A Life exchange!

Because of the lack of space I cannot share with you all the wonderful things that God did in the past few weeks, but I want to give you a taste of what some of the young adults have experience from our first exchange of experience trip in a city in Transilvania through AFECT life Exchange!


“An experience that marked me”, says Corina, a 17 years old girl, “an experience that changed my life. Personally, in my whole life I have not meet people more loving and compassionate like those in Târgu Mures. They inspired me completely, becoming a model for my life and I was inspired by all the beautiful places, rustic and original, because of their special beauty. I wish all such an experience!!”


Denisa, 16 years old, the sister of Corina said: “In Târgu Mures I meet wonderful people and gorgeous places. It was a very beautiful experience where I learned many new things and where I got more closer to God.”


Antonio, the age of 17 said: “It was one of the greatest experience of my life! I meet new people, in a way I found my self and I finally visited Transilvania! Thank you so much!”


Lourdes, 17 years old, the twin sister of Antonio said: “For me personally, this trip was a totally special experience. I discovered new things, a beautiful landscape, the people with whom we spend time were totally awesome with an enormous heart and love for hospitality. It s like they rinsed my eyes. I felt totally different because they made me see how much love they have and helped me see God in a totally new light, more carefully! I don’t have anything to pick as what I enjoyed most because everything was wonderful!”

I thank you all for your prayers and for comming alongside us in making possible, with such a force from the Holy Spirit, this unforgettable experience! Without you this trip would not have been possible! Craiova is full of young adults that can enjoy unexplored areas, can experience the force of Gods love manifested through His children but also that can open before the reality of a personal God!


I want AFECT life Exchange to be the means by which highschool and college students can explore Transilvania, and other countries, but most of all, to see the image of Christ in the life of  young people from the curches with whom I will partner for future trips!


Now, I keep it touch with these group, through personal and group meetings, in the context of Alfa course where they can grow in knowing Christ and continue to experience the love of God!
I cant wait for the next AFECT life Exchange trip, where, maybe, you also have a chance to share something of your life with them!

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“God is the only God, and God is not alone!”

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“God is the only God, and God is not alone!”  This remarkable statement encapsulates the unique biblical perspective regarding the nature of the Godhead, which is love in a relationship of self-giving.

It comes from the mind and heart of a man which I had the opportunity to translate for at a book launch in the Public Library in Craiova.  Ellis Potter, a former budist monk, had a world view seminar in Craiova, where I learned so much about the importance of a biblical worldview as a christian in a pluralistic, post- christian world. I had the joy of bringing with me, every day, a different young adult, to listen to this professor, who is also a pastor, and ask him questions.
Please ask the Lord God to reveal His nature to Cosmin, Alexandru, Marius and Antonio, through the means they need it.


Also I had my last course for my masters in practical theology at TCMII and after that I attended for the Al Massira training! Glory to our loving God for Al Massira!


 Together with a wonderful team from different cities and countries we were amazed of the price and dedication that brothers from the Al Massira team demonstrated to create this video course addressed to those who come from a middle east countries!


Please pray for a new beginning with Al Massira in Craiova, guided by the Spirit of Truth! May my muslim friends and others be overwhelmed by the good message, love and truth proclamed and demonstrated, not only through Al Massira, but through our relationship with them!
Therfore, bring before our loving God and Lord in prayer, the begining of a new evangelistic group among muslims using Al Massira as a tool! I also want other christians to join in this team!
Also, together with a group of youth, will be in a town in the center of Romania, to be with a church for a unique excha nge of experience! THis will be the start of project AFECT life Exchange, dedicated to building relationships based of christian values, exchange of experience in different romanian cultures, in partnership with local churches from those cities!Please pray for this new project!
 
Thank you so much for your support and your friendship, wherever you are!
With love from Craiova,
 
Jurge family

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood…”

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Truly I had opposition from this ungodly system that expresses its dislike and reluctance over the things that bring into discussion the Creator and His works of wonder! Those that lead the Public Library decided, groundless, to cancel the event that initially was accepted. It was about a lecture I wanted to have about the reliability and historicity of the New Testament texts! I wanted to generate a debate so that people will see how well we stand regarding the accuracy of the text that we have so that they cand trust what the first authors wrote. I was very discouraged!

But thanks be to our God that in this month we also had a quest, a anglican vicar, a man of God that spend some time with us! He encouraged me so much!
Then, with our Lords grace we had five days of retreat in a camp in the North of Romania. There we meet with some of our sweet friends, a romanian family, Sami and Ruth, that minister in a village near Sibiu.
All of these experiences made be remember that victory and the consolation to press on comes through seeking Gods face above all thorugh prayer in humillity and worship! Especially in this part of Romania, where the spiritual fabric of the people is very tangled with secularism and paganism!

Please continue to pray for me as I seek the Lord and His guidance above all, for our joy and perseverance! Also this july I want to start the Al Massira course for muslims. May the Holy Spirit guide me to know how to start a group and to give the muslims a chance to understand the glory of the Gospel of Christ!
And finally, Ellis Potter a former budist monk, now a man of God, a writer and international speaker will be in Craiova and together with Youth With a Mision we want to have an book launch at the Library! Ask from the Lord an open door for the people to hear this man speak about christian world view and the dualistic world view.
 
Thank you for your friendship and support in prayers!
With love from Craiova,
Jurge family

 

Believe and do not search!

This is the popular phrase in an orthodox enviroment like this in Romania. I had the priviladge of being invited by a orthodox profesor from the University, to the international congress for young orthodox . He is my age, but he is very open to dialogue with an evangelical and recognizes that the orthodoxy lacks a personal aproach to Jesus in an every day commitment to follow Him and that orthodox people dont know the Scriptures.

At the congress I saw over 250 young adults and I could really see the need that they have in understanding and experience the transforming power of studying the Scriptures and that God calls them to a personal, lively relationship with Jesus our Lord.

My goal is to be ecumenical and address this need for the orthodox students at the seminary, with this orthodox profesor that invited me. I mannaged to meet this orthodox profesor through Otniel Bunaciu, a university profesor at Baptist Theological Institute in Bucharest.

Pray for an open door where me and this profesor can encourage and bring the seminary students to a personal knowledge of the Lord Jesus and to study the Bible.

 

I thank you all for your prayers and to the Lord because the prison ministry in Craiova started. I am part of a team of ten persons and we go with ethical and social educational programs for the prisoners. My role is to observe a teaching material and teach it to the prisoners, but also, with tact, to give them a taste of the truth of Gods Word that can bring them into salvation.

Pray for this ministry, as we want to gain our trust as a team that represents Rock of Ages Christian Organisation, and also to build up relationships with the staff of the prison and with the prisoners.

Also pray for a planned trip in 20th of August, a trip that is part of a program that I want to implement among the Craiova university and highschool students. The program is called AFECT Life Exchange where I want to give to the young adults the opportunity to visit beautiful cities from Transilvania. Many students have not traveled to Transilvania. I planned to spend three days with a church for a exchange of experience in Târgu Mures, and the posibility to know the beauty of the culture, thorugh different interactions with christian students, cultural events, games, visiting touristic areas and fellowship.

 

I can do what you can`t do. You can do what I can`t do. Together we can do great things!                                                                                                  Mother Tereza

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Mission Updates / Events

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I had unique moments with a group of girls, that were doing missions in 11 different countries. They were in Romania now. This allowed me to meet with the students that I know and in whoose life I want to see a transformation done by the Spirit of God.


I finished the series of debates and dialogue at the Public Library, and I dared to proposed to continue meeting for the Free Dialogue Club and of watching other documentaries on the truthfulness of the biblical events and of the New Testaments texts.


In this way we can bring to the mind and the heart of people, young and old, why should we believe and trust the God of the Bible, reveald Himself in Jesus. I want to do this in a contex of freindly, non-agresive dialogue and proclamation.


Pray for these objectives, that the Spirit of God to testify to their hearts that Jesus is Lord and we are called to trust in Him.

 


The last two weeks of the month I had to courses for my masters program in Practical Theology, at TCMII. One in Bucharest and the next in the North of Romania, near Zalau. When I came back to Craiova, us as a team of missionries had an event where we invited people to be a part of our next step in church planting, together with the team from Adventures in Missions, USA. At our table there were some young adults  and university students, muslims, with whom I meet regularly. Please keep them in your prayers.

Your support through prayer, engouragement and in other ways, make these relationships and activities possible.

With love,
Jurge Family

Spreading Gospel to Muslims

March started with a visit to the city mosque, where me and a missionary from USA, Samuel Peters, have been to talk and ask some questions to the muslims. Islam  is a missionary religios, and the sad part of  it is that many romanians turn to islam, also many romanian girls choose to follow Muhammad because of their relationship with a muslim.

At the mosque we interacted  with a Sheik from Palestine and he invited us to launch where we had the opportunity to proclame Christ to more than 20 muslims.

We answerd to some questions and I gave a New Testament in Arabic to the Sheik as a gift. The muslims were so impressed when they saw a New Testament in Arabic. Pray that the Lord will use that small New Testament to bring people to the Saviour!

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Also God worked in such a wonderful way, when a Highschool teacher c from Valley Christian Hight school Arizona forgot his passport in a different city and could not enter the prison with his group anymore. He spend some time with me and finally came with me to my event at the public library where he addressend a group of 20 college students that were studying english and other langauges. We had a great time, been welcomed at the library talking about absolut morality, the meaning of  life, values and ultiamtley about how all of these have a foundation only în God.

In the last two weeks I had been with a church in Cluj-Napoca, where I did ministry among the university students joining Vlad Crizni, the director of Ravi Zacharias International Misnitry for Romania and a group of students from Oxford Center for Christian Apologetic. My purpose was to expose the vision and need that Craiova has for effective evangelism with academic excellence and with the hope that next year a team from OCCA will come in Craiova also.

Please continue to pray for God's work done here in Craiova because there are many projects that I want to do this year:

1. Al-Massira, video course to evanghelize the muslims in a small group.

2. Talks at the Public Library about  How Christianity changed the world

3. TO strenghtening the relationship with the young adults through personal development projects and life excange experience projects of this summer.

4. Starting the Alfa Course with the colllege and high school students this fall.

5. The socio-educational minisry in the prison in partnership with Rock of Ages

I cant do what you can do. You cant do what I can do. Together we can do great things!                                                                                                  Mother Tereza

Relating with Youths

The group of six youth from the age of 15 to 17 years old that Antonio introduced me to are very precious. One of them is Antonios sister, that brought with her some of her friends. They need so much to be shown christian love and to experience a christian friendship based of values.


My desire is to help them first of all spiritualy to know and trust the Lord, but also to come along side them in helping them to grow personally so that through all, God will inspire them and give them a vision for their life regarding their proffesion, relations, their place in the world and their value. Pray for this group of six young people to come to the knowlege of their need of Jesus at this age and that they can say and do something important in this world.

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One of the last events that we had together with this group was at the public library, where we meet to relate, fellowship, watch a documentary film and talk about the complexity of the Universe and of our life.


The lady from the library is Mrs. Carmen, and she was the one that really was against me and my desire , at the begining, to have meetings for the young at the library.


But now her heart is soft and really apreciate what I m doing and she is looking forword to have future events like that and also to invite speakers that will aproach different topics on life, Universe.


My strong desire is to have discussions where Gods Truth in Jesus can pe proclamed with boldness. For this there is a lot of prayer required and dependency on the Holy Spirits work.
At that last meeting at the library, there was also this romanian couple from Craiova, that went to India for one month to practice yoga and maditate. This fenomenon is more and more intense among the people.


Therefore the need to proclame the Truth of Jesus is absolute, but this must be done with wisdom, respect, tact and pacience, while we wait on the Holy Spirit to open doors.

I can't do what you can do. You can't do what I can do. Together we can do great things.                                                                                                                                   Mother Tereza

Bible Training / The Truth Project

January started with a week of intense training in using Bible in story telling. To proclame the Gospel and different biblical storyes to familiarize the people who dont know the Bible or do not read the Bible in a culture where people love storyes, is very relevant and necesary.

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So, I had the great opportunity to share the story of Joseph to Calin, one of the college-student who graduated from dentistry, who was steuggling with the lack of a job, money and a future.

He manage to learn from the story that being a man of integrity, hard worker for the sake of work not money and obedient to God above all is the hope and the future for a fruitfull life.


I continued to meet with the young adults for the Truth Project, and Antonio, one of the teenager, introduced me to a group of five

young people with whom I want to have different social and cultural events at the public library and at my home.  
The young hunger for acceptance, love and help from someone older that might give them a sense of direction and support in life.
Please pray for this new group in which I want to invest, so that they will start to trust the Lord Jesus more and more, but also to fullfil their emotional, relational and social needs.

Please continue to pray for the urgent need of setting up an association to work with the young adults in a more effecient way. In this way we could tie partnerships with highschools, the university, public library and with other institutions in Craiova and reach the community with the Christian values in different cultural, personal development projects and life exchange programs.

 

November 2017

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November was the most intense ministry month of the year 2017. I had the privilege of working together with a group of seven american girls from Adventures in Missions - Passport Team and with an wonderful american brother that stayed in our home for a week.
Thank you for your prayers regarding the beginning of my small group for The Truth Project and the beginning of our meetings in the Public Library.
We started a club called Free Dialogue Club where we meet to fellowship and discuss about different biblical, philosophical, historical, scientific topics where people can feel free to ask questions, be informed and encouraged to think critically from a Christian World View.

We had two meetings for the Truth Project with the young adults and one meeting in the Public Library, where we celebrated the Thanks Giving Day and talked about the history and the groundbreaking values of the pilgrims. The lady at the library, when we finished our meeting told me that we were really “lucky” to be able to meet here because there was a different event scheduled for those hours, but because the leader of that event did not called to inform that they will meet, those from the library considered the event cancelled and thats why we were accepted. But we know that our Almighty God was the one that made an open door for us. Glory to Jesus!
During my time with the Christian brother from USA that stayed at our place we had so many opportunities to testify and serve those in whom I want to invest as disciples.
There is this young romanian adult named Roland that experienced repentence while talking with us in the mall. He is seeking to know God. Pray for him.
We also started to meet in our new church location for Sunday as a comunity of believers, while from Thursday to Saturday each misionary is involved in evanghelistic outreach, seeking new way to know people and serve them, making every effort to spread the Gospel through our deeds and words.
My vision for Craiova is: “To serve God, by serving different people groups, while I generate a discipleship groups movement among them.” Please continues to pray for:
The prison ministry that I will start January of 2018. I need a team of 3 persons for this educational project called Hope for the Prisoners.
A partnership with the Countys Library where they will be open to collaborate with me

October 2017

“A Christian is a free man, bound to no one.

A Christian is a servant, indebted to all.”

                                                                                                                 Martin Luther

 

October was a different kind of month for the ministry. I interacted with people that I never thought I will interact, and especially in such a natural and cordial manner.

It s interesting to note that not all the time our plans and desires fullfil. And that is not a bad thing, if there are other plans in sight that will accomplish for Gods glory.

We did not went to Cluj with the boys, as I planned, but I understod that it was the best choise in the end.

I continue to met Marius Militaru every week to pour in his life what God gave me and to be witness to what God is working in his life to become more and more like Christ. We had personal and group meetings together for fellowship, games and spiritual conversations.

I continued to meet at the Countys Library with different young adults where I had the privilege to know and relate to three persons.

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One of the is Simona, a college student an a former Jehova Witness, the second is Alexandru a PhD student very pessimistic about life, and Alex an MA student that had some spiritul experiences with demons.

I met with every one of them individually. With Simona at our place where Dana, my wife, met her and she is a seeker for the Truth.

I plan to start from 11 November two meetings per month with there persons that I met in these places and with others, where we will have fellowship and discuss a video course called The Truth Project, which is a sistematic and comprehensive biblical world view guide through all the fundamental questions of  life.

The last thing I want to share with you is about the collaboration that I want to have with an orthodox Church in Craiova. I meet a priest that was very open to dialogue and to work together in different projects where we simply want the people in Craiova to see and feel Gods love for them and the goodness of Christ.