Pastor / Church Planter - Rosiori de Vede, Romania
Sorin is the pastor of a Gypsy church in the southern part of Romania called Rosiori de Vede. The church is located in the middle of the Gypsy community and has had a good minstry among the Gypsies living there. Sorin has also started new missions in Olteni and Troianu. Sorin is married and has seven children.
Testimony of Conversion
My name is Sorin Iordan, I am 43 years old and I am married to Florica. We have seven children: Nicolae (24), Ilie (22), Simona (16), Ramona (14), Ana-Maria (11), Emanuel (9) and Elisaveta (7). I grew up in an Orthodox family, and we were far away from God. As an adult, I committed all the sins that most people do, and maybe even more. Living in a Gypsy context, I used to beat my wife, and although I was not an alcoholic, I was addicted to gambling. I would lose even the last penny I had for my children’s food.
About seventeen years ago, my wife received the Lord Jesus in her heart. When I heard that, I wanted to beat her and not let her go to church, but God worked in my heart and I did not do anything. I was simply satisfied to stay away from God. The difference was that God had already entered into our house and had begun to work slowly through my wife. She would tell me about things she found in the Bible or she would tell me about answer to her prayers. God continued to work in me. After three years, I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I am thankful to God for that day and for my wife who prayed for three years until I was saved.
I was twenty-nine years old when I received the Lord and my life started to change. I gave up smoking the same day that I was saved and never smoked again. I used to say dirty words, but that day I stopped doing that. I started treating my wife and kids nicely. When my old friends asked me to go play poker or pool with them, I refused even if they mocked me. I was very thirsty for God and I wanted to know more about Him and the Bible. I began asking the pastor and the older Christians all kind of questions. I read the Bible twice the first year when I became a Christian. I wanted to know more and more about God’s attributes. One year after my baptism, the church sent me to the Gypsy Smith School for Missions in Bucharest. They had noticed how eager I was to serve the Lord, and they could also see that I was growing in the faith. I was the pastor’s disciple.
Three years later, I graduated from the Gypsy Smith School and felt that the Lord was calling me into the ministry. There were two churches in Rosiori. One was a Romanian church and the other was a Roma or Gypsy church. Both of them had the same pastor. I was a member in the Romanian church. Just before my graduation, my pastor called me into his office and told me, “God chose you to be a minister, and I can see that He has given you this gift. There is a need for you to be in the ministry among the Gypsy people. I think that you should move to the Gypsy church because the Lord needs you there.” I felt that the Lord was speaking to me in that moment, so I accepted to go to the other church. The brothers in the Gypsy church had also been inviting me to go there. Therefore, in 2001, I graduated and moved to the Gypsy church in Rosiori. First, the church elected me to be the secretary and a member of the committee. Then, in 2003, I was elected to be the church leader. This is how I began my ministry in Rosiori.
I would also like to tell you a few things about the new ministry in Rosiori. When I started the ministry, I did not know anyone in town. So, I started going from house to house to see where the Gypsy people lived. I used to talk to them and pray for those who wanted prayer. After a year of doing that, somebody told me that we could gather in his courtyard for church services. We gathered there for two years. The family that offered us the courtyard consisted of seven persons: two parents, two sons, their wives, and a daughter. They all received the Lord into their hearts, but when they were supposed to get baptized, they left for Spain and closed their courtyard. After a few months, we found a new place for our meetings. Someone offered us a room where we could meet, and nine persons received the Lord and were baptized. Also, many Gypsy children learned Christian songs.
The church elected me as an elder in 2008, and I was ordained as a pastor in 2009. The church had twenty members when I arrived, and now there are forty-two members and fifteen other persons that come to church, but are not yet baptized. We also have thirty children in our church. At this moment, Vasile CrÄƒciun is a deacon in our church and Marius CrÄƒciun is our missionary for the village Troianu. Iuliana Tulica is our leader for the children’s ministry and Darius Moldoveanu is our youth leader.
Our mission point in Troianu has eight adults and twelve children who come regularly to our meetings, but only one of them is baptized. We do not have a good place for our meetings there, and this is a big problem. Gypsy people do not like to go uninvited into someone else’s courtyard. Many of them would come to our religious services if we had a church building.
Also, another new church has been affiliated to our church in the village of Olteni about eighteen miles away from Rosiori. It has thirteen members. This is a new ministry and a new challenge for us. We know that the victory belongs to the Lord. There is a team working in this church for the enlargement of God’s kingdom. We praise the Lord Jesus Christ for what He allows us to do in Olteni, Rosiori and Troianu.
Finally, I would like to thank you for your financial support. It has been a great help for my family. It has also helped me to be more involved in God’s ministry. Thank you!