Report from Georgi Opreanu,
Director of Elderly Care
For all of you
who could not make it to the
JFL 2 Grand Opening, I want to tell you that we had two truly
blessed days. We felt Godís presence there with us and we remembered
that our Godís faithfulness is to the end,
it doesnít stop half way, but goes to the end of
the days. Together with us we had friends from UK, America and
Romania, all rejoicing
in the goodness of our great God, who made all this
possible. JFL 2 it is an amazing place .... a place where people are
already discovering the love, care, joy and everything else they need
as they move towards the end of their life here on earth.
We are now at the end
of the first full operating month in JFL 2. It was a good month, but
not an easy month. We had 9 new people coming in, needing special care
because they all suffer dementia at varying stages. I can most
certainly say I am blessed with great loving staff, but it is hard at
times to care for this type of illness. It puts a lot of emotional
pressure on the staff, so please pray for all the staff
who are working with the elderly in our three
We feel so blessed to
have Larisa Poputa as a volunteer, starting this past month.
She comes every day for at least 4 hours to help us where we need her.
She gets involved in activities with the elderly, walking them in the
getting groceries for them,
helping even in the office. What I like most about her is that she has
a serving heart, will never say no if she can help and always has a
smile on her face. The residents love her and I pray that God will
help her to come to us for a long time and bring smiles to all their
A lot of things were
happening after the opening in the two centres in Salonta: gardening,
trips to the park, fun and many craft activities, Friday bible study,
Sunday service at the local Church and in all those activities,
elderly from both centres participated together and in this way they
start to know each other.
Unfortunately, some elderly from the
dementia wing will not be able to participate
in all these activities, because their condition
will not allow them, but for them Rebeca organised special activities.
We are still looking for a specialist therapist to work with them, but
did not find one yet,
so please pray for that. Maybe we didnít find one yet, because we
donít have sufficient funds to pay the right person, but I know God is
in control and everything will be done in His timing.
past month we had the oldest ever resident coming into
the Oradea centre.
Lady Ileana is 103 years old, but she
is much younger in spirit. I asked her for her secret, and
it was simple Ė she said, "enjoy life and do what
gives you pleasure in life!"
A few months ago we
had the Mayor of Oradea visiting our centre and at that point
he promised us that by the end of May he will make sure our interior
yard will be asphalted. To
be honest, I wasnít too quick to believe that, because I knew he had
other things on his mind and may forget about us. But I was wrong, a
week before the end of month, they came for 2 days to work in our yard
and he kept his promise. For us now, it is much easier to have access
with the wheelchairs and frame walkers to the relaxation area. We are
very thankful to the mayor and everyone involved for partnering with
us in offering a good service to our residents.
We are still at the
beginning of the dementia wing and I know there are many challenges
ahead of us, so please pray for us, for our residents and for our
My dear friends, this
last month I realised once again that the prayers we make, God listens
to them, in His perfect time. Many times "bad" things were happening,
and I didnít understand why God is letting those things happen, but
days, weeks, months even years later, I was able to see God's
master plan. So please continue to pray for us, that all things work
for the ultimate benefit of our residents.
want to close this report thanking you all for the prayers, support,
time and money that you give us whenever you can. May God be listening
to all your prayers and provide all the needs you and we have!
of Smiles Romania
Elderly Centre Oradea (ECO)
Joint Facility of Love, Salonta;
Please continue to pray for us to be able to
bless the lives of the elderly that need our service.
will work in JFL II
For God to prepare the new residents
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 Godís love so others
will get to know HIM.
- For loving and committed people
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.
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