A man named Adrian came to our Sunday gathering. I met with him the next day and he was saying, “I’m a lost man. I need God. I have seen many signs that He’s been pursuing me. Ever since I came to your gathering I have seen this.” We went through John 10 and 1 John 5 together. I explained them to him. Afterwards I asked him if he was still lost. And he said that he was no longer lost. Jesus found him. He has peace in his soul.
There is such a value in the students of the E2E program. Tania and Mihaela met Adrian in the park, started talking to him and invited him to our gathering. And now he has met Jesus. Because I was able to be in Craiova more last month, I made time to invest personally in people. For example, Doru, Iohannes, Alberto and also Adrian from the story above. Doru shared with me that “I agree to study the Gospel of John with you.” After our discussion, Alberto said to me, “What I noticed about your group is that you believe the church is the community (people), not the building.” He comes from an Orthodox background. Iohannes was asking me the other day, why aren’t there a lot more people coming to our gathering? I replied that, “When people get to know us, they will start coming.” Ever since then, he repeats this to me over and over again.
I have had the privilege to coordinate a World Race Gap year group for the past 3 months. We have done so many different things together. Hundreds and hundreds of people were reached with the gospel. We held many youth events, kids events, did Roma ministry and built relationships with many non-believers in Craiova. They also helped us with cleaning up around the city, our ministry site, and did some manual labor in Draganesti and Craiova. They are a group that wants to serve and they truly have impacted our ministry and people in Romania. What a blessing it is to have Americans helping us fulfill our vision of bringing hope to the people in the Southern part of Romania.