Oooooooo what a wonderful world!!
Maria’s Report – June 2012
you know that song? I’m sure you do!
As for the real world, is
it such a wonderful place? I think it is, as long as we do not
want to stay here forever and realise that the place for eternity
can be much better than here!
May was a really relaxing
month for me! Can you believe that I took time off and for 10 days
I was on holiday????? I’ll tell you more about that in just a
moment, but before that let me tell you what happened on my desk
before I took holiday!
I told you in
my last update that we are in the middle of a busy Mission Trip
season. Well this did not stop! At the beginning of May we had 26
people arriving. A great team with great enthusiasm.
I’m so sorry that I could
not spend more time with them as my administrative/management work
these days takes quite a lot of time, but I‘m thankful for the
Sundays when I get the opportunity to go on the tour of projects
and spend time with the team.
As soon as they left I had
a wedding! Not mine, not yet! But a good friend of mine, that we
grew up together and went to university together, got married! My
joy was double. She got married with a great person and second, I
privilege to organize all the flowers, the programme, wedding
dress etc. The ‘Save and Smile’
shop rented the dress and that was
WOW for me!!!
Pray for them as they start their new journey. They are Dana and
After the wedding we had
another mission trip group. Great people again. Most of them for
the first time. There was a person with this group that I was
really impressed with. His name is Jimmy
JOHNSTONE and he is 78 years
old. He came to visit Smiles because he won the Mission
Trip during our ‘Stories from the Heart’
tour. His energy and positive attitude encouraged me each
On their last day I had
the privileged to take them to the Smiles
Shop in Oradea. Everyone purchased something for
themselves or for dear ones. Jimmy came to me and told me that he
would like to get something for a family in their church that he
is close to. I was impressed that he is thinking of others and
that he is giving up his wishes in order for other people to get
People like Jimmy, make
the Smiles Foundation a different charity! I’m sooo proud to work
with people from all over the World. The people of the UK and USA
have hearts willing to help others. This May we had in Smiles over
50 people that leave the comfort of their homes and came to share
their hearts with the Romanian people. God bless them all!!!
group went, I had 3 days office work! A lot of it.
One issue that was more
impressive than I could ever imagine was taking the decision to
move forward with the Joint Facility of Love (JFL) Part 2,
Construction to ‘Wind & Watertight’!! All
this is absolutely in FAITH! As we do not have the
money sitting in any bank account. I’m sure that God will provide
as He did till now. Is down to us to believe him 100%, even if the
answer will come five minutes before the deadline!!!!
So, my dear friends, please pray for this work in Smiles and
pray for everything that we need to do. Pray for wisdom and pray
for the money to do the job!!
We need this Work of
Smiles, as the requests are bigger day after day.
Well after this 3 days in office I took off for my holiday!!!!!
So on May 16th my sister and I went to Italy with some friends. First we stop in Venice, a very romantic place
…. like some people
like to say!!
We stayed there for 3 days and it was great time of the year to
visit Venice! Not too hot not too cold, just perfect!! Just before
we moved to the next destination, Sunday morning, that Saturday
night I experience something that I never had before in my life!
An earthquake! It was quite
strong one as I remember I woke up in the middle of the night
4.30am, and went straight to the window….. the whole building
moved. The scary part was that we were on the 6th floor
of the hotel. I remember that the only thing I said was “God
forgive me for everything that I did bad in my life ...and I was
shaking!!”. God is amazing, and His love is never-ending!
We got through that without any problem and
He decided it was not the time for me to go home!!!!
(Since that one, we had 2 more earthquakes on a bigger scale and
many smaller ones! So please pray for the people there as they
said they’ve never had so many in such a short time!)
That Sunday we
spent the day in Verona with
some friends that visit Smiles earlier this year! We had a great
time and visited great places. I had the opportunity to talk in a
Romanian church, which for the last 6 months helped Smiles
Foundation with goods they gathered together for the projects. It
is true to say that it’s one of the first Romanian churches
outside of Romania, which is helping Smiles.
Thank you Mary, Iano, Cici for a great time.
After Verona we moved to
Assisi! A great place. One of
the nicest I saw in my life! We stayed with some friends from High
school. They took us to visit all the places around. Amazing!!!Thank
you Dani and Iulia for your welcome and please wait for
me…..I will be back!!
Time went fast
and we got to the end. So our last 3 days of the holiday we spent
in ROME! A great city, lots of
history and amazing places….but very busy!!!:)…Even so, we had a
nice time and recharged my battery!
On the morning before we
went back home, I wanted to check my e-mails to see if there is
any urgent things to do. And I got a bad one.
My little village, home in Susca, was
Lots of damage was done to the houses, land and cars. The great
news was that nobody died! Thanks to GOD for that. But because we
fly to Timisoara, we went to visit the family home and spend a day
there. Please pray for my village and the people as they overcome
Now I’m back at my
desk…..trying to get back to ‘normal’
….Lots of e-mails, lots of
work to do!!! But I’m happy to be back!!
What I learned?? Well, if after this holiday God
protected me from getting sunburnt,
I’m more than
grateful and happy that he protected me from death either that is
form a earthquake or floods! I realised once again I’m not made
for this earth but for eternity and my role here is “for as long
as God wants me to be”.
My friend, I encourage you
to get closer to God. We do not know when He is coming, as in time
and date, but we know that He is close!! We hear of so much “bad
news!” We are part of them too. Let us be conscious of where we
need to spend eternity and make the decisions in order to get
will see each other soon, here on earth, or there in Heaven!