November 2017

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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

October 2017

I thank God for the good health He provided. At this time, I am fully back into ministry. The brothers and sisters were glad to see me back, and I was glad for their prayer support. May the Lord be glorified! During the time I was sick, I became more sensitive to the hardships of others. I continued to connect with the sick or the ones with big problems, both the believers for encouragement and non-believers so that they become saved.

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A special case, unusually difficult, is that of Corin Neiconi who had eye surgery. Due to water retention in his body, there were many complications where his life was in danger. He ended up in ICU on oxygen. Only God was able to save his life. He is n ow recovering, and is walking with a cane. He lost over 40lbs. I have included him on my permanent prayer list, and constantly pray for his health. Another case is the one of Ionel from Barasti, suffering from asthma. I visited him, encouraged and advised him to trust God fully.

I also kept close the fellowship connections and collaboration with the churches in Hateg. I served in the church in Carnesti, during Thanksgiving and Communion. Serving in such a way is necessary and welcome, when we come together for fellowship and Scripture study. This is how we learn, and build each other up.

On Oct 15th, in Farcadin, Sister Adela Oprut went to be with the Lord. We had two wake services and the funeral service. Family, friends, relatives, neighbors, and people from other villages participated. Pastor Alin Bogdan joined me in officiating the services. The church from Hateg came, and sang. We also had Titel Munteanu, a Christian singer, sang a few songs. These services became evangelistic, where the Gospel of repentance and salvation was preached. We were gathering for church services in Sister Adela’s home. Since her death, Sister Adela’s children did not allow us to continue meeting in her home. I firmly believe that the Lord will open another door in this village.

We continue to pray more fervently that God would fulfill His plan and His will in Farcadin and Hateg.

September 2017

We started a new Bible study called “Victory Through Faith” done every Sunday until the end of the year. The study serves to check and strengthen the faith of the believers, in the times when apostasy is evident. We continued the project called “Getting a Savior.” This is one of the most important projects which I took on with full responsibility. I visited a former colleague at the hospital in Hateg. He had very little chance to regain good health. His name is David Moisescu from the City of Hunedoara. He has been living alone since his wife died, and he frequently goes to Timisoara for treatment to unclog his veins. He is also on my permanent prayer list. I told him about the need for a Savior, in Jesus Christ, as well as the need for salvation thought he sacrifice on the cross. He told me that he believed the Gospel, but it was hard for him to act on it. I recommended that he pray to receive the faith and strength needed.

There is hope that he would have the true faith. The man was very surprised by my visit and was also very glad. I promised him to visit again.

Another two cases that have my attention are those of Lenuta Oprea and Maria Matei who were open to the Word of God, connected to the idea or project of getting a Savior. They visit the church; there is hope that they would make peace with God.

I also visited Romica Turcu at this house. This time, his health condition worsened. His wife, Elisabeta, turned him to face me. I realized he is close to leaving this world. He became conscious and asked me if, on the other side, there is anything. I explained to him that there is eternal life and that he can have it by believing in Jesus Christ. He cited the Bible a few times. One of the verses is from Mark 16:16 “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” I live with the hope that this man has sufficient faith to be saved. Before leaving, I asked him to pray with me, but he couldn’t. I then prayed for him, for his faith and salvation. This example shows me that there are so many people, ready to leave this world but without the hope of a Savior. My responsibility increases even more knowing this, in showing people how to get the Savior, of course, as long as they are alive. I continue to fight for this cause, and I pray for the salvation of many.

August 2017

We continue the projects: “Getting a Savior” and “the Shepherd and His Sheep.”I pray continuously to the Lord that no other soul would be lost. I believe this is the time when Jesus the Shepherd would fulfill what is written in John 10:16 “And I have other sheep which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.”

I visited Herban Situ, a former roommate from the hospital in Hateg, who lives in the town of Covragi. I got to visit him home with God’s help, to present Jesus as personal Lord and Savior. This man was very glad to see me again. Since we saw each other last, he had another accident that affected his spine and a leg where he now has a metal brace. The conversation started from the kind of faith he has in the Bible and in Jesus the Son of God.

We also tal ked about the importance of prayer and psalms. I shared with him that the true worshippers, worship in spirit and in truth. He told me that he believes the Bible, the Word of God, and that he prays a few times a day and at night.

The only thing left for him is to make the decision to choose Jesus as personal Savior. His physical health is unstable. Before leaving, I prayed for him and his faith. He will be on my prayer list permanently. I realized how important it is to connect with people like him, to en courage and show them that they have the opportunity to have salvation.

Another man I visited was Petru Jujoni from the Village of Livezi. He, too, was a hospital roommate in Hateg. I knew from the time spent in the hospital that his man was tormented by the devil, swearing constantly to the point of scaring those who heard him.

He is sick with hip arthritis and needs prosthesis to be able to walk around.

He lives alone in a small rundown house outside of the village. I was intrigued by his opinion on the Christians. He would say “they mind their own business, and we mind ours.”

 This is what made me visit him and tell him “they, with their business, will spend eternity in hell, and the Christians, with their business, will inherit the Kingdom of God.” I had a conversation with him on this subject, outside on the street. I could not climb the hill to his house. I gave him a Bible and a New Testament, encouraging him to seek repentance and seek Jesus as Savior. I believe with all my heart that Jesus will be able to free this man from the influence of the devil, just like He did with the possessed man in Gadara. He also is on my permanent list of prayer.

At the new mission point in Farcadin, the believers and I encourage and strive to build each other spiritually and to prepare to meet the Lord. The same at Paclisa and Barasti. We want a deeper fellowship with the Holy Trinity, to be true people of the Kingdom, filled with the righteousness of God, and to be people after God’s own heart. The motto for this month is: prayer, prayer, prayer.

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June 2017

I am continuing medical treatment and tests. Tests are done through bio-resonance, a new procedure in Romania and Europe, with Dr. Ioan Gherebeanu who has the necessary equipment. I fully trust God that He will work according to His knowledge and wisdom. In this period, since I could not be out in the field, I set up a new project called “Getting a Savior.” This project is for the non-believers, the sick or the immobilized. God made me sensitive to these categories of people. In each case, I look to see if these people have faith, and I do my best to support and encourage them, and to present the Lord Jesus as personal Savior.

May 2017

The newly formed mission point called the Farcadin Group is now suffering. Sister Delia Oprut in whose house the group met was very sick and had surgery in the City of Deva. By the grace of God she got through and is now recovering. We met with the entire group on Communion Sunday, to encourage and support each other. Another case is Brother Ionel who was sick and is now well. It seems like all of us go through trials that test our faith. Surely the powers of darkness attack us to throw us off. We resist by praying and abiding by God’s Word.

April 2017

My health condition does not allow me to leave the house. I continue the medical treatment, and while trusting God, I await His help. The mission work is still my focus, and so in this situation, I meet with my collaborators at home to strategize together. I am glad to have dedicated collaborators, ready to be involved in all the aspects of the mission work, in churches, for as long as I am under medical treatment

March 2017

I started the month in the hospital in Deva, at the emergency room. My health condition demanded some additional investigation. After being discharged from the hospital in Deva, I got admitted to the hospital in Hateg. I consider this a hard trial, perhaps so I can dedicate myself even more for Him.

February 2017

I have gone through a unique health situation this month. My life was in danger, but through the grace of God I have come out well. I was in the hospital in Hateg for seven days after I lost consciousness and was taken to the emergency room. After all tests and treatments, no one could give a diagnosis of what had happened to me.

News from November

Since Thanksgiving, we have been having joint services with the churches in Paclisa and Barasti, celebrating and thanking the Lord for all the blessings we have received throughout year 2016. Also, in Valea Lupului we got to build the fence and main gate. Here and now, our testimony is complete. We were glad to do our part. 

News from September

We continue the work started in August. After pouring concrete, the wire fence panels were installed. This was tiring work, but great because it was successful. We also painted the fence by the street. The skilled laborers from church worked on this with me. We know winter is coming soon, so we want to finish all repairs on the building of the church in Paclisa...