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An Oasis in the Desert

 

 

Our life in the world is like the Israelites crossing the desert, to the Promised Land, to Canaan. In their journey, they came across dry lands, wildlife sites filled with cries, or dangerous places due to venomous snakes. But in this entire journey, God guided them, miraculously intervening, removing the desert heat and the dangers. Thus, He created a blessed oasis in the middle of the desert, giving them water from the rock, bread from heaven, solving the problem with venomous snakes, carrying them on wings, like the eagle does with his eaglets.

        The same thing happens in our lives, every Friday, at our meetings at Caritatea, where people with visible or less visible disabilities, come together for fellowship with each other and their Creator. After a week of waiting, for those who are in a wheelchair and never go out, a week of exhaustion for those who can hardly move, a week of unrest due to gaps and shortcomings faced by people marginalized my society, Fridays meetings bring peace, comfort, hope and, the extent material and financial possibilities, solution to many of these problems. 

        Everything begins with praising our Creator with songs, praise that is meant to open our hearts for fellowship. Then comes the moment when each of us has the opportunity to share the problems we are dealing with, our joys or desires. This is an important moment for us.  In this moment, we feel like a family, we know the others care for our problem, they even suffer along, we know we are not alone, we are not abandoned, things that lead to our union, welding links between us, feeling joy and beauty.

        Even though some of these problems are heavy, we do not discourage. We take them before our Lord in prayers, and then we feel relieved and strong. The time of worship is also important, because talking to our Creator, gives us energy, strength and will, things we need in our every day journey through the desert. 

       After worship and prayer time, with our hearts wide open, we are ready to listen to the advice, promises and principles of life God gives us in the Scripture. Studying truths about world and life, suffering and reward, love and faith and other truths, in the light of Gods Word, gives us hope, joy, comfort and everything we need in this world filled with grief. 

        We reach the end of our meeting, knowing that we can face another tough week, full of courage and hope, and we give thanks to our Creator for this oasis in the world.                          

Sandu Dornea

 

When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.  Ecclesiastes 7:14

God's gifts

 

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nother gift I got in all these years were the outside activities: visiting other cities, spending worship time in various churches or families willing to know us, and also peaceful mountain camps. These trips were extremely important to us. For some of us, they meant taking important decisions in our lives. We remember the trip to Alba-Iulia with pleasure, when one of the Mefiboset Christian Centre members met her future husband. We are glad God was there with us and He used our trip to unite two sensible souls in a blessed marriage. 

        Looking back, I can only thank God that, in another trip, He showed me how important I am, that He would give people in exchange for me, for me to be near Him and find joy of my souls salvation. In these trips, we have the opportunity to talk, to know each other better and to be closer to each other than ever. More than once I heard spoken by those present the joy of being there with us.  For some of them, it was the only time when they could leave their house. One member of the club testified, oscillating between joy and sorrow: ”It is the first time, after many years, when I can go out, in a mountain camp. Thank you!”

        There were many words, attitudes and faces we could read joy and contentment on. I know that many of these privileges in our lives are because of the sponsors.  Therefore, I want to thank, in behalf of all, to each person who participated to our activities, by any means. Be sure you have given dream moments to each of the clubs members.

 

Monica Daraban, Ancuta Runcan

God's help throughout years

 


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ere we are, after 20 years of activity. When I look back, I am amazed of everything that has been done, and I am aware that all this has been possible only with Gods help. 

      It all started with 2 persons but, one by one, people of different religions, with various disabilities, and souls filled with grief and disappointments came and joined us. Year after year, many other hearts with various problems and sufferings joined us. I think each of them had experiences here that helped them grow up. Even the negative aspects taught us something.

      During our meetings, I had the chance to see the frowns disappearing from these people faces, their anxiety and sadness going away, being replaced with peace, contentment and smiles. 

      Our goal was, besides the spiritual part, to make people with disabilities realize that they are able to do something in this world. Being a disabled person is not merely to receive, but you also have to give, in order to be fulfilled. Each of us, no matter what our disability is, is able to help our fellows. Even though you have a serious disability, you cant use any of your limbs, your smile, your advice or your prayer can do a lot. A good example is Florin Tudorica. He has spastic tetraparesis, he can barely use his limbs, and he has problems with sight. However, he is a real encouragement to us, and we all love him. His prayers help us and his behavior amazes us. He never offended anyone; instead, he comforts and suffers along. This means a lot!

Irina Schiopu

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Mircea Eliade,no 22,400364,

Cluj-Napoca,Cluj,Romania

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Nichita Stanescu Street,no3,Cluj-Napoca,Cluj,Romania

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