The work with the orphans

The work with orphans in Abrud

I go to two orphan houses in Abrud (at Gura Cornii-8 young people at near the train station - another 8 young people)

Every month I visit and take them sweets and fruits (sometimes clothes) I tell them from the Bible.

They are interested in certain Scripture images (and color them together). It is right that their mental development is low but they certainely have a special understanding of the spiritual things.

It's very interesting for me to see how much they want to be visited (not because they get something) but because they need love too.

There are a few of them who spend time with some families from Abrud into their homes, but this does not fulfill their need for a true family to love them.

I pray for them and I want the Heavenly Father to protect them every day.

"The pure and unworthy religion before God, our Father is to investigate orphans and widows in

their troubles, and keep ourselves safe from the world "(James 1:27)

Please receive my special appreciation for your support!

May our Father in Heaven bless you each and every day!

Florin Botar

Important: Select Fund: ROMANIA MINISTRIES, Sub Fund: 24200 from the donation form

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Evangelizing the village of Luminesti

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I wish first of all to thank the Heavenly Father for his guidance and protection every day.

I also thank you, my partners in the work of spreading the Gospel in my area.

Lately, I had the opportunity to share the Good News both within the church and especially in some non-Christian families.

- a good opportunity to evangelize was at Ponorel - a time when the Word of God was solemnly proclaimed.

- at Sohodol in the family of Vetuta, a woman who is not far from the kingdom of God

-Visits to the Doric and Zorita family -all of them still non-Christian

At Ponorel meeting with Nicu (near the church) and with aunt Iulica and her entire family.

A great evangelistic action was in Luminesti (a village near Ponorel with many poor families), I met with the children and adults from this place and I told them about the Good News : Jesus Christ (see Photo: Luminesti)

Prayer request:

-for sister Livia-health problems with children

-for sister Fica, Lidia, Lenuta-health issues

- for both villages of Ponorel and Sohodol - people to receive the Salvation

-for two orphan children's homes in Abrud-which I visit every month

-for the the new-mission point of Brazesti and three non-Christian families from this village: Catana Emil, Gherman Dumitru, Morcan Ilie

 I greet all the love in the Name of Jesus

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Updates from Brazesti

At the churches in Ponorel and Sohodol and at the mission point in Brazesti, the week before Easter Sunday and during Easter, we had a wonderful blessed time. We interacted with non-believers with whom we shared about Jesus’ suffering, death and grand resurrection. People were very receptive and some even attended the church services at the two churches. At each of the services we felt the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the power of His resurrection filled our hearts. See photo Easter 2018.

Please continue to pray for:

-          The two orphanages in Abrud

-          For the mission point in Brazesti, especially for the non-believer families of Emil Catana, Dumitru Gherman and Ilie Mocan

-          For a new evangelism program at the church in Ponorel on May 27th at 6pm

-          For those who go through difficult situations: Vasile Coroiu, Aurelia Dragoiu, Sofia Mihet, Otilia Danciu

 

We pray for you and think of you daily. Thanks for all you do for us, in the Name of the Lord Jesus.

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Home Visits @ Non-Believers Families

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The mercy of the Lord has been with us this month and we were able to work fervently to spread the Gospel. During all the visits in the homes, both with believers and non-believers, I was able to share from the Word of God. I also visited the ones who cannot come to church from Ponorel and Sohodol, and shared Communion. Some of them with non-believers in the family, I invited to come to church. I met with Ms. Nicu from Sohodol. He knows a lot about the Gospel and came to church several times, and even prayed eloquently in church. In Sohodol, I visited Mr. Ion, a religious man who loves the songs we sing and the way we worship. His wife, Ms. Maria, is the one that keeps him away. She is very attached to the Orthodox Church. In Ponorel, I visted Sister Lidia who is sick. I saw her daughter Geta who is a non-believer. At her father’s funeral, Geta was touched by the Word of God, and since then she is more open to the Gospel. We all pray for her entire family. While visiting the family of Sister Sabina, we had a moment of prayer for her granddaughter Anca who has been diagnosed with cancer some time ago. We also pray for Sister Adriana’s husband, Jicu who is a non-believer, and for  the family of Brother Mircea: Adrian, Adriana and Deuta, all non-believers.

We met at the mission point in Brazesti (see photo) in smaller group this month. We want to continue the prayer meetings over the week in each of these towns. I also plan to continue to visit the orphans from Abrud.

With all the love in Christ,

Florin Botar

Christmas Time / Help for Poor Families & Childrens

Praise be to the Lord for all His help in 2017. Throughout hard and easy days we felt His blessed Hand with us. In December we had several meetings before Christmas when we sang carols and had talks about the birth of Jesus Christ. At Ms. Vetuta’s in Sohodol (our church neighbor), we had a great time of evangelism. She loves old carols, and we sang lots of them. At Sister Dorica’s in Sohodol we prayed together for her non-believing family, and sang carols for a long time. At Brother Morcan’s in Brazesti, we had great fellowship, celebrating the birth of our Savior. Before Christmas, we gave lots of presents to groups of children (see photos with the orphans in Abrud, and a very poor family with their children). They received clothing, food and toys. In Ponorel, we hosted our brothers from the Pentecostal church from Abrud. They sang lots of carols that energized all participants. We continued to meet in homes, for prayer. I saw many non-believing families.

Now at the beginning of the new year, I wish you special blessings from the Heavenly Father. I appreciate your support greatly. You are in our heart and prayer, daily.

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November 2017

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Blessed be our Heavenly Father who was with us this month as well. He did not allow any bad thing in our life. We visited many of the believers and non-believers’ families in Ponorel and Sohodol, and talked from the Word of God. In our area there were two funerals where many people attended. They heard the good news of the salvation through Jesus Christ. After the funerals, a couple of doors were open to talk to some of the non-Christian families. Also this month I started the weekly group meetings in homes. At these house meetings it’s easier to invite the non-believing neighbors.

At Brazesti, a larger village, 5km away from Baia de Aries toward Turda, we started a new mission point. Brother Morcan, our host, is the only Christian in the entire village. We pray God’s blessing over these places which are closed to the Gospel. For the church in Ponorel, it was great to see Brother Vasile, the church elder, back to church. He had been sick. Praise God!

Prayer Support:

o   For the non-believers from Sohodol and Ponorel, whom I visit: Nicu, Lenuta, Vetuta, Rodica, Iulica, Dorin, Marin, Marinela,  Ionut, Ion, Eleonora, etc.

o   For the Village of Brazesti, a new mission point

o   For the orphan children in Abrud whom I visit all the time

o   For the celebrations of the birth of Lord Jesus

May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all. Many thanks for your support in advancing the Gospel in our area.

October 2017

Praised be the Lord for this month at Ponorel and Sohodol. In each of these churches we celebrated Thanksgiving, a special occasion to invite the non-believers to hear the Word of God. In Sohodol, almost all our friends from the village came to church. They listened to poems, songs and Biblical message with great interest. After a week, I visited each one of them, and took a photo as remembrance from the event. Their sincere desire was for me to visit them to talk about wonderful things from the Scripture. Mr. Nicu from Sohodol said, very decisively, that “I know I need to be baptized; I know that salvation is only in the Lord Jesus. Please pray for me and my family; I also pray every day.”

I ordered 2018 calendars which I plan to give to my non-believing friends when I visit them to talk about the Lord Jesus.

Please pray for us. The next six months are great for prayer and evangelism in the homes. Thanks so much for all you do for us. May God reward you from His great riches!

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September 2017

In the month of September we had meetings with the believers in Ponorel and Sohodol and with the non-believers especially the ones in the extended families of our brothers and sisters. We had a special great time with the Dragoi Family (with Marin and Marinela who know the Word of God and are not far from repentance).

In Sohodol, in the family of Sister Fica, I met with Benone and Lili and their children (Benone and Lili used to attend church for a long time, but their faith weakened). We prayed for Sister Fica for them and we believe that the Heavenly Father can change their heart. Also in Sohodol, Sister Felicia (a strong believer) has big problems with her non-believing husband Nicu. He attended church several times in the past, but not lately. He had a car accident. He is very much against God and against the church.

This month we visited the church in Avram Iancu (see photo) and we had wonderful fellowship in the Word of God. I was glad to see them stay strong in the Lord and also see them shine a holy light, even as few as they are. I also visited Brother Tomos (95 y old), the oldest man in the church. He told me many things about the beginning of the faith in this area. We prayed together for furthering the Gospel in the Apuseni area.

Prayer Support:

§  For Marin and Marinela  from Ponorel

§  For Nicu, the husband of Sister Felicia from Sohodol

§  For Benone and Lili from Sohodol

§  For the harvest celebration (a thanksgiving celebration) in Ponorel and Sohodol, as a great opporuntiyt to invite the non-believers

Wishing you special heavenly and earthly blessings from the Lord Jesus!

Florin Botar

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August 2017

In the month of August I met with believers and non-believers in the area and had conversations on the Word of God. At Sohodol, Sister Lenuta, at 80, impressed me with her strong desire to share the Gospel to her non-believing neighbors. She visits them a lot and teaches them beautiful things from the Bible. I also met Mr. Nicu there. He is open toward the church. We have good conversations about salvation. He and his daughter-in-law came to church, and we were glad for it. His wife is close to the Orthodox Church. Sister Zorita has major problems with her son Adi (non-believer); we are praying for them. At Ponorel, Sister Mariana went through difficult surgery, and needs lots of prayer support. Sister Sabina shared the difficult situation of her daughter-in-law Anca, a teacher in the City of Campeni who might be sick with cancer. Anca and her husband Dorin live with Sister Sabina. They are not believers, and I could not connect with them so far.

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This month I visited the orphans in Abrud again, took some fruit and sweets for them, and shared the story of Joseph from the Old Testament (see photo).

Prayer Support:

-           For Sister Lenuta’s neighbors

-           For Mr. Nicu and his family

-           For Adi, Sister Zorita’s son

-           For Sister Mariana ‘s health

-           For Anca and Dorin

-           For the orphan children in Abrud and their teachers

 

With thankfulness and love,

Pastor Florin Botar

July 2017

Blessed be the Heavenly Father for His help in the month of July. The main activity was the children’s camp in Paltinis / Sibiu (photo: camp1) with a team from Grace Church from Normal, IL. At this camp, the theme was around Joseph’s life for the youngest children, and for the older children, the teachings from 2 Corinthians 5:17

June 2017

In the month of June we had several meetings in Ponorel, Sohodol and at the mission point in Baia de Aries with believers and non-believers. In Sohodol, I met with the Lobonea Family and Mrs. Vetuta, non-believers, and discussed many things from the Bible. The Lobonea Family is very closely connected to the Orthodox Church, but their heart is close to God. They had a strong Christian mother who prayed a lot for them. In Ponorel I met with Mrs. Geta and Mr. Jicu (non-believers).

May 2017

Praise God for the kindness He has shown to us this month. I have continued to visit the brothers and sisters in Ponorel and Sohodol, and set up weekly meetings with non-believers.

In Sohodol I meet with Mr. Nicu and his wife, and with Mr. Ioanea and his wife, people who like spending time with us talking from the Word of God. They, at times, attend church.

In Ponorel, there are Mrs. Rodica, Craciun and Iulica, as well as Sister Adriana’s husband (Jicu, non-believer), and the family of Brother Mircea, all non-believers.

This month I had a special experience in Sohodol. Brother Mastan, a man who fell from faith for many years, and for whom the church prayed for a long time, the day before he died, he confessed all his sins. His prayer, with deep aguish before God, impressed me and his family. I believe that he found forgiveness with God during the last moments of life. His wife has strong faith, and her life with God has been a great example for him.

The church in Ponorel is praying for Brother Aurel who is very sick. The last time he was in the hospital I talked with one of his sons and encouraged him to put his faith in God. He wasn’t a believer.

I also visited the children in the orphanage in Abrud.

Thank you for all the prayer support and for the generosity you have shown to me and for God’s ministry every month. May He who is rich in goodness reward you hundred-fold.

Pastor Florin Botar

April 2017

Blessed be the Heavenly Father for His care for us in the month of April. I worked in Sohodol, Ponorel, Baia de Aries and Abrud (at two orphanage houses). While celebrating Easter, I went to these orphan children to take clothes and food (fruit, sweets and more). It was a great opportunity to talk with the children and with the administration staff about Jesus’ resurrection.  Before Easter, Cornel and Gabi visited us, and we went together to visit some of the families in Ponorel.

March 2017

Blessed be the Lord God our Savior who daily bears our burdens”. (Psalm 68:19) In the month of March, the Lord has been my portion, and His hand of blessing has protected me from evil. I visited some of the sick in the area (brother Candin and sister Valeria); we prayed together and I encouraged them.

February 2017

God has blessed us this month more than we expected. I have continued to work for the Lord in Ponorel, Sohodol, in Baia de Aries and also in the two orphanage houses in Abrud. Every time I connected with non-believers, I shared the Word of Life. I had long conversations with two of my friends in Baia de Aries, Robert and Stefan. We pray for guidance for this place because the house where we meet is up for sale, and we currently do not have another location for prayer and fellowship.

Updates from January

January was a month filled with snow storms, bitter cold and difficult road access especially around hills. However, I got to make home visits to the believers and non-believers. Some of the church members ended up in the hospital, like brother Mircea, and others had family issues. I got to spend time with each of these and pray together.

News from November

At the church in Sohodol, Mr. Nicu shared a testimony that moved  our hearts and strengthened our faith. He said: “My family and I went through a difficult situation with our son Darius. He has been sick for awhile, and was seen by many doctors, but his health was deteriorating. I had heard you were praying for the sick at church, and I asked you to pray for him. From that moment, Darius’ situation had improved gradually. God listens to prayers and makes great miracles.” This testimony came from a man whose heart had been changed by faith. We pray a lot for his whole family.