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A Letter from Maria's Desk
January 2017

New Year Resolutions

Do you have any?

I have lots! I always have a huge list in January. How many of them are kept until December? Very Few!

Sometimes I get upset that I can’t manage to ‘stick to the list’ and keep them. But what is nice is that God is the one that controls everything. I look at some things that ‘I wished for’ and I’m happy that I did not get them! God knows better as He tells us in Jeremiah that "He knows the plans He has for us". And what better reassurance do we need than this?

So this year I do not have many! My main one is to be able to get closer to God day by day. In a world that is more upside down each and every day, we need to stay close to HIM more and more!

Another one is to see Stefan growing up good and for us to have wisdom as parents to teach him the difference between what’s good and what’s bad. To see my family and dear ones healthy and close to God…… and I have a few more.

But what are my wishes, my New Year Resolutions for SMILES? And they are not just ‘wishes’ but they are also my prayers!

So, let me share them with you:

I pray that in everything we do - for God to be glorified.

I pray that all our beneficiaries will see God’s love through all the Smiles staff and get to know Him as a personal Saviour.

I pray that each project we have, we will get to the point in 2017 where we can have the monthly operational costs covered. Not to be in minus anymore and suffer the pressure of deficits!

I pray for my colleagues who work within Smiles and Sminro here in Romania and in the UK; for God to give them strength and wisdom in everything they do and to stay close to the calling they have.

I pray for Mr Hoy - for his operation this month and for a good recovery. And I pray for him to be around us for many, many years to come. I pray for God’s protection over him in everything he does.

I pray for all our sponsors. For God to multiply everything they give. I pray for blessings over them and for protection for them and their families.

I pray for all the people that plan to come this year to visit us here in Romania for God to give them a serving heart.

I pray for EVERYTHING we need to do and ALL the plans we have to be according to God’s Will.

So my dear friend, I do not know your list, your New Year resolutions, but I pray that they would be according to God’s Will. May He bless you and keep you in His Hands throughout this New Year of 2017. May His light shine upon you and your family and be blessed in everything you do!

Thank you for the fantastic help you gave us in 2016 and please continue to do so in 2017 too with your prayers, with your time and your support. I know God will bless it all!

With Love, Thanks and Respect


Maria Hava ,
Director of Operations, Romania

Previous letters from Maria:
December 2016 - .. my reflection
November 2016 - When God answers our prayers
October 2016 - Waiting
September 2016 - Miracles of Life

August 2016 - When our plans change
July 2016 - When something ends, something new begins

June 2016 - Moving Forward
May 2016 - His Plans or Ours?
April 2016 - Good, Good Father
March 2016 - Rainy Days
February 2016 - Frozen
January 2016 - A thankful heart

December 2015 - Make someone happy!
November 2015 - Like father like son
October 2015 - It's between you and God
September 2015 - Our Unchanging God
August 2015 - I trust Him no matter what
July 2015 - I've had enough
June 2015 - Things that make me happy

May 2015 - Butterflies
March 2015 - Sovereign over us

February 2015 - My Grace is sufficient for you
January 2015 - From the Management Team



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