We do not always realise how
important ‘Hope’ is, until we lose it!
HOPE keeps as going, gives
us reason to wake up in the morning, helps us to fight with the
circumstances and to believe that above the dark sky is the sun and we
just need to wait a little bit more, to have patience and everything
will be all right.
But after we try all the solutions,
we knock on all the doors and we are given the same answers we often
begin to lose hope. We lose faith that our problem can be solved and
we don’t have the courage to look for help any more.
This last month, I had several
calls from families of elderly that need special care and I felt in
their voice that desperation to find a solution for their parents.
They were overwhelmed by the problems of their parents and they were
desperate to find proper care but because of their medical condition,
it is very hard to find a suitable place or a facility that will take
medical cases. History in Romania relied on the hospitals to provide
such care but that is no longer possible or practical, so unless the
person is requiring immediate treatment, the hospital will send them
I consider myself and my team so
blessed to be able to restore hope where it was lost and be the hand
that is ready to help and the shoulder they can cry on. I see every
day how hope is restored and life changed through the love and help we
can provide at ECO & JFL.
March 8th, the celebration of
International Women’s Day was a special one at the both centres and we
prepared some nice surprises and flowers for all the ladies.
At the Elderly Centre in Oradea
(ECO) we were visited by a group of children from our Tileagd
School. They had prepared a very nice programme of songs and poems
especially to celebrate the beauty and kindness of the ladies. They
also created very special cards for each lady and were so much
appreciated by the grannies, because they were made with love. They
treasured them and even now when we enter in their rooms, they are
very nicely displayed on their bedside cabinets.
Elderly Care (JFL), a group of young dancers were expected to come
and brighten our day. Everything was kept secret, especially because
between the dancers was lady Florica's grandchildren. We told the
residents to wear their best clothes because they will have a big
surprise in the living room. The residents arrived in the living room
and took a seat being very curious of what will be happening.
They waited quietly until the music
started and a couple of the child dancers entered the room, dancing at
the same time between the residents. Their costumes and attitude made
the residents to feel like in those special movies. Some of them
started to cry. Most of them never had the chance to see a performance
like that and the fact that the dancers were juniors impressed them
even more. After all the dancers had their performance, the residents
were encouraged to dance with the kids.
Mr. Peter who turned 88 this
month and used to go weekly to the dance club, was very impressed to
have the chance to dance with a professional partner. Lady Florica
also danced with her grandson. At the same time, we asked the children
to give out the flowers that we had prepared for all the ladies. The
ladies, who didn't have the chance to come to the activity, were
visited by the dancers in their room and all of them received a
flower. We would like the group to come again so we talked with their
teacher who promised us that will try to come with the team every time
we will invite them.
All this gives hope for a
beautiful, better tomorrow, even if the residents are not in their own
houses anymore; we try to make them a home where they are now. You can
also give them hope, special memories and the love that they so much
need, by coming on a mission trip to visit them. Also to sponsor one
of our elderly that could not afford to "buy" these memories. Your
support in sponsoring a resident is the only way we can continue to
give ‘Hope’ to these beautiful people.
Please pray for us as we get ready
to open the second phase of JFL and to be able to find the best staff
and to bless the lives of the elderly that we will care for from now
Giving Hope is such a blessing.
Please help us to give hope to those who think they are at life’s end
and they lose all their hopes… join with us in this new opportunity of