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Report from Georgi Opreanu,
Director of
Elderly Care

Count your blessings..

Often in life we forget how blessed we are and we are concentrating on our problems rather than blessings. We don’t see how God blesses our lives and many times we wish to live the life of somebody, because we consider their life is better or easier. Here at the Smiles Elderly Centres we feel how great is our God and He blesses our residents in a special way.

Early July we celebrated Anna’s Sarkadi birthday, she was 74 years old. At the beginning of this month she left this earth. Before she was cared for by Smiles she lived many years on Oradea’s streets. We took her first in Cihei centre and when we opened Salonta we moved her there. She had very serious heart problems and a few years ago she suffered a stroke from which she never fully recovered. She enjoyed her trips to the park every time we had the opportunity to take her and she loved the songs we sung, especially when Adi was playing the accordion.

In the centre, she found everything that she missed; good food, treatment for her illness, a warm room and most of all, love. In her last days she started to feel bad and her weak body didn’t respond to the treatment any more. At the funeral, we were just a few, because she didn’t have any relatives or family. It was a nice sunny day and Adi played her favourite songs with accordion and many Smiles staff that attended sung so beautifully. God was good with her and faithful to her in her last days. We felt blessed to be a part of her life and able to care for her needs. Everyone in Salonta will miss her and because I was so use to seeing her in the living room watching through the window…a few days ago when I entered in the room I felt something was missing…and then I realised, Anna was missing.

At the beginning of the month, Rebeca, our social worker in Salonta organised a special Sunday morning event for the elderly. Because of their medical conditions, just a few can go to church and we consider it is very important along with all the care they get to have spiritual support too. Rebeca invited to this event a gentlemen who many years ago had an accident and lost his legs and left hand. He had a testimony about his life and how God helped him to continue living. He is working in construction and sustains his family. He is a strong Christian and he plays pan-pipes, for the service he chose some old songs so everyone could sing. He encouraged everyone not to look just on our problems and circumstances but to give them to God and concentrate more on the blessings God gives us every day.

Last month we celebrated life and our elderly. At Oradea Centre we celebrated Floare (85 years), Maria (77 years), Virgil (79 years) and Agneta (85 years). In Salonta we celebrate Niculina (77 years), Maria S. (86 years) and Maria (80 years). Please keep them all in your prayers.

In November we had 5 new residents coming in Oradea and 2 in Salonta. At the moment we have the highest number of residents since we opened the two centres, a total of 70 (Oradea – 45 and Salonta 25). We have a few places free but one is already reserved for December.

December is a special month! Our prayer and desire is to make it special for our elderly. We want them to feel the love and the warmth of a home. We prepared some special events for them and we hope this will bring joy in their hearts. Also we will have some mission trippers visiting us during this period and I am sure those of you that will come and visit will make them feel very special.

May God bless you, your families and dear ones as we enter this special time of the year and remember; you are blessed by God, so be sure to bless others!

With great appreciation for all you do,



Georgi Opreanu
eputy Director of Smiles Romania


Elderly Centre Oradea (ECO)
Joint Facility of Love, Salonta; Doris Elderly Care Centre

 Prayer points:

  • For December, can be a hard month as during the Holiday Season the elderly will not be at home and can feel more depressed and lonely than normal. Please pray for our staff to have a loving heart and help the residents feel at home, away from home.

  • To thank God for one and two years of service;

  • For the years that come, to not give up when it’s hard but to continue doing good for God’s glory, even when people around us will want to destroy what we do.

  • For God to prepare the new residents that will come in the centres and experience the love of God through the care we provide;

  • For the new residents to adapt in the centres;

  • For the future accreditation of the "Doris Centre", Salonta.

  • For God's protection upon all Smiles staff and beneficiaries;

  • For having sufficient money to pay the staff and all the associated costs

  • For staff to always be kind to those in need;

  • For health and well-being for residents and staff as we enter in the colder months;

  • For all Smiles staff to be a testimony of God’s love so others will get to know HIM.

Please pray for us because when you pray God hears more than what you say, answers more that we ask, gives more than we can imagine in His own time and in His own way.


Wish list – urgent need for:

  • Pampers – just size M and L (Pamper pantyhose)

  • Wipes

  • Gloves

  • Toilet rolls

  • Kitchen rolls

  • Powder detergent

  • Cleaning supplies

  • Dressing, bandages (in date)


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