prayer and praise
Report from Georgi Opreanu,
Director of Elderly Care
If you remember, I started
my last report from the new Elderly
Centre in Oradea (ECO). This past
month I spent quite a lot of time there, as I had interviews for all
the different jobs we need for operating the new facility.
We received more than
100 applications for the new positions and it was hard to make the
selection. The process of finding the best people is never easy as we
need just 10 new employees but I am happy to report that after 6 days
of interviews, spread over 3 weeks, we believe we have found the best
people for the jobs. The plan is to have the staff attend a week of
training and orientation from October 13th and the first
residents to arrive on October 20th. We would like to have
the official opening on October 27th!
Please pray that everything will be ready in order to be able to open
as we plan.
In the last few months we discussed a lot about the opening of
the centre in Oradea and in all those discussions we took the decision
to make some reorganisation and to close the Cihei Elderly Centre
until ECO is full. This wasnít an easy decision, but we felt itís
better like this and we will move all the residents and the staff to
the new centre.
at Salonta Elderly Centre
was busy and eventful. We had two new residents coming in. Lady
Carolina who is 87 years old, she was cared by her sister that is
77 years old, but because her husband is sick she could not care
anymore for lady Carolina. Also this month Mr. Octavian came in
the centre. He is 74 years old and had brain surgery in July and now
he needs to learn to speak again. We are hopeful that with our
therapist he will be able to manage this in time.
In May we had a
resident that came in the centre after replacement hip surgery and he
could not walk and his physical condition was very poor, but because
of the physiotherapist plus our caring staff, he has fully recovered
and this month, he was able to go back home. We felt sorry that he
left, but we were glad to see what a difference we can make in
We celebrate birthdays
this month of Lady Minerva who is 79 years old and Lady
Maria who is 76 years old. Lady Minerva suffers Alzheimer but she
is so joyful and enjoys every moment so she was so happy to have a
birthday cake and be in the centre of attention.
month we had a few residents in hospital with different health
problems, but we are happy to report that they are all doing better
now. We had in hospital a lady with hip surgery and we pray for her
recovery, but in the last two weeks she made a lot of progress and we
hope that in a month she will be able to walk again without
This last Sunday, the
local Baptist church had a thanks giving service for all the blessings
that God gives and especially for the food He provides. People from
the church brought to the church different vegetables, fruits, jars of
pickles and jam and other things. After the service was finished the
church decided it to donate everything to the elderly centre. We are
so thankful for the way that Lord provides for us with so many good
thinks every day.
We thank God for
the Harvest and His bountiful provision.
As I said, we
Lady Minervaís 79th birthday.
She was one of the first residents in the centre. She lived in a 2
room apartment in Oradea with her daughter, but most of her time she
was on her own as the daughter was working. She liked to wander a lot,
and many times she left the house and she didnít know to come back.
Her daughter was desperate as she felt she
care for her mother properly and she was very close to a nervous
breakdown, not coping with the challenges of taking care of a mother
with Alzheimer whilst having to go to work.
suffers Diabetes as well as Alzheimerís and unfortunately before she
came to us she didnít take the medication as prescribed and it took us
a while to stabilise
the glucose levels, but now itís under control. In the first month,
she didnít adapt to well in the centre, and every day she wanted to go
back home. Now the situation has changed and is completely different.
When her family take her home after 2 two days she canít wait to came
back and kisses every carer and tells
them how much she missed
It a joy and a
privilege for us to be able to care for her needs very day. Now she is
well cared for and she has people to talk with and also she can wander
around without any problems as she is all the time under supervision.
Also the daughter is better now and more peaceful as she knows her
mother is well cared for. The family canít afford the full cost of the
service provided and we need to raise every month £80/$120 in order to
offer her everything that she needs. Please pray for new sponsors that
will cover the short fall from what the family affords to pay and what
This past month was
for me one of the hardest this year because I had a lot of things
going on in Salonta, then
all the plans for Elderly Centre in Oradea also needing to take some
decisions over the Elderly Centre in Cihei. At times I felt I canít
continue, is too much, I am too burdened and I am too tired to face
In the middle of all
this, I asked myself what can I do to find rest. God reminded me of
the words in Matthew 11:28 Ė
"Come to me, all you who are weary
and burdened, and I will give you rest".
The rest we find in Him canít compare
with any day off, with any good sleep, with any good encouragement
coming from others and thatís because just
"The Lord is my shepherd, I lack
nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside
quiet waters, and He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right
paths for his nameís sake."
As an encouragement to
you all that are doing Godís work, when you want to give up, when you
think of an easier option, when you think for yourself and whatís best
for you, not for the work that God called you to do read this:
"Come to me, all you who are
weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke
upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and
you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and
my burden is light."
The burden is easy and lightÖif we are
in His will and we walk our walk with Him and for Him every day.
With my sincere
Director of JFL Elderly Care Home
- For all the final works to be ready in
time so we can open the Elderly Centre in Oradea as planned;
- For God to prepare the new residents that
will came 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 Godís healing over Mr. Octavian;
- For finding sponsorship for lady Minerva,
- 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 Godís
love so others will get to know HIM.
- For the financial need to finish Phase II
of JFL, as we took another step of faith in finishing the project.
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