prayer and praise
month has gone...
If on my June update I told
you about my roller coaster events from May, this month I’m not too
far from that either. While I’m writing this update,
I’m in the United Kingdom on Tour with the kids
from Tileagd.....Well, maybe for
those of you that know us and the choir you might wandering: “what
kids? because they are old now? … they are teenagers!!!”
and we are half way through 2010...
Time flies as well as our lives!
They were, true, and we are proud of them, but that’s one of the
reasons why we moved on and we replaced the kids within the choir. We
now have 4 little ones, 8 and 9 years old, that for the first time in
their life experience new things....first time a passport, first time
on the airplane, first time in people houses every night.....so
Stanescu, Mike, Monia and Casandra
are really excited to be part of it....so excited, that every 5
minutes they are asking me: “miss
Maria what is here? What is there? What that person says??”.
our journey from Romania to Hungary they were quiet and I was happy
...but not for long... Once they got on the plane they were so happy
and excited they could not stay still for 5 minutes. When we landed in
Manchester, Casandra looked out the window and said:
Miss Maria, this country England is very nice,
the houses are very big like a castle but there is one problem….they
have too many trees!!!
we started the school visits and concerts....so please pray for us as
we are nervous and a bit scared! Thank you so much for doing that and
for those of you that will have us in your area, please bear with
us....as we have a lot to learn! For me it is like going back 6 years ago
when I came for the first time with the older kids...same places, same
program, but still a new experience!!
What else did I do during
this past month? Well, as you know we bought the farm, so that
took a lot of my time. Meetings, planning, meetings and again
meetings! The place is a real blessing to us! If I’m honest with you,
I was a bit scared of the new adventure when we decided to take on the
purchase of a farm. After 6 months investing our time in a previous
after spending more than 2 months looking at different
options –personally- I lost my hope that we will find one.
I expected less God responded with more! And I’m happy and
thankful for that. I’m happy that my plans are not like His and that
He has much more to offer me if I wait for His timing.
At the moment we have three cows, plans for
buying 30 pigs and 600 chickens.... lots of work to do!!
But the team that we have in place are doing a great job...Zeno
and his wife Mihaela moved there with their baby girl,
Andrei is also a new employee with us at the Farm and working well
with our Construction team of Basti, George and Uta under the
careful management of Adi with Nina tackling the accounting
demands. ALL together working for making a difference! Pray for us all
as we are at the beginning and with not a lot of experience.....so we
need wisdom and strength to do all the work.
Also during June, the School and Nursery
finished their academic year! Was real fun!
Asking them if they are happy because they are free of school I was
surprised with the answers some of them gave me: “not really, as
we do not have much to do at home. We do not have anywhere to go
to play, nothing to do.. so all day we stay at home!”. Did you
ever imagine your summer holiday being so boring??!! I did not! I
remember for me as a kid my summer holiday was the best time of the
year!! All my friends came back home from schools or other places
where they lived during the academic year, and we had all the time
lots of parties and games…Not the same with the kids in Tileagd.
They dream for “something different”…So to help them we introduced the
summer school. This means that for two days each
week they come back
to school having their normal activities plus games and fun! This
means extra cost to our budgets, but we trust God will provide! We
also trust, God will provide the money to send them for few days on a
trip somewhere in the mountains.
If you would like to help us to
raise funds for these two activities please do. You can offer “a
different summer” to one of the kids by donating any amount of money
for their summer school or summer trip!
And because we are during the Summer Mission Trips and I see
many of you here in Romania I’m really happy. The mission trip visits
mean a lot to us. Your time and support and prayers do what the
chargers do for the batteries! We are charged up by your
enthusiasm and passion, by your hard work and energy....
For those of you that are not coming to Romania this summer...I’m sure
you will miss it....but thank you for everything you are doing for us
back home!!! I know that there are lots of fundraising events going on
and preparation for Smiles presentations.....so THANK YOU a lot for
And for my friends that are reading my page month by month, THANK YOU
SOOOO MUCH! I do feel encouraged when people come to me and say:
“Maria, I was reading your page and it is a nice blessing for
us...." even if they joke about my sunburn. Well, speaking
about my sunburn, it is getting better now...But you know I thought
that I’d learnt the lesson...but I didn’t. As I said last month, in
order for God to get our attention, He sends us hard things to get the
This past month I’ve done things that I should have not done.....said
words that I should have not said.....taken decisions that I thought
they were the best and they were not...hurt people that are real close
to me with my words or my actions!!!
But what have I learned??
That I’m not perfect or the best and that when I fall and repent I do
have the assurance of GOD’S GRACE that is there for me and for
each of us!! Please pray for me! Pray for all the work we do! Pray for
all the beneficiaries and for all the supporters - no matter what part
of the world they are in.....and be assured we pray for you! Because
you are special!
Thank you for reading my page and have a great summer wherever you
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