prayer and praise
Report from Georgi Opreanu,
Director of Elderly Care
Acts of Kindness
Small acts of kindness when multiplied can transform
the world. When we are kind to each other, we donít really know the
impact that we have on the other person but in this way we can make
this big world a better place.
In this report, I want to encourage you my
dear friends from different parts of the world that when you are kind
and generous in your giving to the Smiles Foundation, you are not
alone and your gift together with others has changed some worlds!
I know that the Smiles Foundation is
helped in many ways by people from outside of the country, but this
month I wanted to encourage you by sharing that Romanians begin to
open their hearts towards elderly and this has surprised me in a nice
acts of kindness have happened these last few months in both our
elderly centres. From small things to big things, everything makes a
difference. A neighbour bringing some fruits, a farmer donating
60litres of milk a week, a pastor preparing sandwiches for breakfast,
the physiotherapist donating a day of service each week, an owner of a
second hand store bringing wheel chairs, walking sticks, and crane for
making the transfer from bed to chair easier, a member of staff
bringing flowers to the residents, a nephew coming and giving a guitar
concert, an Elder from the church listening to their problems and
worries and encouraging the residents. All these things are so
important for us all, first because we know we are not alone in this
work, somebody else cares about the elderly and makes an effort to
show kindness to them and then because we know that God is blessing us
through small things, we know He also has big surprises for us.
One of the big surprises for me was when a
cardiologist that had her mother-in-law in the Oradea centre,
called our doctor a
few weeks after her mother-in-law died to ask if she can come in the
centre to consult everyone and give an EKG for all the residents that
need it. This act of kindness impressed me so much, because I realise
that not all the time people will be ready to donate money, but they
find ways with their skills that God gave them to offer back to those
of you, we could celebrate more birthdays this month and I am so sorry
that you canít be here, to see the joy on their faces. If you will be
here you will know for sure that all the sacrifice that you do in
giving is so much appreciated.
In Doris Centre, Salonta
we celebrate Maria S. (77 years) and Minerva
years), they both have been residents since October 2013, two of the
longest residents in the centre. In Oradea we celebrate
Maria Z.(82 years), Virag (75 years), Petru (76
years), Maria M. (79 years), Ecaterina K.(72 years),
Maria T. (80 years), Maria I. (64 years), Elisabeta B.
(80 years), Floare (84 years), Eli (72 years).
think this was the month with the most celebrations.
I am writing this in each report because of two reasons: for the
elderly it is one of the most special days
in the year because the feel the love when we celebrate their life,
and the second reason is for you to pray for them and ask Godís
blessing in their life.
In the two centres at the moment we care for 66 residents
and 4 more are planning to come in the first half of October and we
pray to God to be able to do the best job we can do, because we want
to do it for them and for Him.
who are all doing little acts of kindness towards
our elderly, lady Iren (74 years) will not sleep on the streets of
Oradea this winter, lady Viorica (73 years) will not suffer the cold
because she canít afford from her pension to pay for wood, Mr. Carol
will not feel abandoned by this family because he has found another
family and friends in his new "home", lady Ecaterina (72 years) that
we just celebrate will get the treatment that she desperately needs
and she doesnít have a family to care for the costs, lady Floare (85
years) will not spend another day alone in her house thinking she will
die of loneliness as in 3 months just one person came to visit her,
lady Ely (72 years) will not spend the Christmas alone to mourn her
husband but hear the carols and find strength to continue life. The
list can continue, because so many are in need and they are benefiting
from your kindness.
So please donít stop being kind, continue
to support us and your little act of kindness towards those in need is
not wasted but is life changing.
Why to continue? Because in doing simple
acts of kindness to others, you show Godís love to others and in the
end this is our Calling. Without you, the puzzle is not complete, if
any of you is not doing what God called you to do and not showing
kindness to those in need, maybe Ecaterina will not be treated any
more, Floare will need to go back home and continue
to live in loneliness, Ely will get depress and nobody will even see
If you are supporting the
Smiles Foundation and wonder if you made a difference, come
and see some lives changed because of your little act of kindness!
Also, a special thank you
to all of you that contributed to the container that came, I saw a lot
of so many needed things that came in it that will make our residents
life so much better.
Many thanks for changing
the world for so many and I pray that God will show his kindness to
you all that are ready to be His servants.
Until my next report be
kind with one another!
Director of Smiles Romania
For God to prepare the new residents that will come
in the centres and experience the love of God through the care we
For the new residents to adapt in the centres;
For the future accreditation for "Doris Centre", Salonta.
For God's protection upon all of Smiles staff and beneficiaries;
To have money to be able to pay the staff and
all the associated costs
For staff to be kind to those in need;
For health and well-being for residents and staff as we enter in
the colder months of winter;
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.
Wish list Ė urgent
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