prayer and praise
Report from JFL:
Director of JFL Elderly Care Home
July was a very
busy month and August doesn’t look any easier, but no problem -
because God promises us His help and we believe in His power to renew
our strength. s
strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men
shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their
strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run,
and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint".
"He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he
We pray every day to have the strength to run for God's
Yes, He is the one
that gives as strength to continue and also gives us new challenges to
show His glory through the work we do. As you could read in the last
Smiles up-date we were asked to take a building that belongs to the
state and to run an Elderly
Centre in the
City of Oradea too. In July we were
asked to submit a Management Plan together with other foundations that
were interested in taking the building. Before the final decision was
made I had a visit from the director of the Oradea Social Services at
JFL. She was more than pleased with what she saw here and proposed to
the Oradea Mayor, for The Smiles Foundation to take the responsibility
of their new centre. The local council approved the proposal that we
made. So, new opportunities, new challenges and new blessings are yet
to come!!! We pray that God will be the One glorified in all this.
Now back on JFL,
as I said, July was a busy month with many activities. We started with
a training day offered by the professors and students from
in America. Our staff were very interested in learning new things
about how they can help the residents and make them feel more like
home in their ‘new home’. We learned about how to improve their
quality of life, how to help them not feel lonely and abandoned.
If you remember
last month I was telling you about this new resident that we have in
JFL, but had problems adapting as he suffers Alzheimer. Unfortunately,
he didn’t adapt and had to return home. We feel sorry that we couldn’t
help him more, but he didn’t find his place in our home and also was
disturbing the other residents. On the day he left, another lady came.
Her name is Maria and she is 72 years
old. She adapted very well and she
loves it in the centre. We are glad to welcome Maria in her new home
and pray that we will be able to make her feel loved and the
separation from her family to be easier.
As I told you in my
last report, we had quite a few inquiries about places in the centre.
We went to visit them and we decide that 3 of the new residents will
find a new home at Cihei Elderly
First to come is Mr. Joseph who is 85
years old, than lady
Elisabeta, 63 years,
and Lady Ileana, 81 years.
All 3 adapted very well in the centre and enjoy all the care they get.
At this moment in the two centres that The Smiles Foundation has we
care for 31 elderly. It is an honour and a privilege for us to be able
to share the love of God with so many people but also a huge
responsibility, so please pray for us!!!
July we celebrated Anna’s birthday,
she is 73 years old now. It is
the third birthday celebration we made for her, as she lived from 2011
in the Cihei Elderly Centre. She lived before many years on Oradea’s
streets. A family took her in their house, but as they were social
cases too, they couldn’t take proper care of her.
We found her in a
cold room without any food or medical care. We took her first in Cihei
centre and when we open Salonta we moved her there. She has very
serious heart problems and a few years ago she suffered a stroke from
which she never fully recovered.
very hard but just with assistance. She starts to make progress but
she still needs a lot of help even for the simple things. She gets
tired after a few steps, so most of the time will go in a wheelchair.
She enjoys her trips to the park every time when we have the
opportunity to take her. In the centre she found everything
that she misses, good food, treatment for her illness, a warm room and
most of all love.
But beyond all this we pray that she will become a Christian and
receive Jesus as her personal Saviour.
She can contribute
very little to the cost that we have with her, but we trust God that
he will find people to cover the rest.
The short fall is £150 a month.
We know she needs the care, so we
will continue to offer everything she needs until the short fall is
A few big THANK
YOU’s are in order:
Even if we don’t
always realise it, God is listening to our prayers. Maybe you pray for
the items that I put on the list on the day that you read and then
leave it to God, some will remember more often and pray for us, but no
matter in which category you are, God is listening to your prayers and
respond to them all…not in our way, but in His way and not in our
time, but in His time, we just need to believe.
I asked you to
pray for Viorica
after surgery as she was weak and couldn’t eat
properly, and she was very dependent on Smiles staff. Now she will
walk with the Zimmer frame and has again appetite.
Soon she will be fully recovered, and that is just because God’s Grace
is on her.
Thank you for all the prayers.
want to thank all the mission trippers
that came to The Smiles Foundation, but
especially to those that came to spend a day in JFL. The elderly enjoy
their Friday trip in the park and that is possible just because we
have mission trippers that are willing to come to JFL and spend a day
with us. We don’t have enough staff to go with them in park and still
have personnel in the centre, so we pray that every Friday the weather
is good so we can have these trips. I can’t tell you in words the joy
that our grannies have when they can go out, so you need to come and
I was talking with the therapist that already comes for the others
about Mia’s situation, and when she find out that somebody is willing
to pay for one session a week, she decide to do two sessions a week.
So Mia will benefit of two sessions, one sponsored and one for free,
and we believe in this way her recovery will be sooner than later.
I want to say thank you to a sponsor from Northern Ireland for being
willing to sponsor the therapy that
Mia needs (you can read her story in
For me this was
another example of how God moves hearts when we are willing to obey. I
won’t say here the name of the sponsor, but thank you for being
willing to listen to God and in this way you helped others to respond
to Mia’s needs, so she can be independent again.
big Thank you!!!
goes to the person that reads my reports each month, and my wish list!
One of my items on the list was a photo camera as we didn’t have one
and we couldn’t take
memories with our dear residents. To my surprise, a lady that came in
July mission trip (she’s an good friend of Smiles) asked me if I still
need a camera for JFL, as she is willing to give us her one when she
leaves Romania. Thank you for this…and most of the pictures from this
report are taken with our new camera!!!
Last but not
least…THANK YOU to all our friends that made the
container for Northern Ireland
possible to be full of items on my list…sorting is in progress…but so
many good things.
I could continue
thanking you for the many things that you do for Smiles and
particularly for JFL residents, but I will leave you with a bible
verse: "A generous person
will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed"
With my sincere
Director of JFL Elderly Care Home
- For Gods wisdom on us as a new project
comes part of The Smiles Foundation;
- For new residents to came in the centre
and experience the love of God through the care we provide;
- For finding sponsorship for lady Anna,
- For staff to have a loving and caring
heart for those in need;
- For health and well-being for residents
- For all Smiles staff be able to show Gods
love so others will get to know HIM.
- For financial help for finishing Phase II
of JFL as we took another step of faith in finishing the project.
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