Over the last two days we have certainly hit the ground running in Romania. Everyone woke up Tuesday morning glad for a good nights sleep and ready to start the day. I think most of us still were dragging a little, but the jet lag has gone away by now. We started our morning with breakfast that the Wepplers prepare for us each day and then went to Hope Church where Pastor Raul hosted an orientation. We were able to hear about all the work their ministry is doing and learn about those we would be working with during the week.
After lunch we were able to go visit a great family in a village about an hour away. There we saw their home, heard about their call to move to this new city, how they are sharing Christ with their community and what their vision is for the coming years. We then got to go visit another believer who lives close by to encourage him and pray for him, because he is the only believer in his family.
That evening we made our way back to Draganesti to have dinner with the Wepplers. I had to quickly eat to go with Kevin to the church for a men’s study. It was a really encouraging evening where I was asked to lead a discussion and workshop for men in the church on how to prepare sermons. That evening we worked together on how to preach Christ from the Old Testament. These men loved the Lord and desire to correctly teach his Word. Their knowledge and love of the Scriptures was very evident. One interesting note, I have often heard about translating books that are popular in the US into other languages, but it was great to see those works being used. As we talked throughout the night, I learned that Raul and myself have many of the same favorite authors. While I was at the church, the rest of our team began preparations for the men’s and women’s event we will be hosting later in the week.
Wednesday started out very similar to Tuesday. We got ready and ventured out to a new city where we meet a few more families living their lives as missionaries in their own city. We heard about how the Lord had changed their lives and how they now desire to use their life for him. These people were such an encouragement to us in how they love the Lord deeply and totally devote themselves to seeing others come to Christ. After we spent time with these three families, we went to have lunch in a Romanian restaurant, and finally ventured into a store to buy supplies for our events. It was probably a very interesting sight for the Romanians watching all of us walk through the store together trying to find out what we needed. Luckily we had Kevin with us who was very helpful.
Once we were done, we headed home for another great dinner, while three of our team were hosted by another family in the church. While they were away, the other five of us went to another grocery store to meet Mariana. She helped us buy groceries for five families in the area and then took us to their homes. There we had the opportunity to meet them, pray for them and provide for their physical needs. Many of us had been to impoverished places before, but were still surprised to see the conditions in which these people lived.
The last few days have left us encouraged and challenged by the way these friends live their lives for the Lord. Pray with us for their work. It is hard with very few believers in each community. And pray for new avenues of ministry to open for them. Mostly pray that more would come to Christ and then would be sent back out to reach those around them.
35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”