Sunday November 27, 2011

Today I had a really great day! I went to the international church in the morning (it was nice not to worry about translation because the service was in English!), it was a great service and it was wonderful to meet some new people at church. There are a lot of people that are from Nigeria, Africa that go to this church and they are all medical students. It was the first time I went to the all English speaking service. It’s a nice small church and everyone is very friendly too!

I was surprised we had three short sermons at church today but they were all very good. Patrick (he is a missionary here from the States serving with his wife) spoke first on “The glory revealed by the Holy Spirit”. Then Harold (he is from England and he is one of the church leaders) spoke on “Enlarge your dream” and then Pastor Innocent spoke on the scripture verse from 2 Corinthians 13:14. All of the messages were very encouraging and challenging.

In the afternoon I went to the Sabolciu gypsy village with Dan, Tabita, Salomea, Angela, Larry and Steve. I had a really great time today in the village with the children and families there. I ended up spending the majority of my time with one of the families. It was the first time I had spent a chunk of time with this family so it was a blessing for me to have this quality time together with them. The Mom gave me a recipe for a certain kind of bread she makes. It looks and tastes very good so I’ll have to try and make it sometime!

I really enjoyed my time with Emanuela, Florina, Sammy and little Ioana. They are such great kids! We played games, practiced “Jingle Bells” for the Christmas party and went over the memory verse that I have been teaching them (Psalm 9:1). Their Mom is a Christian and is very committed to going to church every Sunday. Please pray for this family as their Mom (her name is Simona) raises her children in a Christian home. There is also another Christian Mom in the village that has two boys. Please also keep Anca and her two young sons (Dani and Sammy) in your prayers too. Thanks!

In the evening I had a very encouraging conversation with one of my prayer supporters. We didn’t even speak longer than 30 minutes but we hardly have opportunities to talk on Skype so it was such a divine appointment from God. He is very involved in missions in Africa so he really understands God’s heartbeat for missions and to reach the lost for Christ.

Lately God has really been giving me more and more of a burden to see revival and transformation at the Sabolciu gypsy village. I shared some of my struggles that I have been facing and I also shared some of my passions that are on my heart in this conversation. He really challenged me that I don’t have to wait for anyone for God to do revival but I can start stepping out as God leads me and even pray for people spontaneously and just allow God to use me as His vessel.

Another thing that he told me was the more I step out, my faith will be built and God will do His work in people’s hearts and lives.  Before we said good-bye he also prayed for me too. When I listened to him say these things my heart was saying “Wow, yes!” Now I just need to start stepping out in faith more and move past my comfort zone and fears. I don’t know why but it was such a revelation to me because it’s very true that I really don’t have to wait for anyone or get their permission to pray for people but I can just step out and allow God to work through me.

We also talked about Rolland and Heidi Baker who founded and lead the Iris Ministries in Mozambique. There is a revival happening there and Mozambique is like one of the poorest countries in Africa! The ministry started from an orphanage ministry and now they have seven thousand orphan children under their care.

I heard an interview on you tube yesterday by Heidi where she spoke about the ministry that is happening there. She was interviewed on the 700 Club on CBN. She told the woman interviewing her that she saw over a hundred people raised from the dead and many miraculous healings like people being healed from being blind or deaf. Heidi has seen whole villages coming to Christ when they see these miracles. Iris ministries has also planted over 8,000 house churches in over 20 nations! Wow! I would love to read her newest book out that Heidi has written called “Compelled By Love”.

I truly believe in my heart that God can do revival at the Sabolciu gypsy village just like He is doing in Mozambique because God’s word says that He will pour out His spirit on all flesh and He doesn’t want anyone to perish. God is doing a mighty work in the lives of His children all across the world!

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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