prayer and praise
yes, at least to my page!! I’m one year old!!
Can you believe that?
One year ago I asked
if I can share with you my news on the Smiles web page…and he said
yes! During this year I’ve shared with you my joys and sorrow,
happiness and sadness, dreams- accomplishments and failures!
What a ride?!?!
Thank you all for reading my report! Thank you all for your prayers
and encouragements. Thank you God for giving me strength, power and
wisdom even when I’m down and feel like giving up! Thank you!
Now, let’s start
reporting the news for this month. At least to tell you what I’ve been
up to in March! The beginning of March, I was still on the USA
tour! The 6 weeks in
America was a nice time where we met lots of new people and shared our
story with them. The last week of the tour was great and we were
ready to go home!
So, on March 9th we
arrived back to Romania! What a joy!
I managed my first weekend
back in Romania of 12th & 14th March to go home and visit my family.
It was a hard time but I say thank you to God for the strength He gave
me! With His help I was an encouragement to my family as this was the
first time after my grandfather’s death. I visited his grave, together
with my grandmother and what a joy I had in knowing that he is not
there, just his body!
THANK YOU ALL for your
prayers on this particular situation that occurred in my life.
Once I came back to
Oradea I had 4 days in the office. Great time sharing with my
colleagues lots of stories from the tour! We had to start planning the
next mission trip and the UK conferences - but ‘some’ office work was
needed too! I remember when I went to Tileagd (the first time after 6
weeks) before I got out of the car, I had at my door 6 little kids
waiting to hug me and kiss me! I was really happy to see that in their
little minds I’m their friend! They made me feel very welcomed to be
Please pray for
them, as it is very hard to live, work and go to school, under a
culture that never encourages them to do so!
Please pray for each person
in that community that they will know God’s love in their lives. It’s
a continuing battle, but God said: “it won’t be easy, but WITH ME you
will win the world”. I want to see that community won for God , so
please pray for them!
On March the 19th, with
Mioara Tarau (the social assistant of
100 & 200 Clubs) and
(the manager of 100 Club), I went on a great marathon trip to UK for
10 days! During all this time we had Smiles conferences where we could
share our projects to many people. It was nice to see my great friends
from the UK again.
Thank you ALL for
everything that you are doing for us and I’m always amazed with how
much you do and how big your heart and support is for the people of
Romania. If you would like to find more news of how it went feel free
follow this link.
I could not stay for
all 9 conferences……I had to miss the last 2 (sorry to the Wales and to
Southern Counties Region ) I had to go to Sarah’s WEDDING!!!!!
So, yes, yes, yes, another one in Smiles got
married!!! On March 27th Sarah and Zoli celebrated their wedding day
in front of God and in front of lots of friends and family! So me and
Georgi, wanted to be near Sarah and show her our appreciation for
everything that she did for us and our people in Romania during the 9
years that she was working with Smiles. We had a great time. I even
managed to dance!!!! That’s an amazing thought, isn’t it?
Jenny Hoy had
the courage to take me and show me how to do it!! A Barn Dance I think
they called it. Hope next time I will do better Jen!
I won’t show you a
picture with me dancing but I want to show you this picture with all
of us together!! Please pray for
Sarah and Zoli and their new life
together!!! Now we are working and planning the wedding party for them
in Romania that will take place on April 10th! So on my May update, I
will show you pictures from that one too!!!
After 6 weeks in USA, 2 weeks in UK, I’m finally home for a longer
period of time. One and a half months without any travelling!
…well, just because I have no travelling, that doesn’t mean I have
As I write this update
I’m in a middle of a mission trip!! 24 people are here from the UK and
had the courage to come to Romania and work along us on the projects
we serve! This is the great news….But the bad news is that they have
me, as the main person and not Mr Hoy!! Poor folk!! Well, to be
honest, it is really wow to have a big trip without Mr Hoy around! My
team and I really want to say thank you to him for trusting us! I hope
we do good and he gets good reports from the Teams!
So my dear
friends, I have to go now for the evening meeting with the mission
team! But not before letting you know how much I appreciate your
support! Thank you very much for
And because this year we celebrate Easter at the same time in Romania
as UK and America, I pray you all have a Blessed and a great time with
your families! And don’t forget God IS alive, and He is watching over
us day and night. I love to read the story of the resurrection and I
love the answer that Jesus is giving to each person that He is meeting
with: “do not be afraid, I am alive”!!! Is that not encouraging? In a
world like ours when you do not know what the next day will hold and
you can not trust people as much as you would like to, Jesus comes and
says: “My child, do
not be afraid!”
That’s great to know He is in control even when it is hard for us to
see or understand. So, let us leave His light to shine upon us day by
day and let us trust Him 100% when He is telling us “do not be
Because HE KNOWS BEST!!
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