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“And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me” (Ruth 1:16-17).
“And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband” (Ruth 2:11a).
Pirvu is an invalid who lost one of his legs as a result of diabetes. Eva suffers from multiple different illnesses and needs someone to accompany her to her many specialist appointments, since she has no family close by. Olga has heart problems and is depressive. Stefan’s health conditions have recently worsened, and he now needs more complex care.
These are just some examples of the seniors who are given care and support through the Naomi’s Smile Home Care program in Romania. The needs of the elderly in Romania are great. Their quality of life and social situation is often poor and they lack basic medical supplies. Many times, family members are unable to help and visit them due to living long distances away. These seniors can easily become isolated and lonely.
The name ‘Naomi’s Smile’ comes from the biblical story of Naomi and Ruth. Just as Naomi was delighted in the care of her daughter-in-law Ruth, so the elderly greatly benefit from having someone care for them and talk to them. The caretakers involved in the Naomi’s Smile program seek to add joy and show compassion in the lives of those they care for, and often these elderly people consider them to be new family members.
The seniors in the program fit into one of two categories: those who are bedridden and those who are mobile. The seniors who are bedridden are greatly uplifted by the visits of the caretakers, as the visits may be the only touch they have with the outside world. For those who are mobile and able to get out, weekly and monthly organized meetings are held with guest speakers and pastors. Medical aid supplies – such as diapers, wheelchairs, walkers, mobile toilets, and mattresses – are also given to those who need them.
COAH has committed to supporting the Naomi’s Smile Home Care program. Will you become a sponsor of this project? Your monthly gift of $30 will help a Romanian senior receive necessary medical, physical, and, most importantly, spiritual support. Sponsors will receive semi-annual updates on the Naomi’s Smile project.