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.. He has made everything beautiful in His Time! … from Maria’s desk

I LOVE the “words of wisdom” that Solomon is giving in Ecclesiastes, but my favourite is in Chapter 3!  That says……there is a time for everything….

A Time for Everything
1 There is a time for everything,
   and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
   a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
   a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
   a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
   a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
   a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
   a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
   a time for war and a time for peace.
9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. …..

And for me now is a “time to take it easy”!

So, this is how July month was… very slow speed. Being in the last few weeks of pregnancy everything seems to be harder. With me being accustomed to a very active life, it has been harder even to drive, and at times to walk…..or type on the computer (as my hands are very swollen).
BUT that does not mean I stayed all day in bed doing nothing. (Not all day!) These days, technology is everywhere! And for me this was a great help.

I could help the mission teams that were visiting us during this month. For “hands on day to day” – I’m very, very thankful to the people on the front line and there are a few…..so no names not to forget any of them!
Mission Team
I could help direct the team that painted Gepiu centre! WhatsApp proved to be a good friend to me 🙂

I could put grass in Dezna, and do more construction…..due to the key people that week by week take their time out and “move there”. I was in touch every day with Ioana trying to support her with the amazing Camps happening every day in Dezna.

Dezna Camp
What I did without technology?!?


Cleaning the warehouse and sorting the last container that came!!!!

Well I had people that really put up with me, listening to my instructions.

Being at the staff evenings every Wednesday, spending time with the teams, listening to how the days went. NO TECHNOLOGY could replace it. It was really special and I’m soooooooooooooooooo THANKFUL for all the people that visited us this summer so far!!!

Your presence, and support to us is the best encouragement charger we can have!! Prayers and time will always be more appreciated than money! Yes we need funds, I would be foolish to say we don’t, but a hug, a 5 min time to pray, a day spent in the warehouse chatting about sooo many different things -money can never buy. No electronic device can ever replace the value of things in person.

And the fact that people do not give up with us is a real, real blessing. It’s not always ‘pink’ but to be able to go through the ‘black’ days too is a blessing.

So, my dear friend, NEVER underestimate your input in the work we do. Every little helps, and with you involved with us, it is 10 times better than without you!  That’s why God created us!

Let’s do it HIS WORK TOGETHER!!!


AND please pray for me that the birth will go well. The baby will arrive safe and healthy and ……for us to decide on the right name! 🙂

Can’t wait to come back with an update on September 1st 🙂 By then baby will be big and getting ready for the Dezna official opening! 🙂

With love to you all.


Maria

Director of Operations
Smiles Romania
Maria Hava: maria.cimpoca@thesmilesfoundation.org

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