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Changing destinies is God's speciality!
Georgi Opreanu, Director of JFL Elderly Care Home

February has finished!!! A short month, but at JFL we make it count, as each day is a gift from God.

Even if it is officially still winter in Romania,
more than once this past month it felt more like spring so it was a great opportunity for the residents to spend some time out in the yard and enjoy the sunshine. New residents came in and 2 had to leave as they couldn’t adapt in their new home. We had more requests about the facility so more people will come soon.

We also had 2 birthday celebrations. Husband and wife, Gavril (81 years) and Maria (86 years) celebrated their birthdays in February. It was a great joy for us to be able to bring a smile to their face, a smile that we don’t see too often because of the hard life they lived.

As I promised in my last report, I will tell you about how your money, time and prayers change lives, but I will start telling you about meJ . This past month on a Saturday afternoon I start to have the symptoms of flu so not feeling too good. Next day I couldn’t go to church so I asked my mother to pop in the elderly centre to take to church those who want to go. Felicia, the lady that I want to tell you about, won’t miss a Sunday from church but that morning she didn’t feel well either, she had flu.

My mother told me about her not feeling well and I could relate as I felt poorly too. Next day I was feeling even worse, and everyone around me tried to help me to feel better. So while I was having my hot chicken soup, coughing and sneezing, a thought struck me...who would care now for Felicia if JFL would still be a dream??? Many of you respond to the challenge of giving time, money and prayers to Romania and if you didn’t respond, Felicia would still be living alone in an old chicken shed with no one around to cook for her, buy her treatment or to say a few words of encouragement.

Many will ask ‘who is Felicia?’. She is a blind lady that is 63 years old and when we visited her she lived in a rented garden shed. She was living initially in an apartment in Oradea but because she borrowed money that she couldn’t repay, she lost everything. She and her son moved to a rented house and they lived there for a while. After some time, the son left the house and left her with debts that she is still paying. At that point, the family she rented the house from considered evicting her as she couldn’t afford to pay the rent, so they moved her into a shed.

The son never came back and to this day, she doesn’t know anything about him for 3 years now. Her landlord called me in winter of 2012 to find a way of helping her and find a place for her to live. At that point we didn’t know when JFL will open but I promised she will be put on the waiting list and give her a visit when we are close to opening. During 2013 she called me several times and she start losing hope that we would ever finish the Elderly Care Home.

Felicia start losing hope with life and started to be depressed because she felt that she was a burden on her landlord as she couldn’t pay just a small amount towards the rent and she had to cook and clean for herself, not so easy when you are blind.

In September of 2013 when we went to visit her, she could not believe that we didn’t forget her. During that visit we told her that we need to assess her case and see if we will take her in as she is under the eligible age for being in an elderly home. On October 16th she came to the centre and I will never forget the first reaction. She took a very deep breath in and said "I like it here, smells clean and fresh". For us this is not a big thing and we often take the fact for granted, but for somebody that can’t see and lived the last years in a place that she could not clean properly, perhaps cook and burn the food as she couldn’t see when was ready, ‘clean and fresh’ is like an oasis in the desert.

In January when I told her that we will take her to be seen by an eye doctor she told her roommate that she is happy, but also afraid. She had hopes that maybe something can be done for her eyes, but if she will see again will we tell her that she needs to leave? At that point I told her that God brought her to the centre not for a few months but for as long as she will need help. Unfortunately, nothing can be done for her to recover her sight, as she didn’t have the treatment at the right time.

Since she came in the centre she found inner peace. She doesn’t need to struggle cooking or washing for herself. After 4 years of longing to go to church, now she can go every Sunday. She confesses to us that she didn’t believe we will come and take her in the place that we promise her. During the period of waiting for us to come, she prayed to God and said that if God is there and gets her to Salonta - she will believe in Him. So she took the decision to become a Christian and on March 16th she will be baptised together with another lady that took the decision to give her life to Jesus after she saw how He cares for her. Felicia is so thankful to God for the miracles that He made in her life by bringing her to the Smiles Centre. Her life is completely changed since she came in Salonta. Now it will change again as she comes to Jesus.

This story is not about me or you, it is about many others like Felicia, who just need somebody to care enough and changes will be made. Would we be the ones that will respond to the challenge and serve God, serving people like Felicia?

Cavett Robert said "Three billion people on the face of the earth go to bed hungry every night, but four billion people go to bed every night hungry for a simple word of encouragement..." Can we do something about this? YES we can. We can’t change the world, but we can change the world of somebody. God changed Felicia’s destiny and used us to help. He would do it any way, but I’m so glad that we could be a part of His miracle.

Love Georgi x

Prayer points

  • To have a loving and caring heart for those in need;
  • For health and well-being for residents and staff
  • To be able to show Gods love, so others will get to know HIM.
  • For people to respond to the wish list.

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

In May 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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