We have room for only two short reports from HeartCry missionaries in Romania: Florin Stan in Fieni and Marian Jipa in Pitulicea.
Florin Stan - Fieni, Romania
This last month, we organized a medical event through which we were able to share the gospel. We worked with a team of doctors and nurses, but our main purpose was to share Christ. This ministry of mercy prepared the hearts of the people for the preaching of the Word. The project lasted for two days in the city of Fieni, and approximately 400 people heard the gospel. Many people showed interest and left their phone numbers for more in-depth discussions. I now have many addresses of inquirers, and in the following days, I will begin visiting them.
The people who attended showed all kinds of reactions. Some listened intently and asked questions; some broke down crying; others were amazed by the beauty of the gospel; and still others could not wait to be rid of us, because they only wanted the medical services.
During our campaign, we encountered some difficulty from the Orthodox priests who spoke evil of us in front of the locals and tried to talk people into not coming to the event. In spite of their efforts, the Lord was good to us and the people. Many who did not know about the event heard about it from the priests and began to seek for the location of the Baptist Church where we held the event!
Although we wanted this event to be organized in the city of Moroieni, there were some problems, and we did not get the approval. The Orthodox priests had heard about our intentions and put pressure on the mayor not to allow it. They told him that we blasphemed God, and so the mayor rejected our request. In spite of the mayor’s decision, we rejoice that many people from Moroieni heard about the event and came to Fieni anyway. They were evangelized as they received medical care. I can say that the event was effective and worth all the efforts. Four hundred people heard the gospel!
Marian Jipa - Pitulicea, Romania
We gave out New Testaments and other literature in the city of Florica and then returned a couple of days later to see how the ministry was advancing. We discovered that an Orthodox priest and a few children from the school went from house to house to collect all of the literature that we had distributed. Many of the people that gave it back were old and uneducated, but there were many who would not. Some even confronted the priest, telling him that there was nothing wrong with reading the Bible. Others who were afraid of the priest said that they were not at home when we gave out the books and that they did not know anything about it. I was very glad to hear that some people held on to what we gave them. I hope to contact all of them very soon.
I recently visited a brother from our church that lives in the neighboring village of Caldarusanca. His wife is an Adventist. He told me that the Adventists talked a lot about our outreach and that they were very jealous of us because of our evangelism ministry (they have never evangelized so openly). Another Adventist from the same church said that he appreciates what we are doing, and also told us that his uncle in Casota was very impressed by the way we shared the gospel with him. Please pray that they might come to know Christ.
Through our evangelistic outreach, we met many new people this month. We had good weather, so I was able to walk around and talk to people while they were sitting at their gates or under a tree. I spoke simple words for their understanding. They were fascinated. Many have said that they had never heard anything like it before.
I met a woman about 35 years old who was carrying a little boy. He was eleven years old, but he had suffered severe brain trauma at birth and was very tiny. He did not look good at all. But his mother hugged him and loved on him. She was very sad because her husband had left her and the child. The woman was also very upset with God and said He had done a great wrong to her. She could not understand why all these bad things had been happening to her. God gave me great words of encouragement for her and did a great miracle in her heart. I showed her that God is a good God who never creates sin. She felt a great burden lift off her heart, and we cried together. She understood that God really loves her and her child.
I was also invited to visit a sick person. He was lying in bed from an operation on a femur fracture at the level of his hip. Since the operation was not successful, they had to repeat it, and now he has one leg shorter than the other with terrible pain. After speaking to him for a while and letting him tell me the story of his suffering, I suggested that we pray. We prayed with great faith. I prayed, and then he prayed too. A few days later, I learned that he was in a good hospital in Bucharest and getting better every minute. He is reading the Bible and praying several times a day.
Finally, I met an older lady whose son had hung himself many years ago. Her heart was not yet healed. We spoke about God’s grace. I let her pour out her pain. By the end, I could see a spark of hope in her eyes. The following week when we met again, she said she felt much better and was more confident in the goodness of God.