prayer and praise
Report from JFL:
Director of JFL Elderly Care Home
was faithful and He will be faithful to the end!!!
I start writing
this report as Smiles starts a new project we have called ECO -
Currently, it is just a building, but soon it will fulfil its purpose
Ė to help those in need.
I am sitting here
alone, listening to the quietness of the place and thinking of the
past - how God was faithful to us and how He has provided for every
need we had. Then immediately, I am thinking for the future and Iím
relying on Godís promises Ė"Even to your old age and grey
hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I
will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you."
(Isaiah 46:4) - He will be faithful to the end.
Now the building is
empty, no sounds, no activity, but in less than two months, I will be
able to her some voices, voices that will comfort, offer kindness,
love and affection. I have been given responsibility as Director for
the new Centre and I am very excited for the future and I pray for
Godís protection over all our work. It is less than a year when I
started a similar position for JFL Phase 1and now I have an even
larger challenge to prepare for.
We already start
the process of taking over of the building and in August we started
advertising for employing new staff. In September we will start the
interview process and then from middle of October the new staff will
start working. Please pray for Godís guidance with every step of the
Salonta Elderly Centre
(JFL Phase One) we had a new resident arrive,
lady Niculina. Initially she came just for a month to see if
she will adapt, but after 3 weeks she is doing fine and wants to stay.
Unfortunately this past month we had a few residents in the hospital,
more than usual. Please pray for a full recovery for all of them and
for Godís protection for the future.
I am blessed to
have Rebeca, our social worker, full time now and I can see the
benefits of her involvement. More activities will be done with the
elderly and also now we have a "movie" day. Even if everyone has a TV
in their room they will look forward to this time as itís something
they are watching together, feeling like a family.
We were blessed
over the summer with mission trippers that came every Friday and in
this way we could have a walk in the park with all the elderly that
wanted to go. In September we pray for some local people to come and
help us taking them to the park, as weíll have no more Mission Trips
until October. One of my staff members, Lidia had a brilliant
idea to organise a day when the children of the staff could come and
spend the day in the centre and do different activities with the
residents. We hope to be able to do this before school starts.
In my last report I was telling you a
little bit of the new residents that are in Cihei Elderly centre, and
now I want to share with you the story of lady
who is 63 years old. We discovered about her problems from Raul,
manager of the Homeless project. He told us that he had a lady in the
project that is in a critical situation. With Mioara, I went to
see her and assess how
we can help. She starts to tell us her story: in 2010 she was
diagnosed with cancer and the doctors didnít give her a good report
for recovery. She spent many days in hospital and after a while she
decided to give everything to her son, so that after she dies he wonít
have many problems to solve.
She was able to go
back home from hospital but because she still didnít feel too good,
together with the son and daughter-in-law, they decided to sell the
apartment she lived in and all move in her parentsí house, and with
the money from the apartment, along with loans from 2 banks to
renovate the house and build a room for her. The loans were taken in
her name but with the promise that the son and daughter-in-law would
She had to go back
to hospital and after she felt better and the cancer seem to stop, she
wanted to go back home. But the apartment was sold and the renovation
at the house never happened so she had to find an alternative place
for living. She lived for a while in rented accommodation with a
friend, but after a while the son didnít pay the bank and they started
to take the repayments from her pension, so she couldnít afford to pay
the rent anymore and she became
Since July, she
found a new home at the Smiles Elderly Centre in Cihei and she
is happy there but we can see the sorrow in her eyes because she feels
betrayed by her own son. She was with Mioara to the banks to clarify
her situation and unfortunately it is very bad as she still needs to
pay a lot of money and legally she has this obligation.
At the end of that
day, when she realised she is not able to contribute to her cost with
Smiles, not even with a penny, she asked Mioara
"what will happened now with me, will I will
need to go back on the streets?"
Of course we wonít
let that happen and when I say we, I mean The Smiles Foundation,
together with you, because we need to partner in raising financial
support for her. She also needs to go back every 6 months to the
hospital for investigation because the cancer is still there, but the
good news is that itís not growing. She was this month with Mioara to
do some test, and the doctors are more optimistic now about her
recovery. Please pray for her, to completely physical health, but also
emotional and spiritual healing.
The cost for her is
£300 a month and we know she needs our help, we donít know how
many days she still
has, but we know that it is our duty but also great honour to care for
her and to make the future days of her life
- good days, if not the best days.
With my sincere
Director of JFL Elderly Care Home
- For Godís Wisdom in appoint the right
people for the new Elderly Centre in
Oradea, people with a good heart and spirit;
- For God to prepare the new residents that
will come to the centre and
experience the love of God through the
care we provide;
- For God to restore the relationship
between lady Elisabeta and her family;
- For lady Elisabeta fully recovery in all
the aspect of her life;
- For financial sponsorship for lady
- 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 Gods
love so others will get to know HIM.
- For continued financial help in finishing
Phase II of JFL as we took another step of faith in finishing the
project for the Construction Inspection.
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