Unlike June when there were four evangelism services in the gypsy villages, this month we had Christian camps with two series of children, one for 9-12 year olds, and one for 13-18 year olds. Each series had its own experience, wi th the ultimate focus of children being saved and going to heaven.
This month, by God’s grace, I had the opportunity to have nine days of evangelism in four gypsy villages, a mission field that is close to my heart. We set up a tent with a sound system and a worship team, with help from one of the missionaries named Paul Williams. This was a great blessing for children and adults because they heard the good news of the gospel. We set up the tent in the Village of Rotunda; people were encouraged and moved by the Word of God. Before starting the evangelism, we prayed that people would realize that they are sinners, that they cannot be saved by their own actions, and that salvation comes through the sacrifice of His son and by receiving the Lord Jesus.
Last month we met and trained with the PIE leaders from Romania and the USA, and saw their love for the missionaries and for the work. We shared the truths from the Word of God while being trained in the Christian Center building in Alba-Iulia where the PIE headquarters are. We, as well, at the county level mobilized and decided to have small conferences with leaders about worship, the Word, prayer and updates on the missionary work in the entire county. I have shared a photo from the meeting we held at the Christian Evangelical Congregation in Campulung. We decided to meet every other month in this formula.
By the grace of God, another month passed. This month was rich in events. My wife and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary on Apr 28th, and when we looked back we saw the Lord’s hand of goodness guiding us along all these years, and accompanying us with His grace. There aren’t enough thanks for all the good He has done to us.
One more month passed by, and with seasons and time passing we think of the grand event happening soon: the second coming of the Lord to take away the church, His bride. We live with this hope that God will fulfill this promise. Until that moment, this hope motivates us to keep working. I am thankful to God for health so that I can continue to do ministry. I have to go to the hospital in Fundeni for blood tests and for immunosuppressant medicine, which I have to do for the rest of my life. Whenever I go to the hospital, I take advantage of the opportunity to share the Gospel.
By the grace of God, we made it through the second month of the year, and we are thankful to God that He is in control and guides our life on earth, gives us the joy of His presence and convicts us through the Holy Spirit that we are valuable because of the Lord Jesus.
Through the grace and mercy of God we entered into this year which I believe is a year of mercy from the Lord. Although there is much unknown ahead this year in terms of events, we trust in the Lord Jesus to live under His kind and watchful eye as God the Father is in control.
Through God’s grace and endurance, I have reached the end of December and the end of 2016. I believe each one of us has thought about another year going by, which was given by the Father. According to doctors’ prognostics, I was supposed to leave last year, but this was not according to God’s plan. We have a great God, Who is specialized in miracles.
I am sharing a monthly report with you again, and as usual, I want to include something new. Every day is a new opportunity to minister, to see how big God is and how much we should be focusing on knowing the Lord Jesus.
In November, through His grace, I had a few serving opportunities.
Every time I write the monthly report I pray that the Lord would give me grace to be as concise as possible for those who read it. May the Spirit of God put on their heart to continue to support me in prayer, so that He would be with me every day in the mission field.
From the very beginning of this report I want to say that every time I have to share information related to my missionary activity, I try hard not to show that this is my doing, but on the contrary, to show Jesus Christ. Recently I was encouraged by the verse in Acts 18:9-10 “Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be quiet for I am with you…”
Although I had a month filled with busy activities (organized two camps for youth 12 and 18 years old), I had two goals; growing in the knowledge of Jesus Christ and discovering the youth with special talents whose heart leans towards serving. With this in mind, I noted several names such as Leonard Maruntelu, George and Ferdi the Third, as well as some girls, all of whom I plan to invest in.
It is a great joy to write you again about the experiences that I live every month through God’s grace. The first thing I would like to mention with joy is that the transplant has been very good, I am aware that our Father is in control, for He added days to my years. I want to live for the Lord the rest of my days...
Ever since my last newsletter I have mentioned the project I had to evangelize 3 gypsy villages. This month, we have had three days of evangelization in Rotunda, Valea Dumitresti and Valea Uiasca. We have installed a tent which was the main attraction for kids because we have had a jumping board.
After we finished giving Christmas gifts at the orphanage kids and gypsy villages, together with the group of brothers we were wondering what kind of experiences we will have this coming year. For this month, the first thing we have done was to aim specific objectives for this year, this is why I felt the need to spend time in prayer and reading the Word to be able to have this light. I would like to write down a few of them which are in my heart, and I pray for God’s help in the ministry for this year.
I have had a bad cold, which lasted 3 weeks and I had to go to hospital. There, I have understood why I had to be there: to reach out souls who need salvation. Therefore, during the time spent there I talked to people in groups or individually about the significance of being saved. I pray that all who have heard about Jesus Christ would be in Heaven.