Alex Palade is a conscientious soul winner.  He never resorts to a “canned” presentation when sharing the good news.  The following are a few of his accounts in engaging people with the gospel this past month:

“I participated in an evangelistic event for international students in Ploiesti. Fifteen African and three Romanian students participated in this event. Before the meeting, I talked to Catalin and he told me he was an Orthodox.  When he told me what he believed, it turned out he was an agnostic. He believed in God, but he thought that God was a major force. I shared the Gospel with him and he understood that he wasn’t going to heaven, as he had thought. It was a revelation for him to understand that he could only be saved through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. I gave him a New Testament and he said he would read it.

Then I talked to Alan from Ivory Coast. He said he had started attending the Catholic church in his hometown and he was working for his salvation. I explained to him the difference between self righteousness and the righteousness given by God through Christ. I could see joy on his face when he heard that and he said he wanted to put his trust in Christ.

I preached from Matthew 26 about Gethsemane and the prodigal son. Jorje, a Brazilian missionary, shared his personal testimony. The Brazilians and the Angolans speak the same language, Portuguese. So, in the end, Jorje decided to start a Bible study with the students from Angola and together with Nicu, my fellow missionary.

In the end, a female student came up front and said she was a prophetess. She accused us that everything we did was disgusting before God. She said that God was not my Father. My wife was sharing the Gospel with Andreea, who said that she had been searched by the Word of God. We felt the devil again was attacking us, but God strengthened all of us.

Alin and I preached the Gospel to some Rroma young people in Sacele, Brasov. They were playing soccer, and began to listen to the Gospel message. They admitted they were sinners and so we challenged them to put their trust in Christ. Only God knows what happened in their hearts!

Alin and I met Ionel, a Rroma man. We talked to him and he told us that God was searching him. He admitted he was a sinner and he had to repent. He said he couldn’t go on like this and decided to read the Bible and seek God. He listened carefully to the Gospel message.

I invited Costi to meet with me for a time of mentoring. We talked about his life and his walk with God and I asked him to do a Bible study about pride. We talked about ministry and about Laurentiu, the young man he is mentoring. I also wanted to go with him and do personal evangelism. So, I called Fanel and Madalin, two young men who had said they would like to meet with us, but they didn’t answer the phone. So, we went in the campus, but it was cold and raining, so we didn’t meet anyone outside. I felt a terrible spiritual battle, but I didn’t give up. In the end, I managed to find Cristi, who was glad to see me again. He thought he was a good person, but I told him how God actually saw him and Costi shared with him his personal testimony. At that point, I could feel the Holy Spirit filling me, giving me peace, joy, power and clarity in preaching. He also helped Cristi pay attention and understand what I was telling him. So, Cristi understood he needed Christ to deliver him from sin and darkness and save him. Cristi admitted he needed Christ. I gave him a New Testament. 

My wife and I went to Ploiesti and there we met with Claudiu. We went on the campus and there we met three students. Two of them believed in God and the third one was agnostic. Claudiu shared his personal testimony with them and I preached the Gospel to them. They listened to us carefully and said they would think about what we told them. Nicu and Jorje, who help us with the Angolan students, joined us. We saw some Asian students on the sports field and went there, because Nicu wanted to find out where they came from. They said they were from China, but couldn’t speak Chinese. They were probably from North Korea, but were trying to hide that. Their supervisor came out of the blue and passed by us, letting us know that we were being watched. Nicu offered them some agendas with a Christian theme; they accepted them and seemed to be friendly. The Bible study with the Angolan students was held every time in the kitchen of the international students, so as they prepared their food they had the opportunity to hear them studying the Bible and praying.

I also talked to Pavel from Moldova. He couldn’t accept that he was a sinner and that God was going to send him to hell. Nicu and I explained to him what the Bible says about sinners and he understood in the end that he was going to hell if he didn’t put his trust in Jesus Christ. We gave him a New Testament.

I met a Vietnamese student; his name in Viet. I shared my personal testimony with him and preached the Gospel to him. He hadn’t hear about Christ before. He understood what sin was and that God send sinners to hell, unless they repent and believe in Christ. He listened to us for about an hour and a half and he was touched by Christ’s love.

I spent a few days in a spa town and there I met Marius, a young man from Slatina. I shared the Gospel with him and in the end he admitted that he was a sinner. He listened to me very carefully and the next day he told me he had meditated on what I had told him. I gave him a New Testament.

I also shared the Word of God with Mrs. Elena, who though she was a good person. In the end, she understood she was going to hell, unless she repented. She also understood she needed Christ as her Lord and Savior.

Mihaela is a nurse and she was amazed to see how brave our children were when we took them to the hospital for medical tests. I started sharing the Gospel with her and she told me she was an Orthodox! I explained to her that nobody would ask her about her religion, but if she believed in Jesus Christ or not. I could feel there was a battle for her soul because she was a very kind lady, but she changed suddenly and became restless and rejected what we said.”

Don is serving as the HeartCry Coordinator for Eastern Europe. As an itinerant evangelist, his pulpit ministry is directed toward preaching on the inner life of the believer and the spiritual need of the lost. With HeartCry, his ministry includes organizing Bible conferences and corresponding with the HeartCry missionaries in Europe. He and his lovely wife Cindy live in Tuscumbia, AL.

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