Report from Georgi Opreanu,
Director of Elderly Care -
what a beautiful month! Our God made everything so beautiful, and when
we look around us, we can see Him in everything and when we look
inside us, to everything He did and how He blessed us, we see His good
and kind heart.
This month we had so many things to be
thankful for. On October 16th 2013 we received
our first residents in Salonta JFL Elderly Care Home and on 23rd
October 2014 we were blessed to have our first residents in Oradea
Elderly Care Home.
This month we looked back and remembered the
beginning, the first meeting with the staff, the resident that was
first to come in, all the people that we met during these years and
all the lives we touch in one way or another. Some are still we us,
but some are now with the Lord they served. We miss them so much,
because they have a special place in our heart, some were with us just
for a short time, but all of them received the care they needed so
much, and because of that, we thank God for entrusting us with them.
We remember how God changed lives and people came to know Him because
of the testimony of those around them.
During these years in the two homes, we
cared for more than 300 people and our prayer is to be able to offer
every person that we come across hope and love, for a better future.
In both the centres we celebrated
"Thankful day" and we were thankful to God, for His blessing,
to staff for the care and love they offer, to our donors for providing
the financial support that we need, to all the people that visit us
and had brought joy in our life, and for so many other things. This
day, was a day of reminiscence,
when everyone was encouraged to tell us memories and give us advice
from their experience.
It was such a blessed time and we, once again
remember that "Every
good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of
the heavenly lights"
past month we had visitors from
the UK and America and I want to thank all of them
for their impact on our work. We had teams coming and painting in
ECO, refreshing some rooms, but also putting some colours on the
walls, making in this way the centre looking more homely. In
Salonta we had also visitors, doing crafts, pampering the ladies
in the centre, having fellowship
and prayer time in their rooms.
Special thanks to
Jim and Donna Watts,
for taking time from their busy lives to come
to Romania blessing people with eye examinations
and providing glasses and improving their quality of life in this way.
appreciate all your efforts, we know it is not easy, but you can be
assured that through your time spent here you are bringing joy into so
many lives. We are thankful to God for you.
special time this month was when we took 13 residents from ECO to
Felix for a walk near the lily pond and afterwards
for cake and juice at a local restaurant. On the same day one of the
ladies celebrated 82 years and we were able to sing to her and make
her feel special. Thank you to
Offington Park Methodist Church
for donating the bus to us
and for Darren and Mike driving across Europe to us. In this
way everyone can benefit from trips like this, even if they are
depending on a wheel chair. On behalf of the elderly that came on this
trip, I want to thank Kevin for making time to take us, stay with us
and bless us with some very special memories. But now we have a
problem…I am very often asked by the residents…when is the next trip?
Hope we will have the resources to do it again!
Dear friends, please don’t forget to be
thankful for all the beautiful things and people God brings into your
life, because we don’t deserve any and one day
it will be too
late. We are thankful to God for you all!
I will end this report with a question for
you: If you will wake up tomorrow morning and you will have only
the things that you thank God for...what would you still have?
With many thanks for all you do for my
elderly residents of JFL and ECO.
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.
For loving and committed people who will work in our nursing
For God to prepare the new residents who will come into
the new centre and experience the love of God through the care we
For the new residents
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