Goodbye? No, "See you later, Maria!"

Maria’s frail arm rose in a weak wave 
when I left her room last December in Romania. 
 It’s the last image I have of her. She died earlier this month.

I’ve loved Maria since the day I met her in July of 2011.
She quickly became the poster girl 
for our Elder Orphan Care brochure.

Her eyes communicated much more than her voice.
She was forever grateful.

She delighted in receiving her Christmas Box of Hope.

She always wanted prayer.

Our “us-ie” (not a selfie) makes me smile. 
She obviously was surprised to see herself!

It will be hard to see someone else in Maria’s bed 
when I return to Romania next month. 
But I’m beyond grateful that she was cared for in her later years 
by servants of God, that she loved Jesus, 
that I had the privilege of knowing her, and best of all, 
that I didn’t say “Goodbye” last December.

 I said “See you later!” And that is a true and wonderful statement.

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, 
with a loud command, 
with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, 
and the dead in Christ will rise first. 
After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up 
together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. 
And so we will be with the Lord forever. 
Therefore encourage one another with these words. 
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

Brains and Muscles Needed April 12!


Yay God! Look at all the goodies you've donated!
We have a “Winter-Wear Wonderland” just waiting to be organized and packed! We need a variety of people who can pack, lift boxes, wield a tape gun, label donations, fill-in spread sheets, and pray. In other words, there’s a job for everyone! 

Saturday, April 12   9 – Noon 
Evangel Worship Center 
Mission Warehouse
484 Cabarrus Avenue West, Concord 

Please RSVP by replying to this email so we can plan appropriately. When you reply you will receive detailed directions and more information! 

2013 Christmas Shoebox Delivery!
Also, feel free to bring any of the following donations: (or just drop them off if you can’t stay) 

  • New or gently used winter wear items: coats, gloves, scarves, thick socks, warm footies, (we cannot accept used shoes or boots) 
  • New or gently used walkers or canes. We do not need wheelchairs at the present time. 
  • Christmas Boxes of Hope items: sugar-free hard candy, slipper socks, combs, notepads, pens, travel-size tissues and lotion, women’s scarves, small folding fans, small culture- & age-appropriate gifts
  • Full-size bottles of lotion for caregiver gifts 
  • Incontinence supplies
  • Financial gifts are always welcome. To make donations securely online, click HERE and be sure to put “Elder Orphan Care” in the comments box. 

Whether you can come April 12 or not,

T H A N K   Y O U

for being a special and needed 
part of what 
God is doing in Romania!

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