prayer and praise
Report from JFL:
Director of JFL Elderly Care Home
away from their home, but all the staff tried their best to make sure
everyone experienced the love of Jesus in their new
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Because it was
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
We donít know how many birthdays she will celebrate, but we
pray to be able to help her for as long
she will need.
With my sincere
For finding a
sponsor or contributors to supplement for lady Anaís care costs.
sponsor for Mia so she can have physiotherapy - £50/$75 a month for
her paralysed hand.
Our monthly operating budget is
£4,913 / $7,370
For God to
provide for all our needs.
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.
- DVD player
- 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 Ė kitchen floor, wood, linoleum
- Shaving cream
- Anti-bacterial gel
- Hand cream
- Washing detergent
- Fabric softener
- Dish washer
- Window cleaner
- Craft materials
(cardboard Ė different colours, wool, glue, colour pens, beads, etc)
- Games for elderly
(bingo, scrabble, soft balls, puzzle, plastic ball, bowling, Uno,
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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