SAY YES TO GOD’S CALL TO SERVE THE OTHERS!

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1 Corinthians 3:9 says: "For we are workers with God: you are God's planting, God's building”. I was recently thinking about the importance of seeing the great honor we have to work with God. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, the color of your skin, whether you are bold or not, whether you are experienced or not. God can do great things with everyone who wants to be used by Him. At the beginning of the month we hosted two families -Kabelo and Claska, Hercules and Ina - from Nigeria, South Africa. They came with Guy and Cindi Madema. They were a team that I had the pleasure of working with. We were encouraged to see them close to us, with the desire to support us in the work we do for the Glory of God. We did home visits together, organized a VBS for the children in our community and spent time together discussing different aspects of the missionary work. We also prayed together for Comani and the missionary work here.

When you allow God to use you in His work, He touches not only the lives of those you invest in, but also your heart. That is extraordinary! There were situations when we wanted to encourage some families, we visited but in the end we realized that we were the ones encouraged by God. God is good and He knows our hearts better than anyone. We can hide from other people, but we can never hide from God.

We also had the joy of hosting a team of brothers and sisters, from Cleveland led by brother Valentin Tent. They were people who said yes to God’s call for ministry in Oltenia.

Cornel Stef, the president of the Partners in International Evangelism (PIEI) Organization, visited us with a team of brothers and sisters from Liberty Church and we were glad to host some of them. Thank God for their involvement in our lives but also in the work we do. I felt God's love through them, and we were encouraged to see their desire to support us in our work. Both women and us, men felt spoiled by the attention given to us, as missionaries. Most of the time we all focus on those who do not know God and we try as much as possible to invest all the resources in this direction. So, when someone organizes something for the missionaries too, you realize that it is such a treat! We are very grateful for this time and may the Lord reward everyone’s effort!

"Because we are workers with God" and this is what we want to be until the end of our days.

Please join us in our prayers for:

  • Wisdom

  • The protection of our family

  • A minibus for the work

  • Financial resources to buy the property near the church.

Alexe Costea - PIEI Missionary

JUST REST IN THE HAND OF GOD AND YOU WILL BE BLESSED

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Sometimes God decides to challenge us. He doesn’t force us to do His will, but if you decide to honor Him you realize how blessed you were by accepting His will. Many blessings have God prepared for all who choose to follow His plans. And I do not mean a lot of material belongings but spiritual ones, how enriched you are in your heart, in your relationship with God and those around you.

A while ago, Cornel Stef, president of the PIEI organization, which I am part of, asked me if I can host a family for two weeks. We did not know the family and they did not know us either. I only knew from the beginning that it was a family with 6 children, but nothing more. I talked to my wife about this aspect, considering that we also have 4 children. We decided that if the Lord put us before this we have to trust Him, and we were curious to see how God will continue to work. At the end of May - the beginning of June, we finally met. They were a wonderful family, some special people, but above all it was that inner feeling of belonging to a family that only the Spirit of God can give. We had the joy of working together in our community. We did home visits, worked with children and women. We have been able to meet new people, pray for their needs, listen to their worries, and encourage them to stay close to God, who gives you hope, peace, joy, but above all salvation. Just rest in the hand of God and you will be amazed by the way He works.

Another opportunity by which God wanted to show his love for the people in Comani was an event where the Gospel was preached, and the people once again heard about the Salvation in Jesus Christ. The event took place in the Cultural House in Comani. The American Choir sang Christian songs to praise God and some young people testified about the way God worked in their lives.  Pray the Lord to continue working on the hearts of this people and help them change their minds and hearts.

We are grateful to all those served us, and we know that every one of us is called to serve some way for the kingdom of God. It depends on how available we are to let Him use us. Maybe you are a person who is working in the mission field. Maybe you are one who is praying, or one who tells about us to other people, and you are trying to promote the work of God in Comani. Or maybe you write a message of encouragement that comes exactly when I need it. Maybe you are someone who financially supports our family or a project. We are all equally important in the work of God, we are all very valuable. Whatever you do for God's work, if you do it with faithfulness, you will surely be rewarded, for the Lord promises so.

Thank God for each of you! Be blessed!

Prayer Requests:

  • Wisdom in everything we do

  • Protection of our family

  • A minibus for work - we need to transport people in different situations but also for the bigger teams we host, to transport them to the airport or in different locations in the country.

  • The work with women - salvation but also wisdom to my wife to know how to get closer to them.

  • We want to buy the property next to the church (financial resources).

 

Alexe Costea - PIEI Missionary

 

SERVING TOGETHER FOR THE GOD'S GLORY

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We are thankful every day to see the way God surprises His people, both the team serving as missionaries in Romania and His people who serve Him in all capacities all over the world. He is always working all things together for the good of those who love Him and continually provides above what we ourselves could have expected.

At the beginning of this month, we were blessed by an event in Alba Iulia facilitated by Cornel Stef that provided missionaries serving in Romania and Ukraine an opportunity to meet together. For three days, the missionaries spend time together, shared testimonies of God's work in their ministries, encouraged each other one-on-one, worshiped collectively, shared meals, and received biblical training specifically for ministry. This time was a respite from the difficult spiritual battle of everyday missionary work, and it allowed us time to recharge our "batteries" before returning to Comani. We are grateful to those who organized the details such as hosts and meals in order to make this event possible.

As many of you already know, and for those of you who don't, part of our ministry concerns the Adopt-A-Family project which allows those who feel led to support a struggling family once a month with groceries, clothing, school supplies, etc. Thanks to this project, the Vesela and Jilavu families were blessed this month in the provision for their physical needs; please continue to pray for their spiritual needs, specifically that God would work in their hearts and that they would repent and turn to Him.

This month, we hosted the Parents' Vision Trip (PVT) as part of our ongoing involvement with the World Race program. We served along with the parents and the racers (over 100 people!) in the city of Craiova where we hosted an event that allowed parents to socialize with the local people with the help of translators. I was especially encouraged by an interaction with a woman who came to my table: she had been seeking God for a long time but was unable to learn about Him on her own. She said, "I have prayed to God many times, but nobody answers my prayers." She was very open to the Gospel and received her Bible with joy, kissing the book and promising to read it often.

We also spent time in Maldaieni helping with the eyeglasses event. We were able to provide spiritual counseling to the people in this village, who once again demonstrated the way God surprises us. These people were surprisingly receptive to the Gospel and brought my mind to Jesus' words that the "harvest is plenty but the workers are few."

Another day in PVT ministry brought a multitude of children: we met up with all the representatives of the villages in the area along with the children in their ministries for a huge event featuring face painting, games, singing, and Bible lessons.

Furthermore, we were blessed this month by gifts from two of our supporters that allowed us to add aesthetic and protective covering to the steps and ramp leading to the  church. We were also able to build a fence along the edge of the church property. It is encouraging to be able to make improvements to the space God has given us.

Lastly, Alexe and I are thankful to have celebrated 15 years of marriage this month!

 

Prayer Requests:

  • Wisdom in all that we do and the decisions we must make

  • Protection for our family

  • New believers

  • Open doors to meet new people.

Separate from Me, you can not do anything

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We are nothing without God and there is nothing we can do without His great power. He deserves all the glory for His work. We are just the tools that He uses to carry the Good News of the Gospel to those who do not know Him. It is such an honor that the One who created the Universe uses us, simple human beings. Each of you is important in God’s plan, whether you are directly involved in the mission field, whether you pray for us or you offer financial support, you are part of the missionary work in Comani. We all serve the same Lord and we all take part to the expansion of the Kingdom of God in Comani. When we see God touching people’s hearts and changing their lives, we can only give glory to God and enjoy His work.

This month, the church in Comani had the blessing to be visited by a British crew led by brother Nigel Worth. We served the community together, through various activities. We made home visits to build stronger relationships with the people we invest in and we prayed for people with various physical sufferings. We were glad to see the God’s work in sister Jeni’s life, who had strong knee pains. Every time she came to the church, she struggled to climb the stairs, but - glorified be the Lord -, after the prayer, sister Jeni felt so relieved she could even make some squats. She was very happy with God's work and she could hardly believe it.We had an event with women and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the women responded to the invitation and came to see that it was a day when they could work in gardens. It is very important in our community to stop and choose to come. 

Each morning, Brother Nigel spoke about safety, acceptance and significance in Christ. The people from our church attended the sessions but we also invited other people from our village. That's how Georgiana came to attend too. Georgiana is a 22-year-old woman, that grew up in a divorced family. At an early age, without any support from her family, she struggled to make her life better. She had a hard life, and after listening to what Brother Nigel preached it seemed to her that her problem was acceptance. At the end of the second session, she came to me and said that she finally understood that God accepted her and that she was determined to accept Jesus as the Lord and Master of her life.

I think Jesus can lead my life better than anyone’ Georgiana said. We were so happy for her choice, but we continue to pray that the Lord will give her power to live by His will. 

We had with us the Goghian family for a week, a family living in the north of Romania, in the city of Sfantu Gheorghe. Brother Rudi and his wife want to come and join us in the missionary work in Comani. Please pray that God make His will clear to us. 

Pray for two family's from our community, Fesanas and Veselas. They are two families who are included in the ‘Adopt a family’ project, a project for families who have no financial support and you can help a family with food, school supplies, clothes.Pray that God can touch their hearts and they see His kindness, which urges everyone to repentance.         

We were visited by PIEI America Director, Cornel Stef, who helped us understand how to have a better collaboration with our American partners.         

The second day after Easter, together with the brothers from Draganesti-Olt church, we organized a socialization event, where we aimed to build stronger relationships. Pray the Lord to give us wisdom in talking to people in our village, and at the same time for those who do not know the Lord to open their heart to Him.         

Thank you for your support and your help. 

Please pray for:        

  • Wisdom       

  • Divine protection for my family        

  • For Georgiana        

  • For the Goghian family to know God’s will

  • A minibus for the work I do.

 God  is good! All the time!

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God is our straight and each day He gives us  is a new opportunity for people to get to know Him and be saved in the name of Jesus Christ. Thus, we should be faithful to what God has entrusted to us. We must persevere and believe that people can be saved from Satan’s clutches. 

We are at God's disposal with all our beings and we desire to glorify the Lord every single day of our life. We live  to glorify God in our community, showing the love and goodness of God towards humans and His kindness that urges everyone to repentance. We take every chance we have to preach people the Gospel because we know that only the Truth has the power to makes people free.

 On the 8th of March (International Women Day) we managed to organize an event for women, with a group of sisters from the North of Romania,Cluj and Cut .30 women from Comani,non christians,attended. It was an extraordinary event in which I was able to see God's intervention. One of the lessons I learned from this event is that God only wants a heart which is dedicated to Him at any time. If you are willing to any work of God, without excuses, He can do great things through you. We presented Christ to these women through songs, poems, and a message from the Gospel. God gave us a really great time together and we pray that the seed sown in their hearts will grow. We are thankful to God for a group of sisters from America who consistently supported us in prayer for this event. We are all part of God’s work in Comani. 

We had a team of brothers and sisters from Arizona with us this month. During their staying in our village we visited the people we regularly work with. 

Some of the young people from Arizona testified how they became Christians, others encouraged them and we prayed for people and their needs. 

In the afternoon we walked down the street giving people vegetable seeds for their vegetable gardens. All for the Glory of God!

We were glad to serve God in Craiova at a social event where we had guests from America. We sought to serve wherever it was necessary. We had a wonderful time with new brothers and sisters in Christ and some people who did not knew God. We had the chance to preach the Gospel to them. 

We also hosted two families: John and Wendy Ernsthausen and Mike and Bonnie Corbett. They are very special people with a big gratitude in their hearts. We were blessed to have them in our house and to work together on the mission field. 

This month we were encouraged by the board of the PIEI organization, including Cornel Stef and Walter Windsor. They have served with much love and through this we felt encouraged. 

We thank those who pray for us, those who encourage us, those who carry in your hearts the missionary work in Comani, those who are financially involved. We are thankful to God for all of you and we want to bless you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

We still need your support in prayer. 

Please continue to pray for: 

  • Wisdom from the Lord in everything we do 

  • The protection of our family 

  • The women in our church and our village

  • A person to work with children 

  • Financial support.

Alexe Costea - PIEI Missionary

Plans according to God's plan

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In January and February we noticed a few aspects in our ministry:

We use to make plans in order to work in an organized environment, without chaos. However, the important thing is to bring our plans before God and to be open to the changes He may make. We must let ourselves be used so His will maybe fulfilled through us.

This is something that happened recently when a sister in Christ from a local church called me and expressed her desire to help a family in need from our village. We went at the store, bought a few things and we decided which family we will bless. The second day, while we were on the road, God changed my direction and told me to go to another family. There is a girl named Carina and they have big financial problems. Also, her parents are very sick but she is very good at school. I didn’t understand why but I listened God’s voice.

When I got there I understood why. It was Carina’s 9th birthday and for her was a day just like any other. When she saw me, joy overflowed. She couldn’t believe that I went there exactly on her birthday. I didn’t know that but God knew and He guided me there to bless her. We have a great God. Please pray for her and her family to see God as He really is.

When the power of God is manifested, we are overcome as servants. We are put in situations where the resources are nonexistent, but through all these problems we trust that we will see Him at work. Our strategy is to work with partners and God made things in such a way that one of my partners gave me full liberty to tell him about the moments of crises in our ministry. We experienced this a little while ago when a desperate family called me with the news that they need wood for fire. They had the hope that I could help them but, in that moment, the only possibility I had was to share my own wood with them. They refused and I was very concerned because I really wanted to help this family. When I started to pray, this partner popped in my mind and I called him. The following day, I could provide wood and also food to this family in need. The mother couldn’t stop thanking God for everything and also for the partner who helped them. So remember that when you get involved in a ministry,in any kind of way, you win more than one thing: you receive blessings for the Lord but also the prayers of those who were blessed by you. God bless everyone who is ready to listen His calling.

Also, the two families in the project “Adopt a family” experienced God’s blessing these months.Please keep praying for Vesela family and for Jilavu family so they can see God’s kindness and love towards them.

We also want to express our gratitude towards “Hope for Community” association through which we were able to bless many people with clothes and to “ProMission” Association which blessed many kids with cereals. May God repay every gesture of kindness.

Recently, we had a little project with the members of our church called “Love table”. In this time, we enjoyed the fellowship but also the food. We were very happy to have with us two people who gave upon church some time ago.A woman named Simona started to come again and Ionut expressed his desire to come back. His mother told us that he really misses the church and we are really happy to have him back. We never stopped praying for them and we never will until they are back on the Lord’s path. Please join us in prayer for Simona and Ionut.

Please pray for:

  • wisdom in all things;

  • protection over my family;

  • teams for evangelism;

  • the completion of the construction;

  • long-term missionaries;

God bless you!

Alexe Costea - PIEI Missionary

Serving God means serving people

This is the last month of the year 2018 and, while reflecting upon this year, we could see God’s blessings in every area of our lives. We had ups and downs in our walk with Him but He fulfilled His promises like always.  Jesus came into our lives to serve us and He is the ultimate example of how a servant must be. Serving God means serving people.

Because of the cold weather, we couldn’t find people on the streets so we went to their houses to tell them about Jesus.

Around 15 families were blessed with hearing the message of the Gospel through the carols of a youth group from Cluj led by Vlad Heuschi. We caroled a family where the man is blind and his wife takes care of him. I was very impressed by her faithfulness and her happiness for seeing us.  Please pray for them, their names are Costel and Leana. They need our prayers and they need God. This team also blessed around 150 kids with Christmas presents.

A group of brothers and sisters from Hope Church held multiple carol concerts in various mission points. One location was our village, Comani. My kids were in that group and they also went on the streets to invite people to the concert. We thought that people won’t come but God surprised us once again. Praises to God for everything!

We thank everyone for your support, for your prayers and for being part in our ministry here.

I pray that this year will bring fruits in our lives and in our ministry.

God bless you!

Alexe Costea - PIEI Missionary

God does everything in His time!

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"The harvest is great, but the workers are few" so we enjoy every time God sends people with a heart for mission. Recently, we had the privilege to have with us a team of 14 young people from Sebes and Cluj. They came here filled with the desire to be a blessing for others.

In December 21st, we went together in the village to share the Good News. We caroled a lot of people in Comani and we told them the true meaning of Christmas. It was a great joy for us to share with them the news of Jesus' birth and what it means for everyone. Besides the message and the carols we also gave them food packages and New Testaments.

In the afternoon, it was kids' turn to enjoy this holiday in an event made special for them. There, they received presents brought by the team. We thank God for these people who joined our ministry and for everyone who carries us in their prayers! Praises to God for the blessings He brings upon us!

Prayer requests:

  • New missionaries in our team

  • Changed hearts in Comani

Alexe Costea - PIEI Missionary

Use every opportunity to show the love and goodness of God!

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What is God’s will for humanity? He wants none to perish, but all to come to repentance. God's will is our daily goal, so we take every opportunity to preach The Gospel and do everything for His Glory.

Blessed be the Lord for the people who come to join us in doing His work in Comani. A team from Texas led by Brother Wayne F and Keith W served the people in Comani, showing them the love of God. We visited people at their homes and talked about their troubles. We encouraged people to put the Lord at the helm of their lives because He knows what is best for them. We held a program for women and the American sisters could spend time with women in Comani to share the Word of God and life experiences. 

Another opportunity we had to tell the Gospel was when giving people reading glasses for free. We had the opportunity to talk to many people, tell them about the great love of God and pray for every one of them.

We were also blessed to spend time with Brother Cornel and Gabi Stef. We felt loved and encouraged after spending time with them.

Everything we have is from the Lord. In everything we can see the goodness of God and the kindness that urges us to repentance. Our church wanted to show gratitude to God by celebrating Thanksgiving. We had the grace to look at how many blessings God has poured upon us throughout the year. We used this opportunity to invite other people in our village to hear the Gospel and in the end, we had the lunch together. Glorified be The Lord!

Please pray for the Veselas, that God will transform their hearts and open their eyes to see His goodness towards them during the past years. We invested in their family for the last 8 years. Their family was also admitted in the project "A fishing rod, not a fish”. They received a greenhouse two years ago, and it was a great blessing for their family. They worked hard, and God blessed their work and so they managed to financially support themselves, as they used to be very poor. With God’s help, we managed to build another greenhouse for them this year. We thank all those who have been financially involved in this project.

Please pray for all the people in Comani who have been financially supported, to see the love and goodness of God.

The winter has already come and evangelism on the street is no longer an option because people spend more of their time indoors. That is why we will start focusing on home visits and sharing church invitations in people’s mail boxes. Pray for this project, that anyone who reads an invitation to desire to know God, to have a real longing for the truth and to have no fear of the village priest.

We are thankful to all of you, who pray for us! Be blessed by the Lord!

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord

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It is wonderful to see God working among us and touching human heart.

People who do not know God need to hear the Gospel and to be served and loved with deed. There are people in our community, that we’ve been serving for several years and finally we started to see God transforming their lives.

Some of them let God model and change them, but others remain the same as we first met them. Since God is not bound in time and space, we are not always able to understand that He knows the right moment to make human’s heart surrender to His love.

In early August we hosted a group from PVT and we served together in Craiova. We shared flyers for various Christian events and prayed. We also served at Bals and shared people free reading glasses. We had the opportunity to meet people facing various problems that we brought to God in prayers. A group of children from another mission point joined us to organize an event for children in the park.

We are thankful for all those who join our mission in Comani and for those who take care of the people in need. The church of Barcelona decided to serve the Lord by providing money to buy fire wood for some families we try to invest in. A widow told me that the joy she felt when she saw us caring fire woods for her is hard to imagine. Blessed be the Lord for He is the only one who can touch human’s heart. Due to them, 5 families where helped.

We also joined the “Let's Do It, Romania” project with the Word Race participants. This project regards the cleansing of the public space in our city. We started in Draganesti and continued in Comani. People were impressed although some of them thought that we were punished. Some people even offered to buy us juice in appreciation of what we do. We testified God to many people in Comani by telling them that we do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus who forgave our sins. We collected over 80 garbage bags.

God uses everything for the good of those who love Him. Many years ago, there was a very poor boy that used to come to our house to warm up in the winter. He did not have any family and he had a very harsh childhood. Now he is about 30 years old and he is watching me in almost everything I do. He expressed his desire to help people in need in our community. 15 families where provided with food and 10 families with fire woods.

Thank you all for remembering us in your prayers. We saw the result of your preying in the way God transformed people’s hearts.

Please pray that God will send missionaries to join the team in Comani. Also, pray for wisdom in working with people and for a minibus which would allow us to help people with the transport.

Costea Alexe

Ministry Updates

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It’s a joy to share with you what God’s been doing in Comani. Our goal is the same as the Lord Jesus’: to search for lost souls and tell them the Good News. This is what we seek: to share the Gospel with the adults, but with the children as well, through different means. 

During International Children’s Day we had a special occasion to share with the children how precious they are in the eyes of our God, but we also tried to show them another aspect of this matter: that is doesn’t matter what family they come from, whether they have designer clothes or whether they have small houses or no car etc.

These things don’t matter in the eyes of God who thinks they have great value and they all are very special to Him.

 


Brother Kevin Weppler preached from the word of God in the church in Comani and the congregation was so happy for his visit.
Guy and Cindy Medema’s family visited us from the USA and Kabelo and Claske from Nigeria. For 2 days we had VBS for the children lead by the women, while the men and I visited families, encouraging some to follow Jesus on the narrow road, sharing with others the Gospel, praying for them and their families. We thank God for these people who give their time to God with the desire to be useful in His work for His glory.


Together with a group of young people who attend the discipleship school ‚Life of Christ’ from Valcele, Hunedoara, lead by sister Angelica Wenger we had different evangelistic and othr meetings. We were happy to serve a widow who attends our services with hepling her clean her yard, which left a great impression on her. The Gospel can be witnessed through acts of kindness as well. So we had these evangelistic visits. We distributed tracts on the street, talked with people about God who seemed to be open towards His message and invited children to the meeting that was about to be taken place. Regarding this meeting: a poliveman, who was offended that his children were invited to this program, took the whole group in his own car to the police station. The group was made of 3 people, Danut was one of them, one of the pastors of Speranta Church from Draganesti, who came to help us with the evangelism. Nothing happened, once they arrived to the station their personal information was recorded and they were told to go home, since the bosses of this policeman were not enthused by their collegue’s gesture. The children’s evangelistic meeting followed after this and around 40 kids attended it. Praise the Lord! We had a blessed time: singing, doing skits, playing games and we had dinner together, which gave lots of joy to the kids. After the end of the service the youngsters went home singing on the streets and when they met people they invited them to the church meeting on Sunday morning. We were happy to see new faces in the church after all this and we give glory to God!


We made progress on the construction of the building. We insulated part of the building and we pray for God’s blessing of being able to finish this work. Please pray for this work without ceasing, we need God’s protection continually.
Please pray for our safety, for godly wisdom in our decision making and in our working with people, new people in the church, the testimony of children in whom we invest. We need more people to join us in this work in Comani – please pray for these people! We see more and more the need for a minivan in our work – please pray for God’s providence!


Thank you for your prayers, thank you for taking part of God’s work here. You are welcome any time to join us long of short-term. Maybe you would like to give some days to God to serve in this mission – we welcome it with joy! Come and tell people what God has done in your life!


May God bless you!

Costea Alexe

News from Comani

We thank you all who are praying for us and the work in Comani. We have asked you many times before to pray for people who would dedicate themselves to the Lord and join us in this work we are doing for the glory of God here in Comani. It is not as easy thing to do to give up a life in a great city or give up a well-paying job or to give up a well-organized apartment, and the list could go on, and to come and live through faith and humble yourself and live in absolute dependency on the Lord every day.

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We had the blessing to have Rudi and Eva Goghian’s family as our guests from Sfantul Gheorghe. We happened to know them through some interesting circumstances, and for a week we had the opportunity to do lots together. 

They are a family who have a desire to serve the Lord wherever there’s a need, having a heart full of passion towards witnessing the gospel to those who know nothing about it. Brother Rudi plays the guitar and the organ which would be perfect for us. 

During the time they spent with us a desire was born in their hearts to be a part of what God is doing here, but they didn’t understand clearly if it was the will of God to move here or not, and we are praying together with them for this. Please pray that we as well as them would understand the will of God concerning this issue. We would want them to come, they would like that too, but we all want more than anything that the will of God will be done.


Another prayer request was that God would send us someone to coordinate the After School project that we want to start with the help of God in September. Cristina is a girl from Bacau who wants to come here for a year and during this year she wants to find out if this is the service that God wants to see her doing in the future. Please pray for her and for everything that she will be doing here.


Thank you for your interest in this work and may God bless you!

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Christ is risen!

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The Lord is great and His  love endures forever! This  month we rejoiced especially  for the Passover Celebration  during which we remembered  God’s love that He proved on  the cross, and the  resurrection of Lord Jesus. 

We had a dear brother from  Maine, USA with us as a guest  for two weeks this month. It  was and still is a great  encouragement for us to see  his heart full of passion and  a yearning to do awesome  things for the Lord. 

Through  his testimony and words the  Holy Spirit was encouraging  me in an extraordinary way in  some aspects of my life. 

We  are thankful to the Lord for  all of you who are investing  in us and our work here in  Comani.


On Passion Week we were  visited in the Hope Church of  Draganesti by a team from  Indiana, USA, led by brother  Cornel Stef. We had the  privilege to work for a day  with some of them, during  which time we did street  evangelism and home visits. 

It was a blessed time and we  could witness God’s guidance  in the lives of these people  through the discussions  during the home visits. We  ended the day with a women’s  meeting, led by Sister Mandi  Cornett – approximately 30  women attended this meeting.  Even in this matter we could  see God's divine intervention,  because this being Passion  Week we thought that the  women won’t be coming, but  Hallelujah! God is good! At  the end of the meeting a  woman who was sitting right  next to my wife, while she  was deep in thought on what  she was hearing, she  whispered to herself: “It’s  as if this woman (Mandi  Cornett) is describing my  life!” Please pray for Jeni ( That’s the woman’s name) that  she will decide to follow  Jesus. She was called and  convinced by God repeatedly,  but she hesitated in her  decision to follow God.

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Another family, Nigel and  Glenda from the UK visited us  for a week, during which time  we visited lots of people in  their homes and did a  conference in the Comani  church. The theme of the  conference was: Be free, stay  free, live free. People could  find out lots of truths that  set their hearts free.


We followed PVT during which  time we opened our home for 5  brothers who stayed with us  and together with the  Speranta (Hope) Church of  Draganesti we served for 2  days in Craiova. The first  day we visited the  Penitentiary for Minors in  Craiova, and on the second  day we attended an  evangelistic meeting.   
We thank you for your support  in prayer and in other ways!  Don’t forget that you are a  part of what God is doing in  this community, and one day  you will receive your reward  from God’s hand for  everything you are doing for  us and for the work here in  Comani! 

 
I will share with you some  prayer requests. Please pray  for us continually!

  • For wisdom in everything I do.
  • For protection for my family.
  • We need more people to move  here in Comani who would work for the advancement of His  kingdom.
  • We need a minibus to transport people in.
  • We need to finish the insulation of the worship building.
  • For the women’s work – for  wisdom for my wife in how to  lead on God’s way the women  who are open to the Gospel.
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8th March event / After-School Program

What a great thing it is to know you are in God’s will, in the place that He decided for you, doing the work He called you to do. He is the one who encourages us, who lifts us up, who hides us in the shadow of his wings. Blessed be the name of our Almighty God! Every day He renews our strength, and we pray that He would use us for His honor and glory in Comani.

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This year on the occasion of March the 8 th we organized a closed event during which we wanted to encourage in a special way the women who regularly visit our church throughout the year. We discussed the basic need of men: to be respected, but also the basic need of women: to be loved.

They were positively surprised to learn new things that they didn’t think about before, and they went home with new teachings which they wanted to apply in the lives of their families.

The Devil attacked a lot the families around us, and because of this we were grasping for every occasion to bring the truth of God about families in their homes. A lot of people live in marriages as two strangers next to each other, having only conditional love, serving out of obligation, and these things are very painful.

 

Together with some young people from the USA we visited the people in their homes during which they shared their testimonies about how they became Christians, and they encouraged people to have a personal relationship with Jesus.

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A lot of the people in our communities know some things about God, but the personal relationship with Him is missing entirely. We all need this relationship with Jesus. May God have mercy on them! I am sharing with you our need for a children’s worker. My wife, Veronica, is working with the children every Saturday using a program, but we see the need for an after-school program where the children would be helped with their homework. We also observed that some of them would need more than one (Bible?) program per week.

Please pray that God may provide our team with a children’s worker who would be a great help in the children’s work in Comani.

Thank you for being a part of this work in Comani! May God pay you back and bless you as well as your families!

 

Prayer Requests:

  • Wisdom in everything I do
  • God’s protection over my family
  • The completion of the construction
  • A minibus for our work, which we would be able to use for transporting people to the Speranta (Hope) Church, for the Sunday afternoon service, for the women’s meetings, but also for the children’s work: we would organize different activities in addition to the regular programs at the church (going to the park, meeting with other children’s groups, excursions etc.).

Pastoral Visits

We praise the one who called us to share with people His Gospel. God gives us strength, He supports us day by day and gives us grace in everything.

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In the month of February I tried to make as many pastoral visits to the brothers and sisters as possible, encouraging them in their walk with God, but I also had the joy of visiting together with the brothers from church Mr. Paul, a member of our church.

I had a blessed time while I could witness God working in the hearts of some people through some of the things experienced in the past, but also the fact that sometimes we can understand someone’s situation better, if we had to go through the same thing in the past. 

Praise the Lord!

Mr. Paul is a widower, raising his 14 yearold son alone ever since he was 9,and he doesn’t even have electricity. 3 years ago brother Marin’s electricity was cut for two years and going through this hardship he could understand Mr. Paul’s hardship as well, but at the same time he could encourage him to trust in the Lord because only He can give joy and a thankful heart even when
one’s situation is a grave one.

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The same month we traveled with some brothers to the Banat region where we presented the need for new workers and the program of equipping the workers,the program is called E2E, which is led by Raul Costea through the PIEI organization.

Please pray for the children’s mission so that God would contionue to work in the hearts of the children, enlightening their minds so that they would recognize that they need Jesus. 

There are children from families where they don’t even mention God, but it is an extraordinary thing that the parents don’t forbid their children from coming to our programs and in this way they can hear the good news.


I will mention a prayer request concerning the situation of many families in our community. We know that the Devil wants to break up as many families as it’s possible, and unfortunately he could accomplish this with at least 3 families from around us. Please pray that these people may know the Lord, and that they would let Him lead their lives and also to reunite these families, a service that may give glory to His name.

Please pray also for:
- the protection of my family
-the salvation of the people
- that the bondages of the evil one may be broken and people set free
- the finishing touches to the construction, the sealing of the building
- a van in which we could transport people.


Thank you for your support and may God bless you and your walk with Him!

Making Plans with God for 2018

Blessed be the Lord!

The Lord is worthy to be praised for the faithfulness that He shown us during the last year. We are convinced that "God is the same yesterday, today and forever" and we believe that God will show His faithfulness this year too. We put our trust in Him for everything. We want to be like some tools in God’s hands, that He can use to fulfill His great plan on earth.

We started this year encouraged by the Word of God that says: "If my people, on whom my name is named, make themselves low and come to me in prayer, searching for me and turning from their evil ways; then I will give ear from heaven, overlooking their sin, and will give life again to their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)

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At the beginning of this month, I and other missionaries had the chance to attend a conference organized by the Sumter . We went to Bucharest for a week and during that time we were thought to preach the Word of God. As part of my leadership, I also had a blessed time with the brothers from the GEM organization.

Studying Bible in a small group is very important for our church, so we continue to meet every Friday evening and let the Word of God change our hearts.

We also worship God as a family. Brother Marcel Cordos and his wife Angela, together with another brother from Alba Iulia, visited us this month. We had the grace of hosting them for 3 days. We spent a wonderful time together.

We wish that everything we do is immersed in prayer. That is why every morning, from Tuesday to Friday, from 9 to 10 am, we have a prayer time during which we praise God,  bring our requests to Him and put every day of our lives in His hands.

We pray for you, who stand behind our work, actively participating to everything we do. You are all very important on the mission field here in Comani. We are encouraged to know that there are people who pray for us and for the work we do in Comani.

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This is why we want to ask your support in praying for a very important matter. We want to refocus on the Gospel this year. We would like to make massive evangelism projects so that people get to know God as their Savior and understand that He has a plan for each of them. 

 

To make this possible, we would need people who want to put their time at God’s disposal and help us in this project, given the fact that we are operating in a community of about 4,000 people. I am convinced that there is a great potential in Christian churches to take part in this project. I also want to challenge you to put your time at God’s disposal and come to Oltenia this year to help us in preaching the Gospel to those who are not saved.

With God’s help, we want to organize an event for women on the 8th of March. We want to use this opportunity to present the Word of God. Please pray that God will change their hearts. Also, please pray God to provide all resources that we need in organizing this event.

Thank you for everything and may God bless you!

December 2017

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"I will bless the Lord at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth."
We are at the end of 2017 and all we can say is " Praise the Lord!!" because He was so good and faithful to us throughout the year. We are thankful for all He has done in Comani throughout the year and it's a pleasure for us to be a part in His plan here, in this locality.
At the beginning of december, we were with three young people in Alba Iulia at a conference, which was organized by the church, Armonia. We were glad to see how people love God and also how He could "melt" people's heart.
This year was blessed by Him with the visit of our brethren in Christ from Atlanta. They were a team led by our brother in Christ, Lanny Loe. They visited the inhabitants from Comani to bring the Gospel and to led them to God. The inhabitants were blessed in a spiritual way and also with food.
This month, we hosted , with God's help, our brother in Christ, Michael Dailey. He was with two brethren in Christ; we were so blessed with them there.
A team of AIM was at the church Speranța in Drăgănești for a week. We were also blessed to work with some of them: we visited some families and we offered them "spiritual and material food".
We served with them in Craiova in church and also we visited with them the Penitentiary of Minors in Craiova giving the Gospel to the young people. At the end of the day we invited people at the church and we prayed for each one.
Same brothers in Christ from Cluj came to bring the "Good news", singing carols, to the inhabitants.
Approximately 18 families were blessed with "spiritual and material food": every house which was visited, received food. These families were so amazed by what they received.
It was so amazing and we are so happy and honored to work with such people from Romania every year. They've been serving us for more then three years now with their time and work in Oltenia, in Comani and so on.
December is the "month of gifts" for children. More than 100 children received gifts and also they had the opportunity to hear the Gospel.
God bless everyone who has been a part in it.
We ended the year 2017 in our church, enjoying the blessing of God with all the people who love Him.


We started 2018 trusting in His sovereignty and His faithfulness.
Blessed be the Lord!! 

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November 2017

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Glorified be the Lord for His great power that accompanied us this month in our missionary work. The Lord is the Only One who deserves the honor and the glory for everything we did here. We believe that it is essential to constantly study the Word of God in a small study group. Every Friday evening, we gather to let God teach us how to apply the Gospel’s truth that is preached each Sunday morning. At the beginning of this month, I attended a conference organized by the Baptist Community in Oltenia, together with my wife. Brother Viorel Iuga was invited to preach from God’s Word. We enjoyed the quality time we spend, the spiritual food we received as well as the fellowship with missionaries from different villages in Oltenia. We spent a great time with Brother Cornel Stef who visited us accompanied by two other brothers from America. I received many advices, both personal and professional for which I am very grateful to the Lord. We thank God for the people who support us and invest in us. With God's help I also served in the Juvenile Prison from Craiova. We used different methods to share the Gospel to the children and teenagers there. Please pray that the Lord raise up people to join us in His work. As you know, we would like to start that after school program as soon as possible but we still don’t have someone directly responsible for this project. Oltenia needs people who make themselves available to God! We thank God for your support in the mission in Comani, for your prayers and involvement in the fulfillment of our projects. People are blessed in different ways, which shows the goodness of God. This way people in our community were very thankful when they received clothes from of HOPE FOR COMUNITY Association. We are very thankful to the German that is part of ADOPT A FAMILY project. This project gives people the opportunity to help a needy family by supporting them financially (with food, scholastic materials etc.). Veselas is a family in our community which has been part of this project for approximately 4 years. We thank God for the faithfulness of this German family! A family in a neighbor village was very blessed to receive wood for fire. We are thankful to the brother who has sponsored this action. I was pleasantly surprised to see that after I called for church’s help to support this poor family, all those who attended the Sunday service went home and each of themhave prepared all sorts of food. I must mention that many of the people who helped are not even members of the church. Please continue to pray for us and thank you for standing beside us in everything we did this year!

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October 2017

Blessed be the Lord for the power that He gives us every day in His work. It is His Grace who strengthens us when daily trials come upon us and when we are facing difficulties. This month we were blessed by feeling the presence of God when you are in His will.

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      At the beginning of the month, God gave us the opportunity of hosting a team of brothers and sisters from England, led by brother Nigel Worth. Not only did I host them but we worked together to spread the Gospel among people here in Comani. We made home visits to the people who use to come to the church, but we had the chance to visit other families too, who do not normally come to the church.

 I was glad to see how God changed people's hearts in a way that impressed them to tears and many of them prayed. Please pray that God will break the chains which keep the people as slaves of the sin.

     We also organized a special event where people received reading glasses for free. We also used the time we had so that every person who entered the building had the opportunity to hear about the forgiveness of sins in the Name of Jesus Christ. We also had a meeting with the women and they were encouraged to surrender all to Jesus. We were impressed by the way God works. My wife invited around 12 women, but she prayed that God would make it possible for the women He wants to be there and listened to the Gospel to come. We were pleasantly surprised to see that more than 30 women took part in this beautiful event specially organized for them.

The children were not left aside. We also organized a special programs for them. According to their age they could hear about Jesus by listening to Bible stories, they played and they had various practical activities. Pray for them that the Lord change their hearts. Bring in front of God the need for an after-school program, a program we want to start but still can’t because we haven’t found a person who wants to be involved as a teacher in this project.

This month we celebrated the Thanksgiving Day and we were glad to praise God for the goodness He had shown to us this year.

Please pray for the Divine protection over my whole family, for the people to desire the presence of God in their lives and daily consecration for church members.

I realized that for a better and more efficient organization when we have big teams, we need a minibus. So pleas pray for this need together with us and we know that at the time decided by Him, it will be fulfilled.

 We thank you for your support and for your prayers! Thank you for being part of what is being done here in Comani! May God help us not to get tired of working for His Grace, each one of us in the way we are involved.

May God bless you!

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September 2017

We praise God because this month He gave some wonderful experiences in His work here in Comani. We are confident that the church grows visibly by studying the Bible in small groups. Therefore, this month we began a small group where we meet all the people who want to know God better by studying the Bible. Let God work more and more in our hearts as a church and give us the desire to get closer to Him!

This month, a group of young people from Cluj responded to God’s call and came to Oltenia in Comani to serve God. There was a special program organized for the children. We also did home visits and the people were very happy to talk to us about God. On Sunday morning we worshiped Lord through prayers, singing and testimonies and brother Vlad preached the Gospel. Also, through this group God made it possible for the people to receive food and clothing. Glorified to be the Lord!

God calls us to proclaim the Gospel to people, and this month we served together with a group of brothers and sisters in Icoana. We walked the street and shared invitations to a church event where people talked about Jesus and received reading glasses in the name of the Lord.

We thank God for making it possible for a group of children to receive strollers and stationery at the beginning of the school year. 
This month we had a WR team with us. With God's help, we hold English lessons for the children in the village for an hour and a half every day.

We thank to those of you who are involved with us in the ministry work in Comani. Even if you are not physically here with us, you are still involved by carrying us in your prayers, and that is what makes you a part of what God works here in our village.

Please continue to pray for our family that the Lord will keep us safe and the church will grow both spiritually and numerically. Pray that God will send more missionaries, for us to be able to begin the thermic insulation of the church’s building and that God will send a teacher for the after school program we want to begin.

Blessed be the Lord! May God be with you in everything you do!