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

In April we had 6 months since we opened JFL Phase One - the Elderly Care Home in Salonta and we praise God for the honour that He gave us to serve Him in this place.

For all the residents, this was the first Easter that they spen
t away from their home, but all the staff tried their best to make sure everyone experienced the love of Jesus in their new home. I was amazed about how some Romanian people came with gifts for the elderly this Easter. In Romania, it is a tradition to eat lamb at the Easter dinner, but we couldnít afford to buy the lamb which is somewhat beyond our food budget. However, 2 different people donated lamb meat and in this way the residents had a feast on Easter day. Another came with cake, juice and another brought various goodies. We praise God for the goodness that He shows us every day.

This month, we had 4 new people coming in as residents and we are very glad that all of them adapt very well in their new home. The new residents are a husband 80 years and his wife 72 years and 2 gentlemen; one is 84 years and the other one 93 years young! One of the residents moved back home after she was with us for 3 months, but couldnít really adapt in the centre, we are sad about this but we hope she will be fine and well cared for in her own home.

Some very exciting news Ė Phase II of JFL building process started as we need to be Wind & Watertight by September this year. This is very exciting for us but adds extra pressure here on site as well as financially. The team work very hard and they progress a lot in the last couple of weeks.

Whoever said it is boring to work in an elderly care home clearly didnít know what they were talking about. We have a lot of happy moments and fun. This past month we celebrated Anaís birthday. She is 89 years old and Mia, who is now 63 years old -(you can read her story in my last report).

We had 14 children together with 2 teachers and the director from Gepiu School coming and spending a whole day with us in the centre; along with the pastor of the Gepiu Baptist Church. The children helped with cooking the food, serving the meal, spending time with the elderly, talking or just listening, doing some craft activities or playing games. The children really enjoyed the day and promise they will come and visit again.

A few days later a group of youth from the local Baptist church came and spent a few hours in the centre. They led worship with the elderly, then they played games and those that didnít want to participate in games had the opportunity to just spend time and talk. Also every Friday, we have a special program with the elderly when a pastor comes and spends time with them. Here they worship, study stories from the bible, and have discussion about their life and current fears.

We have mission trippers coming and spending the day with the elderly and have been a part of their daily life. For us some times our small gestures change their day and they look to the future more optimistically. On this occasion, I want to say thank you to the team from Kells that sponsor one of the rooms to be furnished. We are very thankful for your kind gift.

Because it was Lady Ana's birthday this month I will tell you her story. We met her for the first time in 2011 in the house of her friend. The friend called us to come and see her situation as she had an apartment in Oradea but she lost it a few years ago and asked if we could take her in the Cihei Elderly Centre. We tried to assist her needs but in the end she decided against coming but a few months later, her friend asked us to come as lady Ana wanted to try another elderly home as she has been in a few and she couldnít adapt. So in spring 2012 she came to our centre in Cihei and she adapted very easily. When we opened Salonta Centre we moved her and she loves it here. Lady Ana finally found her home in Salonta Elderly Care Home. The peace and the family she had looked for.

She has some distant relatives but they donít keep in contact. She suffers from Alzheimer and has a brain tumour, heart problems and rheumatism. She is a very sweet lady and everyone around her loves her. She finds joy in singing Christian hymns, and the staff will spend some time with her everyday singing as she canít go to church because of her medical condition. She contributes to the cost of the centre with £195/$292 but the actual cost for her care, including medication is £300/$450 a month.

We donít know how many birthdays she will celebrate, but we pray to be able to help her for as long
as she will need.

With my sincere thanks

Love Georgi x

Prayer points:

  • For finding a sponsor or contributors to supplement for lady Anaís care costs.

  • For finding a sponsor for Mia so she can have physiotherapy - £50/$75 a month for her paralysed hand.

  • For God to provide for all our needs.
    Our monthly operating budget is £4,913 / $7,370

  • 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 to be able to show God's love so others will get to know HIM.

  • For the financial help in finishing Phase II of JFL as we took another step of faith to progress the project.


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 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


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

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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