New year, new hopes
and new plans
When thinking back,
it seems like Christmas and the New Year Celebrations were so long
ago. It feels almost like they were only a little parenthesis that
last for one afternoon and now we are back in the business
of regular life! Truth is, we are all the time in the middle of
action, all the time there is something going on, but among all of
this, we need to look forward to the year ahead and anticipate what
will be the main aspects that we need to be aware of and to set some
priorities! We need to make some plans!
Given that in the
beginning of the year it’s natural to plan and to think of what will
come, I was thinking how the Bible explains to us the way that
planning works. We are the ones to make our own plans, but the
blessing for them is in God’s Hands anyway. At the same time, God
makes plans for us and if we understand them and accept them for our
lives, we know for sure we are under His care.
the beginning of the year, the question that we need to answer to is,
what did we do well in the past, so that we can repeat it and
what we did not so well, so we can avoid it in the future?
This is after all, the natural way of getting better and better at
whatever you do, so that eventually you reach a level of excellence
that will bring you the appreciation from everybody.
We are looking forward
to see many of you on the
Tour that we’re preparing for the UK, between
February 26th and March 8th. This would
be a great opportunity for us all to talk again about what Smiles
Foundation in doing in Romania and what we want to achieve in 2015.
You’ll be interested I am sure, as we are also ready to surprise you
with a special announcement in the programme that has been the best
kept secret for many months, but I am sure you will enjoy it very
On this tour we will
talk about various people, various projects and various situations.
There is such great need for support, in all of our projects that I am
sure you will have wide options where you’d like to support. In a
sense, you need to be warned: most probably you’ll not be able to
select only one programme to support, but that’s alright – you can
support as many as you want!!
For later in the year,
Mission Trip Teams
will come to spend one or two week with us in Romania, we already want
to make sure your experience will be complete. We are thinking in
which ways could we present better and explain clearer the needs
people have. And like I just said, there are many needs, shouldn’t be
a problem to find some to present.
of all, in 2015 we want to do more and better for the people we work
with. We’ve already helped tremendously across Bihor County.
Thousands of people who went through our programmes in the last 13
years could testify about the impact that Smiles had in their lives.
But we want to do more. We want to be even more relevant for the
families, the elderly, children, individual and groups that need our
help. Particularly with the opening of the Elderly Centres both in
Salonta and Oradea, we are really covering a lot of situations now.
But the Family Care
Programme stays nevertheless truly
as the cornerstone of all Smiles Projects. We need to continue
finding and supporting those families that are ready to work on
improving their own situations, along with those that are simply
to ever becoming independent. We want to find the best balance between
these, as they are both groups that need help and we are here for all!
And next to Family Care, we have Tileagd, the Homeless Programme, the
Community Projects, the Emergency Housing, and Elderly Care…
Above all, we want to
continue showing love and to carry the face of Jesus among people.
This is what we are, the Hands and Feet of Jesus, that need to tell
and remind people there is hope for us all, beyond the immediate
needs. We are all saved and changed by the loving Grace that God
showed us, through Jesus Christ, so everyone needs to know about this!
We are the ones to say it, through our actions!
We welcome you to
Romania, please consider coming on one of the
Mission Trips that Smiles makes available
through the Spring, Summer and Autumn in 2015. There is the chance for
you to meet directly with those that you support and you’ll be able to
see first hand how their life is. I know many of you make plans for a
holiday, why not try to have a "Romanian" holiday, with the added
bonus that not only you but also many others will enjoy your trip!
Have a great and
blessed 2015 and keep in mind that we might not be able to change the
world, but together, most definitely we can change the world for
Assistant Director Smiles Romania