There are lots of things to share, but here are just a few activities done with the Lord’s help. I visited a few poor villages where I was able to take clothes for the people there, from packages received from local donors in other towns and villages. I see the joy in the hearts of these people. When the US team came to visit us, they brought us great joy. At the orphanage, we were able to give books. I also want to share that two months after the stroke, I am feeling better and continue to be on a medical treatment. It is the time of the year when camps start. They will take place at the missionary building. More information to come soon. We pray for everyone who prays for us and supports us financially. We think of Ed and Diana, Matei Scheau, Barac Family and the PIEI board in Romania and the US. We pray that the Lord would reward you for everything you do so that the Kingdom of God would expand in our area. I close with 1 Thessalonians 4:17 “Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.”
Only by the grace of God we made it into a new year. Since we are strangers and passers-by on this earth we think about the experiences that our Heavenly Father brings into our live. We celebrated the beginning of the new year in brotherly fellowship and sharing from the Word, with joy. We don’t know what’s ahead for us this year, but we know that God is Sovereign and we trust in His Hand. We asked for safe travels and blessings over our family. We wish the same for all our sponsors. We pray for you by name, and love you. May the good Hand of God be over you and your businesses.
Right after the beginning of the new year, one of our brothers from Corbeni passed away. The funeral was attended by lots of people, a good opportunity for them to hear the Word of God. We also visited the elderly home in Suici. We spent about 5 hours visiting each of the senior residents there, talking with them from the Word of God, singing and comforting them. We told them about Lord Jesus who died for their sins. I think there were about 15 seniors who accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We were so glad for them, especially since we found out from the director that 4 of them passed away.
Thanks to the PIE Board from Romania and the US for their support to us so that we can work in the mission field. We pray for our sponsors, and know the Lord would reward and bless them with all they need. I greet you with Hebrews 6:10 “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”
Traian Chilau, PIE Missionary
Although there are only a few days left until the end of the year, we look back and see the good Hand of God has protected and blessed us this year with His Grace so much that we had everything we needed. We had special prayer preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus. I have visited and taken presents to the children from the orphanage and gypsy villages. I see that God does miracles in our daily life. While Christmas was approaching, I was curious to see how God would work. One evening I got a call from Sister Marioara Barac who informed me that she had sent $1,500 which I received in full through Costel Tomus from PIE. I thank God and all the PIE workers, Ed and Didi, Marioara Barac, Matei Scheau, Sister Naomi, the PIE Board from Romania and the US, and everyone who helped pour some joy in the hearts of the children from the orphanage. In the villages and at the orphanage I preached the Word. I also visited the north part of the Arges County. I am glad for the opportunity to take the Gospel, the good news that “today in the town of David a Savior has been born who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). I was glad to be able to prepare 500 presents, shared with the children from a small orphanage in Buzoiesti.
Thanks for all your spiritual and financial support. I pray for you daily.
This month, like any other month, God who is in control of all things, has great things in store for us. It’s important to see the beauty in all things. He is sovereign and He keeps us on His providential path. In fact, each day is a miracle in itself. Here is one story. I received a call from someone who asked me to visit her sick father in Pitesti. Her father was sick with cancer, last stage. Her fear was that her father would die without being saved. So the next day I went to Pitesti, to Alexandru Grosu, 73. He was bedridden. I spent two hours with him, helping with his physical needs, a good opportunity to talk with him and his wife about the Gospel. My strategy is to get closer to the heart of the person, and then talk to them about eternity, about sin and why Jesus had to come to earth. At the end of our time together, the Lord opened his heart and he accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, admitting his sin for which Jesus died as well. After two days he was admitted to the hospital. I visited him there. He confirmed that he was sure his sin was forgiven. I was glad to hear it, especially since after two more days he passed away. As I write this report, I am getting ready to go to the funeral, and I pray that the Lord would give me another opportunity to preach the Gospel, even though it will take place at the Orthodox church.
Sister Marioara Barac send us 3 packages with clothes. After arranging them by size, my wife and I took them into the gypsy village in Rotunda. This was a great blessing. I sent a picture with the worship group from the church. They serve at church, at the elderly home and the orphanage in Tigveni. For the month of December we prepared 550 gifts for children: 300 for the orphanage and 250 for the gypsy villages. We have a big God. We just have to ask.
Thanks to the PIE Organization for their involvement, and spiritual and financial support. Thanks to the sponsors who are our partners. We love you with all our heart and pray for you daily. May the Heavenly Father care for all your needs. Be blessed with good health and prosperous businesses. I close with a verse I read today: 2 Corinthians 9:7, 12 “ God loves a cheerful giver…this service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.”
This month my wife and I celebrated our birthdays. The surprise came from the children who had us for dinner, showered us with gifts, flowers and cake.
This month I was part of two funerals. We must always thank God for each day. It is a privilege to serve Him, being thankful for the salvation He provided as a gift through faith.
Also this month, I was part of a wonderful fellowship at the PIE Center in Alba-Iulia. I don’t know how the other missionaries felt, but for me it was encouraging to see the Spirit’s guidance in all aspects. From reading Psalm 119 by Brother Jenu Stef, to the message from the Word shared by our missionary Brother Marius Giura who encouraged us to keep serving. Brother Raul Costea presented the resources that the PIE Organization offers to the missionaries. Much of the focus was on church planting, team work and the way to recruit future workers. He gave the example of Jesus’ life, the vision, plan and direction He had. I learned new things such as how to be proactive and reactive. I prayed all the way back home to be more organized and have good direction. There are many more things to say. I left well pleased, and learned a lot about the organizational aspects as laid out by Brother Costel Tomus and Brother Andrei Dragomir. We will continue to pray for the PIE Board in Romania and USA often. This fellowship ended with a meal, a great atmosphere that demonstrated that we are united.
Every month we visit the elderly home in Suici, and we now have believers there. They gather in a room for Bible Study and prayer, similarly to the orphanage in Tigveni.
I thank God and you for your involvement in spreading the Gospel, and pray that God would give you good health to you and your families, growth in the knowledge of Lord Jesus, and blessings upon your churches and businesses. We think of Ed and Diana, Marioara Barac’s family, Matei Scheau and Sister Naomi’s family and the PIE Board in Romania and the US. I close with the verse from 1 Thessalonians 4:17 “Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”
Traian Chilau, PIE Missionary
I am starting this report with a confession. I sent the photo of the Curtea de Arges Monastery which is 5 min away from my house. On the days when there is liturgy at the church, I go to talk to people who visit, in the yard of the monastery. The monastery is 500 years old and a tourist place. We don’t talk about the monastery but about the Savior, about the salvation through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus. I shared this photo so that the visitors would have a great memory from Curtea de Arges.
This month I connected with the local TV station to share an evangelistic message for 2h, and through the grace of God, the Gospel message reached over 200,000 homes. We need to pray that as many people as possible would open their heart for the Word of God.
Every time I visit the gypsy villages, I get to do home visits, when they have the opportunity to share their problems, to pray together and when I see their joy when I visit. This week I visited a husband and wife, Matei and Leana in the hospital, and I had the opportunity to preach the Gospel to the other patients in the room.
Another great experience is to listen to the adults from the Orphanage in Tigveni and hear their stories. It motivates me to continue to serve.
In closing, I want to thank everyone who prays for us and who supports us financially. We bring you before the Throne of Grace. I am thinking of Ed and Didy’s family, Matei Scheau’s Family, Marioara Barac’s family and the PIE board in Romania and the US. May the Lord Jesus reward and give you everything you need in your travels on this earth, and also in His glorious heaven when He returns in the clouds. I close with the verse that is an encouragement to me and to all those who believe it: “l sought the Lord and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed.” Psalm 43:4-5
Every month I try to share with you a new aspect of the missionary work, how God leads his people day by day, and how He works through them. I learn every day that I am not the one doing this ministry, but that I am in under the lead of His Majesty.
In August, with a team from church, I had the privilege of going to the senior assisted living center in the Village of Suici. There, years ago, there was an orphanage with 400 children, as a vocational institution. The children learned various trades and were prepared to enter the workforce. I have good memories from there, especially since each one of these children got to hear the Gospel. I remember bringing teams of American Christians through PIE, accompanied by the Stef Brothers who sang. I live with the hope that we will see these children in heaven. The orphanage was replaced by the senior center, housing 120 seniors. The director is the same person who was the director of the orphanage. Because I know him, I was welcome there and was able to continue the collaboration. When we visited the center, we spent a whole day visiting each person. We divided into teams and spent time with people. Some of them have been abandoned by family and hardly have any visitors. Therefore, we took our time to talk with them, sharing about the Lord Jesus and about spending eternity in heaven. We told them about Jesus’ sacrifice, about the sinful condition, about believing that the Lord Jesus died for their sin, and about accepting Him as Lord and Savior. I am so glad to report that many of the seniors gave their heart to Jesus, many with tears in their eyes. We are so glad to be instruments in His hand, in this great work of salvation.
I want to thank all brothers and sisters who pray for us, whose heart is with us and who partner with us in the mission field. We consider ourselves a team with you, and pray for you, for the PIE leaders in Romania and USA, for all who support us financially and prayerfully. We think of Ed and Diana, Marioara Barac, Matei Scheau, Sister Naomi and others and their families. May the Lord bless you with health and anything you need on this earth. May your work and church be blessed! I greet you with Hebrews 13:1 “Let brotherly love continue.”
Traian Chilau, PIE Missionary
Unlike June when there were four evangelism services in the gypsy villages, this month we had Christian camps with two series of children, one for 9-12 year olds, and one for 13-18 year olds. Each series had its own experience, wi th the ultimate focus of children being saved and going to heaven.
This month, by God’s grace, I had the opportunity to have nine days of evangelism in four gypsy villages, a mission field that is close to my heart. We set up a tent with a sound system and a worship team, with help from one of the missionaries named Paul Williams. This was a great blessing for children and adults because they heard the good news of the gospel. We set up the tent in the Village of Rotunda; people were encouraged and moved by the Word of God. Before starting the evangelism, we prayed that people would realize that they are sinners, that they cannot be saved by their own actions, and that salvation comes through the sacrifice of His son and by receiving the Lord Jesus.
Last month we met and trained with the PIE leaders from Romania and the USA, and saw their love for the missionaries and for the work. We shared the truths from the Word of God while being trained in the Christian Center building in Alba-Iulia where the PIE headquarters are. We, as well, at the county level mobilized and decided to have small conferences with leaders about worship, the Word, prayer and updates on the missionary work in the entire county. I have shared a photo from the meeting we held at the Christian Evangelical Congregation in Campulung. We decided to meet every other month in this formula.
By the grace of God, another month passed. This month was rich in events. My wife and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary on Apr 28th, and when we looked back we saw the Lord’s hand of goodness guiding us along all these years, and accompanying us with His grace. There aren’t enough thanks for all the good He has done to us.
One more month passed by, and with seasons and time passing we think of the grand event happening soon: the second coming of the Lord to take away the church, His bride. We live with this hope that God will fulfill this promise. Until that moment, this hope motivates us to keep working. I am thankful to God for health so that I can continue to do ministry. I have to go to the hospital in Fundeni for blood tests and for immunosuppressant medicine, which I have to do for the rest of my life. Whenever I go to the hospital, I take advantage of the opportunity to share the Gospel.
By the grace of God, we made it through the second month of the year, and we are thankful to God that He is in control and guides our life on earth, gives us the joy of His presence and convicts us through the Holy Spirit that we are valuable because of the Lord Jesus.
Through the grace and mercy of God we entered into this year which I believe is a year of mercy from the Lord. Although there is much unknown ahead this year in terms of events, we trust in the Lord Jesus to live under His kind and watchful eye as God the Father is in control.
Through God’s grace and endurance, I have reached the end of December and the end of 2016. I believe each one of us has thought about another year going by, which was given by the Father. According to doctors’ prognostics, I was supposed to leave last year, but this was not according to God’s plan. We have a great God, Who is specialized in miracles.
I am sharing a monthly report with you again, and as usual, I want to include something new. Every day is a new opportunity to minister, to see how big God is and how much we should be focusing on knowing the Lord Jesus.
In November, through His grace, I had a few serving opportunities.
Every time I write the monthly report I pray that the Lord would give me grace to be as concise as possible for those who read it. May the Spirit of God put on their heart to continue to support me in prayer, so that He would be with me every day in the mission field.
From the very beginning of this report I want to say that every time I have to share information related to my missionary activity, I try hard not to show that this is my doing, but on the contrary, to show Jesus Christ. Recently I was encouraged by the verse in Acts 18:9-10 “Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be quiet for I am with you…”
Although I had a month filled with busy activities (organized two camps for youth 12 and 18 years old), I had two goals; growing in the knowledge of Jesus Christ and discovering the youth with special talents whose heart leans towards serving. With this in mind, I noted several names such as Leonard Maruntelu, George and Ferdi the Third, as well as some girls, all of whom I plan to invest in.
It is a great joy to write you again about the experiences that I live every month through God’s grace. The first thing I would like to mention with joy is that the transplant has been very good, I am aware that our Father is in control, for He added days to my years. I want to live for the Lord the rest of my days...