prayer and praise
Wow, 2009 is nearly gone! Can you believe that?
I can and I’m actually happy for it! It has been a hard year.
Not because of the work I did but because of the emotional problems
that many of the people I’m working with face each day. The financial
crises? Maybe! But I’ve heard many times this year that we, the
Romanian people, live in a financial crises for the last 20 years!!
For many, their entire life has been one long financial crisis!
So, why was 2009 harder for me??
On reflection, I think because
of TIME!!! People are busier than ever to stop and listen to their
“neighbour”. It seems that there are so many things we need to give up
doing because we “don’t have time for them anymore”!! We always find
the excuses of why “time flies”?? Sometimes good ones, sometimes bad
I was far from perfect on this subject in 2009. There were times when
I needed to stop and listen to my “neighbour” and I did not! There
were times when I thought that there will be “someone else” that can
do that particular job or take the place of comforting others, and I’m
not needed! I was happy and pleased for a moment … then I regretted
it, that I was not there for that person, at that moment of need.
November, as I was visiting USA and UK, I was surprised to see so many
Christmas decorations all over the places. Christmas songs in every
shop, even more than that, discussion that “Christmas holiday should
be considered Winter holiday”?!!
But what about the CHILD that was born in Bethlehem years ago in
order for YOU and ME to have life? Where is HE now? Where is He is all
this “busyness”? Well, HE IS EVERYWHERE! And please my friends, don’t
allow this Christmas to be taken away by the sweet music and sparkling
decorations! Keep your eyes on the stable! Make your Christmas to be
There are many people and children in Romania and around the World
that won’t have all the “celebration lights” in their homes! They
won’t have the food, cakes and the gifts that we all do! To be honest,
I’m not looking forward to this Christmas. Of course, I look forward
to spending time with my family and friends but I do not like all the
questions such as: ”what did you get as a gift this Christmas? What
new clothes do you have? Where do you plan to spend the New Year’s
Eve??...and so on.
So what is important?
“The first Christmas changed the world”, this Christmas you can
change the world for some one! I encourage you to make at least
one person happy!
Maybe one of your old friends that you’ve not been in touch with for a
long time, or a member of your family. Send an encouragement card, e-
mail or a small gift that tells them and shows them the great news,
and the real meaning of Christmas.
Maybe you could even touch the life a
child from Romania, a family in Romania living in poverty. If you
really don’t have any idea of how to do it, I can give you some!
an S.O.S (Sack of Smiles) full of great things like hygiene
products, educational products, sweets, and so on that gets to a child
that without it will probably have nothing this Christmas. Although it
has been a tough year for many of us, who of us is really facing a
Christmas of NOTHING?
You can donate any amount, but one full
S.O.S. is £30 / $50
Maybe you could sponsor a
DOLL for a girl that was dreaming of
one for the whole year....Maybe she never had a chance to hold one,
just to see it on TV or in a picture.
The cost for it £5 / $8
Sponsor a TOY CAR for a boy that looks for adventure and wants
to see how it is to have one.
The cost for it £5 / $8
Or perhaps a
CHRISTMAS CAKE for a poor family, for a homeless
family that do not have the facilities to prepare one. In this way
they can enjoy having something different and very special.
they can only dream.
With £10 / $16 you
can make a
difference. You can make their dream REALITY.
Every year we try to bring our kids from different projects together
and have a party with them. This year we would like to have a “CHRISTMAS
PARTY” for all the Clubs we have during the year in Smiles: the
Princess Club, Angel clubs, Gepiu Youth and all will appreciate a gift
during the time together. For nearly 20 kids that we have is costing
So if you can help us, we really appreciate it!!
Before I close this report,
the last one this year in this format, I would like to say THANK YOU
to ALL of you for everything you did and are doing for us in Romania
during 2009. Thank you from all the Smiles Staff and the Smiles people
that benefit from your help!!
I pray you will have a great Christmas and a great time with your
family and friends but don’t forget the baby Jesus that came to this
earth for us, for you and me and let’s celebrate His birth not the
bright lights of what Christmas has become today!
Thank you and wish you a very Happy
Sincerely, Maria Cimpoca and Romanian
Previous letters from Maria:
July2009 June 2009
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