Letter from Maria's Desk -
(Hands On Mission Experience)
Last month I
invited you to come
H.O.M.E to Romania!! Ö..and
I want to do the same this month!
itís AMAZING!! The mission trip season started in full swing and
Iím really, really happy when I see people from different cultures
sharing Godís love with the people of my country!
I told you my
first group arrived on March 29th. Well we had a great
time! I love spending my evenings with the teams and listening to
their experience of the day or weeks spent in Romania.
My joy is when
I see people with the desire of wanting to make a difference! Some
have the privilege to see the difference in the week that they are
in the country, some in the months, but for some they see the
results of their "investments in peopleís life" only years later!
I remember my
father used to tell me a story about a missionary that could not
see the results of his hard work because they came only after he
died! As a child I was wondering why? I
could not understand it! But now being in the mission field, I
know there are things, places and people that God still has to
work on and maybe I will not see the results in my lifetime! I
just pray that me or any other Smiles'
Supporter to stay faithful to the Calling that God made on us!!
And as "faithful servants" we will get the results sooner or
now to my first mission team! Well, there are times when I canít
really plan lots of practical work due to the financial pressure
and budgets! I will not forget when the members of my first
mission team this year told me "we want to do something practical
and if necessary - we will pay for it!!!".
happiness!! I had such a loooooooooong list, but I started with
the first one! The fence and the
playground in the Nursery in Tileagd!
We had an amazing time on the Friday (their
last day) when the job was DONE!!
If only I could
have registered and captured the kids faces when they arrived on
But the next
mission trip I had, guess what?
They responded the same! " We would like to sponsor the garden and
the sun canopy at the
Elderly Centre in Cihei!
So guys, if you
read this update, you will know who did it. I just want to say
YOU soooooo MUCH!!!
writing my report this month I have another team hereÖÖso I will
tell you what theyíve been up to and the results of what they did
in my next report!!
But, I did not
have only the mission groups to deal with this past month. If you
remember, I told you that the work on
JFL - Phase 2 ---- STARTED!!!
I love it! It is a very
stressful process because of the paper work with the
bureaucracy and rules of Romania, but I love
it! To be honest with you, the real pressure is on Mr Hoy! He is
the one that needs to make sure that every
month we have £10,000/$15,000 in our bank account to pay the
He is the one who had to agree and sign the
contract. I think one of the reasons he works so many hours every
day is that he wouldnít sleep even if he went to bed!
This month we
have already received £8000/$12,000. So we are £2000/$3,000 short!
Then on May 1st Ė another month starts and Mr Hoy will
need another £10,000/$15,000 in 30 days!!
PLEASE, if you
can MAKE A DIFFERENCE by helping us to raise ANY amount of this
required money, let us know. Write to Mr Hoy or
go on this web link and
for all the people that are helping us. With their prayers, their
money and time! Iím so happy to hear that people are already
making plans for coming to Romania in 2015!!! Iím looking forward
to have you ALL here whether this year or next year.
As long as
come H.O.M.E at some time!
is next? Well Iím taking
some time off! Yes, you heard right! Iím going on HOLIDAY for a
week to Cyprus!!
happy and looking forward for this!! No, Iím not going alone.
Cornel is coming as well. Mr Hoy was nice to give us both time off
at the same time. We have to plan more carefully now that we are
working together as well
! So pleaseeeeeeeeeeee pray for great weather! Minimum 25 degrees
(80F), as I want to
get plenty of sun on meJ Öno I wonít
get burnt again, but after a cold winter and rain I would LOVE
some extra sun!! J
In closing, I
would also like to ask you a HUGE favour! Will you do this for
me?!?!?! I hope so!
pray for the Tileagd project and the people of Tileagd.
Iím sure some of you know that my heart is there! I know Iím not
allowed to have a favourite project, but Tileagd is one of the
I got involved with (after the mission
centre building, which was my first in 2003!).
wonder: Why suddenly she is telling us about Tileagd? Well, you
know that last year, we had lots of changes going on in Tileagd!
The State partnered with us in the School and took over the
teachers and we had several new things going on. Some of them
proved great and some did not!
Now we have 2
months left until the school and nursery finish another year! So
we need to make plans for the new academic year!! We have two of
the nursery teachers that will leave us due to new additions in
their life (they are both expecting their first baby- PLEASE pray
for them too). For that we need a LOT of wisdom to make sure that
we choose the right replacements for the 2 years of maternity
pray for the kids! And pray for their parents!!
This community NEEDS TO KNOW GOD!!!!!!!
One of my dreams is to make a prayer
list, and to know that everyday there is a person, a group of
people praying for this place! I want Godís victory over Tileagd,
If you are interested in this and want to be a part of the prayer
chain feel free to send me an e-mail. Weíll work on a schedule for
the entire month.
Ooo. I almost
forgot to mention this before I close my report this month!! Iím
sure Adi and Georgi told you a bit about this as they had their
projects presented, but this year, as we celebrate 10 years since
Smiles Mission Centre was built - Every week we have a party going
on! It is FUN!
But you know
what is more FUN?!?! When Godís
children no matter their culture, language or circumstances - can
REJOICE IN GOD!
You want to be
a part of that?
I wait for your
visit H.O.M.E with Smiles here in Romania!!
Maria Hava ,
Director of Operations, Romania