prayer and praise
From Maria’s Desk … January 2010
I just want to
wish you all a
HAPPY NEW YEAR
and may God bless you ALL in everything you do in 2010!! I wish you
all, a 10/10 TOP YEAR, full of blessings from above! We have in
Romanian office at the moment an encouragement that we share with
everyone when they ask us: “what’s your wish for 2010??”. Our answer
is: “A top grade Year (an A grade) 10/10”
My last report was in
December and when the mission trip finished on the 21st we, all the
staff at The Smiles Foundation office in Romania went on 2 weeks
of holiday!! You might wonder: “Maria??!?!? 2 weeks???” …Ooooo YES!
And it was nice but maybe a bit too long !! So, what did I do in all
this time??!! Well I will share with you a few of the things.
had a great time! I spent Christmas at home, in my village of Susca
with my whole family. A 6 hour drive from Oradea, it’s a very small
village near to the Danube river and much closer to Serbia than to
Oradea !! It was great to be again together with all of them,
especially that during the year it is harder for us to meet all at
the same time! On the night of 24th I went carol singing with a
group of 50 people from my home church, to every single house in the
village that received us.
We sang great!! I know how the pastors in Bethlehem must have felt
when the angels came down and sang!!
Christmas day, it was nice to have lunch with my brothers and sister,
and my sister in law and my
grandparents that I love so much. (Mum
and dad had to go to another church because of my dad’s commitments).
To hear my grandmother praying and giving thanks to God for what He
did for her in 2009 was a great joy!
Before I left home, on 31st of
December I received the best news of the entire year and this was my
favourite Christmas gift!!!! My grandfather (my father’s father) who
is 82 years old, told my father: “
Son, from this day I decided I will
come with you and the entire family to church and I give my life to
God and want to be baptised! So, 2010 will be a new beginning for
me!!! “… I
tell you, I wish I could put on a video the expression of joy and the
gladness that was on my father’s face…For more that 50 years he is
praying for his dad and God decided to give him the answer now so that
he can say as the apostle says: “me and ALL my family will serve God”
It is great!
I came back to Oradea and for the last 4 days of my holiday I was
sleeping and resting as much as I could. I did read 2 books: The
Shack and 3:16 which encouraged me a lot and gave me power and
strength to start the new year more fresh and with more faith that
there is indeed a FATHER above that loves me madly and sees
everything I’m doing and He will never leave me alone in this world.
we started work again!
Should I say fresh?? Well not really but with a great spirit and new
forces! Time flies so fast ….. In the Romanian office now we are
getting very, very busy! We prepare ourselves for the USA tour that
will start later this month; the kids are working harder and are
very excited about it!!
New ideas, plans, projects are on our list too! But what I decided
this year is not to put on my journal any new year resolution,
because I do not want to be let down at the end of the year if it is
not happening….but I wrote a prayer and I’m sure God will answer it
- if not in 2010 for sure in 2011 !!!
friend, I encourage you to give EVERYTHING you’ve got into HIS HANDS
and as a great FATHER that He is to us, he will answer…sooner or
later … but answer He will!!
Have a top 10-year together with GOD. He won’t let you down!
Previous letters from Maria:
July2009 June 2009
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