Part of the project “Getting a Savior” I visited Ioan Oprut in the town of General Berthelot. He is alone, and has no family. He is an old acquaintance with whom I talked about the times when we both worked at the UM Factory in Cugir. This time, I talked with him about the faith in God, about getting the Savior in the person of Jesus Christ. I recommended he read Isaiah 53, a place in the Scriptures that presents Jesus in the salvation process. I also shared with him how important is the personal faith and accepting Jesus as personal Lord and Savior. At the end of our time together, I realized that this man needs discernment, and only the Holy Spirit can convict him of his need to repent. He has a Bible and prayer books. He has a wallet filled with religious artwork. I continue to pray for him.
Another person I visited was Brother Nelu Neiconi. He has a stroke, lost his sight and is currently doing a treatment with injections in the eye. He is under stress and fearful of the condition he is in. My visit helped renew his hope in God who is in control. We prayed together for healing, and I advised him to leave all this worry, trusting God who will care for everything.
I also visited Herban Situ in Covragi. This time, I went with another missionary named Radu Onescu, to connect the two and create some accountability. O ur joy was full. The man explained and proclaimed his faith in God, and prepared to go to the local Baptist church. With him, his daughter shared her trust and faith in God. His physical condition became better right away.
Continuing the visits, I got to see Romica Turcu. His physical condition is bad, but the spiritual and emotional condition is strong. He has faith. He asked about life after death. I talked with him about Jesus in whom he must trust in order to get to God’s kingdom. I believe that the Lord will give him salvation.
This month we celebrated Thanksgiving at Paclisa and Barasti. Praise and worship was led by singers and Dorin Mara from the Betleem Church in Hateg. We also had funeral services for Sister Lenuca from Barasti. The service became an evangelism opportunity.
We thank God that the Gospel wins the hearts of people.
Ilie Mara, Missionary Pastor