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'This is my story, this is my song'
For many years I have had a dream that some day I would have back-up and support in Romania like that I have from friends and church in Britain.
I can only take what is kindly and generously donated and the orphanage, school, nursing home and monastery I have been visiting have specific needs. I last visited Romania at Easter, when the nursing home was happy to accept slings, incontinence wear, some wound dressings and medications. The monastery could make use of a commode, Zimmer frames and plasters. I thought the school nurse would be glad of creams and wound packs, but that would still leave me with equipment and wound packs which were nearly out of date. What was I to do?
After two troubled nights, I went into the school to deliver what the school nurse could use. While there I met Alina, an English teacher, who invited me to her home. She put me in touch with Katie, an Englishwoman, who attends a United Anglican Church and whose sister-in-law broadcasts on Radio SOS, a service supported by the Orthodox and Anglican Churches. The radio station broadcasts messages such as 'We have a commode. Do you need one?' Listeners ring in and their claims are investigated. After my visit to the radio station, Katie came to my home and took all the equipment I had left!
The radio station is about 30 minutes walk from my flat in Ploiesti or only 10 minutes by car. Marius, the boss, speaks English and comes to England with a van. For now I will continue to use my couriers, but Marius can collect the goods from my flat in Ploeisti.
Katie, Marius and the team work with disabled people and those with learning difficulties. One boy Katie takes to school with her son has muscular dystrophy duchenne. She expects he will need a wheelchair in the next two to three years and has asked me to look out for one.
In my mind, this series of chance meetings is a tiny miracle. Even when our minds are clouded, God sends clarity and answers. Of course, this isn't just 'my story'. It is the Holy Spirit at work!
Norma Duke

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