“So let hope rise, and darkness tremble in Your holy light – that every eye will see, Jesus our God, great and mighty to be praised.” These words are a few lyrics from the song “With Everything” by Hillsong United. God is great and how beautiful is the image that this song reveals to us. It shows us that everything will one day bow down before Him, if it hasn’t yet.
It is an honor to be in God’s ministry. The youth in Craiova are hearing about the love of Christ and we are encouraged that every week, we have at least one new teenager at our activities, programs or church meetings. However, we also know that God cares about the individual and this is what matters to us also. The more we spend time with each adolescent or teenager one-on-one, we can begin to see how God formed them and what gifts He put into each of them. One boy, Liviu, has a huge servant heart and at the end of every meeting, he helps us clean up. A girl, Andreea, helps those at English who are struggling to understand English better. She also has the gift of patience. Another girl, Ana, has the gift of wisdom. For each youth that we are investing in, it is so beautiful to observe how Our Maker created each one.
Cornel has started to invest in a boy named Florentin. Florentin attended the English camp that took place at the Black Sea. Out of all of the youth, he was the most timid. He was afraid of entering into the water, because he didn’t know how to swim. But by the end of the week, the boy didn’t want to leave the water to go home! After we got home, Cornel invited him to English class and continued to maintain a relationship with him. After a month, he started to open up more and said that he wanted to come to church. Now, he is always present at all of our activities. His mother has even commented that he is allowed to go wherever he wants with Cornel, because she knows he is safe.
God is responding to our prayers, as well as yours. While we were still in the US, our hearts were burdened for the youth of Craiova. Many nights, God woke us up at 3 o’clock in the morning to pray for the youth from Craiova that they would come to Christ in repentance. The best way we can explain this is as if we were “synced” to and with them. Even though life in ministry isn’t always one of comfort, it is one that brings us much joy!
Please pray for:
- Us to have wisdom in equipping the youth in their gifts
- The youth that come to our programs that don’t know Christ yet.
- Full personal and ministry support
- Continued health and strength, as we continue to serve God during the pandemic
Thank you so much for your partnership with us and your involvement in the Kingdom of God! Many blessings to you and yours!