Mentoring: It’s a Beautiful Thing

Stephanie says, “As the sun began to sneak a peek through the horizontal lines of my mini blinds, I was reminded that another hectic day awaited me. It wasn’t easy being an early bird and a night owl in the same skin, but as a single mom who was struggling to be all and do all, I didn’t have many other options. Each day held its own basket full of burdens for a girl who wore too many hats and didn’t realize the significance of her role as a mother. I was a single mom without Christ, without a clue, and without a mentor.”

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Project 3:17

Very little remains of the past communist holdings since The Smiles Foundation from Oradea, Romania purchased the property in Salonta. Their vision is moving forward with The Joint Centers of Love as a top priority. When you walk through the alley way of Smiles in this rural town, you’ll find a scene that is normal in Eastern European terms. The walls are concrete, the paint is chipped and there are three to four different buildings. These are a stark contrast to the old gothic architecture seen in the larger cities of Romania. Instead, they exhibit a cold industrial factory atmosphere. At one point each building served many different purposes during the communist era than the future use, but Smiles has big plans for all of these buildings.

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