A friend wrote us this to us the other day, “There is a mountain before you, but God has created a tunnel through the mountain for you, in order to get to the other side.” When she said this to us, we were shocked because it was right on. Leading up to this, we were so overwhelmed with the reality that so few youth in Craiova, a city with 80,000 youth, do not know Christ personally. How were we supposed to reach this generation for Christ?
We are so thankful that God gave us the idea of having an English camp at the Black Sea. We wanted to invite youth that had never been to the Black Sea before. Due to the pandemic, we didn’t know if any youth would come, but God made it happen! We were able to invite 9 youth from a Craiova middle school, all due to a relationship that one of our missionaries has been cultivating over the last couple years. The camp took place the first week of September and together, we were able to teach them basic English grammar 1 hour each day with games and activities. While it was mainly a camp for helping their social needs, some of the youth were able to understand more about who Jesus was. From the 9 youth, 6 of them are still in contact with us.
As a continuation of English at the Black Sea, we decided that it would be best to continue teaching English on a weekly basis. This is what we are doing every Saturday evening. On average, there are 7 youth coming on a regular basis, and they are even inviting their friends to come to the lessons, as well. We are encouraged to see that God is using English as a way of meeting youth and investing socially in them. We have also been having socialization events. This means game and movie nights, handmade workshops, and outings. We have met more youth and we desire to meet as many youth as possible. These socialization events have allowed for us to share about church and up until now, 4 new youth have been coming to church on a regular basis. Actually, one of the girls from English camp, Laura, has been coming to church for almost a month now. In the middle of September, Laura realized that she was living a life without Christ in her life and accepted the Lord as her Savior.
All we can say is that The Lord has such a mighty plan for the youth in Craiova! Yes, we have seen how God has shed light on how to reach the youth in Craiova…and it starts with English and fun nights of socialization!
If you would like to be involved in what God is doing here through Hope Church and us, these are ways that you can partner with us!
- Prayer – please pray for us, our youth leadership team, as well as the youth by name.
- Encouragement/Mentorship – we are looking for people to encourage us and mentor us, as we work with non-Christian youth.
- Advocacy – promoting us and our ministry
- Short-Term trips – when able, come join us in ministry for a week or two.
- Financial Support – support us or youth ministry monthly with the sum that God puts on your heart!
God’s blessings to all of you!