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“Another one is gone!”…

Well yes, we can talk about another month, another day or another girl from the Smiles Foundation that got married!

Last month I closed my report telling you that I was in the middle of a mission trip and also getting ready for Sarah’s wedding! I promised you that I would send more pictures from Sarah’s wedding in Romania…so, Sarah and Zoli had a reception here at the Cihei Mission Centre on April 10th and we had a wonderful time and lots of fun! Please continue to pray for Sarah & Zoli as they are at the beginning of their journey!

Soon after the mission trip with Pate’s School finished I had another team arriving. The two groups were nice and helped us greatly on the projects that we have every day operationally. I remember one day, I went to visit an elderly home with Pate’s team in Dumbrava! The man that runs this place pleasantly surprised me with his faith in God and made me to feel somewhat embarrassed. I got inside his “facility” – which basically is his own house, transformed into an old people’s home- and I could not stop crying! I tried to hide as much as I could but it was hard. When Mr Pascu was asked by a member of our team: “what is your need??” his reply was: “for me personally nothing, but for the people here, a room where I can put them all together”.

I could not believe it! He is not running a charity or leading an organisation, he is a simple man that wants to help others. It is encouraging when you see other people helping their “neighbours” without asking something in return… I was very happy to see lady Domokos eating her 2-course meal from a plate with a spoon, knife and fork. For those of you that remember the conditions that she was living in and the process for years that it took us to convince her to leave the place will understand the full picture.

Well, just 3 days after our social assistant Nelu, moved them from the house into this “centre”, the room that they lived in for the last 10 years collapsed! It was amazing to see our prayers for the last 7 years answered!   I do not have words to tell you the happiness that I have now in my heart regarding their situation.

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till dream for the day when we have our elderly centre and will have them all here!

Soon after the mission trip finished, on April 18, office work was back on top of my list again. Every day, different situations, different needs, different challenges to face. Sometimes I’m wondering how must Jesus have felt when He was on this earth and how was He dealing with all of them. I know for a human being it’s hard, almost impossible to make it all work out, but with HIM I’ve learned that it’s not. Everything is possible, we just need to keep our eyes looking up, upon Him. Just to acknowledge that HE LIVES and because of that, we can face tomorrow, and the next day and the next day!

The following weekend of April 24th, we had another wedding in the Smiles Foundation. Our family doctor, Dr. Claudia GOT MARRIED! Can you believe that another one is wed?? Well, the good news is that Claudia will not leave the country or Oradea area, because her husband is from Cihei. But the bad news is that our circle is getting smaller and smaller. I’m wandering who is next ?!?! Please pray for them too as they are at the beginning of a new journey too and they need God’s help and protection. I had the privilege to be their driver for the day! and I could not believe when I saw how nervous they were all day but in the same time happy because of their commitment to each other. One week before, I was talking to Claudia and she was worried for her grandparents, her father and Dacian’s mother that all have serious health problems and I remember her saying that “the only wish she has is for God to help them all to be there on this special occasion!” And guess what?!?! God listened to her prayers and ALL of them were there, celebrating the event and their commitment in front of God and to each other! (See their photo gallery).

So, what’s next? Well getting ready for another mission trip experience; for two containers full of goodies from Northern Ireland arriving in Cihei this weekend …in a few words - getting ready for another life time changing experience! If you do not believe it, feel free to come to Romania and see it with your own eyes!! It can change your life and mine as well.

This week as we did the cleaning in the warehouse, getting ready for the two containers, I still had a few things left from the previous one, and I asked my team what to do with them, where to give them? Who will really appreciate our gifts?

Cristina, called a friend that during December received clothes and toys from us and distributed them to a Gypsy village near Bucharest area! I was so happy that we could change their life and not only us here but you with all the support that you send us in to the containers! I attach the letter I received based on the support we gave them in December and I’m sure that there will be another one coming soon! So THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR EVERYT
HING you are doing for the people of Romania!! God bless you all! (LINK letter)

I would like to close my report with a song that I really like and because of Easter I’ve heard it many times this past month! It’s an encouragement for me not only when I’m feeling down, but also when I think that nothing can happen to me, because I am HIS child.

God sent His Son - they called Him Jesus,
He came to love, heal and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Saviour lives.

Because He lives I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives

How sweet to hold a newborn baby
And feel the pride and joy he gives;
But greater still the calm assurance:

This child can face uncertain days because Christ lives.

And then one day I'll cross the river,
I'll fight life's final war with pain;
And then, as death gives way to victory,
I'll see the lights of glory - and I'll know He lives

we can face tomorrow, and life is worth the living just because He lives!!  Have a blessed month and can’t wait to hear from you!


Previous letters from Maria:
April 2010  March 2010
February 2010  January 2010

December 2009  November 2009  October 2009  September 2009  August 2009

 June 2009  May 2009  April 2009




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