The month of December was of course under
the sign of Christmas, there was a lot going on in all our projects
and this of course is to be expected having so many people we help one
way or another. We
have had many special visits, presents for everybody
and many songs to share. Above all, we enjoyed taking the good news
of Christ’s Birth everywhere! And we were happy to remind everyone
about this greatest evidence of God’s love for humankind.
Last month was a great month! Presents and
Christmas songs all over, but most of all, it was great to have the
opportunity to talk about our Lord and Saviour. Christmas is always a
good time for that and people are receptive, because who can say ‘no’
to it in the midst of such a joyful season!?
We were blessed to be part of several
activities in December that were meant to either raise support for our
projects or to raise awareness. This included the Oradea Christmas
Market where Smiles
had a special stand to sell products made by our beneficiaries, to
serve tea and to distribute fliers. We
produced a very nice and informative leaflet that told everybody about
the true significance of Christmas and also informed the readers about
Smiles, who we are and what we do. We strongly believe that people
need to be reminded what Christmas is all about, what is beyond the
commercial Santa, Christmas trees and songs like "Last Christmas I
gave you my heart". And we believe we have
succeeded, as about 10,000 leaflets were distributed during the whole
month and we noticed people did read it. I think also the bright red
colours helped a bit, but the content inside was very good and clear.
were a lot of gifts given in the communities we work, to the families,
to the elderly and homeless. And of course, to the children in school
and nursery. The smiles on their faces, the excitement to see what is
inside the SOS’s and shoeboxes were also very rewarding! And made us
so very glad we can be part of what the Christmas season is about.
Giving gifts to acknowledge God’s GIFT to us.
We have also been
blessed this past month with the opportunity to
go and visit some of the places where we have
been organising special HBC/VBS programmes
through the summer of 2015, for distributing some presents to the
children we met then. It was a great chance for all of us to renew our
friendship and sure enough, more promises were made for next summer! I
hope we’ll be able to keep our word, they will most certainly not
also took the opportunity to visit some new places. New and old, as
some are long-time friends – we visited the Down Syndrome
Association, the special school for children with mental
disabilities, some of the families who have severely disabled children
in foster care, some churches, more families… We enjoyed every visit
and the best was seeing how much the kids enjoyed receiving these
presents! Indeed Christmas is much nicer this year for many of
I’d like to take this opportunity to
remind us all about the greatest gift of all times – the Son of God
coming in our world, to make the WHOLE difference. This gift is made
once in your life and the joy of receiving it will last forever. What
an amazing thought! Who would say
no to this? All the other gifts are only because of this one, all the
other joy is only because of this one.
Let us all not forget for a minute what is
really important and what effect this has in our lives! Also, I’d like
to say Thank you for all of your support in 2015 and we are looking
forward for a new year that will continue to change many people’s
lives. 2016 will be a great year, as we are together in the most
amazing and exciting adventure for changing the world.
Might not be the whole world, but it will
be for someone’s world!
With sincere appreciation,