Dear friends, first of all, I would like to thank you very much for your encouragements and prayers. They helped me greatly during every moment of my life. Why do I say this? I have never imagined that I could experience very difficult moments in this missionary work. I had a day when I was physically exhausted and I was thinking of taking a break from missions, but in my heart, the voice of the Holy Spirit was telling me to continue to work during the Easter period. That is when I remembered that I used to encourage people with Philippians 2:13 “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” I had planned to do mission work one morning. But when I went out in the streets, I wasn’t able to stand up, not even after I ate chocolate. I wanted to give up then, but the Spirit of the Lord didn’t allow me to. I went back home to sleep for a few hours. When I woke up, I went out again to share the Word of God and He helped me do it. It was encouraging for me to see that God gave me the will to do his work of sharing the Word.
There is another experience I had in the evangelism work, which helped me see God’s power and the fact that He makes people desire to hear His Word. One day, the Lord told me to go to Cernele, a gipsy neighbourhood of Craiova. That is where I saw that the children’s sincerity to hear the Gospel was quite visible. The Spirit of the Lord spoke to me and I understood that I should invest more in children and in young people. Their hearts are open and sincere to find out more about the biblical Easter means, which has Lord Jesus Christ in the centre.
One day, I invited those who were open to hear the Gospel in more detail, to a public meeting at a familiar place for them, for the evening meal. It was quite a beautiful experience for each of us. People had the courage to openly speak about their burdens (For example, Mrs. Lili broke her leg and had to wear a cast. She had already removed it and she was in pain). After that, we were able to pray for one another and to search the Bible for answers for each of our problems.
As I was seeking to understand how the Spirit of the Lord is leading me in this work, I had the opportunity to attend a meeting of the church in Drăgănești-Olt for a picnic. I went from Craiova to Drăgănești-Olt with a group of people, for them to see what it means to live in a community of born-again believers. Mr. Pavel said he was thrilled to be able to share his thoughts concerning faith, and that he could be encouraged by other Christians. Something else that was interesting for the group happened while we were traveling by car. We read the Bible and we talked about Paul’s conversion. I felt how their trust in God became stronger in those moments. They understood that God is the one who gives man the will to give up the old life, in order to become a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.
For strength (health) in sharing the Gospel in the streets
For families willing to receive me to share the Gospel with them
For guidance concerning people integrating in the Church in Craiova
For human and financial resources
For a Christian to join me in the evangelism work.
Lucian Brinceanu - PIEI Missionary