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Report from Georgi Opreanu, Director of Elderly Care


Ebenezer – 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 lady Felicia who is blind, said a poem about waiting on God's answers. Mr. Carol sang a song and also read a poem. Rebeca our social worker had a song about God’s promises and how He cares for our needs. Pastor Florin 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.

In October two of our residents passed away. On October 29 we lost Mr. Teodor (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.

Was 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 pay.

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.

Special thanks:

  • 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 prayers,
  • 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 thanks

Georgi

Georgi Opreanu
Director of Elderly Care

georgi@thesmilesfoundation.org

 


Prayer points:

  • 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 and staff;
  • For all Smiles staff be able to show God's love so others will get to know HIM.

 

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