prayer and praise
Report from Georgi Opreanu,
Director of Elderly Care
When Trust is
This month I asked Rebeca Mariscas, our
social worker at ĎDorisí Elderly Care Centre in Salonta, to share some
thoughts with you.
Is a powerful word. We all need someone to trust. Someone to share
with. Someone who can understand us. Someone who will stay by our side
no matter what happens. Trust is not something that can be easily
gained. But when someone who has gained your trust fails, the pain
that comes to your broken heart that was disappointed...is hard to
Why did I start with this? Because the words
of lady Ileana are still echoing in my mind: "You canít trust anyone
these days. All of them changed. Once they were good and nice, then
they change. I see my grandchildren fighting for their part of the
money. Some of them are dissatisfied that the others have more
inheritance. In all this, I am not important."
There was so much sorrow in her eyes when
she said these words. I realised that her trust was broken. She said
to me that she is scared to trust anyone. She waits for me to talk and
help solve things for her. She is so desperate to find people that
deserve her trust. People who will not disappoint her anymore. We want
to be those kind of people for her and we will fight to gain her
trust. Because trust is important.
Ileana 93 years of age.
She is a Hungarian widow who lives in Salonta. She has only her
grandchildren. One of them lives near to her house. He used to be a
nice man who cared for her. Everything changed after he started to
drink. She started to be afraid of him and that was confirmed by the
postman. This grandson was the one who contacted us. He realised that
his grandmother canít live alone anymore, that she needs care. Also,
he said that he canít support her financially and he is not in a good
relationship with the other grandchildren because of financial issues.
Ileanaís pension is around £70/$105 a month. Money that is hardly
enough for food so she couldnít afford to pay for a carer at home.
She came to the centre just before Christmas
last year. Since then, her grandchildren visited her occasionally. But
she says she feels lonely. One thing that surprised us was that even
if she is often in a depressed mood, she still has some will to fight.
She wanted to do exercises with our physiotherapist. She wants to walk
alone. She still has some hope. She still tries to give some trust
hoping that it will be better this time.
We need wisdom to be a good shelter for her
in these hard times. To encourage her to put her trust in the One who
will never disappoint her, as Solomon said: "So
that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you."
We are grateful to God that we are able to
care for the needs of lady Ileana, to serve her and show the love of
God, to give her hope and bring a smile to her wrinkled face. We are
trying our best to do all this, but maybe you wonder how you can
help...well there are many ways. At the moment we need your prayers,
for staff to know how to rebuild her trust in others and to be able to
give her all the care she needs, including 3 times a week
physiotherapy, for which we need to find sponsors. We need £200 a
month in addition to what she can afford to pay to cover her care. I
know this is a lotÖbut every contribution helps. She already made
progress and if you plan a visit this year you could see her, if you
didnít plan one yet... it is just the beginning of the year so there
is still time! See you soon.
With great appreciation from ĎDorisí Elderly
of Smiles Romania
Elderly Centre Oradea (ECO)
Joint Facility of Love, Salonta;
- For lady Ileana and her family,
- For God to prepare the new residents that will come
in the centres and experience the love of God through
the care we provide;
- For the new residents
to adapt in the centres;
- For the future accreditation for "Doris Centre", Salonta.
- 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.
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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