Spoke at a Romanian church

This past weekend was a very busy jammed packed weekend. All throughout the weekend it was nonstop but it was a great weekend even though it was an extremely busy one! Saturday morning my family and I left our house for Waterloo for the rest of the weekend. It was a great weekend to see my relatives, meet a lady who will be supporting me and also visit with friends!  I got to hear about my cousin Aaron’s mission trip to Czech Republic and we also went bowling as well! I enjoyed our moment of our time together because I knew this weekend would be the last weekend I would have with them before I leave for Romania.
On Sunday morning I went to church with my relatives and it was a great service. I enjoyed the sermon the Pastor spoke on about keeping your eyes on Jesus in the midst of the storms of life and also about faith. After the service we all ate lunch together, saw the rest of my cousin’s pictures from his trip and then it was time to say good-bye which was hard! 
My family and I visited with friends of ours that we have known for a long time. I had a shorter visit with them because I needed to leave for the Romanian church. Even though I had a short visit with them it was a great visit and I was really encouraged! Around 5:30pm my Dad and his friend drove me to the Romanian church in Kitchener (the church’s name is Romanian Christian Fellowship). The service started at 6:00pm but I had to be there at least 10 minutes earlier to meet the Pastor. I knew my friend Florin and his wife Laura were going to be a bit late because Florin had to work on Sunday so I had to introduce myself to the Pastor which made me a bit nervous. I was warmly greeted by the people at the door who were handing out the bulletins. I introduced myself to the people who were at the door, I told them I am friends with Florin and Laura and they spoke with the Pastor last Sunday that I was coming and that I’ll be going to Romania for missions. They didn’t know who my friends were, two other people came up to meet and I told them but they didn’t know either!
There was a bit of confusion and I wondered if I was in the right place (the Romanian church shares the building with another church) but I was. Then a guy asked me what their last names are and what Florin does for a living. I told him and then he realized who I was talking about. I felt so relieved! I then asked to speak with the Pastor. I introduced myself again, told him I was friends with Florin and Laura and I will be going to Romania for missions to teach English at a school and to work with children in orphanages. He told me how the service was going to go and he’ll give me 10 minutes at the end of the service. I thanked him, spoke to someone about showing my DVD, got my translation receiver and then finally settled into my seat. At the moment my friends walked into the door. I was so glad to see them and then the service started.
I really enjoyed the service. The people were so passionate when they worshipped God, they prayed for each other at the end of the service and there was so much community they had with each other. I just sensed a real hunger for God and the Lord’s presence was so beautiful in that place! It was such a blessing to be there with them to worship with them. From the moment I walked into the door of the church until the moment I left the church after the service I heard the Romanian language, that in itself was a blessing to be along the Romanian community before I leave for Romania! I only knew some of the words that were spoken here and there but I do thank God that I was able to read some of the words on the screen and sing along with them. It also really helped too that almost all of the songs we sang were translated from English so I either knew the melody or I knew the songs from my Romanian worship CDs I have.
At the end of the service when the Pastor was making annoucements I was getting concerned that he might have forgotten about me. I asked Laura and she didn’t know. I looked back at the guy who had my DVD and he looked at me with a blank face to tell me he didn’t know either and then I looked at Florin and asked him if he thinks he might have forgotten about me, his response was "he better not have". The next moment the Pastor made an announcement to the church that I am going to share about my upcoming mission trip to Romania. So, I paniced for nothing! Why do I do that?!
When I walked up to the front I felt a bit nervous and then I found out the Pastor asked one of the staff to translate for me so I felt a bit relieved that I wasn’t going to stand up at the front alone. I am so thankful that I was able to show my DVD picture slide show because I really believe that pictures can speak a thousand words and it can be so powerful! It’s also a great way for them to see my heart for the people and children that I have ministered to in my previous mission trips as well. After we showed the DVD I spoke for around 5 minutes about how God has called me to serve Him as a missionary in Romania, about my upcoming mission trip to Romania and I also asked for their prayers. After I spoke the Pastor and the guy who translated for me laid hands on me and prayed for me along the the rest of the church. It was such a blessing for them to pray for me!
When I went back to where I was sitting with my friends and the service was then over. Laura then handed me a hundred dollar bill and told me this is for the children. Thanked her and my heart was rejoicing because of their giving hearts (they gave me double the support they were orginally going to give me!). The guy who played my DVD for me asked me how he could support me. I gave him my support letter that has the information in it. A lady came up to me and handed me a twenty dollar bill and told me it’s for me. Then three more people came up to me and handed me envelopes and told me that God told them to give it to me! The amazing thing is I didn’t mention anything about financial support to anyone. I was orginally planning to when I shared but then I changed my mind and decided not to but God spoke to them anyway! When I got home I opened the envelopes and counted what I received from the people who handed me their gifts and including my friends support I received $290! Wow, my heart was in amazement of God’s provision and goodness!
I have more good news!! After the service I spoke to the Pastor with my friend. I thanked him for giving me the opportunity to share about my trip and for praying for me. He then told me something that surprised me. He told me he is going to meet with the board and staff at the church and see if they can financially support me as a church. I was like wow, thank-you! When I was waiting for my Dad to pick me up I thanked the guy for translating for me. He told me that was no problem. He also told me that it would be good for me to keep in touch with the church so they know how I’m doing and how pray for me while I’m in Romania! Wow, what a blessing it would be to build a relationship with a Romanian speaking church in Canada!
I want to say thank-you from the bottom of my heart for uplifting me in your prayers on Sunday when I went to the Romanian church. It was because of your prayers that God did so much miraculous things! God certainly surpassed my expectations of how my time would go at the church! I not only felt encouraged and blessed because of the financial support I received but also so many people gave me encouraging words which brought a real deep confirmation in my heart that I am right where God has called me to serve Him! God knew I needed that encouragement and I’m so grateful for it, beyond what I could possibility put into words.
Please pray for me that I’ll find a good warm friendly passionate church that’s hungary God when I go to Romania. Thanks again for your prayers!!
I am in the picture with my friends Florin, Laura and their daughter Alexandra.

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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