Another good day though not that much to report tonight.
spent the morning and early afternoon with Alex doing reports on sponsored
pensioners, also discussing our delight at the way Casa Mabel has worked out.
We learnt that Flori is due to have had her operation today – there is / was
some concern expressed by the doctor as to how it would work out. We can do
nothing but pray and remind God she has already suffered so much.
next port of call was to see
then set out to Kathy Langston’s – armed with the map Alex had drawn for us; it
was then the fun began! Half way along the belt road Phil realised we had a
puncture. We limped to the supermarket car park and found a lighted area out of the way to change the wheel. Phil donned his fluorescent
jacket and went along the road to find the hub cap we had lost, while I phoned
Kathy to warn her we would be late. God is so good – just as we were – or
should I say as Phil was struggling to undo the nuts on the wheel, a “good
Samaritan” came along in the shape of a young man. He immediately helped us and
did most of the work in the end. He refused to accept the money I offered him,
saying it was his pleasure to assist us.
finally got to Kathy’s an hour and a bit later than planned.
a good meal and good chat we got back to Geo’s where
over a glass of wine and cup of tea we heard again the shocking news we had
heard before about the Romanian government’s problems with finances. All
employees of the government are having to reduce their
working hours by one week per month – this is unpaid leave as there is simply
not the money to pay them. Most shocking this includes the medical profession
as well as teachers, social workers, etc. Simona as a
social worker now has an enforced leave until December 24th while Geo
has now finished his lecturing early till after Christmas and was lamenting the
fact that he still needed to cover all the syllabus in
only 75% of the normal time. They expect the situation to continue all next
Simona told us of one bad consequence in how a baby had been burnt in an
incubator – because of enforced leave, one nurse had 30 babies to look after so
could not monitor them as closely, so did not notice it quickly enough when one
very elderly incubator malfunctioned and as a result the baby was burnt. The
incubator was apparently 37 years old.
asked why there is this shortfall in money for essential services. Apparently
huge sums were spent on the recent election resulting in this shortfall now for
the government pay-roll. There is apparently huge discontent that the previous
president was re-elected and mutterings that the votes were rigged. It was
clear the family here are deeply concerned about the results and the cut back
in working hours and salaries.