man's true story ....
.. an inspiration to us all.
Our Family Care
Programme sees many many people, from many places, in many different
conditions. Without doubt there is no shortage of stories and once in
think itís good that I present some of these stories for you to know,
as they are really inspiring and maybe when we hear them, we can take
a moment to reconsider all the blessings we receive from God and to
thank him for simple things like family, friends, good health, arms,
feet, eyes etc.
When our colleagues go
out on the field to see families that need support, there is an
overwhelming demand. There are so many sick, old, disabled and those
that no one helps, and quite often, we are in the very difficult
position of choosing what weíll do with the limited resources we have.
It is indeed heart breaking to say no
sometimes, but we just need to do the best we can, with what we have,
for the people in need.
Last year, we met a
family and a man named Sandor. He
had been living
in a village where Smiles already supported some families, so on one
of our visits there he approached us and asked whether some support
was possible for him. There was something different about him, namely,
he had one arm missing. Then he told us his story.
When he was 23, he
his brother and father with their jobs, and that was to collect the
rubbish from the city. They worked
with the special machine that is loading the trash and then will
compress everything, to save space. They did the most risky part of
the work which was the loading. One day, due to an operating error,
the press went on too early, before they managed to finish the loading
and because it was automatic, couldnít be stopped. The brother was
caught in the press.
Sandor jumped to
help. In the attempt to pull his brother back, the machine caught
his arms and pulled them off, literally and because the mechanism
wouldnít unlock, his whole body was hanging in the press for about one
hour before the ambulance arrived. Such a terrible accident!
When the doctors
finally got there and tried to help, it was too late for the brother,
he died from the injuries. Sandor was taken to the hospital and he
survived. Two or three months after the accident,
first child was born.
years passed, while the doctors tried to help having reattached one
arm which they managed to save but it is only 15% functional. Sandor
can hardly do anything more than feed himself, shave and wash. He
cannot even get fully dressed himself.
His story is tragic
but very impressive because he is not begging or feeling sorry for
himself and does not let himself be discouraged by his limitations.
Probably many other people would completely lose hope, but he is
trying to have as normal a life as possible. Now Sandor and his wife
Monika have two children, Melinda (sheís 11) and Erik
(two and a half). It is not easy, as he canít take care of the little
boy and thatís why
wife cannot go to work yet.
Through all this,
Sandorís parents got to understand and see how God keeps all things in
hand. They decided to be more serious in their faith and to keep
always clear their heart to see Godís ways. Also, Sandor and his
family moved from the old house they lived in to a newer one, so the
conditions were better. The Smiles Programme
helps them with a monthly food parcel and we will continue to do that
as long as the situation needs a little bit of extra support!
I am sure you will
agree, we can say we are very fortunate to be whole, to be healthy or
at least to have a good hope for the future. But definitely we are
privileged to help when the one next to us needs our help! It really
is a great opportunity for all of us, the Smiles team and donors and
sponsors, to express our compassion and our love to the people who
might go through such very difficult times!
We are grateful to God
and thankful to all of you who are helping and we are looking forward
to seeing you either here on a mission trip experience or maybe next
time when we come in the UK for the 2015 tour. And that is March next
year! We look forward to it and hope you will be at one of the
Presentations. More on that in the months ahead.
Assistant Director Smiles Romania