Hello dear friends and partners in Christ!
We hope this newsletter finds you well and healthy having overflowing joy in the Lord! Who knew that the COVID19 pandemic would last so long and affect so much?! But still….we serve a God who is higher than all of this! Praise be to God that we belong to Him and that HE takes care of us! We are reminded by this in Isaiah 55:9, which states “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” While we are so little in comparison to God, we are so blessed that He has chosen to use us in sharing the Gospel to youth in Craiova.
While you haven’t heard much from us in the recent while, we are still active in full-time ministry. Last November we planned a trip to the US that we were hoping would only be 6 months long. Due to COVID, we ended up staying until the middle of July of this year. While we did not want to stay in the US that long, we now know that God had us arrive in Romania at the time designated by Him. We stayed in isolation for the mandatory 2 weeks, but come day 15, we were out and ready to start ministry once again. It has been really awesome to meet up once again with the ministry team here in Craiova, as well as with the youth that we are discipling or those that we want to disciple.
Cornel has been involved in discipling Ionatan, one of the missionary couple’s sons. He has been investing in him by spending time with him, whether it be simply hanging out or playing basketball with him. At the end of August, Cornel was also involved in a relationship building event put on by Youth with a Mission here in Craiova (TPM in Romanian). Together, male missionaries with Hope Church and YWAM hosted an event, where 60 teenage boys participated. The event was a FIFA gaming tournament. Praise God for this opportunity for the missionaries to meet new boys from Craiova.
While we were in the US, Rachel taught English to youth through Zoom and we have had the opportunity to meet up with some of them. They are so open to discussion about religion and their family lives. You can tell that they are in search of someone to pour into their lives and we are so thankful that The Lord is using us to be these people to them. Also, God opened up an opportunity for Rachel to invest in a girl who grew up in the Midwest. Her name is Diana. She offered the girl an opportunity to read the Bible together and through this, Diana gave her life to Christ. She has also stated that she feels the need to be baptized. As of right now, her baptism should be taking place in September. Rachel does a weekly Bible study with her.
Together, we have had fun ministering with and to the local youth ministry team. As the coordinators of the youth ministry here in Craiova, we really feel a leading to pour into these leaders, spiritually, emotionally, physically and socially. We are excited for what God has for us as a team and we believe that God has a lot in store for the youth here in Craiova.
Please join us in prayer for the following things:
- For our disciples to be an example of Christ’s love to those to encounter on a daily basis (their families, peers at school, friends, teachers, etc)
- For opportunities and the words in sharing the Gospel with youth
- For us, as a couple, to be the hands and feet of Christ
- For our youth ministry team to grow and to encounter Jesus in our personal lives, but also sharing Christ with one another.
Thank you so much for your partnership and we will continue praying that God will bless you wherever you find yourselves!
-Cornel and Rachel Mich-