July 2017

In Romania, we have a saying where we call the month of July the "oven month." This year certainly held true to it's name as most days the temperature was hitting 100 degrees. However, this was not the only fire we were walking through. In July alone, Hope Church hosted missions teams from Texas, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and a Passport team through Adventures in Missions. Together we were able to execute our vision for spreading the Gospel in southern Romania. As we partner with the Lord in His work, spiritual warfare is a reality, but in the power of Jesus' name, we can walk through the fire and we will not be overcome. I am spurred on by knowing that over 3,000 people were exposed to the Gospel during July through kid's programs, street evangelism, and revival services. Thank you to the teams who came to share hope with the people of this region.

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Last month, we also held an event in Corabia, one of our satellite ministries, where I had the chance to preach the Gospel. I has previously met a woman in this town who taught Biology at a high school and was wrapped up in a heavy evolutionist environment. She claimed to me, "God cannot exist." Yet she came to the event, and when the service ended, she came to me and was suddenly much more open. The woman explained that she was very touched and had experienced for the first time the power of the Word of God as it pierced her soul. For me, that night powerfully put on display the truth that the Sword of God is more powerful than the sword of Darwin. The Gospel is more powerful than evolution. We carry this Good News, this truth within us, and it is our call and our joy to share it.

 I am happy to share that we are currently recruiting another long term missionary named Lucian Brinceanu. Part of my role in this process is to help Lucian identify his calling. Please pray for him as he seeks the Lord and decides if Craiova is the right spot for him to continue ministry. Also, pray for me as I search for partners to support him while he is a part of our 9,000 Souls project.

July was a joyful moment in our family. Sammi finished high school very well and has been accepted by two universities in Bucharest. In the fall, he will begin studying theology at a seminary school along with social work at another university. I know that many of you prayed for Sammi in this. I want to welcome you to share in the gratitude and joy it brings our family. You and I are together in mission, but I want you to know that you are a part of our family as well. I praise God that we get to enjoy this life together! 

June 2017

In this past month, we had the privilege of hosting another Parent Vision Trip (PVT), where the parents come to do ministry alongside the World Race. While they were here, over 4,000 people were reached with the Gospel through the New Testament project in Craiova and evangelism in the streets. Just as Romans 15:21 says, “Rather, as it is written: ‘Those who were not told about him will see, and those who have not heard will understand.’” Also, PVT helped to facilitate a children’s event. The children’s coordinator, Dorothy, organizes an event once a year where around 200 children from each children ministry in Olt County are brought together to learn about Jesus. We praise God for the opportunity to share the Gospel with so many who are lost and hopeless.

May 2017

Isaiah 53:11 says, “Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous and he shall bear their iniquities.” Even for Jesus, there were not results without hard work. For us, the work is similar to the work Jesus had: to see many people “accounted righteous.” When we pray, evangelize, and equip, it is all for this goal. In the month of May, we have seen evidence of this through the testimonies of the six who were baptized.

News from September

The month of September meant a big step fot the ministry in Craiova. We rented a house for the ministry. With God’s grace there is a group of belivers who meet weekly to study the Word of God. Pray that many others to join this group and to give their lives to Jesus Christ. The house can host teams who come to do mission and also here is the office of RED ministry...

Update from Raul Costea

We wish to share with you, our prayer partners and supporters all of the happenings here with Hope Baptist Church. This month of July has been busy as we have hosted a few visiting teams and have changed our ministries to fit into the summer weather. We have been able to travel more often to the surrounding towns and we are very enthusiastic about the opportunities we have had in the warmer weather.