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Report from JFL: Georgi Opreanu, Director of JFL Elderly Care Home

The 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.

£6,000/$9,000 for 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 month.

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.

In 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.

He 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 opportunity he 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 team.

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 thanks


Georgi Opreanu
Director of JFL Elderly Care Home


Prayer points:

  • 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 and staff;
  • 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.


Wish list:

    • Gloves
    • 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 – 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

    In red are the urgent things that we need!!!!

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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