We are thankful every day to see the way God surprises His people, both the team serving as missionaries in Romania and His people who serve Him in all capacities all over the world. He is always working all things together for the good of those who love Him and continually provides above what we ourselves could have expected.
At the beginning of this month, we were blessed by an event in Alba Iulia facilitated by Cornel Stef that provided missionaries serving in Romania and Ukraine an opportunity to meet together. For three days, the missionaries spend time together, shared testimonies of God’s work in their ministries, encouraged each other one-on-one, worshiped collectively, shared meals, and received biblical training specifically for ministry. This time was a respite from the difficult spiritual battle of everyday missionary work, and it allowed us time to recharge our “batteries” before returning to Comani. We are grateful to those who organized the details such as hosts and meals in order to make this event possible.
As many of you already know, and for those of you who don’t, part of our ministry concerns the Adopt-A-Family project which allows those who feel led to support a struggling family once a month with groceries, clothing, school supplies, etc. Thanks to this project, the Vesela and Jilavu families were blessed this month in the provision for their physical needs; please continue to pray for their spiritual needs, specifically that God would work in their hearts and that they would repent and turn to Him.
This month, we hosted the Parents’ Vision Trip (PVT) as part of our ongoing involvement with the World Race program. We served along with the parents and the racers (over 100 people!) in the city of Craiova where we hosted an event that allowed parents to socialize with the local people with the help of translators. I was especially encouraged by an interaction with a woman who came to my table: she had been seeking God for a long time but was unable to learn about Him on her own. She said, “I have prayed to God many times, but nobody answers my prayers.” She was very open to the Gospel and received her Bible with joy, kissing the book and promising to read it often.
We also spent time in Maldaieni helping with the eyeglasses event. We were able to provide spiritual counseling to the people in this village, who once again demonstrated the way God surprises us. These people were surprisingly receptive to the Gospel and brought my mind to Jesus’ words that the “harvest is plenty but the workers are few.”
Another day in PVT ministry brought a multitude of children: we met up with all the representatives of the villages in the area along with the children in their ministries for a huge event featuring face painting, games, singing, and Bible lessons.
Furthermore, we were blessed this month by gifts from two of our supporters that allowed us to add aesthetic and protective covering to the steps and ramp leading to the church. We were also able to build a fence along the edge of the church property. It is encouraging to be able to make improvements to the space God has given us.
Lastly, me and my wife are thankful to have celebrated 15 years of marriage this month!
- Wisdom in all that we do and the decisions we must make
- Protection for our family
- New believers
- Open doors to meet new people.