prayer and praise
Adi Matis – Smiles
Romania Assistant Director
"You crazy people!
Finish with this nonsense!
Gypsies will always be Gypsies, their blood cannot be changed. You
might as well throw your money out the window!"
For many years, Smiles
has been involved, one way or another, in social work. Most of the
team in Cihei and in various other locations have great experience and
many stories to tell about their work. All of us have met at least
once in our
ministry, someone that has made a remark similar to the one above and
some of us encounter people with this attitude on a daily basis. At
times it is frustrating, but most of the time it’s just annoying – how
can people, some of whom call themselves Christians, not believe that
there is a chance of real change… a life that can take a new turn by
the miracle of faith?!
I will not tell you a
story this month, but I will share with you the belief that we have
here in Smiles; a shared belief amongst us all – right from the head
of the team with Mr. Hoy, down to every worker in every project, all
across Bihor county. Of course most of you that read this will know
these things already, as you know very well what Smiles has been
striving to do over the years. Nevertheless, it is always good to
remind ourselves by reiterating and refocusing ourselves on our vision
we see a desperate case, we remind ourselves that nothing is
impossible to be fixed in God’s Hands. Our hands might be shakey
at times, but not His. Sometimes in our lives we find ourselves in
deep valleys but we remember and acknowledge how God brought us up.
Why couldn’t the same be possible for the person we’ve just met? When
we see a dirty beggar on the street, we do not turn our head in the
other direction – he could have a wash, freshen up, his clothes could
be replaced and he wouldn’t look out of place stood next to any one of
Similarly, when we see
a child that cannot read or write we don’t believe he is condemned for
all of his life. That is why we try to educate and to teach them
things – no child should be abandoned or given up on. Never. We
believe they can have a great future because God is able to provide
that for them.
And when we see a
Gypsy that seems to repeatedly turn back to their old bad habits and
seems to not want to improve their situation or become a better
person, we remind ourselves that we’re quite often the same and yet
God hasn’t given up on us. He gives us a second chance, a third chance
and many more chances!
So, we are ready to
give a hand to those who need our help. We have colleagues that take
care of the elderly, others that make sure the children are encouraged
and supported in their education, others that provide for the poor
families and others that grow flowers and vegetables to encourage
self-sufficiency. But we all put the effort in together for we believe
that lives can and will be changed. No matter how long it will take,
no matter how many times we have less than 100% success, no matter
that people around us are less confident and sometimes even discourage
us, we push on. The hope and belief we all have is that eventually
we’ll see results. And we have seen results before. Many wonderful
results and so we know it is possible with God.
In the end, we say
it loud and clear: nobody can help everybody but everybody can help
somebody! We are not able to do all this through our own power, but we
are tools in God’s Hands, ready to be used for His will. We are all
called and ready to make a difference and the Smiles team stay focused
on this, no matter what.
Will you be part of
our team too? We hope so and there are ways! Make sure you read
the website to find out about our work and become a supporter of The
Smiles Foundation! God bless you!
Assistant Director, Smiles Romania
March 2014 - From being taken care of to taking
February 2014 - My
dream... to become a pig caretaker
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