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Already Autumn?? Yes!!

And only 4 months left in 2009??
Can’t believe it! But August?? Ooooo, Was a great month. As I told you in my last report, August is one of my favourite months of the year!! And indeed it was!

The first part of the month we had another container from Ireland arriving in Cihei. Again lots of surprises! God really blessed us with every single item that we receive in the Containers! I would like to say a special THANK YOU to Barbara Morrison and all the people from Ballymoney area that helped Barbara to put the container together. Thank you also to Susie for the great gifts that she sent us for the Princess Club! We do appreciate a lot and we really love it!! We look posh in it! May God bless you all!

Soon after the container arrived, I had another party! :) My birthday!! It was a great day even if I got older with one year! I received some very nice gifts and something that I dreamed of for a while..... the entire collection from the comedy series FRIENDS!! So, if you want to relax and watch it, give me a call and I will rent to you any episode you want to see!...of course, all the money will go to the Princess Club!

Another event that we had great fun from was the visit from the Flying Seagull team!! 5 days of party and lots of Smiley Faces that helped children and adults to forget about their “problems” and remember how is to be happy...even if it is just for a few hours! Ash Perrin and his team did a great job. The first day in Smiles we went to Cighid and worked with the disabled residents from the hospital there. Then other Smiles projects like Tileagd, Gepiu, Salard, Sergis, Varciorog, and finaly Oradea’s Children Park made more people happy. The press was very impressed by the work that was done, and for the entire week we had all sorts of news reports in the press about Smiles, the Flying Seagull’s and the work we do! If you want to see more pictures from it see below!!!

Then, two days after they left, the last mission trip for this summer left too... suddenly it was very quiet, but not for long!!!!!! We had to get ready for another tour in UK...this time to Scotland and England! But before we got there we had two ‘very special’ days holiday!!! And where do you think we went for that??? In PARIS- FRANCE!! The first day we visited Paris. We went up Eifel Tower and even if we were a bit scared we got to the top of it eventually ! The view there is AMAZING...for hours I was amazed of God’s power that was given to people to put something like this together. While other members of the team rested, Florica G, Roxi and me went for a cruise on the River Seine.... WOW...soooooo romantic! We saw so many things that we’ve learned in school and things that I never imagine I would see with my own eyes!

The second day of our holiday we went to DISNEYLAND Paris!! I think I was more excited than the kids...But once we got in “Mickey’s world” we all had great fun!! Parades, rides, shows, all sorts of attraction kept us very very busy for more than 10 hours! We did feel sorry for Mr Hoy because he had to run after us and keep up with us, but God gave him lots of patience and at the end of the day we were all were happy! So, my dear friends from America, don’t worry we still want to do the Florida resort next year !


After our holiday finished, we travelled to England. The first stop was in Gorsley and we had the privilege to be guest at the “Gorsley Flower Festival”. For me, this was a particularly great experience because for the last 5 years I’ve dreamed to be able to get and see the flower display. I’m passionate about flower arrangements and for the people that know me better, also knows my hobby on interior/exterior/ flowers design. The theme from this year was Jesus on Life and lots of bible verses in combination with the flowers made an absolutely amazing display! Yet again, God blessed people with creativity. The Choir had a few songs and we were honoured to have Nia singing with us!! Was great to see her and the two little boys Josh and Rhys...In 2007 when we had the tour with Nia and the Tileagd Choir we had Josh travelling with us, we are waiting for Rhys to grow a bit in order to plan the next tour with Nia !

So, where are we now?? In Scotland visiting schools and churches! We have a great time, even if outside is pouring with rain since we got here! Ann Cowan and her family and friends are taking good care of us as always! Marinela , one of the girls from the choir had her 14th birthday while we were here and she had a fantastic cake.....Disney Princess all over made Marinela feel so special......and she is a special girl! This was first time in her life that she had a proper birthday cake, received gifts and people sang happy birthday to her!!! You could read happiness all over her face!! So, do you agree with me August was a special month??!! Lots of parties and lots of my friends celebrate their birthdays in August.

For all of them that are reading this page I would like to say yet again HAPPY BIRTHDAY and may God bless you all and keep you in His loving arms all your life!!............. And for my other friends, for each of you, I pray that you surrender your life to Him, the one and the only one that gives us eternal life!

I leave you with a song that is one of my favourite, and this month while I’ve had fun I had some disappointments as well. I received news that one member of my family is suspected of cancer! Moments like this, reminds us how important is to be GOD’s child and have your life in His arms.....Please pray for my cousin, and more than anything, pray for him to know God above all circumstances that he goes through!

So, sing along with me this song as a prayer for you and me during the month of September.

All to Jesus, I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

I surrender all, I surrender all,
All to Thee, my blessèd Saviour,
I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

All to Jesus, I surrender;
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.

All to Jesus, I surrender;
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power;
Let Thy blessing fall on me.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Now I feel the sacred flame.
O the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory, to His Name!

Be blessed my friend,
Maria Cimpoca


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August 2009

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