It is good to wait quietly for the Lord to save

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Hello, everyone! 

We hope all of you had a good month. 

We had a great month because some changes have taken place. 

We had to move from the house we were living in and to rent an apartment. 

I had this thought, to have meetings with women in our home for few months (because I is really enjoying to serve in this way)  and I didn't know how to do what God was asking me to do and where, because the place we had before wasn't good enough for it. Because we couldn't afford anymore that house and we had some problems with the mold on the walls we moved. It was 23Th of May when we went to see the appartment (it was a 3 rooms appartment and it was at the 4Th floor. When we sow it we were excited because we never had an appartment as big as that one.

We were really happy and we started to talk how we can recive people in our home and the owner was also nice too. Everything was so perfect, so perfect that we didn't sow all the problems that appartment had, or maybe we sow it but we were thinking we can fix it. Because she wanted the answer in that moment, we gave her some money and she gave us the keys and she told us to meet in few days to sign the contract. Few days before to move in we were there to clean the appartment and we had to talk with the owners to make small chances to fix the appartment and from the nice persons they were, they became the worst we ever meet, strange hmm? Yes, she started to scream and say bed words to us and I couldn't believe it. (When we gave her the money she sayd she wants to have a good relationship with us, to not have that relationship owner-renter).

We couldn't stay there anymore because we couldn't understand with them. In that day we started to pray again for a place, being desperate because we had to leave the house we were in, in only few days. We found an apartment in that day and went to see it, it was more expensive then the one before and when we sow it we couldn't believe it. I was thinking I don't deserve this appartment because is to perfect and I never had a perfect home, then I heard a voice in my had "Even though you don't deserve it, I will give it to you" (paraphrased cuz I don't remember exactly). The lady in whose appartment we stay now is really nice and peaceful. Continuing with the story, maybe is sounds to much for you but we really wanted to find an apartment with no wash machine and no stove because we wanted to use our own and guess what, it didn't had them. We wanted an apartment to receive people in our home and having no neighborhood under would be perfect, because we don't want to disturb with everyone coming in the appartment, and guess what, the appartment is at the first floor and under living-room and kitchen we have no neighborhood. So we lost the money we payed on the previous appartment and we found this one that is more expensive but there's a lesson that we've learned and a great man told us "sometimes you have to pay a price to receive what God has for you''. We know now that God is a God of details and He took care of our needs in details even though we had to lose money. 

I understood the thought God put in my mind was tougher with the future miracle He had to do to show me I'm in His plan (because of course I'm a woman I lose my direction very easily, so God had to show me that I'm in His plan by taking me through all this unstable situation and disappointed to show me more than my mind can think.  This is my faithful God!  

We still work to make the living-room look nice and worm for those whom will step in. God was working so perfectly and we had for the first time a "living-room meeting" with few beautiful ladies from AIM (I forgot to take a photo with them inside of the house but we made one after having lunch together. I promise I will post one when I will have the next meeting.  The motto we gonna have is "Keep calm and believe" because I know there will be times when we have do to that. (With appreciation, Eli). 

Of course this isn't the only thing that happened this month, because God's goodness is new every day. 

  • We worked at the mission house(cleaning and getting the rooms ready for the team)

  • Driving the team in the ministry and be part with them

  • Passing invitations for the christian concert we had in Craiova. 

  • Helping with PVT at the big children event in Draganesti

  • Buying food for the  pore families the teams visited. 




Stay blessed and peaceful! 

With friendships, Emanuel and Eli. 



“So always be ready, because you don’t know the day or the hour the Son of Man will come.

Matthew 25:13 NCV

About this month

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May is a month with beautiful memories for us and God continues to add many more to it.

On the 5th of May, we celebrated a year from our wedding and we can't believe how fast this year passed. There were amazing days and hard days for us but in all the situations, God was Almighty God and through and shaped us in all of these.

We are grateful to God for each of you who was with us in any form in this year and helped us see God`s calling to do ministry in Craiova.

Thank you for all your love and support!

As we said God is adding new joys to our joy and we say that because we will have in Craiova few teams with which we will work.

In this period I have learned to serve God not looking at others and I have learned to be a better administrator to what God gave me in responsibility. (Emanuel)

This May we served God doing:

  • cleaning the mission house for the teams;

  • helping with program for the teams;

  • donated clothes to the Roma community;

  • helping with English for children.

Prayer requests:

  • permanent and full financial support (to be able to serve full-time the ministry we need permanent support) ;

  • wisdom how to use the goods and the people God is giving us in Craiova (new projects, new opportunities);

  • to develop our spiritual gifts more and to use them for our God;

  • for our town and people to find open doors to their hearts (maybe sounds strange for you, but in our town and in special in the south of Romania you can feel the spiritual battle and the pressure, sometimes it feels physically too) so we need your support in prayer.

Thank you so much and God bless!

Emanuel and Eli Serban

Hurray!!!!

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We have so many good stories to tell you. As always, God has been such an Amazing to us.

First of all, I and Eli just turn 1 year from the moment we said yes to a new life and a new name(civil ceremony)  and we are so blessed to have one another, partners in the same work and life. We've learned many things in this period and God was working in our life so beautiful.

Now I can understand why the Bible says:

” Two people are better than one because they get more done by working together. If one falls down, the other can help him up...” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10.

As time flies, God is discovering us more and more how to be involved in His ministry. 

At the beginning of this year, I've had in mind to help our coordinator Raul Costea more and then God was calling me to be the Administrator of the mission house in Craiova and be more involved in working with the short time missionaries.

  In this period we had the chance to minister with a sweet family from America, cleaning the mission house and enjoying fellowship with them, passing food to the homeless, repairing things at the mission house, coordinate the fellowship department. 

We are thankful for each of you, for all your encouragements and support!

Please continue to pray with us for:

  • Wisdom in administration (people and things);

  • New opportunities for ministry;

  • For our City;

  • For the people are coming this year to serve with us on the mission field;

  • For permanent support and full support;


Thank you so much for being part with us here in Romania!

Emanuel and Eli  

Rejoice, my soul, the Lord is working

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Blessed be God for His faithfulness! I am full of joy at the thought that God is our teammate and that there are so many people from different parts of the world who love Romania, my country, my people.

This month we were blessed to have two teams of people loving God in Craiova. A team of young people from Arizona and the World Race team.

I was excited about the opportunity to serve with them. On this occasion, I was involved in several events. I had the chance to help prepareing the program for them, drive them in different places, to help share  invitations, to give New Testaments, do street evangelism, cleaning the town  and to help at organizing the two events that we had for Craiova.

There was a basketball event where dozens of young people in Craiova had the chance to meet young people from America and compete with them. Another was a youth evening where young people from Craiova joined and on this occasion they came to know us better, to know who we are and what we do, and some of them have chosen to be part of other projects we have (English Club).

We just wanted to be an example by cleaning the town, because God is calling us to be examples in every good thing.

We want to continue to pray for our city. God is ready to do miracles and He searches for available people for His work.

Pray with us for:

  • World Race team to be protected in the name of Jesus and find open hearts where they go;

  • For those that participated at the events, to continue to come along with us;

  • For wisdom to know how to take care of them, to serve them, to show them God`s love;

  • For God`s well to be done in Craiova;

  • Continue to pray for permanent support for our family and our projects.

 

How can you be involved?

  • Pray with us;

  • Encourages us;

  • Come along with us on the mission field;

  • Sponsors our projects and family.

The table of peace

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"In the evening Jesus was sitting at the table with his twelve followers." - Matthew 26:20 NCV

You can see that here it wasn't evening, but we decided to do what He did, so we meet our friends at the table of peace. 

If you followed our news, you know this family. It was for the first time they came in our home. We were so excited to have them and there is something we've learned by this thing, if you want to build relationships and make your own known, you have to let them come in your life, in your house, at your table. Living in a large town like Craiova, sometimes is hard to show your believe because everyone is bussy and doesn't have time to stop and listening to you. 

By building this kind of relationship you can show your believe very easily, because they see you as you are in your house. 

We had a wonderful time and we are thankful for every chance God is giving us to share the Good news, invest in people and build our relationships. 

We are very thankful for each of you, for your prayers and support! 

We wouldn't be able to do what we are doing without you! 

Prayer Requests:

  • Please continue to pray for our family, our ministry, and our town. 

  • Continue to pray for our finance, to have permanent support. 

Emanuel Serban - PIEI Missionary

A sweet friendship refreshes the soul

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What goes through your mind when you think about December?

When we think of December, we think about God`s goodness. He made the impossible possible for us.

Even if thousands of miles separated us, God has brought us near. Our friends and mentors, Talitha and Nate Myers visited us in this great month. After eight months of talking only through the internet, we could finally see each other face to face, work together, pray and share stories.

We were able to pass the invitation for the Christmas event, visit a family in Craiova even to decorate the little Christmas tree for our activities center.

Thank you so much for your prayers!

Pray with us for:

  • permanent financial support;

  • wisdom for new projects;

  • to develop a biblical study group;

  • to be faithful in any work that God entrusts us with.

Giving our hands and feet in God's service

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"Serve the Lord with joy" urges us Psalm 100 and that is why our hears obeys God in any work that He is calling us to.

They are the  Trenovici family, Mrs. Mirela and her son Stephen. He is 24 years old and when he was 14 years old he became blind. 

They are the family we visit weekly and in which we invest, to whom we speak about the hope of our Lord Jesus Christ.

They currently live in a single room and they needed a refreshment of the air in the house because of Stephan's other health problems and we were two days at their house helping them to paint the walls. 

Please bear in your prayers and bring before Him Stephen's problems.

Ask the Lord to open their eyes and see God a God who is not far away, a Friend, a wonderful Father. Pray that God will chase away the spirit of sickness from their home and bring His light and peace. Pray for Mrs. Mirela to be patient with her son and to receive from Jesus the power and love that she never felt before.

We know that God can change even the worst situations for the better, therefore, please come in our help with your prayers.

We want to remain faithful to God, therefore pray for us to have words of comfort every time we visit them and we are enthusiastic to see how God will change their lives.

We appreciate,

Emanuel and Eli Serban

Everyone has his role in God’s kingdom

I was thinking at the work that I am doing for my Lord and I tried to understand how important is my work for him and for His kingdom.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians, chapter 12 about the gifts that the Lord gave it to His servants and how important are each of them. I understood that I can serve Him with what I can do, to teach, so, this is what I am doing, English Club.

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This is the beginer group and I have 3 sweet ladies that are coming constantly and few that are coming occasionally. We started from the few words that they knew and now they can present themselves and have short conversations. Thanks to the meetings we have every Saturday, our relationship became much closer and we feel like in a family.

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This is the advanced group and there are 2 ladies that are coming every Saturday . We practice  english through conversations, audio files and different kind of games and activities.

God is good and He is working through this project giving us the possibility to serve the people and to show them love, and then to be able to show them the way to Him, who works through us for them.

May God bless you!

Emanuel Serban

New Opportunities Ahead

I will start by saying to all of you, thank you so much for the prayers! 

This month was a blessed month for us as family. God gave us so many opportunities to be involved in. 

We had great people to work with this month. We could show our love to the Roma community by helping them with clothes and powder milk for their babies or playing games and songs with them. 

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We were doing evangelism street and we meet beautiful people out there and some of them came at the event that our church had (Christian concert and socialized). One of the girls that Eli and WR were talking to is coming to Eli's English classes. 

I don't know if you know Stefan, but he is a 24 blind guy, that is coming to our church meeting for more than 2 months. And during this period we did home visits to his house every week and he is really enjoying this because he doesn't have to many friends. My wife is going to teach him English, starting next week. 

We are praising  the Lord for being so so so good with us.

Something really special that happened to us this month it was a dinner. One of my wife student from the English classes, came to our house to have dinner with us and three girls from World Race, she brought her son too and they could speak in English. The lady was really sweet and opened to became our friend. She is living very close to our apartment, so we want to continue to improve our relationship with them and with the others. 

Pray for them, for our ministry, for open doors in Craiova, to those who are ready to receive the good news. 

May God bless you! 

Ministry Updates

In March with God's well, I have started the E2E program of mission and evangelism. In this program I have studied 10 modules in 6 months.
During this period of time I got married with Eli, my girlfriend after 2 years and a half of relationship.


My activity is in Craiova, the town where I live now with my wife, where I visit families to have a strong relationship with them and show them the love of Christ that He has for them. Our activity as family it is extending in the social cases of Craiova. We are part of the Sunday meetings and we are responsible for the fellowship department.


Please pray for us, we want to develop a program together to serve our community and town.
You can be part with us by praying, encouraging and coming to help us in person for long or short time.
Best regards!