prayer and praise
Report from Georgi Opreanu, Director of Elderly Care
a testimony of Godís LoveÖ
wherever you areÖ
whatever you do!
For me, May was a very special month, for
I will start with the last event and the
most important from my point of view. On May 24th, two more
of the residents from "Doris" Elderly Centre in Salonta were baptised
at the local church, together with three other people.
who is 73 years, came into
our centre with her husband last year in April. When she was young,
she was going to church, but after she married, she didnít care too
much about God and now in her old age, she found God again.
78 years old came
the centre eight months ago. He has family, but the relationships
between them are broken and they didnít communicate for more than a
Before he decided to come in the centre, he
visited us several times, because he wasnít convinced to come. He
tried to "bribe" me (nicely) to give him the best room and the best
roommates! He was very surprise when I turned the offer down, because
he thought that with money he can obtain whatever he wants. When I
told him that I wonít take his money because I have a God and
everything I do, I do it for Him and I need to be fair to everyone, he
said to me very warily "donít tell me that you are a believer, because
I donít like them!"
to "bribe" other staff in the centre and everyone sticks to the
principle of treating everyone fair. A month later, he moved into
the centre and he was amazed by the way he is treated and the fact
that he doesnít need to give money to the carers to be treated well.
During his testimony in front of the
church, he told everyone he could not stay away from Godís love when
he had seen it so practically in the lives of those that work in the
centre. The only regret that he has now is he didnít take the
decision to follow Jesus 40 years ago, so he could serve Him with all
As I said earlier, the family do not keep in
touch. If you want to be his family, you can adopt him and send him a
letter of encouragement. If you want to go the extra mile you can
contribute to the cost of his staying in the centre. He is short £100
($150) each month between his pension and the costs of his care. He
doesnít understand how he can be in the centre when he doesnít have
the money, but he knows that God takes care of him, as He loves him so
much to have given His precious life for him. Maybe through you we can
help cover the cost of Mr Iov!
In both centres we celebrated
and we are so happy that
our residents can celebrate their birthday with their new friends. We
wish Happy Birthday to: Valeria Ė 73 years, Ionel Ė 81 years, Iuliana
Ė 83 years, Floare - 87 years. May God bless them all with good health
Elderly Centre Oradea
(ECO) we care at the
moment for 38 residents and we expect a few more to come in June.
Unfortunately we lost 3 this past month and we pray that God will be
with their families and give them peace in their loss. Lady Bac (86
years) she came to us in March after a severe stroke and after that
had to go several times in the hospital. Mr Farago (93 years) came
with his wife in February and his wife died last month and after that
he was missing her a lot. Mr. Nick Gheorghita (81 years) came in the
centre in February together with his lovely wife. For us they were a
real example, and especially lady Cornelia in the way she cared for
her husband and served with faithfulness. We praise God for people
For the last 2 weeks
God blessed us with Lorna,
a volunteer from UK, who was a physiotherapist and did great treatment
with the residents at both centres with very good results. She worked
very hard and we thank her for all her effort and support and we hope
she will come again to Romania. We also we had nine Romanian
hairdressers that came as volunteers and pampered all the residents
from Oradea, we thank them for all their effort and we hope they will
come again in a few months.
Another reason why May was special for me -
Winston Churchill said
"To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are
figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a
very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a
tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that
which could have been their finest hour"
My special moment was
10 years ago when I joined
Smiles, I wasnít really
prepared or qualified, but God knew the future better than I did, and
I am glad that I didnít turn my back to something that is very unique:
to be able to help others, to give them a chance to change their
destiny, to be able to show Godís love.
In May 2005 I started with God an adventure
that I didnít think would be more than a summer, as I felt Ďunprepared
and unqualifiedí. God put the people around me, blessed me immensely
and gave me the help that I needed to do the job that He gave me, to
fulfil my calling.
I am thankful to God for all the people that
were part of my life during these years and I learn a lot from themÖto
believe, even if I donít see the solution, to work hard for the people
that are in need, with commitment, to continue and not give up, even
when no sight for any reward. Thank you everyone for supporting the
work of Smiles, just because of you we can do the work and I can
celebrate 10 years of giving hope and smiles to the Romanian people.
My God bless you and
help you to be a testimony of His love!
Director of Elderly Care
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 to life in the centres;
For having the financial support to pay the staff and care for
For staff to have a loving and caring heart for those in need;
For health and well-being for residents and staff as last month
we had many with flu;
For money to do the day to day activities;
For all Smiles staff to be a testimony of Godís 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.
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