prayer and praise
Report from JFL:
Director of JFL Elderly Care Home
Lords my shepherd!!!
As I was thinking
recently what to write in this report we had a management meeting
during which we were all tired, with many thoughts
buzzing in our heads about all the challenges within our projects.
Apart of all my daily pressures, I think a lot and pray about having
the money to be able to pay for completion of JFL Phase II by
September. I am very conscious that the clock is ticking and the time
gets less and less for finishing the project.
The team is working
very hard, the roof is taking shape but the days in a month seem not
to be enough for raising the money needed every month. Then I think
about Phase I that is not yet completely sponsored, but leaving that
apart are the operational budgets
for each month for the entire Smiles, that puts a lot of pressure on
all of us, but especially the
Elderly Home in Salonta.
So, on this note of
"depression" I was entering in to the management meeting, wondering
what other problems this meeting will bring. But I was so surprised by
God once again. Mr. Hoy starts to share the news with us about a
Charity Shop from the UK that donated £8000/$12,000.
JFL Phase II and £2,000/$3,000 for Phase I.
At that moment I
remember the words of Psalm 23 "The
Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want".
He takes care of all our needs in the
way that we can’t sometimes understand. We need to trust Him in every
aspect of our life and leave Him to be our Shepherd!
I was once again surprised with the generosity of people and I was
thanking God for taking care of our needs. We continue to pray that
God will continue to do miracles in providing the money to complete
JFL Phase II.
In June we had one
new resident coming in. His name is Victor, 81 years and
suffers with Alzheimer in a very advanced form. We pray for him to
adapt well in his new home. I have several inquiries from different
parts of country, but also from abroad now and so we expect at least
3-4 more to come either in Salonta or Cihei Elderly Centre this coming
In this past month
we celebrate Elisabeta’s and Catalina’s birthday, both of them
celebrating their 83rd anniversary. We are very blessed to
have them in the centre and to be able to be part of their lives.
my last report I was asking you to pray for Lady Viorica to
recover after the surgery. She is now back in the centre feeling much
better, but is still weak and can’t eat properly. Thank you for your
prayers for her and please continue to pray for full recovery.
From this month we
are very blessed to have a physiotherapist coming as a volunteer to do
activity routines with the residents that want to do some exercises.
This is helping then a lot not just with their mobility, but on their
state of mind too. Also we were blessed with mission trippers that
came and spend time with the elderly, took them to the park and listen
to their stories.
You may be getting
use by now to reading a story of a resident in every report. For this
report I choose the story of a very special man, his name is
Carol and is
83 years old. He came in the centre last year in December as he was
feeling very alone in his house. His first wife died many years ago
and then he remarried with a lady that already had a son. Few years
ago she died too; he didn’t have children but just the stepson that
lived in Oradea, around 40 km far from Mr. Carol village.
is one of the sweetest Christian men in the centre and he is always
happy, content and full of joy. He will never complain about anything.
He loves the Lord Jesus and he is a testimony for us all in his daily
life. Every time when he has the
will go to church and very often he will have a word or a poem of
encouragement for the congregation. He likes to read poems and verses
from the bible and at our special fellowship time on Fridays, he will
contribute to the program.
He will very easily
engage in the activities that we are doing and every day he will play
games that we have in the centre and enjoy competition with the other
residents. All the time when I enter in his room he will give me a big
smile and want to kiss my hand as appreciation for what we will do for
him. I feel so embarrassed at his gesture as I know we do just what
Jesus asked us to do and it
is our obligation (and privilege) to care for those in need. He is
such an inspiration to us all and we pray God will keep him for many
years with good health.
As I told you in my
last report Rebeca
–who is the part time social worker for Elderly
Centre in Salonta had her graduation celebration in May and in June
her final exam before she can practice full time social work. She
passed the exam with a 10 and we are very proud of her and we look
forward to August when she will become a full time member of the JFL
Dear friends, I want to close this report thanking you all for the
prayers, support, time and money that you give us every time you can.
May God be your shepherd
and the provider of all your needs!
With my sincere
Director of JFL Elderly Care Home
- For Mr. Victor to adapt in the centre and
the residents to accept him
- For lady Viorica fully recovery as she had
a bile (gall) surgery and is in hospital now;
- For find a sponsor for Mia so she can do
phiso-therapy - £50 /month for her paralysed hand
- For receiving in the container the
supplies that we so much need here;
- 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.
- Digital camera
- Radio cd player
- Pampers (Tena M, L or Abri-form M,L)
- Shower gel
- Liquid soap
- Toilet paper
- Kitchen roll
- Cleaning supply (domestos/bleach, )
- Detergents – kitchen floor, wood,
- Shaving cream
- Anti-bacterial gel
- Hand cream
- Washing detergent
- Fabric softener
- Dish washer
- Window cleaner
- furniture spray
- Air freshener
- Bin bags
In red are the urgent things that
container is planned to leave from
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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