marți, 22 februarie 2011

Amazing news about Helen

Helen was baptized. Thank you for your prayer. At her baptism ceremony they came: husband, children, daughter and one of the cousins. I see on her sun’s face a lot of excitement and joy for his mother. He liked to be for the first time in a Baptist church.

But I know you're curious to know what God has done in her husband life that threatened to divorce just some days before!

Her husband came to baptism ceremony... seemed disgruntled and unhappy, but... Helen told me that when they had a time alone, after the baptism ceremony, he took her in his arms and said: “Know that you were the prettiest women form the church. Now I love you even more than in a past!”

We are so glad of transformation that God brings in her family! Today in just 3 hours we have Bible study in their home! WOW!

I do not know what you understand from this story, but I know that you are wonderful people and that God will hear your prayers. This change is the fruit of your prayers.

Oh, how much I want to be near you and put my arms around you to appreciate you and to show my gratitude!

Here is the Helen's family!

joi, 17 februarie 2011

Ana blowing shofar

Ana-Maria blowing in shofar in the morning...


Rodica is a little interview after her baptism she say:
"Today it was a miracle...I was saved. I was baptized."




Helen like other romanian womens

These days I met Helen and I helped her to prepare her testimony. She shares with many people about Christ.

Helen's story is the story of many women in Romania who consistently go to another country to work for their family. She told me that there is more time to read.

"I did not understand anything of what I read from Bible. Neither in the church I did not understand anything."- she told me recently(3 months ago!).

She came to the study group for women often inconsistent because of her departures.

However, in our discussions in women’s group she heard that when you read the Scripture would be good to pray before and then you read. She heard, also, it's good to meditate on and to study the Word of God. She found all that in her travels abroad. Stand and care of elderly people in other country. She told me how God puts His word in her heart and mind, the readied passages of the day.

He recently came back into the country. He joined in first Sunday in the Baptist church in her neighborhood. She understood that there will be a baptism ceremony. She said that, to her family, wants to be baptized. Children were encouraged her but her husband threatened to divorce.

"If baptize you know that there is no way being together. The day you are baptized I bring the paper for divorce"-he said.

This Sunday Helen decides to be baptized. Pray for Helen to have peace in her house. To be a strong witness for Christ in the rest of her life.

God is unveiling His masterpiece of redemption before our eyes!

Daniel, a blond boy with long, thick hair… He liked to show off whenever I entered his room. I met him in Iasi 12 years ago. He knew how to play guitar, but his interest for God or Scripture was not too big. When we were spending time together playing the guitar and talking about God, we each time started to talk also about extra terrestrials and human colonization from the outside. It seamed like no idea about God and His plan of redemption could reach his sinful heart and mind. We parted though with regret when he finished college and went back to the East of the country, in Suceava. I bought him a New Testament and wrote some words on the front page. While saying goodbye he took me in his strong arms for a hug…
Many years passed before I heard from him again. Two weeks ago I heard his voice on the phone. He is the executive director for operations on the ground in the airport of Bacau , another big city in the East of Romania. He is married to Carmen and has a 6 years old boy who imitates him in everything…
Passionate about fishing, he was one of the ones who led, until recently, the Association for Amateur Fishermen in Bacau . Not long after graduating, cleaning up his things, he found the New Testament I had given him. The discussions he had with me and with one other colleague came back to his mind, and life circumstances forced him this time to get closer to the Word. He begun to read, and was impressed by the personality and the way our Lord Jesus lived. One evening, he put his trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. He begun to read even more from the Bible and also go to church. Last year he attended the conference that Josh McDowell held in Romania , and it had a wonderful impact into his life as a father. (In the picture is Daniel and his son Razvan.)
His passion for fishing took much of his time. One day, near the water, he realized he was spending so much time to catch fish, but he did nothing to „fish” souls of people. He decided to sell all his fishing tools and with that money to do something for the Lord. He had good and expansive tools, and so he earned a big sum of money. He rented an expansive hall in a hotel in Bacau and there he organized a seminary on emotional intelligence and he invited me as a speaker there. There were leader students who came, leaders from other organizations in Bacau , colleagues some of his bosses... He wanted to fish with good bait the „big fish in the pond” ... and so he did.
These days, Daniel is meeting people at the conference and tells them the Gospel. Each time he meets someone he tells me how the meeting went, and I help him from the distance to improve his method. He told the Gospel already to 2 people and is helping other Christians to tell it. He was telling into an e-mail to the ones who are his disciples: “ I spoke for about an hour and a half to a person I met. We remained friends and we both liked the discussion. We agreed that until Wednesday he takes the personal decision to follow the Lord, to pray and read 3 chapters from the Gospel of John. Don’t forget!!! Pray before the meetings that the Lord opens the heart of the person, prepares the place, be with you and give you wisdom!”
12 years ago he wasn’t interested, today he is a fisher of men and makes disciples...
It is because of people like Daniel that we have committed our lives to sharing the life-changing message of Christ with Romanian peoples. God is at work, drawing students, families to Himself and transforming a generation of future and present leaders.


I met Dorin, a "Goth rock” fan, who is a very good English speaker that understands the words from the songs which he appreciates. Recently, Dorin, had a suicide attempt. He ate a toxic plant that inflamed his tongue and was on the brink of death by suffocation.
20 years ago I was a "Death Metal" fan. I thought that that period of my life could not bring anything good in the new life that I have now. I didn’t think that the knowledge of rock history would be helpful someday in meetings with people like Dorin. I told him about the music he listens and then we bent over the pages of the Scripture. I was glad I was able to tell the gospel to Dorin. In the end I gave him the booklet (containing the gospel) that we have read together.
Dorin went home and told his mother about the conversation we had with him. His mother immediately came to talk to us. She was desperate. She didn’t know how to handle Dorin’s suicide attempt ...she was so scared! Cristina proclaimed the Gospel, and in the end, together, we gave her some advice on how to treat Dorin.
Just before our departure Dorin's father came to us. He said he came to greet his wife. We talked a little about the Lord with him and I encouraged him to read the brochure that we gave Dorin. It was so emotional! We barely broke from them! Pray for this family so that the salvation to come in their house and their lives to be changed in the way that they would become a strong example to those who know them!