Meet the PETRUȚ FAMILY
Meet Pastor Daniel Petruț, his wife Rahela (Rachel), daughter Teodora, and son Filip.
They were our closest partners in ministry on several occasions this year, both in ROMANIA as well as in UKRAINE.
We spent some time with the Petruț family last year also, visiting their mission field in the village of Mihalț Alba District, where pastor Daniel works with the village children and youth as well as surrounding villages. We were delighted by the group of children who gather on a regular basis in their front yard for a weekly bible club and it was then when we were thinking of taking this family along with us to Ukraine for our annual summer camp.
She is a very gifted teenager, who has a beautiful singing voice, and she is using her spiritual gift to serve the Lord with her family. It is so rare and so precious to see a young lady serve alongside her parents and also be so tender and kind to her little brother. We also got to see Alexandra be herself around other teens at Camp in Ukraine, happy, social, and very friendly.
The most amazing was to see how loving she is toward her aging widowed grandmother, taking the time to play table cards and spend quality time with her!
This is a very unique five year old, who has the vocabulary of a grown up, an amazing memory for Bible verses, who also loves to sing and praise the Lord, who in one minute acts and speaks like a grown man and in the next has a temper tandrum and is just a little boy! Filip is a totally delightful young boy who will entertain you for hours in a long car ride from Romania to Ukraine and back (10-12 hours each way) and will not complain much, but make the ride so much more enjoyable!
We enjoyed getting to know Rahela, and seeing the interaction between her and the children. We could see the investment she is making in Bible memorization and singing and in keeping the family unit serving together. She is also a lot of fun, her charm and personality so vividly seen especially in her little boy!
DANIEL (PIE Missionary Pastor)
Such a talented servant, full of love, passion, care, tenderness, lots of talent! Pastor Daniel has extended himself so much, giving of himself so much to the point of becoming physically sick and ending up in the hospital! The needs of the people are so many and the workers are so few. Even among the believers there are so many issues, and pastor Daniel wears many hats. From working with children at the public school in town and driving the school bus, to pastoring several churches, to couseling and taking care of several congregations of believers in several locations that are spread out. Yet he and his family took the time to go to Ukraine with us to invest in the young children’s lives over there during the Summer PIE Camp.
We were also so blessed to visit several of the churches pastored by Daniel, and go on home visitations together. Our hearts are kneat together and our partnership in ministry has been lifted to another level of friendship and trust.
We give God all the glory, and we thank the PETRUȚ FAMILY for serving God by serving others.
Cornel and Gabi Stef