My life in faith had led me sometimes outside of my comfort zone and it challenged me to do some things through faith. As a result of these actions of faith, I ended up experiencing some Christian values and principles in our missionary team. Our purpose is to take a New Testament to each house in Craiova. When we arrived in a certain neighbourhood of Craiova, I was surprised to meet a taxi driver who asked us what we had in the boxes. After I told him, he asked for a New Testament for himself. After that experience with the team, I remembered God’s purpose for this world. The Bible describes this purpose quite clearly, in the book of Habakkuk 2:14: “For as the waters fill the sea, the earth will be filled with an awareness of the glory of the Lord.” That is when I felt how God shaped our thoughts and made us be like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind to fulfil God’s purpose for this world (Philippians 2:2). God did not stop at that, but He was going to surprise us in our mission work.
A year ago, I witnessed the tragedy of one family in Craiova. Alin, a young man I was visiting occasionally, died and left 5 children behind. I continued to visit the family and I started to befriend Alin’s mother. When we talked on time, she said she wouldn’t change her religion. Almost one year later, I asked her if she would allow me to read from the Bible and if she was open to accept the truth about Lord Jesus as it is written. I was thrilled to be able to read God’s Word to her and her grandchildren.
After that experience, I continued to let myself be guided by Lord Jesus. He took me to a family with 10 children, 16km away from Craiova. There were a few things I really appreciated about that family. One of them was that Ana, the mother, allowed us to talk about Lord Jesus and to pray for them as we were taught by Christ’s truth. The girls who were with us on that visit, socialized with the children, giving them attention and love. When we left, one of the little girls (Tania), ran to one of the girls on our team and threw herself in her arms. It was wonderful to see that those words abut the Lord were given life by love, and as a result, the children were open to us.
For us, to bring fruits for His kingdom;
Jesus to equip His Church in Craiova;
Jesus to bring more people to get involved in the mission field.
Lucian Brinceanu - PIEI Missionary