Ana’s vision in Craiova is to reach the unbelieving ladies in this community. She has regular meetings with some unbelieving women to build relationships, and they began discussing ways to spend more time together. Ana and the women discussed Martisor, the holiday on the first day of March where Romanians celebrate the coming of spring. This sparked the idea to hold a gathering to encourage and empower women together.
Today, on March 2nd, Ana held the event at a local restaurant. A group of women from Cluj and some World Racers partnered with Ana and her regular group members to create this women’s meeting. The celebration and festivity surrounding Martisor and the upcoming International Women’s Day on March 8th created a sweet atmosphere to connect between believers and unbelievers and recognize the beauty of womanhood.
At the event, there were songs and a message of encouragement. Because the coming of spring often brings about the desire of spring cleaning for the women here, the speaker encouraged the attendees to consider what parts of themselves inwardly may need cleansing, as well. She reminded the women that it’s not only our homes that deserve care and attention, but our hearts even more. She spoke of being cleansed inwardly of envy and hatred and the value of self-reflection and inner healing. We pray that seeds were planted for our great Healer and Cleanser to come into the hearts of these women. There were testimonies presented and the women were given the opportunity to discuss around their tables and celebrate one another.
A woman attending the event spoke of how amazed she was by how beautiful and encouraging the event was, especially the message. The owner of the restaurant was also impressed by the gathering; he mentioned that he had never seen a group of women coming together to encourage one another in this way.
Please continue praying over the women’s ministry here in Craiova as they continue to build relationships. And pray that the Holy Spirit will use the experience tonight to soften the hearts of the women there and that it will lead these women to know Jesus.
We are praising God for the relationship and partnership with ‘Completing the Task’, from Texas, who sponsored this event.
Raul & Ana Costea