The ministry team in Brasov was blessed to celebrate a recent baptism and will be preparing for a second baptism by August. Last Sunday, we had no room in our meeting place, and we are very thankful for what God has done, particularly in bringing unconverted people to attend each service. The good dynamic in evangelism makes the church active; however, we wish we would see people more drawn to the prayer meeting. Some of the students at the nearby university seem to be touched by the Gospel, but they must face great opposition in their families and their dorm. Our ministry with the poor is also bringing fruit: three people have been converted in the recent days.
The ministry team in Pucioasa will soon celebrate its fifteenth year of existence. What a great testimony! The Lord has saved many during these fifteen years. This celebration will also mark the dedication of their new building (150-200 seats). Brother Nicu shared with us recently about a woman whose husband was a policeman, but is now in prison for corruption. She is desperate, but her desperation has driven her to seek God in their church.
The ministry team in Fieni is doing a good job in their town. Brother Florin shared with a man named Victor who has admitted to being a sinner, but has still not repented. He warned him that he should not ignore or delay in responding to God’s call to repentance. Brother Florin has also reported that his ministry of preaching at the nearby wood factory is going well. Brother Marian continues to work with the children and share the Gospel on the streets. One day, he shared with a woman whose daughter had gone to a monastery only to realize how far the monks were living from the Word. Both the mother and the daughter are now attending the church in Fieni.
The ministry team from Draganesti was visited by a group from the U.S. that helped them with evangelism. As a result, two families joined the mission from Stoienesti. The church building was also recently enlarged, and now they have a good facility for doing ministry there. Brother Danut continues to develop the Bible-reading program in Draganesti, Coteana, and other places. Some people have started coming to church from these groups, and one man was saved last month. Danut is also visiting the families of the many children he meets on the streets. His goal is to take the Gospel to their parents.
The ministry team in Ramnicu Sarat and Buzau, where Brother Jipa and Dr. Cosmin are laboring, is in constant need of more workers. Recently, a large group of students from the Baptist seminary came to help Jipa with evangelism. Hopefully, some of them will join the church-planting vision in Buzau. Dr. Cosmin is about to finish a new building for his medical clinic and will also start planting a new church.
The ministry team in Bucharest reported an advance in their new church plant. They are about to obtain the legal status of a church before the government. Along with relational evangelism, their church is also promoting the Gospel online. There are about seventy people in their database who are taking courses. They recently held an outreach in a park, and over sixty people came. The Gospel was preached, and some people were touched. Among them was a Muslim who is part of the Ph.D. Program in Bucharest. Brother Gae continues his ministry of teaching Sunday school teachers, preaching in churches, and writing books. He recently sent us fifteen copies of The Christian and the Beatitudes, a book that he has just published.
Brother Alex has been sharing the Gospel with numerous students on the campuses in Brasov, Ploiesti, and Pitesti. He takes other young Christians with him in order to disciple them. One day, while traveling to Pitesti with Brother Alin, they picked up a man in their car and began to witness to him. After a while, it became clear that the man had severe spiritual problems. Pray for this man.
Sisters Loredona and Ruxi continue to disciple the new students that are willing to study the Word. Some of them are from their campus, while others are from the weekly outreach on another campus. They were delighted when a Japanese student recently joined their group. Ruxi also shared with us about a new convert who is demonstrating month after month that the Lord is making definite changes in her life. Finally, Loredona and Ruxi recently traveled to Moldova to participate in a conference with students from the Balti area. It was a beneficial time of teaching, sharing, and mutual encouragement.
Bebe had a student meeting before Easter in which he preached the Gospel to about fifty students. Macrina, one student that seemed converted, is now in a great battle. Her family turned her against her Christian friends by labeling them a sect. Bebe’s grandmother is now 102. Bebe visits her, and he gets the opportunity to share with her about Christ each time.
The ministry team from Cahul has a great dynamic in their ministry. The one-to-one discipleship program brings more and more people in contact with believers. About seventy men met for a special meeting on the topic of pornography. Another meeting on the impact of media and the Internet brought about thirty teens and over one hundred parents together. Brother Anatol now directs a school with about forty-five local students that are being trained for ministry. Brother Gelu has begun an ethics class in the public schools of Cahul. He also taught a class in a conference on “Searching the Scripture” to thirty-seven students. Olga, his wife, is now discipling a new convert, Mihaela. Brother Nicu, the missionary that does missions through sports, had two recent events. The one in Cahul brought 159 athletes and their parents together to hear the Gospel. The second event gave him the opportunity to testify of Christ to sportsmen from twenty-four countries.
The ministry team from Anenii Noi is advancing in outreach through social work, Awana Club, women’s ministry, and counseling. Igor reports that two new couples joined the church. A team from OM recently joined them to do evangelism at their two church plants in Speia and Garbovet. Brother Pavel has begun to teach Christian ethics in a public school near the city, and Sister Natasha has had a great impact in serving people with terminal diseases.
Brother John Gireada said that after weeks of fasting and prayer with the church from Tereblecea, the Lord has brought about significant changes. Even the secretary of the city hall has become a Christian! On his way back from the Donetsk area, Brother Ilye Hlusceac witnessed to over two hundred persons. In the twenty-six visits he had with various families, he talked to two Jewish businessmen about the Messiah and one woman who came to Christ. Brother Sandu is struggling with discouragement as he tries to plant a church in the very difficult village of Pasat. He has worked to establish a chapel there, but the local authorities have refused to let it happen. Though people are reluctant to obey the Gospel, Sandu and his co-laborers want to keep sharing Christ. Please pray that the Lord would grant favor and blessing with regard to the church. Sandu has another good work in Gruscenka. He has also begun to teach some ethics classes in the local public school. Brother Vitali has also been approved to teach school classes on ethics. It seems that more and more missionaries have an open door through these ethics classes in secular schools.
The Gypsy Team
Brother Moses Marin has recently baptized five new converts. He also used the opportunity of the “International Day of Roma (Gypsy) People” to give away over one hundred New Testaments and three hundred invitations to attend their church.
The Lord gave Brother Sorin Iordan the opportunity to witness to nearly three hundred people at various events. Two souls were saved in Rosiorii de Vede, and a new family in Alexandria has experienced God’s grace. The father of the family, Mr. Lupancu, was in a coma for days after a simple appendix surgery, but God has used it to change him and his family. They made their living by stealing, but now God has spoken to them clearly. God is also doing many things in the new church plant in the village of Troianu. There was a woman beside the church who was always opposing the ministry, mocking the believers, and causing problems. When she suddenly died, at thirty-eight years old, the entire village believed that God had removed her from the land of the living. There is now great attendance, and the fear of God has surrounded the town.
Brother Tony in Gypsy city of Strehaia has much work to do. Hundreds of Gypsy families have been deported by the French government and are now back in Strehaia with no jobs. Tony visits all these people, trying to encourage them and call them to repentance. Brother Nae Marian reports about the solid work in Glina and Frumusani, where a man named John recently came to Christ. A brother from Glina, whose name is Stelica, passed through a terrible trial after hitting a child with his car. He was not guilty, but the Lord allowed it in order to bring him and others closer to Him.
Brother Toma Marian shared with us about the good children’s ministry in Tamasi and about the good testimony of the believers from Orac. They all travel by bicycle to attend the church in Tamasi. He also spoke about the joy of seeing his daughter saved recently.
This last month, Vale Marian visited forty families to share the Gospel. He is under continual threat, because there are two opposing clans in the town in which he ministers, and his church is located right in the midst of them. He has been threatened by both groups many times. Please pray for his safety.
Please keep praying for the ministry in Eastern Europe. We have freedom to witness, and we see God bringing more and more people to Him. We must not waste time. Who knows what will come in the near future?