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Oh Happy Day!!! : Georgi Opreanu, Director of JFL Elderly Care Home

March was a month full of events and I canít believe is over already. At the beginning of the month we had a TV crew from Bucharest filming the story of a lady that is in our centre now. On March 8th in Romania we celebrate the Ladies Day, so we offered flowers, sponsor by Sminro, to each lady in the centre. Like every month, we have birthday celebrations and this month was Marghit & Carol. We were blessed to also have Chris and Pat Calow for two days in the centre, doing eye sight checking and giving glasses to everyone who needed them.

But, often in life when we do things for Godís glory, the enemy will react and try to stop or discourage us. So many times during JFL construction period I thought we will stop and not be able to finish the building. Too many times we were discouraged, because we didnít have the money that we needed. Until a few weeks ago, I didnít understand why the enemy fights so badly against our work. When two of the residents came to know Godís love because of the care we have for them in the centre, I realised why the devil will try to stop our work. He fights hard, but God fights harder for us, and if God is for us, who can be against us?!!!

This past month we celebrated one of the most important events in life Ė confessing the faith in Jesus and witnessing through Baptism. What a happy day for all of us!!!

As you may remember in my past report, I was telling you about Felicia (the blind lady). Now I will like to share with you Miaís story.

She is 63 years old and lived alone in an apartment in Salonta after some wrong decisions that she took in the past. She doesnít own the apartment and the owners cut the electricity 2 years ago and since then she didnít have heating, hot water or electricity. She has paralysis on right site and itís hard for her to cook or dress or do any other minor things. She was smoking, but since she is in the centre she has stopped and we hope this will improve her health conditions as she has some lung problems.

She heard about us on a local Christian radio station that she listened to while visiting some friends. When she first came in my office Ė I looked at her and saw a depressed, desperate woman that couldnít see herself getting out of her situation. She didnít believe something good could happen to her; she had too much pain in her life, too many people passing her life without caring. She lost her mother unexpectedly and that event depressed her and when her father died she went deeper and deeper into depression. I was looking at her and I was thinking that is no way that I will accept this women in the centre as she doesnít have the eligible age, but also she will be so negative and will influence badly the other residents. After I took this decision, I didnít have peace in my heart. I prayed about it and I remembered that this is our calling, to help those that are in a desperate situation, those who are forgotten and alone.

So, she came to live in the centre and her life started to change because she found here people that cared and loved her. She started communicating with other people and likes now to engage in conversations. Mia is now very thankful to God that she can stay in this centre and she canít believe that there are still people out there that will help without expecting anything in return.

In the centre, she started to be good friends with Felicia and when she decided to follow Jesus, she asked Mia to read to her from the bible as she couldnít see. In this way Mia start reading the bible again after many years. When Felicia started to go to Baptismal classes, Mia went with her so she wouldnít be on her own. But God had other plans with her, He used this time to speak to her broken heart.

She came one day in my office and told me that she wanted to give her life to Jesus and wants to also be baptised. On March 16th 2014, both Mia and Felicia confess their faith publicly in a local church in Salonta. What a happy day for them, but for us also.

Seeing them in white dresses, I praise God for making this possible, for fighting for us, for not letting us stay discouraged, for not forgetting us, for providing all we needed, for being so faithful to us. That day alone made everything that we are doing worthwhile.

In this report I want to take the time to say THANKS to all of you that play a part in what Smiles is doing in Romania and I pray that when we will meet our Saviour, He will say this words to us: "Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was ill and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison and go to visit you?" The King will reply, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."   (Matthew 25:35-40)

Love Georgi x

Prayer points

  • For Felicia and Mia to keep the faith on this new way that they start waking with Jesus,
  • For us to have the wisdom to know which requests to say "yes" and to which "no"
  • For find a sponsor for Mia so she can do physiotherapy - £50/$75 a month for her paralysed hand
  • For God to provide for all our growing needs
  • For staff to have a loving and caring heart for those in need;
  • For health and well-being for residents and staff
  • For all Smiles staff be able to show Gods love so others will get to know HIM.

Wish list:

  • DVD player
  • Digital camera
  • Radio/CD player
  • Pampers (Tena M, L or Abri-form M,L)
  • Shampoo
  • Shower gel
  • Liquid soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Kitchen roll
  • Cleaning supply (domestos/bleach, )
  • Detergents Ė kitchen floor, wood, linoleum
  • Shaving cream
  • Anti-bacterial gel
  • Hand cream
  • Deodorants
  • Sponges
  • Washing detergent
  • Fabric softener
  • Dish washer
  • Window cleaner
  • Furniture spray
  • Air freshener
  • Bin bags


  • Craft materials
    (cardboard Ė different colours, wool, glue, colour pens, beads, etc)
  • Games for elderly
    (bingo, scrabble, soft balls, puzzle, plastic ball, bowling, Uno, etc.)

In July a container is planned to leave from Northern Ireland. If you can help with these items on our Wish List, please note on the box that is for JFL.

Thank You and may God Bless you for your love and support.


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