“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed- always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.” 2 Corinthians 4:7-10.
Every time I walk down the rocky dirt road leading into Sabolciu Village, one thing is consistent, the children come running to greet us with hugs and smiles. The joy of seeing these sweet kids is overshadowed by the question, “Where are the parents of all these little ones?” Without basic parental guidance and supervision, these kids are raising each other.
It has been heart wrenching to witness how disputes are resolved between these children. As conflicts escalate, whoever picks up a rock first usually settles the argument. It is difficult to give direction to kids who haven’t received guidance from their parents. Recently, one of the boys didn’t like the fact that I was asking him to stay in line. He picked up a rock and threw it. I found his dad, but since his dad grew up in the same fashion, he just threatened him with a stick. When the little guy came to see me again (with rock in hand), I let him know that Jesus loves him and I love him. He dropped his rock and asked me to hold him. To my surprise, he gave me a big hug and kissed me on the cheek.
There are a handful of Christian moms in the village who are doing their best to break the
generational pattern and be involved in their kids’ lives. Anca, a single Christian mom, is trying to lead by example. Anca and her boys (Sami and Dani) live with her mom, brother and his wife in a small three-bedroom home.
Things that are common and normal to us in America really stand out in Anca’s life. She walks her boys to and from the bus stop and helps them with their homework. Anca doesn’t let her boys play outside their own fenced-in yard. She said, “It doesn’t take long for her boys to become wild if they play with all the other village kids. I just want them to follow Jesus.”
I let Anca know that friends from America would be praying for her and her village.
Please take some time to pray over her prayer requests.
- For fellow villagers to give their lives to Jesus.
- That God would bring love and peace to their village.
- That the kids would attend Sunday School and not throw rocks at the church doors during the service. It is very difficult to pay to the Bible message.
- That men in the village would begin to attend church.
- For strength to go on each day.
This is an entry from Steve Haines’ blog. He and his family are missionaries serving with the same organization that I’m serving with here in Romania. When I read his entry I really liked it a lot because it is so true and these are things I never thought about writing about in my blog so I asked him for permission if I could post on my blog and he told me that would be no problem for me to do that.
I hope you have enjoy his entry and if you are interested in checking out the Haines family blog website please feel free to check it out. Also please keep them in your prayers as they are serving here in Romania too, thanks!
This is the link to their blog website: http://hainesfamily6.org/