This advice was the main theme at the 37th Baptist congress where I’ve been for the first time. Being a PIE missionary, I was very encouraged but also very overwhelmed by the presence of God and the Holy Spirit. In my church we are usually 17 people at worship but this time I was in the middle of 686 men willing to sacrifice everything for God. It was an amazing experience. When a candle is lit, it lightens a little bit the dark but when 686 candles are lit, they lighten the whole darkness. The most special moment was when we started to worship because I could feel my body shivering. After that, when we gathered to pray in groups of two-three, beyond our words we could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit moving among us.
Besides all these experiences, I was happy to see my brothers’ hearts for mission. We didn’t talk about complicated strategies but about the fact that we need to focus more on simply doing it. There is nothing out there stopping us, we have everything we need to do it and just like someone said “ministry is done by doing ministry”.
Please pray for our baptist leaders to be more focused on ministry and for the new people there to be fully devoted to God and filled with wisdom.
This month, on June 1st, we had a special event for kids and we were thrilled to have 33 kids with us. They probably thought there will be something interesting and indeed it was. For the first time, they had the opportunity to see a bible story using an old school device and they were truly captivated. We had a lot of fun together through games, songs or bible verses and we blessed them with bibles appropriate for their age. I pray that God will open their hearts and give them the desire to read it and to live it.
This month, we also had the privilege to apply what we learned at the congress with the women from Icoana. Joined by a family from Cluj, we had a special meeting were we talked about the women from the Bible. This first meeting was about Eve and at the end of the meeting, three ladies expressed their desire to come to church and they really did. Praise the Lord! Please pray for their hearts to open and to receive the Gospel.
Short term mission team
Next month we will have with us a group of 52 brothers and sisters from Bucharest. Their desire is to help us spread the Gospel in villages like Floru, Icoana and Ursoaia. We are happy for their serving hearts and we pray for these events to have a big impact in this area. Our greatest desire is to see people coming to Christ.
We, as a family, are very happy knowing that our baby daughter is coming soon and to see how God takes care of us and provides every day. Livia and the baby are healthy and the pregnancy is going well. We also pray for a safe delivery and for our boy, Caleb. We also trust that God will give us the car that we need and pray for.
Please continue to keep us in your prayers!
With love and joy in Christ,
Tavi and Livia Ciudesnic