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

Celebrating time!!!

May is already gone and when we look back we can see how good God was with us in protecting us and taking care of our needs.

This month we had 2 new residents coming in and we pray for them to adapt well in their new home. The new residents are a gentleman of 77 years and a lady who is 83 years. She was before in the centre, but left home at end of March, later in my report you can read her story.

As I told you in my report last month Ė Phase II of JFL has started to be built and I canít believe the progress that is being made. I pray that God will provide the money that is needed for completing the project so more people can benefit from help that the Smiles Foundation will offer to those that are in such big need. Please pray for this and partner with us in raising the necessary funds.

We started the month with celebrating the Elderly Project from Salonta, together with the Mission Team from Ballymena in Northern Ireland. We had a special day and everyone enjoyed it very much. We took all the tables outside in the yard and we had a picnic with traditional Romanian food. The Ballymena team helped us a lot with preparing the food, serving and singing. We want to thank them for all their help and support and may God bless their effort. Because it was such a good day and the residents enjoyed it so much, we are now looking for volunteers to come and have another day like it soon!

This past month we celebrated Valeriaís birthday. She is 72 years old and Ionel who is now 80 years old, they are a couple that came last month in the centre and have adapted very well.

We continue every Friday the special program with the elderly when the pastor and other church members come and spend time with them, worshipping God together, studying the bible and able to share their experiences and concerns.

Mioara Ė one of our full time social workers in The Smiles Foundation and is part time for the Elderly Centre in Salonta, got married this month with Cristi. Mioara is a real blessing for all of us at JFL and God has blessed her with a Godly man and we want to wish them a happy life together and Godís blessing to be upon them.

Rebeca Ė who has been the part time social worker for Elderly Centre in Salonta (as she was still a student) had the graduation celebration May 31st. We are so thankful to God for her, because she is gifted in so many ways and wants to put everything that God gave her into His ministry. We look forward to the day when she will become a full time member of staff. Until then we congratulate her and wish her all the best for the final exams.

Now, as I promised, I will tell you Lady Catalina story. She came for the first time to the JFL centre in February this year. She adapted very well, but her family decided to take her back home at the end of March. They couldnít afford to pay for her cost that was evaluated at £300 per month. We didnít consider her a social case as she has family, but they didnít tell us all the facts and problems they have. After a month or so, the family called and told us that they struggle caring for her and start to tell us their real situation. Lady Catalina has two daughters that live in Oradea. One had several brain surgeries and she canít work anymore, she is on a low medical pension. She is divorced and doesnít have any help from others. The other daughter is still working but the husband had a stroke and needs a lot of attention and has big medical bills. After we reassess the case we agree that they will contribute to the cost just with her pension which is £198 and the rest we will try to find sponsors to cover the cost.

Lady Catalina, even if she suffers Alzheimer and has the illness quite advanced, is a very joyful person. We all love her here and we are very pleased she came back. In this way, she will have the proper care and the daughters will be able to take care of their personal needs and health concerns.

I donít want to finish this report without mentioning that we manage to furnish all the rooms at JFL and now, when we have a people in need, we can take them without needing to wait for the rooms to be furnished. I want to say a thank you to all the people than helped us financially so we can have the entire centre furnished.

Love Georgi x

Prayer points:

  • For finding a sponsor to supplement for lady Catalina care as we took a step of faith to accept her back.
  • For lady Viorica to fully recovery as she had gall bladder surgery and is in hospital now;
  • For finding a sponsor for Mia so she can have physiotherapy - £50/$75 a month for her paralysed hand
  • For getting in the container the supply stuff that is so much needed 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 God's 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 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

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.

Previous Reports from Georgi:

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