One of the projects that interact most with
people is of course our Family Care Programme. Nelu, and before him
many others, has met a lot of different situations and each person or
family has their own story. Today we look at one lady
who was in our support scheme for many
years where our
involvement made a big difference. She has now passed away, but what
has been achieved will continue to have
a positive impact on the family.
Nelu Cioara, Family Care Project Manager,
continues the story:
Livia was welcomed into
our programme in 2009 after we were asked to help,
as she was living conditions
that were difficult and she did not have much
support from anyone else. She lived alone, did not have anyone, no
family or friends around. Slowly, Smiles
grew to be her family and friends – our visits would make Livia’s days
brighter and not much else was happening. At
that time she was 68 years old.
Actually, Livia was not altogether alone.
She never married, but she adopted a child at a very young age.
Anabela, is the girl’s name, who was born to some very
irresponsible parents who would drink a lot
and would be very aggressive even towards the little one. So
Livia took Anabela when she was just two years old,
and offered her the best she could, taking care of her special needs –
Anabela is deaf and mute – and made sure her education was not
lacking, neither love nor comfort despite the bad start in life.
Smile’s was close to them both and
offered support, which really helped them to have a better life. When
we got to know them, Anabela was still in the high-school and had many
difficulties to overcome but we were all very glad when she finished
successfully and now she is working in a factory that produces
Livia was very happy when Anabela decided
to get married about four years ago and she found a good husband. Now
they have two children, Arabela and Andrei, neither of
them inherited their mother’s disability, which was a great relief for
all the family.
In recent years
Livia had various health issues, which involved
surgery, but nothing too serious. She used to smoke
a lot, but having met Jesus and understanding He had a better plan for
her, she quit smoking and started to care more for herself. Being
encouraged and feeling fulfilled, her sadness was taken away and she
even seemed to get younger! The optimism and good positive
attitude, as well as understanding her new life in Christ transformed
Sadly, at the end of November 2015, Livia
was diagnosed with stomach cancer. It was an extremely fast
development and by the end of December, only one month later, Livia
We visited her during her last days. She
was still peaceful and serene, confident in her Saviour and knowing
that she will go to be with Him. She was happy that she could do some
good for people around her, even though she did not consider she did
much. She was very happy to know Anabela, her adopted daughter, could
have a good future ahead of her.
Thank you all that have been close to
Livia, by helping us to provide assistance to her, or even by visiting
the family during your Mission Trip. Being a good example of how
things can change for better, we were encouraged to continue helping
Anabela and her family, so Smiles will continue to be their friend and
God bless you and please keep in touch!