Fw: August Newsletter, St. Dimitrie Project, Romania
From Floyd Frantz, OCMC Long-Term missionary.
Dear St. Dimitrie Newsletter Readers,
Greetings for Cluj, and I hope that this finds you all well and in
good spirits. I am just writing a few lines to you today to update
you about our work, and to ask for your prayers and support.
Our work in most area's is going along as we would like. Last week
we had two really special priest's here from Craiova doing some
training with us, and next week Mother Siliuana will be with us,
along with a couple of social workers. They are wanting to start a
program in Craiova similar to what we are doing in Cluj, and we are
going to help them to do it. That's the good news.
On the down side, last week it was brought home to me how much work
we have left to do here in Cluj, and in Romania generally. The
psychologist and the priest who work at a "night shelter" here in
Cluj knew about the St. Dimitrie program, and ask us to come up and
to visit the patients. We went there a few weeks ago, and found that
there was a need so decided to return and to start doing some work
up there. We went on Monday, and there were some interested parties
in shelters clients. This shelter houses homeless people over night,
and many of them have alcohol problems. This is normal territory for
us, working with the homeless or people in hospitals or in jail. The
problem came up when the manager of the shelter found out about our
visit. He is saying that there are no alcoholics up there, that if
they come in drinking, they are not allowed to stay. Therefore,
there is no need of us coming up there. This is the only night
shelter like it in Cluj, and it has a large number of people using
What has happened is that a few weeks ago there was a riot up there
because some of the residents were drinking. They tore the place up.
Well, this place is sponsored by the city, so they cannot admit to
having anyone up there with alcohol or drug problems. It is the old
way of thinking, "if I don't admit that it's a problem, then it's
not a problem." This is exactly the thinking that was common during
the Communist times.
In the United States, and in parts of Europe, there are what we
refer to as "social model detoxification centers". Places where the
police take intoxicated people to for detox if they have not
committed a crime, or if the are not so sick that they need a
hospital. What I am going to do is to try and start a such a place
here in Cluj. Please understand that this will take some serious
action on our part over here. We will need to convince the local
health department that it is practical to have such a place. then we
will need to find a place, followed by finding the funding to
support such a project. I'll be putting more about this project in
my newsletter over the next few months. In the meantime, please pray
for us about this particular project. It very much needed over here.
We have decided to name the day program here in Cluj after St.
George. It is still under development, and I'll have more about it
in a few weeks. I know that a few of you are new to the list, and I
am very happy to have you aboard. This fall I will have webpage up,
with a history of the St. Dimitrie Project since 2001, complete with
Have a good one, please keep us in your prayers. You are in ours.
Please feel free to contact me at: ffrantz@... If you wish to
help financially towards our work here in Romania, please send your
tax deductible donation to:
St. Augustine, Fl. 32085-4319
and please note that it is for the
St. Dimitrie Project in Romania so that I can use it for my
projects. Many thanks to you for your kindness.
In His Love,
One day at a time,
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