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Report from Georgi Opreanu, Director of Elderly Care

During recent days, the words of a song are in my mind, words that are describing more than well my prayers... "One day at a time sweet Jesus that's all I'm asking from you, give me the strength to do every day what I have to do."

Caring for the elderly is not easy and there are times when we feel the problems they have (physical, psychological and spiritual) are beyond our abilities. In those times God is reminding us, that we need to take each day and do what He calls us to do, and He will give us wisdom to deal with all the issues we come across.

During the month of June we had the privilege of taking care of 80 wonderful elderly people in both locations JFL Salonta and ECO Oradea. Together with the blessing of having them in our centre we were ready to offer medical, social, emotional and psychological support. Moreover we are trying to be a spiritual support to each individual, bringing hope and a new perspective into their lives.

A lot of things have happened during this month, we have enjoyed a variety of activities together with our elderly such as: gardening, trips to the park, fun and many craft activities, along with Tuesday and Friday bible studies and the Sunday Service at the local Church - but the best times we had were enjoying the times with our visitors. The team that has visited were very refreshing and encouraging. Together with them we have been able to enjoy park walks, games and other entertaining activities. It’s been a great blessing to have the teams from the USA (Ohio and Louisiana) as our guests for our elderly in Salonta and Oradea. We hope those visiting from Tennessee will be as great in July.

From the many stories that I hear each month, the one that I’m about to tell you makes me wonder what would happen with some people if The Smiles Foundation, one day, stopped functioning!

In the second part of June, the Oradea social services notified us about a lady from Oradea. She is 85 years and she was living alone in an apartment, her husband died many years ago and since then she lived alone. She spent most of her time, after her husband died, in the hall corridor at the Mayor’s Office building, talking with the security people, and because of that, everyone called her ‘Grandma Hall’

For the last 3 months she was most of the time in hospital as she has a lot of physical problems, but also her judgment is badly affected. Because of all these issues, when the social services visited lady Terezia at home, they considered her life was in danger and asked us to take her in the centre.

Thankfully we had a place in our Oradea centre and on the same day we could accommodate her. For sure she didn’t have an easy life and she was not treated with love in recent years. We need your prayers in managing this case because she refuses our help most of the time, often she doesn’t want to take her medication or she will refuse to eat because she gets depressed by the condition of her life. We need wisdom to know how to get close to her heart and make her to feel our love. We are thankful for any little progress we make, but we hope one day she will understand with her mind and feel with her heart, that we are here to help her, to care for her, to love her.

We got a ‘tip’ that she loves Sarmale (Romanian cabbage rolls) so our cooks will give her every day "Sarmale" and in this way at least her first desire is met. So please pray for us, for a loving heart and wisdom to know what to do and what to say in order for us to be a blessing for her life.

We also need financial support in order to properly care for lady Terezia, because she is a social case she can contribute only £70/$105, but the actual cost is £400/$600 per month. If you think you can help us in sharing the cost for lady Terezia please contact us and God will surly bless your life.


The words from Matthew 25: "Then the King will say… ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ will be true in your case too.

The prayer we have is: "Yes, just for my sake teach me to take one day at a time..." God is the only one that can give us strength to do every day what we have to do, and we are thankful to Him for everything. We are also thankful for you all and your time, prayers and many other things that you decide to bless our life with. Be blessed also.

With sincere thanks,


Georgi Opreanu
eputy Director
of Smiles Romania


Elderly Centre Oradea (ECO)
Joint Facility of Love, Salonta;
Doris Elderly Care Centre

Please continue to pray for us to be able to bless the lives of the elderly that need our service.

  • For loving and committed people who will work in JFL II
  • For God to prepare the new residents who will come in the new centre and experience the love of God through the care we provide
  • For the new resident to adapt in the centres;
  • For the future accreditation for "Doris Centre".
  • For God's protection upon all of Smiles staff and beneficiaries;
  • For sponsors for the social cases that we care for;
  • For all Smiles staff to be a testimony of God’s 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 – 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)

Previous Reports from Georgi:

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