prayer and praise
Report from Georgi Opreanu,
Director of Elderly Care
– thus far the Lord has helped us
This is so true for
us at the Salonta Elderly Centre.
The Lord helped us, protected us, cared for us and provided everything
we need in our first year.
On October 26 we
celebrated one year from opening the centre and as I looked back I
could see that God was involved in every
aspect of our work
there. We had a service of thanksgiving to God for everything that He
did for us and continues to do. In the service
who is blind, said a poem about waiting on
answers. Mr. Carol
sang a song and also read a poem.
our social worker had a song about
God’s promises and how He cares for our needs.
from Salonta talked about the
importance of being thankful for what God gives
us. Pastor Mike
from the UK spoke about giving praise
to the Lord and how He will be with as in all circumstances. The
residents enjoyed the service very much and their wish is to have
services like this more often.
In this past year,
38 elderly people came in the centre and we were blessed to be able to
love them and care for them. During this period, 4 elderly came to the
end of their life on this earth but we are able to look back and know
that their last days, months were different and better, and we thank
God for this.
At the moment, we
have in the centre 25 elderly and 3 more inquiries for November.
Unfortunately there were a few that could not adapt in the centre and
they had to go back home. We are sad not to be able to help everyone,
but we need to focus more on those that we can help. We also had a few
elderly that came on a temporary basis, just to recover after an
operation or because the family needed a few weeks of help caring for
their parents. No matter the situation, we are glad to be able to help
and show God’s love.
Our heart is
full with joy because 2 of the residents receive the Lord as their
Saviour since moving to JFL and we have others that are coming every
Friday to the bible study and are very interested to know more about
Jesus and what He did for us. There are others in the centre, that
strengthen their belief.
In this past month
we celebrated Maria Morgovan
who was 83 years and she is a lovely lady that has a smile on her face
most of the time. Also Felicia’s
birthday, she was 63 this year. It is a joy for us to create a special
moment for everyone on their birthday as we know that not everyone
celebrated their birthday before coming to JFL.
We are very
thankful to the mission trippers that came at the centre this past
month and did craft projects or pampered our elderly residents. It is
a great help for us to have you involved in our project and we
appreciate the time you spend with us.
two of our residents
On October 29 we lost
(84 years) who came from another centre in
April this year. When he came he was afraid to walk as a year before
he had a hip operation and nobody took the time to help him to walk.
Within a few months after he came to us, because of the staff in
Salonta that show love and encouragement to him, he could walk again
and become more independent and he started to smile again. I
personally miss him, as for me it was a miracle of what can happen
when people care and love. Lady
Carolina (87 years) came to us last
month as her sister (77 years) couldn’t take care of her anymore; she
passed away in hospital on October 31st. Our prayers are
with their families during these sad days.
As I was writing in
my last report for October, we have another big event – the opening of
Elderly Centre in
Oradea (ECO). It was such a
special day because of the many people that came to celebrate with us.
We had 33 friends from UK, all the employees for ECO, many colleagues
from Smiles and the authorities, the press and also the Mayor of
Oradea himself came to celebrate with us this event. More important
than all the people that came is that God was with us that day. The
difference between the people and God is that after the celebration
everyone left and wished
us all the best, but God stayed with us, to help us to do the best!
We pray to be
able to help many elderly in this lovely facility.
a truly blessed day for us and we are glad to have in the centre at
the moment 11 residents and about another 10 that are waiting on us to
assess their situation and admit them to the centre. We pray to be
able to care for all of those that are in need, because most of the
time those that need the biggest help are those that can’t afford to
Please encourage your friends to adopt an elderly from Salonta or
Oradea so those on the waiting list who need help, will soon be able
to come in the centre.
I would like to end
this month report with special thanks to some people that show me this
past month and year their support in my work.
- To Kevin (sefu) for all his support
and encouragements this past year and for making sure that we can do
a good job even when there isn’t enough money in the bank,
- To pastor Mike for his
encouragement at the services in Salonta and Oradea and for all his
- To pastor Florin from Salonta who
comes every Friday to spend time with the elderly and is an example
of commitment to me,
- To Maria for transforming ECO from
a clinical building into a Home and for the friend she is for me!!!
- To Mioara and Rebeca, our Social
Workers, for all the help they give me and help the work in every
way they can, doing more than the ‘job’ expects,
- To all my colleagues (Cihei,
Salonta, Gepiu) that helped me this past month with all that was
needed, even if it wasn’t in their job description!
- To all of you that give from your
financial support to bless the elderly people in Romania,
- To those that put time aside to pray
for us or came to Romania to help us in our work,
- To my family that will go the extra
mile every time that I need their help,
- And last but not least, to God, who
blesses me richly in His work and gives me strength every morning to
continue the work even when I feel it is more that I can do.
- "I can do all things through Christ who
strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13)
With my sincere
Director of Elderly Care
- For God to prepare the new residents that
will come in the centre and experience the
love of God through the care we provide;
- For the residents that will come from
Cihei centre to adapt in their new home;
- For staff to have a loving and caring
heart for those in need;
- For health and well-being for residents
- For all Smiles staff be able to show God's
love so others will get to know HIM.
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