New year - New challenges

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The Bible says: "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience." (James 1:2-3). This is something we and the villagers of Icoana also want this year. Regardless of all the problems we are going to face, we want to enjoy the blessing of being with God in every aspect: joy or sadness.


I already know that this year will be full of challenges: our boy Caleb is growing and he is  very playful, while we're already expecting another baby. At the end of the day, we are grateful to God for our health!
As for our mission, we are planning new projects for this year. We want to organize a youth summercamp and another one for children. Also, we want to spread the Gospel in Ursoaia village (near Icoana) using the evangelistic newspaper "The Lord's Way".


Because we know that nothing is impossible for God, we invite you to join us in prayer in the following aspects. We start this year with confidence because we saw God's blessings in 2018 as well.

Please pray for:

  • a healthy pregnancy and an easy delivery

  • financial resources for our ministry

  • a youth leader

  • another 70% to cover our personal budget

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Lots of joy in a box – part III: When joy overflows

Joy is the feeling most appropriate to describe the birth of Jesus. With the help of believers from Icoana and with pastor Alex Ghita, we could be a blessing for the kids who come weekly at “Kids Club Icoana”. We had a special meeting and we watched the episode “The First Christmas” from the series “Superbook” and we found out why we sing carols to Jesus and not “Happy Birthady”. Even if He was born like us, He is not quite like us. He has no beginning or end. He is eternal and it doesn’t make sense to sing “Happy Birthday” to an everlasting God. At the end of our meeting, we offered each of them special presents. We pray that these efforts will not be in vain and we are eager to see God’s work in their lives. Pray for them to receive Jesus and the Gospel in their hearts!

Octavian Ciudesnic - PIEI Missionary

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Lots of joy in a box – part II

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This Christmas, while celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, we had for the first time the opportunity to bless the kids from Icoana with gifts. We caroled together, we listened to poems, we shared the Gospel with them through images and the most important thing, we thanked together for the most precious gift we have ever received: Jesus Christ.

Razvan, my helper in these activities, is a young man who showed us again how important is this ministry during holidays. Reminding how happy the gifts made him during childhood, he insisted to join me in the ministry. Therefore, he lent a hand in sharing the presents and in anything he could in order to make this project successful. His availability was remarkable especially because he isn’t born again but he is familiar with the Gospel ever since he was a child. He is close to the Kingdom, but not in it. Pray for him and for his salvation!

Octavian Ciudesnic - PIEI Missionary

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Lots of joy in a box

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This year, through the power God gave us and with packages from CHF, we managed to offer some presents to people from Ursoaia, a village in Icoana, where we want to see the Gospel shining bright.

Ursoaia it’s a village with approximately 400 inhabitants and none of them is a Christian. Through the gifts we gave, we had the opportunity to tell them about “the most precious gift” received from God: Jesus Christ. Also, we offered them the Word of God where they can find more details about this precious gift. It’s amazing to see the joy on their sad faces and how much their hearts open for the Gospel, to know more about the gift we talked about. I asked some of them questions like “What we celebrate on Christmas?” or “Why do we offer gifts only now and not the entire year?” and they didn’t know the answers but they were happy to find out. I told them that the reason for giving gifts on Christmas is the fact that God was the first to give and we do that so the people can remember His gift.

Sharing the Gospel in this way caused them embarrassment for their lack of knowledge but on the other side, the Holy Spirit woke up their curiosity which made them to say “Maybe you can visit us again sometime because we didn’t know the answers to your questions”. We pray and we ask you to join us in prayer for the establishment of a fellowship group in this village! May God open and prepare the hearts of these people!

Octavian Ciudesnic - PIEI Missionary

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During winter we count the clothes

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Before the first snow, God helped us to be an encouragement for a few families in Icoana. Through a program developed by Alex Ghita, 5 children were blessed with clothes and shoes for the winter.  The joy was even greater because two mothers joined us for shopping.  On the road I didn’t do much to evangelize them because one of them asked me: “Were you always like that?” (a Christian, different).

Pray for these families to know Christ! Pray so we can have a better relationship with them! Pray for these kids so they won’t forget God’s love for them!

With 200 RON we bought:

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Milk and cookies

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This week, our meeting with the kids was a special one. Besides the fact that we had the first snow, we gathered at our house to enjoy the bible lesson and two episodes from “The Book of Books”. We were surprised that the kids wanted to meet at our house and not at church even though at church we have a bigger screen.  We had a great time together while we enjoyed milk and cookies, a blessing from God.

Pray for us to be a light for these kids so they can feel God’s presence in their lives.

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The Repentance of a Missionary

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The Bible says: “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed” (James 5:16). This is what I want to ask you for the sake of God and the ministry in Icoana. I don’t know how much study and exegesis must be applied and invented to get to a better understanding of this verse, but if I don’t apply it in my life I’ll never experience the power of God. I try to be brief so here we go:

Ever since I started to think that I will serve in a ministry, I was warned by my brothers that I’ll have to face 3 big temptations that every man faces: the love for money, pride and women. I confess that I fought and I still fight against all of them. That’s why I confess and I repent. But I think that repentance and this bible verse imply more than a simple affirmation. There’s got to be a way to defeat them. Have a look at how I do it:

1. The love for money. I will do my best to look at and speak of other people needs instead of my own. For example: pray for Alex Ghiţă, teacher in the E2E program and the man used by God to bring me in Oltenia. Pray to God because He has all the resources to cover the taxes for Alex’s employment record book. He serves a small church in Stoborăşti that can’t cover his taxes. Alex and his family have already 10 years in the ministry and in this whole time they could contribute only 2 years to have a pension later.

2. Pride. In this case, I’ll use Paul’s approach: “So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me” (2 Corinthians 12:9b).

3. Women. Yes, I am married now but this doesn’t protect me from the temptation. Either through the women around me or through pornography, the battle always reaches my thoughts. For me, it’s even harder because before I became a Christian, I fed my mind with pornography for a few years. So how can you fight it while being married? A dear brother of mine once told me: “make a beauty standard out of your wife”. I won’t let myself drawn by someone because no one is like my wife. She is one of a kind and the most beautiful woman I know!

Even if I know all these things, I need the power of God to achieve them. Please pray for me and Alex Ghiţă

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News from Icoana

Hello! We're sorry we haven't shared much with you for so long about what happened in Icoana, but thank you for praying for us.

As a result of your prayers, God blessed us with a summer full of activities, through which the Gospel was shared, and many other blessings.

The most significant events for us consisted in the birth of our first child and his incredible growth, the first baptism of three beautiful and dedicated

souls for the Lord, the first football championship with local youth and the first camp of children full of avant-garde and enthusiasm. In spite of this, God also 

responded to our prayers and He blessed us with an 8-seat bus to help the mission field in this area. 

Don't we have a faithful and gracious God?

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Youth ministry in Icoana

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After a long wait on our part, but especially on the part of the children, this month we started the special meetings for the children from Icoana.

Because we started a new season of meetings, we decided to start a new series of biblical stories.

 

We all entered in a "Wonderful journey" in which we will explore the main events presented in the Bible. We have already learned how God created the world and us humans.
 
This month God gave me the opportunity to proclaim the Gospel to a young man in a neighboring village. I was leaving the store when he asked me if I go to Milcoveni.

I told him that I could take him to the exit of  Icoana ( the village I live in), but then I realized that the Lord guided me in this man’s way to talk to him about the eternal life in the Lord Jesus, so I decided to drive him all the way to his home. 

I drove as slowly as possible to have the time to talk with him.  He told me he wanted to go to take some money and then to go to a prostitute. He also said he was 18 years old and wants to have fun as much as possible and as long as he can and that everything that matters to him are money, women and cars. I took a glance at him and I realized he was drunk. In that same time I was seeing myself before I met Christ.

I told him there were more important things in life than money and women or cars. I also shared how God worked in my life at the age of 18 when I was thrown by a car. God has shown His power in my life and had arisen me from under the car without any bone fracture, but only with small wounds while the bike I was on had been completely destroyed.

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The young man was astonished and overwhelmed by what I shared. I pray that God will reveal to Him and make Him a child of His. Please pray for the salvation of this soul.

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God's Grace in Action

Hello! December and January were beautiful, difficult and full of suspense for us as a missionary family and for our ministry in Icoana.

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They were beautiful because we rejoiced in God’s grace pour out on us and on the ministry in Icoana, Olt county. The Lord answered our prayers regarding the ministry house where we live in.

Many have prayed for this need: first us, the missionaries in the area, brothers and sisters from far and from near, the missionary teams that came here.

God send a man and he took care of all the repairs needed in the house and all our needs, so we can have a warm and welcoming place for us and for our child, Caleb Ciudesnic.

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His birth was the other reason for which these months were beautiful. We rejoiced to see God’s grace and His kindness in these very special moments for us as a family.
They were difficult because all this time the ministry stalled, and we lived most of the time in Bucharest. It also difficult because my wife had to stay almost three weeks in the hospital with the baby.

Also, the churches that we serve felt our absence, especially the kids with which we did not meet all this time.

They were full of suspense because we did not how much the team of workers will manage to do in two weeks; they could only stay just for two weeks. And after that we did not know if we could return in optimal conditions of temperature and humidity. Of course, the most exciting moment was when we finally managed to stay all three, as a family, and the day when we returned to Icoana. Now we are all well, healthy and back in the ministry that God entrusted us.
Even in this time, God helped us to prepare the period that will follow. We established new connections to collaborate in ministry and even set 22-24 July as a special week for mission in partnership with a group of youths from Tulcea, our hometown.


Praise God with us for all these reasons because all the power is His, in heaven and earth, and pray with us in the next period, for all these new projects so that the Lord will be glorified and for the people, to be able to see God’s love for them.

October 2017

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October was a month of preparation for us. Along with the church brothers I sorted and prepared the clothes we received from a church in Timișoara for the next month when we will invite the local children with their parents to choose what they need. We try to be close to those in need and bring hope in Jesus Christ in their hearts.

A joy we had this month was the visit I made with my wife in Tulcea (the city we grew up and met). It was really refreshing to come back after three years and stay more with our loved ones. This visit I also made for Icona`s mision field. With this occasion we purchased the furniture for the pastoral house and presented the mission work with its needs to the church in which we both grew up. God has poured out His blessing and helped us to pay for all the furniture and even pouring new bounties of blessings. God especially responded to the prayer the children that we work with had -  to have a video projector (a larger screen they say) to be able to watch Christian cartoons and sing together.

Please keep us in your prayers as our heavenly Father answers the prayers of His children!

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