We continue to serve our local community in Draganesti by helping our young people get to know God. Marian hosts a youth meeting every Wednesday night. 2 weeks ago, Raul was able to share Jesus with them. Someone was highlighted to Raul by God, a girl named Anna. She used to come to church. I was sharing about my hunger to read the Bible which helps me to know the Lord better. She testified that she used to do that, but doesn’t anymore. She was taking notes as I was speaking. I could see her hunger and desire to know the Lord. I want to ask you to please pray for Anna. She shared with us that she wanted to ask her earthly father for forgiveness but that he died in an accident before she could. Our desire is that she would be freed from this regret and that she lives in the fullness that Jesus offers each one of us who choose to follow Him.
This past month we had Tim and Heidi here with their 2 children. They are from Colorado and believe that the Lord is leading them to move to Craiova to help with the church plant there. They visited us in Craiova for 2 weeks and were able to meet with the missionaries there and to see more about the ministry. It was a blessing and encouragement to have them here with us. They truly have a heart that loves Romania and wants to serve the Lord wherever He guides them. Please be praying for them as they plan to move here next year. Pray that the Lord would give them direction, wisdom and favor for the journey ahead.
We had a special night 2 weeks ago at Hope Church in Draganesti. Florin Sfetcu was ordained as a full-time missionary. As you know, we are always praying for new missionaries and new workers. I believe that Florin and his family came as an answer to our prayers. They moved from Italy back to Romania in the village where he grew up. He came to Hope Church to be equipped and to be sent. He and his wife have beautiful hearts and they love the Lord. Florin has a kind spirit and is very dedicated and faithful. Please pray for Florin, Alina and their children.
Years ago, we were thinking about starting a new mission base in the county of Valcea. However, last year, God drew our attention to a different county, Teleorman. This past month we had 2 meetings with the pastors and missionaries from that county. At our last meeting we decided who the coordinator will be, Mihai Geabou. He is a missionary with PIEI. We researched where there are and where there aren’t churches in the county. We came up with a plan to work together and extend the Kingdom in Teleorman.
Please pray for our efforts in this new county.
Raul Costea - National Director PIEI / Romania