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.

 It was a special event for the church, and my responsibility was to challenge other people to follow Christ and be baptized like the other six. Because of God’s grace, other people decided to be baptized and we are already preparing for the next baptism. Please pray for those who were baptized to stand firm in their faith amidst the difficulties and remain a light in the world without conforming to the world.

At the end of the month, a short-term missions team from Germany partnered alongside us by serving in Draganesti-Olt. They performed an instrumental number, a message, and a skit for the congregation. Additionally, there was a special event in the park in downtown Draganesti, which was streamed on Facebook live. They performed music and gave a message. I did not expect that there would be a positive reception, but after the performance, non-believers shared their appreciation for the event. This gave me the opportunity to share the Gospel with new people. Please pray that we continue to follow up with these individuals and that the Lord continues to soften their hearts to the hope of the Gospel.

Sam Oliverio has been serving in Draganesti-Olt for almost three months. The purpose of his trip is to decide if God is calling him to full-time missions in Romania. He has participated in multiple jobs, but he feels specifically called to facilitate the logistics of short-term missions teams in order that they may effectively serve God in the field. During the month of May, I spent hours discussing our mission philosophy and observing his work. Prayer is welcome as we ask God if this is where Sam is to be placed long-term. As you know, our policy is that he must be sent by a missions agency, a local church, and have a clear job description. Please pray that if it is God’s will, the process will be quick and efficient.

Most of all, we praise God because of the many souls he saved this month. We are grateful and humbled to be a part of the work he is doing in Draganesti-Olt and beyond.

Grace and Peace,

Raul Costea