There used to be a show in Romania, in 1999,
that was called like that. Every Saturday, from 8 to 10 pm, for
nearly 9 years lots of good things happened during the show!
Families that have not seen their dear ones for years, finally got
to see them again....kids that wished for a toy or just a simple
hug.....lots of good things going on and on each week....Many times
while I was watching the show I was wondering “will I ever be able
to do something similar?!?!”.
Well today, through the work of The Smiles Foundation in Romania,
I do this type of work! And I love it!
Every single month I have “ a new surprise” on my desk. Some good
ones, some bad ones. Some that make me to think twice: ”how will I
make this one work?” some that in a few minutes I found the solution
I love the Bible verse, in Mathew 6, that
says: “do not worry about anything...”, and yet many times we, as
humans worry sooooo much!! We forget that God promised us that He
will take care of ALL our needs!!....He told us to
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away
in barns, and yet your
heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not
much more valuable than they?”.
Yes, we are!!! We just need to have more faith!!
So what was new this past month?? The 25 days (since my last update)
passed fast, true?? My new adventure with the
shop is taking part of my time in thinking and planning. I have been
at the shop most Saturdays and I love it!! It’s so nice to see
girls, coming in and sharing with me their dream! I’m sooo thankful
that I have good help on the shop side (when I’m not around). Georgi
and her mum are my shop assistants and I’m very thankful to have
them. Vicky and Octo are also there all the time, on their side of
the shop and from time to time on mine
and I’m thankful to have them as well!!
Then I also had a lot of work to do with
and the preparation for it! With God’s help soon this project will
be on the go practically as well, not only theoretically. Mr Hoy
was in the country during March and we had lots of meetings and
discussions about it.
Once Mr. Hoy left the country we- the Smiles team in Cihei had two
options: go on holiday or find some work to do
But we decided that the weather is not that good for holiday and
instead we wanted to do some “team building” work. And what is best
place to do that????? Well, our
We did an amazing job! …….and the pizza at the end was great!!!
THANK YOU guys for all your hard work. Is great to have a team like
you full of fun and joy to work with.
Once I finished the cleaning of the warehouse
I had to get ready to go to the UK for the
Smiles Annual Conference!
So for the last few days in March I was in UK. On March 26th
we had the conference in Leeds! Together with Adi and Georgi we
shared the latest news from Romania. We had a great time with all
the people that came. I’m always surprised and shocked (in a nice
way) of the commitment that people have for the work of The Smiles
Foundation in Romania.
THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOO MUCH to ALL the people that was present at the
conference. THANK YOU for EVERYTHING that you are doing for US!
THANK YOU for being a part of such a big family. It’s really
So another month has gone, March. Thank you Lord for it!
I pray that April will be a great blessed month for you. In April,
in Romania we celebrate Christ’s resurrection. Easter Day! I
pray that He is alive in our hearts all the time, not only one day
in a year. I remember a few years ago, when I wrote an e-mail to
wish Happy Easter to all our sponsors I did a big mistake! Instead
of “Christ’s resurrection” I wrote “Christ’s resignation” . The next
day I received an e-mail from one of our supporters asking me:
“Maria, I did not know that God resigned??”…Well, I’m glad that it
was a mistake and God did not resign!! What would come of this World
if He had? Very Sad!
But let’s CELEBRATE his resurrection today, tomorrow and always!!
Happy Easter!!!!!!!!!!!!!! For April 24th.
Please continue to pray for our work in Romania. Pray for me and my
team as we have during April more than 60 people coming to visit us
on mission trips! Please pray for our beneficiaries and please pray
for our supporters! Without your prayers we can’t do the work we
do!! Please continue to support us financially! We need that too!
And if you have a week off, please come to Romania to see us!! We
are waiting for you all!!!
Lots of love,