Dear friends and supporters
We are happy to announce that after many months of frustration and waiting, last month 'Emanuel Hospice' received the necessary permission from the Health Ministry in Bucharest and was duly registered in the local court as a separate/new charity. Thank you to those of you who have been praying with us for this, we trust that God's timing is perfect and now look to Him to guide us forward in the many challenges ahead of us.
One of the main challenges which we now face as a result of this legal change is raising the necessary funds to purchase suitable premises to enable the Hospice to continue to develop and improve its services.
As many of you already know we have launched a 'Building Blocks' appeal where w we are looking for 800 willing people to give US$100/£75 each towards the building and operational costs of a permanent base for our hospice team. Would you consider joining with us to buy a block or challenge your Sunday school, ladies fellowship, Rotary Club to contribute to the future development of Emanuel Hospice here in Oradea.
Edited: For those of you interested, contact Kirsteen at the above email address.
Voices for Hospices - Voices in Harmony
Voices for Hospices is an international initiative and is the world's largest simultaneous singing event, the aim being promotion of the local hospice and fundraising. On the 4th October we held our second such concert here in Oradea (the first was in 2000). This year we were one of 500 concerts happening worldwide in 40 different countries and apart from the date/time another unifying element of the concerts was the recitation of this poem.
About 400 people from the local community came to share this special evening with us. The music was performed by the mixed chamber choir of Emanuel University and included pieces by C. Porumbescu, F. Chopin, G. Dima, G Faure, D.B. Gyorgy, A. Vivaldi, F.M. Bartholdy, M.W. Posegate, J.S. Bach, J. Wyath, R. Thompson, S.Pautza. During the evening two families shared about their experiences: a doctor whose mother died in the care of the hospice team and a grandmother whose 10 year old grandaughter died with a brain tumour.
A special moment during the concert was when a piano solo was played during a powerpoint presentation "In Memory", projecting the names of all the patients who have died in our care 2000-2003, this was a very emotional moment especially for the bereaved families who joined us for the concert. We praise and thank God for the way everything came together to make this a very special event for us and pray that we would be able to cultivate the local interest that this has caused.