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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