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Report from Georgi Opreanu, Director of Elderly Care

Spread love... be kind... all the time!

Mother Teresa said: "Spread love everywhere you go… let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting"

These words I’ve remember many times in the last weeks, and I was trying to not let all the difficulties, issues and problems that I was facing to stop me from loving the ones I was visiting in their homes, as they need special care.

In the last 2 months, together with Mioara, I have visited about 15 people. Many hard cases but one case was heart breaking.
Lady Rozalia, 74 years old
was living alone in a house that belong to the daughter of the man she lived with for many years. She had 4 children of her own, but they didn’t care for her. In December lady Rozalia had hip surgery and after she was released from hospital, one of the children took her in their home, but for only a short period.

In the middle of winter, they brought her to that old house where she didn’t have food, fire or any care. Some of the neighbours came to visit her, feed her, but most of the time she was alone and hungry. After the step daughter called us, we went to visit her and we found her in a cold room, without food, not even knowing if she will eat something that day.

The next day she was in the centre!, because we couldn’t leave her in such a condition. She had many medical issues and the biggest problem was that she wasn’t insured, so for all the medicine and medical treatment we had to pay the full price. She didn’t have any pension or social benefits and nobody from the family cared enough to support any of the cost with her. But we couldn’t see her just as a social case hard to handle, she was God’s creation so we start spreading the love, being kind with her and giving her a better life. The carers, cared for her in the same way as for the other, even if she couldn’t pay, because even if her family didn’t pay, somebody did! In less than a month of coming to the centre, she left this earth, but I know that the days she spent here, she was loved, she was happier, better cared for, secure and had all the treatment she needed in order not to feel the pain she was living with.

Doctor Diana that we have on staff, came with me to see this case and when we left she asked me if we can take this lady in, as it was obvious she needed help, but she will cost us a lot and she is not insured. I responded with a question…can you leave her in this situation and not do the right thing?

The doctor couldn’t, I couldn’t and I’m sure you couldn’t either and I know that - because some of you are sponsoring our Elderly Care in Romania. I am sure there are many of you reading this and wanting to help this project, but you think you can’t.

I have good news ... you can, because God is not asking for more than He has already given you. Maybe you have a good voice, come and sing ... maybe you can fund-raise, maybe you don’t have money, but you have time, to pray, to come and help with the work, to encourage the staff, the residents. Maybe you don’t have time, but God blessed you with money…I encourage each of you to give back just what God has given you in the first place, in the same way the widow from the bible give all she had with a loving heart and He will bless you much more. I promise you, I am a living testimony to that.

Since we opened ECO, the Elderly Centre Oradea, we cared for 52 residents and at the moment we have 37 residents with others on the list, waiting to come.

In Salonta, at ‘Doris’ Elderly Centre we currently have 25 residents, as one was just on a short term stay and this past month we had Lady Ana (89 years) and Mr. Gavril (82 years) both died. Maybe those of you that came in Romania in the last 3 years will remember lady Ana, first in Cihei and then in Salonta. On March 10th she went to be with her Jesus, her sweet Jesus, who she loved so much!

In the last 2 months we were so blessed with volunteers from UK and America but also Romania that came and spent time with our elderly and show them that they are not forgotten and they are loved, especially at Easter when most of us are with our love ones. Also Chris, Pat and Tom visited us in March to help the elderly improve their vision. Thank you all for your dedication!

I will finish with another quote from Mother Teresa "There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in - that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why we try to do it as beautifully as possible."

I pray that everything we do…to do it for Christ!

My God bless all of you and help you to spread His love and be kind!

With great appreciation,


Georgi Opreanu
Director of Elderly Care


 Prayer points:

  • 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 appointing the right staff as more residents are coming in and to have sufficient money to pay the best staff we can find;
  • 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 the money to cover day to day activities;
  • That all Smiles staff be able to show Gods love so all 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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