November 2017


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!


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


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.


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.

Florin Botar - August Newsletter

During the month of August with continued the work of evangelism in Ponorel and Sohodol, and at the missionary center in Baia de Aries. In Baia de Aries, a young man named Gelu, who is not a believer but is eager to learn about the Word of God, came to join our prayer group. I talked with him for a long time and I encouraged him to read from the Bible daily, and when she sees things he does not understand, to write them down so that we can discuss together.

Florin Botar - July newsletter

For a long time I have longed for a special evangelization service in Ponorel Church, this is why I have invited a group of young people and two pastors to have a lovely fellowship before the Lord. We have had unsaved people coming to church, I was surprised to see thedm, and after the service, the sisters have prepared food for all. May God work in the lives of those who have heard the Gospel, and convince them to repentance.