For me, I see it all as "a new beginning!"Ö.and I canít wait for it! From September I will be more involved in the leadership of this project! On the ground that is, in Tileagd, initially for 2 or 3 days a week. Please pray for me and pray for this project! I really want these people to get to know God on a personal level
, because then I am sure EVERYTHING will be better!!!!

I really encourage you to continue to support this project! I would love to have a minibus that could help us with the transportation of the kids around! We had one for the school 10 years ago, but lost it in the budget restrictions about 4 years ago. The program that we plan for them to have there from September would be amazing!
So please pray with me and support this project if you can!!!

What else??? Well the mission trip season was in full swing in August, so great to see people giving their time, money and support to the Romanian people!!! I love this project and Iím over the moon that next year we will have a special anniversary!!! 10 year since we opened the Mission Centre!!!! So, COME AND GET READY TO PARTY!!!! There will be lots of opportunities through the year and lots of surprises!!!!!!

So, whatís going on next????
Well , Iím getting ready to go to AFRICAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ANOTHER DREAM becoming a reality!!!!! Iíve always wanted to go, but never knew how, or when or where???? Now God gave me this opportunity and Iím over the moon!!!!! My joy Is even bigger that I share this joy and opportunity with VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE to my heart.

I will have my hubby
Cornel, for the first time experience!!!!!! Than I have Georgi, Ritza and Dawn Ė special ladies and great true friends to me!!! And to make sure everything is under control, we take Mr Hoy with us too!! . Iím sooooo happy to have ALL of them in my life. A real blessing!

To be honest with you, I would lie if I tell you that Iím not nervous at all!!! So, I am. Iím nervous because of anything that could happen?!?!?!?!!
THATíS WHY WE NEED YOUR PRAYERS!!!! Please pray for safety and for a blessed time.

Pray also for me, because Iím leaving with a heavy heart! If you remember from my previous reports, I told you about my grandmother from my father side. Well, she is not feeling great! Pray that if I will not see her on this earth to see her in heaven! Pray for my family too. My mum and dad have a hard time now. Both their mothers are not feeling good. Today I found that my other grandmother, from my mother side, is in the hospital too. I know there will be a time when we have to say goodbye to dear ones, but it is soooooooooooo hard!!!

I left them with
Psalm 121!!!!! I would like to leave you as well with the same psalm!!

     I lift up my eyes to the mountainsó
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slipó
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep
The Lord watches over youó
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harmó
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore

So, I leave you, because Iím going to pack my bags!!!
Be blessed dear friends and I pray will see you all again!!!! Here on earth or in heaven!!

Lots of love

Maria Hava ,
Director of Operations, Romania


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