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 A Letter from Maria's Desk...    March 2014

Secret's of Life

Do you know this song from NIA?
  Is one of my favourites! Iím sure that each of us have Secrets that only the "giver of life" knows!

The full verse says:
"The secret is knowing the Giver of Life, the One who really holds the key.and thatís GOD!!! God knows our heart, our thoughts. HE KNOWS EVERYTHING!!!  (Nia's Secret's of Life)

In Psalm 139 : 2-4 says so nice

You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.

So my dear friend, when you doubt if God is listening to you, be assured - HE DOES!!

In Smiles, there are so many times when I face all sorts of issues and there are times when I feel like I cannot talk to anyone! But soon I remember that my God is there ALL THE TIME for me to talk to and "my secrets" .... my feelings, are in safe hands!

This past month I had a real busy monthÖ a very full month!!!

As you know from my last report in January, I was in United Kingdom with my new colleague Emilia. We had lots of meetings in the UK office about the promotion and marketing of Smiles for all over the world

Some of the discussions we had, will start to be put in action in March! So IF you are living in the UK and read my update, make sure you come to see me face to face at our FORUMS that will start on March 1st. I will be more than happy to see you and chat with you! Here is the itinerary:

March 1st Cookstown
, Northern Ireland   March 2nd Troon, Scotland
March 3rd Carlisle, Cumbria
                      March 4th Chesterfield, Derbyshire
March 5th Leeds , W.Yorkshire
                 March 6th Pembroke, Wales
March 7th Gorsley
, Herefordshire              March 8th Chelmsford, Essex (2pm)
March 8th Worthing, Sussex (7.30pm)
      Further details from the Events page.

On February 1st once I came back to Romania with lots of energy, I started to work on the makeover of the Mission Centre. This year we celebrate 10 years of activity in the Smiles Centre. Lots of surprises for our visitors in 2014! Some things will really be new, so if you did not book yet your mission trip to Romania - I ENCOURAGE YOU to do so NOW!!!

Nina's baby showerSo now my focus is on the work and the plans we have for 2014 in the Mission Centre! I still have the other projects that are going on day by day. Iím thankful to God for the people Iím working with. My colleagues
Adi, Georgi and Simona in the key positions take a lot of day to day pressure from my shoulders! And all the other colleagues that are involved in the day to day activities are doing a great job and Iím thankful to God for each of them!

Also this month we "lose"
Nina our accountant Ö. well not really lose her, but she is about to give birth and will be on maternity leave for a while! Nina and Calin are expecting their first baby- a little girl named Alexandra! Please pray for them! Me and the girls organized a surprised baby shower for Nina and we had a great time together!!!
Viorica & Florentina
Also in February I celebrate the birthday of
Viorica and Florentina, two friends that we have living in the homeless village! Me and Rit
za went to celebrate with them with a special cake we had made. Raul and Dana, the main two people that are involved on the day to day activity in the homeless village, invited all the people in the village to be at the party! So great pizza, great cakes, great people, great fun!!!

It is soooo nice when you see people being happy because of the small things that happen in life! A cak
e, a pizza, a hug, a smile, a nice word, a prayer! Is even happier when I know that Iím a part of it, actually, we are all a part of it!! Thatís great.

Now Iím getting ready to go back on the road! First, the
UK FORUMS and on March 9th with Mr Hoy, Emilia and I fly to America! We want to introduce Emilia to our USA friends! PLEASE PRAY for us. The schedule is one of Mr Hoyís Ďspecialsí!!!

Please pray for SAFE travel and successful meetings. We have a lot on our plate and to be honest with you, Mr Hoy Ö.and me
are getting old and we tire quicker than normal!!

Please also pray for my hubby Cornel, as this is the first time since we got married when we are staying apart for such a long time! Pray for Smiles and for everything that is going on here in Romania day by day, as well as in the UK and America.

But whatís great is that I know :
"God created my inner most being; He knit me together in my motherís womb. I praise Him because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. His works are wonderful, I know that full well."

So everything is in His Hands and under His Control!!

Have a great month and be Blessed,

Maria Hava ,
Director of Operations, Romania

Previous letters from Maria:

February 2014 - Travelling light part II

January 2014 - Happy New Year..


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