Our week has continued to be very encouraging and eye opening to our team. Thursday morning we traveled with Marian to visit several villages that he oversaw, including a trip to Dr. Alina. It was great to see how excited she was by the medications and supplies that our church and community generously donated. As we were organizing everything for her, we had to finish our visit but she was needed by the several women who came to her clinic.
As we finished, we went to visit two villages that Marian is ministering in. In the first village, we traveled up to a hill that overlooked the entire community, listened to Marian’s heart and vision for those who don’t know Christ and prayed that the Lord would change hearts. Pray for he and his wife, Andrea, as they are working to see their people come to know Christ and that a group of believers would be formed in each village. They are currently running children’s events and small groups in homes, so pray those would grow and more would be reached.
Thursday and Friday afternoons were very similar. On Thursday, half of our team went to work in one of the children’s programs while the other half went to bring groceries to widows in the community. It was heart breaking again to see the conditions in which these women lived, several of which were living alone. Friday half of our team went to visit a few other widows, while the other half went with Mariana to visit impoverished families. These ladies who oversee this aspect of the ministry obviously love caring for these families. At one home, the young mother was so visibly excited as she saw Mariana get our of the car. She has built great relationships with these families and has a strong platform to share the love of Christ with them.
Thursday and Friday evenings also included a women’s ministry event. Women from the community gathered at two of the churches and listened as Kathleen, Melissa and Jackie shared their testimony and encouraged them in their faith. Both nights had a great turnout. Thursday night the men went with Pastor Alexe to visit and pray for a man in his church who has been struggling in sin. Our team was able to encourage him to follow Christ and spend time in prayer for him.
Friday evening was a great time as our men were able to gather with many of the missionary men as the women hosted their event. It was a nice relaxing time to just talk with one another and build relationships with them. Although we had dinner before we left for the evening, our host, Pastor George, had prepared a small meal and dessert for us. What was there to do? We just had to eat it. It really is incredible how we can sit with these men we have just meet and enjoy each other’s fellowship. The bond between fellow believers is an amazing thing, how quickly we come to know and care for one another.
Please continue to pray for these families who tirelessly live their lives for the sake of the Gospel and pray that we would be a small encouragement for them to stand firm for the Lord.
“13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. 14 To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.”
-2 Thessalonians 2:13-17