On Thursday April 10th at 7:30pm, I had a meeting with the missions committee at my church. In March I sent my Pastor an e-mail and asked him if he would like me to meet with the missions committee at the church when I’m home. He sent me an e-mail and told me that would be a good idea to give them a report of my year in Romania.
I have to be honest I felt a bit nervous going into the meeting. I don’t know why but it feels like I’m presenting myself in front of a panel and being interviewed. Pastor Mark was there who led the group (he’s the Senior Pastor), Pastor Psegga who is the Youth Pastor (she was there because she was updating the group on the fundraising for the team she is leading to Romania this summer with another missionary in Bucharest from my church) and then I think there were five other people there as well who are part of the committee.
Last year I approached the missions committee for approval for my church to issue income tax receipts for people who want to support me who live in Canada because the missions organization that I’m serving with (Global Outreach) does not have a Canadian office right now and I also asked my church if they would consider supporting me anywhere from $50 – $100 a month. I walked into that meeting scared but at the same time trying to place my trust in God that everything would be alright because that meeting was the key for me to go to Romania with Global Outreach. After that meeting last year I left it a bit worried because the committee was concerned why I didn’t have an interview with the mission organization and they weren’t sure about accepting me to go with them. God is faithful and my church not only agreed to issue income tax receipts for Canadian supporters but my church is also supporting me with $50 a month as well!
This meeting I didn’t have to go into it to approach them for acceptance to serve with the missions organization and ask them to come alongside of me but my church is already doing that. Though I found out when I went to the meeting that they had to make another decision to continue to issue income tax receipts and support me financially. When I found that out I felt a bit nervous but I just try to keep my focus on God and share from my heart what I have been doing in Romania.
The missions committee wanted a report from what I have been doing this past year in Romania. I briefly explained to the committee all of what I have been doing in Romania everything from teaching English at school, working with the orphan children at Life and Light group home and the gypsy children at Rozmarin, learning Romanian and being involved with my home church there. After I shared different people in the committee asked me questions and then they prayed for me which was nice of them to do that. I gave each of them my new prayer cards and also gave Pastor Mark a copy of the reference letter Kevin wrote for me (he’s my director in Romania). Kevin e-mailed it to Pastor Mark but for some reason he didn’t get it. I have no idea why so I’m really glad I brought it to the meeting. Pastor Mark was glad too that I brought it and it was helpful for the committee to hear directly from my director too.
Overall the meeting went very well and I left the meeting very encouraged. Pastor Mark phoned me an hour after I got home. He wanted to phone me and not send me an e-mail so he can personally talk to me which was nice. When he phoned me the first thing he said to me was yes and yes. He told me everyone in the committee fully agreed to continue to issue income tax receipts and for the church to continue to financially support me with $50 a month! He told me last year the committee was concerned if they were doing the right thing for me by letting me go to Romania with a mission organization they didn’t know so well but now they are very pleased of how the year has gone.
Pastor Mark told me that he has seen a lot of growth in me this past year and he encouraged me to keep doing what I’m doing. He also wants the church to start praying for all of the missionaries my church supports more. His new idea is each person will get a day in the week for people to be prayed for them. He asked me which day I wanted so I told him Thursday would be great because I’m usually exhausted by then and it’s a very busy day for me at school. What a great idea! I appreciate his heart for missions and it was so encouraging to hear from him. Oh, yeah the church also wants me to share at the church service on Sunday May 11th.
I just want to thank the Lord that the meeting went well and for my home church coming alongside of me and standing with me in what God has called me to do in serving in Romania! What a blessing that is and it is a confirmation that I’m doing exactly what I’m suppose to be doing!