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Report from Georgi Opreanu, Director of Elderly Care

The summer is over soon, too soon I would say, but itís just one season of the four we are blessed with each year. Each season has its beauty and in life is exactly the same.

Ecclesiastes 3 says: "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens, a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace."

Each of us is in one of those seasons during our life we pass most of these times Ö our life is full of ups and downs, but we know that no matter what time we are in, we can turn our eyes to God and He is the One that will help us not to give up during bad times.

Being in a nursing home every day, I hear a lot of life time stories and you get to understand that good times are followed by bad times, but you realise like we read in Ecclesiastes: "He has made everything beautiful in its time." If we canít enjoy that time it may be gone forever, if we donít do the most with it, we may never have the opportunity to go back and enjoy it. The most regrets that I hear about are the things we wanted to do, but never did, waited too long, never had the courage, waiting for the perfect moment and then the moment was gone and we can only regret.

But it is not too late!

This report will be different than many, because I will tell you a story, but not of an elderly resident, but of a future employee.

Her name is Ramona and she is 25 years old but has not had an easy life. I met her many years ago when I was visiting the Salard community. After a few years she came to Oradea, became homeless and then Raul offered her shelter in the Smiles container village.

She has 3 children, but she had to give two of them up when she was living in Salard and even though she now wished she hadnít, she now has just Denis. He is now in school and Ramona also had a second chance to continue her education.

Even though I knew from Raul about Ramona being in Oradea, I had never seen her again until I needed somebody to help me with cleaning for two weeks in Oradea Elderly Care Home. She came to help and I was very impressed with her. She was very conscientious in doing her work, not taking it easy knowing she was there for just two weeks.

The staff and the elderly liked her and since that moment (that was in January 2016) I wished I could employ her. Give her an opportunity to work so she can put food on the table for Denis.

She had different job offers, for example to work for food for her but not for Denis, which she didnít accept. In the summer I visited her in her home, in the container village and I was so happy that she keeps her little room so clean and tidy. Then I realised even more that I wanted to offer her an opportunity to work in a place where she will be appreciated and not abused.

Because the budget was never there I could not employ her, just give her work when somebody was on holiday. But now I feel is the time, the right time to employ her, not because I have the money in the budget, but because is the time to build confidence in Ramonaís life, it is the time to embrace her in our Ďfamilyí, it is the time to keep her on staff, the time to show her love so she can see Jesus working in her life.

I know itís not the perfect moment to employ Ramona, but I believe now is the time. I hope some of you will help me to make this significant change. If you want to be a part of this new season in Ramonaís life, you can help us in many ways particularly praying for her and her health. Because of her past, she has had many medical issues and she needs all our support to help her to get better.

You can help us when you are in Romania, encouraging her and showing her your love. You can help us by contributing to ECO so as to help with her salary cost. Her monthly salary will be £320 and every little support to ECOís budget, will help us keep her on staff.

No matter what season you are in, remember that: "He has made everything beautiful in its time."

With appreciation,


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 Ramona to do her job well and for the other staff to embrace her with love
  • For financial support for Ramonaís salary
  • For loving and committed people who will work in our nursing homes
  • 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 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 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.

Wish list Ė urgent need for:

  • Pampers Ė just size M and L (Pamper pantyhose)

  • Wipes

  • Gloves

  • Toilet rolls

  • Kitchen rolls

  • Powder detergent

  • Cleaning supplies

  • Dressing, bandages (in date)

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