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Floyd Frantz

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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 it.

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 pictures.

Have a good one, please keep us in your prayers. You are in ours. Please feel free to contact me at: ffrantz@xnet.ro If you wish to help financially towards our work here in Romania, please send your tax deductible donation to:

Box 4319
St. Augustine, Fl. 32085-4319

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,
Floyd Frantz, OCMC Long-Term missionary

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Posted 8/6/04

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