Amazed by the manifestation of love

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The "Hope for the Community" Association, based in Draganesti Olt, has been a real help in the ministry from Corabia being a channel of God's love, over the years.

This time we were blessed with many bottles of Choco Milk. Cornelia, my wife, wanted to make God's love known by giving to her three neighbors Choco Milk. The reaction was unexpected, one of the neighbor exclaimed, "How to give  me, without money, something like this!!!"

Our goal is that in the midst of these people who think only of their own good, we will manifest God’s to them.

Mircea Dumitru

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Update from Corabia

In the last two weeks, we have had to move to another place where we worship. I saw this move as a blessing, when I talked with the people from the city about the new address, they were delighted to be closer to the center.

It is already encouraging, because at the first meeting came another 4 new people. We pray that they will come to salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.

On October 21 we had a special thanksgiving meeting for all that God did in our lives this year. Each one said one reason starting with the first letter of our name. Brother Florea thanked for the happiness brought by the Lord in his life.

We are also glad that God does not leave us alone in the work of Evangelism. Brother Ilie Contiu, one Friday, came to Corabia, and together we were able to contact and talk to 15 people. And on this occasion I made invitations for the new location.

Mircea Dumitru

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Two projects but the same goal

Evangelism

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In August, together with a few young people from Romania, Germany and the USA, for one week we shared the gospel on the streets in Corabia. Every morning we had a beautiful time of prayer and rededication to God. It was very encouraging to see that two of our neighbors joined to us at this time. On this occasion, our relationship with them has become closer and we have an open door to share the gospel to them.

Each  team on the street had encouraging but also discouraging experiences. Being a team led by God, when some of us were rejected by men, they were praying for those who had conversations. In that way we were all part of the discussion even if we were at some distance for each other.

After a week of work on the street, it is time to have an evangelistic event in the building where we gather. God was kind and brought to this event people who have never been.

Work with children

Also in August we had one week of VBS with children. Usually, in other years, we had a bigger team to organize and make the VBS. This summer,we, as a family, were  the team. Each had his role and responsibility. It was a joy to work with our children.

We have to admit that God encouraged us by the number of children who participated, between 25 and 30, but also by the beautiful way how the activities took place. Every day Cornelia praised God with the children by  songs, I told them how God put Gideon as a judge in Israel, and our children organized the games together with the children.

Every year, in September, as we know, the school begins. Some children would like to go to school, but their parents do not have the opportunity to buy school supplies and school bags. In every September with  God ‘s help we tryed to cover this need. This year 10 children were helped with school bags and school supplies.

An interesting story about this project was when Cornelia was buying the school bags. In our  city, a Chinese family has opened a business. Cornelia buying a larger number of school bags the chinese lady  asked, becouse she was curious, why do we help these children?. Cornelia had the opportunity to tell them about Christianity.

Reasons for prayer

In November, the building we're gathering now will be sold. We'll move to another location. Pray that the Lord will provide additional resources for renting another locality. We currently have an option until spring to gather in another building by paying the amount of money we have. But from spring we will look for a more suitable location and the rental price will be higher, about 300 euro.

Pray for recruiting a team for the Corabia work.

Mircea Dumitru

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"It is good to have brothers working together"

"It is good to have brothers working together", it was my thought when, after a day of work, we were bringing back to Draganesti those from  the group of young people who worked with us in Corabia. Only love for God motivated us to manifest our love for children and adults.


   In the early part of the day, the children we wanted near God rejoiced with us again, listening to a Bible story and singing to the Lord. The situation of these children is difficult because of the place where they live and the mentality of their parents. A parent responded when I asked him what he thought would happen with the future of his child, "He will be just as poor and uneducated as we are." We try to help them explore the hope of a life lived with God.
   Then we visited brother Florea, who needs encouragement. This family opened doors to bring the gospel to many people in Tia Mare’s village. There are two families from that village who have great joy when we visit them, but our heart still hopes that they will return to God.

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"It's good to work brothers together," especially when the one you work with is also dedicated to God. Together with brother Elijah, we walked on the street to share  the gospel. It was a blessed time, especially since we had the opportunity to talk to a group of men for whom I have been praying for a very long time. To my astonishment they listened to the message without contradicting us. Last year they said it was good, but no man from Corabia would come at the church. But in our discussion led by brother Elijah their attitude was different. The Lord continue the work in the heart of these men.


When we  visited for the first time this family we prayed for help. God was amazed by his involvement in helping this family. Brother Denis Holl has the same heart for this family. We managed to visit them again and prayed for them. And we continue to pray for the children from this family to start school, because none of them goes to school.


Because "It is good to work brothers together" we have visited several churches in order to mobilize christians to join God's obedience and the work he does in Corabia. It was my first experience like this, and Lord supported me both in the presentation and in my personal discussions.

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You can get involved:

  • Introducing to other christians the need to have a mission team in Corabia
  • By praying that the Lord would bring out workers to His harvest.
  • Send encouragement messages to those who are already involved
  • Come and see what God does


Contact data:
Dumitru Mircea
email: dumitrumircea74@gmail.com

Needs-oriented Evangelism

"Needs", but what kind of needs? When we talk about needs, we share them according to priorities. First of all, we need people to reconcile with God, then the need to understand that everything comes from His love and also the material needs of those  around us.

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"Health" is the answer given by most people to the question: which is the most important thing in this life ?. Together with some young people, we visited a family that has no other solution to health problems than God's intervention. This family is also limited in the understanding of God, limited in physical health and also limited in faith. Because we could not enter in the house, we interceded to God for His mercy to intervene. My intercession at  God that the health that they receive from God  as a  response to prayer to be  used  to show to others that they are  true Christians. The family was encouraged by the fact that they are not alone in their troubles.

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With the same group of young people, we also tried to serve the children’s group. We all know that today the real  family is being assaulted and they want to change the family as God made it. We have brought to the children's attention the creation and the fact that we didn’t show up ourselfs by random.

 

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The family from the picture lives in a very poor room. Children are not going to school because they live far away from school.

First step that we did in their involvement was to give them  clothes and some food. Our goal is to help them to believe in God and start to go at school for those who are not too late.

 

 

 

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Mrs. Delcea, is a close friend of my wife Cornelia. So many times she  listened  the  gospel shaerd in her house. Her husband  often tells her to remind us to pray for them becouse  they are  sinners and to be forgiven by God .

This month, in June, we invited her with us when we helped some poor families with clothes and food. She was very excited when she was invited to get involved in this action.

Our goal was to see God's mercy in action, in  other’s lifes. We hoped that her heart would be opened and reach salvation.

 

 

Opportunities for involvement:

  • Pray that God will work in  those’s hearts who have heard the gospel and have seen His love manifested through our actions. They to be saved.
  • Promotes in front of other Christians our need to have a team because the work is expanded and we are weak.

Relationships led by love

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. In April, beyond activities and aids, we tried to show God’love, within our limits.

Brother Nitu Florea is a christian man who walks with the Lord, although he is not with other Christians to encourage him there in the village where he lives. Together with my wife and four christian women from the United States we visited my brother and his wife, telling us  the history of his life and also sharing with us from the  Bible, we were strengthened together. When he spoke about how God turned him to Him, he spoke with tears in his eyes.


Inspiring Worship

Together with a few christians from England who work for the Lord in Organization O.M. we had an encouraging worship time for our little group. Many times when we meet just us  the discouragement appears "Do you see that you are just a  few people ? " but by  the christians visit  from England we could prove that we are part of a church that is divided all over the world.


 

The manifestation of  God’s love.
"How do I know that God loves me?" This is the question of many people. The Christian community is the place where God's love is manifested. By the grace of God, it was given the opportunity for those who are in our sphere of influence to benefit of clothing for adults and children. The goal is to tell them that the Lord is good.

 

As God also says in the holy scripture, the work must be done in the team, so pray that another family or a christian who is not married to join us in our ministry.
We love you and we are deeply grateful for your partnership with us.

We make mission with the resources of God’ Kingdom

We make mission with the resources of God’ Kingdom.

In March we saw the motto we have "We work  for God with the resources of God’s Kingdom”

This year also God blessed us with the  brothers”s visit from  Deer Park Baptist Church. The brothers Bill, Bob and Henri were with my family  at my mother”s funeral. With  this occasion, the pastor of the Baptist Church from Vatra Dornei and my sister managed to know them. Brother Bill brought a short message, Bob’Henri  and Damaris, our girl had a song.


Together with Bob,we  brought the gospel's  message to the small group gathering in Constantin's house. We are praying that more and more people to come at to  this group and be saved. Until now, the Lord has encouraged us through all that is happening to this group.
And our little group of young people had the opportunity to hear Brother Bob's message and testimony.Brother Bob had a  great joy to work with those  young boys. The boys  were also pleased to talk with him. One of the young boy was through England and understood a little English, I encouraged him to talk in english with Bob. Pray for them to  understand the gospel and to be saved.


Many times when I was preachiing  the gospel and encouraging  people to read her Bible, they had two excuses. They have no bible and do not see well to read’ this means that  they need reading glassis. Then we gave them a Bible. But still they had the problem  with the glasses. We communicated this to brother Bill, and so we organized an event to offer a pair of glasses and something for oral hygiene. With those who came, I also had a short fellowship where  the gospel was preached.


It was a great joy when God opened us an opportunity to present the ministry that  He is doing through us in Corabia to a group of Latin American christians. We were encouraged by the testimony of one of them who said "he is surprised to see that we in Romania are working on the same principles as they do in America." This group was mediated by brother Michael Jordan, who manages the short-term groups of O.M.

Caring for Care

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“....But whoever would be grea tamong you must be your servant.”

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For January, God has put on our heart to serve more those from our circle of influence.

 

With  the association "Hope for the Community’’s help we managed to serve two families with wood, two families from  Corabia. One of the families earns their living from  construction. Nea Marin is sick and old. In winter time he  can not work and that's why their only income was the social help provided by the town hall. In December they received the news that they will not receive this help anymore. Pray for this situation.

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The second family is suffering and all their income is spent with the necessary medication. So they can not afford to buy wood for the winter.

Throughout the years, God has helped us to develop a relationship with some Christians who have been involved at some point in our ministry from Corabia.

One of these people is Jemima, a young woman from Germany who was sensitized by God to help the kid”s ministry, but also to ease the situation of one family. We managed to buy food for this family.

The purpose of this ministry is that they to see the love of God.

I’ve  prayed for a long time that God to help me to recruit people for the mission ministry from  Corabia. Step by step that  God has put me in a situation of understanding that I lack the ability to manage a team.

In January, there were two occasions when the Lord taught me how to coordinate a team. One of the situations was when, for one week, I was at an equipment lecture about preaching.

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At these meetings there were many workshops in which he was appointed a leader for the four working groups. I've learned a lot about coordinating team by looking at how other teams have accomplished their tasks.

Pray that  the Lord of the harvest to bring out workers and prepare me for their coordination.

Full of Opportunities

The December was full of  opportunities to serve people from Corabia and arround..

Opportunities to talk about what God is doing.

Partnership is one of the  Hope Church value a value that we have also taken here  in our  church planting from  Corabia. That’s why we enjoyed the opportunity to present God’s work  in which we are involved and presented our mission with the goal to make  a partnership. During the presentation I saw that the brothers were touched  by the kid”s ministry  and my involvement in equipping the  missionaries who are working in Olt County. Pray that the Lord will work as He thinks it is needed.

Opportunities to Create Bridges to the Gospel

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This year also we had the opportunity to strengthen relationships with those we know through the carols. Our goal is to proclaim the gospel and to be saved. This time, we were not alone. We enjoyed the young people from Sebeş and Cluj, organized by brother Vlad, who celebrated the birth of Jesus through their carols  singed together. The visit from the nursing home for old people from Corabia was amazed by the fact that the director of the nursing home immediately remembered us and we had the opening to bring some joy in  their hearts.

We  also caroled  the people from Tia-Mare . The people were very welcoming and they received us with such joy as we were family relatives that they have not seen for a long time. We started a discussion about God with one of the families. I will go to visit  them to talk more about God. Pray for the people from Tia-Mare, all the time they say that they do not have time to talk.

Opportunities to bring joy to children

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Most of the children from  "Little  Explorers" group receive gifts once a year, for Christmas, when we give them gifts. And this year, with God”s help we had an event in collaboration with a team from O.M. Romania. The young men who were with brother Michael also presented a story about the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. Cornelia, together with the children, played  several carols for the youth from  O.M.Romania. In this way, the surprises were on both sides. The purpose of the event was to proclaim the gospel  again

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November 2017

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Out of the familiar context In November, God took me out of my routine and my work square. One person On a Sunday morning I had the surprise to meet at the worship meeting a man who expressed himself willing to be baptized and he told a story that wanted to be credible. In the following week I wanted to visit him at home so, with the enthusiasm of a new begenning, I headed to a small village called Vârtopu, which is considered part of Corabia. The surprise was that in that village there was no man living with the name and description of my new friend. All this time in my heart was a question addressed to God. Why did I have to come in that place? Soon I learned. I met a group of three men to whom I have spoken the gospel. One of them,his father-in-law was a pastor, and he knew the truth very well. In the middle of the discution he asked me a simple question that contradicted me. He asked, "Do you have to be a Christian only during at the church meetings and also during the weeks?" I answered but I wanted to know what was the reason at the questions. His answer sparked many prayers. His experience with Christians was characterized by the advice given to him by a man who believed himself to be Christian: "It is important that at the church to be clean, and live your life as much as you can." Tragic. When we said goodbye, I was invited to visit them again. The family A great joy, encouragement and refreshing filled my hear with the occasion of meeting with brother Viorel Iuga who is the President of the Romanian Baptist Association. Together with my wife Cornelia and some of the pastors and missionaries of the Baptist community of Oltenia we were strengthened by the atmosphere created around the family conference. There was a special relationship between those who participated. We as a family have had the opportunity to get to know the Ciudesnic family better. A young family who is recently in the ministry of Oltenia County. My responsibility towards this family is to help them integrate into the zonal team from Draganesti Olt Church. Their ministry is in Floru and Icoana. Pray that God will encourage them in the ministry that they are doing there. Organization Also in November we had the pleasure to be visited by brother Cornel Ştef, who is Chairman of International Pie and Chairman of PIEI Romania. The brother was not alone, but with him were three other brothers from Chicago. Many activities have taken place with this occasion. I would like to highlight the evangelistic activity unfolded in Craiova.
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Together we shared the New testaments, talked with people on the street, and surrounded the Craiova University with prayer. It was a great experience because of the size of the city and the difference in people's mentality.

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October 2017

 Between routine and rarity

The beauty of the work that God called us is that we have routine activities that we know all about and are predictable, but we also have activities that we do rarely. In October, the Lord gave us both.

Outside the routine.

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The love of God is shown while they are still sinners. And we are the servants who show this love to them. Through the "Hope for the Community" Association I got some clothing. Unlike other times, we have not announced in the city about this opportunity to receive clothing but we have asked those who come to our worship service to tell their friends. Surprisingly, a woman came and brought us a little cheese. I tried to convince her that we received nothing in return, but without any results. I understand that she wanted to redeem her  recipient dignity of the things I have given.

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   For one week, Cornelia,with Jemima, influenced the group's children's lives toward God. Jemima, she is a young German girl  who has on her heart the kid’s ministry  from  Corabia. She wants to help those who come from families without too many possibilities. They brought the message about God in  the attention of the children,in the building where we were gathering, but they also spent a time of play and joy in the park.

In the Romans book, together with our little group, we have learned that  the  thanksgiving  to God can keep us away  from idolatry. And we had the opportunity to thanks Him  the  whole day of  Sunday celebrating the thanksgiving day.

Back in the routine.

In this  context of the hardened hearts, covering with prayer  is very important, therefore, for two weeks I was in the street and I interceded for known and unknown passers-by. I met a young man who studied the Watchtower magazine with Jehovah  witnesses.

 His name is Ovidiu. Discussing  with him, I saw the disappointment in his heart about the leaders who promised to visit him and not come anymore. We have achieved many biblical truths and even he promised that  to come to worship with us, but he has not arrived.

Pray

·       For him that the Lord continue the work in his heart.

·       For me to be a leader that to not disappoint him about the promises that I made to him.

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September 2017

Month September 2017 was characterized by works focused on meetings and re-planning. "The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty." Proverbs 21: 5

Though it is a small town, the Corabia has two Pentecostal-Charismatic oriental churches, an Adventist church, a kingdom hall (Jehovah's Witnesses) and at least five Orthodox churches. Together with those who participate at catechism, we tried to understand what we think about beeing born again, the Divinity of Jesus, why we worship on Sunday, baptism with the Holy Spirit and baptism in water, the Church, and other subjects that give us a certain identity in Corabia. Every Friday at 18 o'clock we study the Bible with passion so that we can reporting back to all  those who ask us about the things we believe.

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Three years ago I visited a church in  center of Romania and the brother I hosted asked me if I should preach from each  book from Bible, exegetically, not on subjects. Then I said it is too early for some of those who come at the meetings becouse they are reading nothing from Bible. But this month,Septembe, we began to study from Paul's book to Romans. We chose this book becouse  the gospel is presented very clearly and entirely. When I preached that God's wrath is over Corabia, I was curious to see their reaction. I saw a fight in one person’s heart who listened and when I talked, it was amazing to see how he quoted from other messages I have preached, about the grace of God, to calm  his heart.                  

Knowing that the plans of the hardworking man bring boldly, I decided that in September to plan the activities for the objectives that I  planed. I prayed, I decided the activities and planned them for days. By becoming conscious of everything I have on my heart, I need the grace,the  power and God’s wisdom  to be able to accomplish them.

August 2017

A look in the past and in the future !!!

The August was a special month because we had the latest projects for  September 2016 - August 2017  and we set it out our goals for September 2017 - August 2018.

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At our VBS we had the opportunity to serve with the team from the  International Messengers organisation  24 children. We believe that our investment in these children will bring  a change in their lives by returning to the Lord, but also be examples for their community. Through songs they praised the Lord, through the Bible stories they learned more about the Lord through English lessons and enriched their vocabulary to communicate with the team from America, through games they learned to be a team.

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In addition to these activities, brother Jim Morgan and his mission team broadcast the movie  Jesus’s life  for Children.

Gathering together for worship and strengthening relationships encourage all the members of the small cell group  from  Corabia. The way how the place looks make  part of the outer atmosphere. This month we renovated the place that we rented. It is true that we were able to renovated just inside , but we are also praying for  resources to change  the outside.

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We work for God with the resources of His kingdom. The partnership is a point from  the strategy of  Hope Church from  Draganesti-Olt . The partnership is important because we understand that work in the Kingdom of God is not  done by one man. In this direction the fact that at Hope Church  Draganesti  Olt was an event in which each missionary presented his ministry was what I needed. Together with my wife Cornelia, we spent two special hours presenting  God's work from  Corabia. Those who listened to our presentation were from USA and we pray that the Lord will continue to work in their hearts.

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To understand f God’s will  and planning to implement this will is  vital for  God’s servant. I ‘m writing  these goals for all of you to pray that God to  work.

1. Project - program: Mobilization of the kingdom

          objectives

- To form  helped by God, a church planting team

- To form a network of partners to support the planting team

2. Project - Program: Houses of Peace

          objectives

- Identify another 3 houses of peace and serve them

3. Project - program: Betania Community

          objectives

- A New Testament baptism

- Those who come to worship to understand and apply the truths from Romans in their lives

- To help them create biblical relationships with each other and their circle of influence

4. Project - program: Buildings for building the kingdom objectives

- Improve the accommodation conditions at the mission house

5. Project - program: Missionary equipment objectives

- Understanding the dynamics of the conflict and solving it

- Implementation the steps of church planting

July 2017

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, remembering what God did in July, I can say that the good hand of God was with us. Through us He has influenced children and adults.

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After a long  period of planning, it was time for the first time to go  in a camp with the young people in Corabia. We were all excited, as young people as they were still wondering about the details of the camp and gleaming their eyes, on the other hand we as the team hoped the Lord would work hard in their hearts. When the day and the time of the leaving arrived, I found that only me and my family were able to go in that  camp. It was a camp where two goals were achieved: to study  English texts and also to  study texts from  Bible  in order for the participants to return to the Lord. The camp was organized by brother Doug Droll in Zimnicea, Teleorman County. My part was to help translate from English to Roamanian  language for a class. I had no ideea that  God prepared a surprise for me. Our daughter Damaris decided in that  camp  to follow the Lord Jesus. I”ve heard  about her decision about  after three weeks.

My great burden is the salvation of those people from  Corabia because last year I spoke with brother Michael Jordan, who is in O.M. to  gather a team to go on streets to  proclaim the Gospel. Great was the joy when 16 people expressed their willingness to get involved in the "Peace Houses" program. The idea of his project is to prayerfully cover the city, evangelize and identify houses of peace, where we continue to preach Christ. For four days, four teams went to the streets to confess Christ. The experiences on the ground were encouraging. More than one hundred people were confronted with the Gospel message and some were open. In that Friday we organized an evangelistic event in the place where we meet. Pastor Raul Costea preached. It was encouraging that 6 new people came to listen the message. One person is still in touch with us and comes to our meetings. Not only that, our neighbors have heard the gospel, and some are very open.

In the same time  with the "Peace Houses" project, Cornelia and Jemimma Katalina were involved in the "Little explorers" project. Every morning at 10 o'clock they met with the children for one week. One of the truths that children have taught is how to solve a problem without violence. It is important to them because they live in a context of violence. May the Lord continue to work in their hearts.

Pray for our children Damaris and Tiby to remain steady on the Lord's path. Also, the people who have heard the gospel to be released  from the shame and also pray for children that Cornelia invests to understand the importance of returning to God.

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May 2017

We are planting with the hope  of  harvesting !!  

The church planting from  Corabia takes place over three phases. Mobilizing the resources of the kingdom of God; Sowing through prayer, evangelizing and serving the houses of peace;

And the harvest through cell groups that grow to become the missionary church. In May, we focused on this phase of sowing.

News from November

The vision that God has given to us is one that
motivates us to work hard and to hope. Our
vision is a community of people made after
God’s image who bring the hope of Christ in
Corabia and the surrounding areas. One of the
objectives for 2016 was to become a daughter
church of Hope Church. We are very happy to
share with you that this objective is
accomplished!