March Romania Update!

Sunday April 8, 2012

Dear Family and Friends,

I hope you are doing well! Spring is definitely in the air here in Romania as the trees are budding and the temperature is getting warmer. I hope you are having a very blessed Easter weekend with your family! Christ has risen and He lives forevermore!! Hallelujah!

Evangelism Outreach Weekend in Sabolciu

Throughout the winter months in the villages that surround Sabolciu there were evangelism outreaches. When the Christians that live in Sabolciu found out about this they too wanted to do an evangelism outreach event in their own gypsy village. I praise God for putting this on Ica, Anca and Simona’s hearts because this was the first time we have ever

The third evangelism outreach service with Pastor Ghita from the Tinca gypsy village.

had an event like this in the village or at least since I started working there! It was an amazing three day event! It was held from Saturday March 10th to Monday March 12thand it was in the evenings from 7:00 – 9:00pm.

God just totally blew me away how He arranged the whole evangelism outreach event because it was very evident of how the Lord put everything together of all the guest speakers and musicians that we had. The first day we had a Pastor from a gypsy village near the city of Arad, he brought three other people with him to sing songs and he preached a powerful salvation message in both the Romanian and gypsy language. The second day Steve (he’s a missionary serving with us here) preached and Dan translated for him. We also had special guests from another gypsy village that shared testimonies and sung some songs. On the third day Pastor Ghita from the Tinca gypsy village preached another great message on salvation and he also brought some other guests that sung some songs.

I was so incredibility encouraged throughout the whole weekend to see the great turn out

Maria and I

at the church. One of the services I had counted there were around 80 people that attended with the majority being adults and some children as well! It was so great to see not only the women come out but also the men too! I praise God and rejoice that around 20 people (including children) made new decisions to accept and surrender their lives to Christ! On Sunday evening God gave me the joy to lead Maria (she’s 7 years old) in the sinners prayer to accept Christ into her heart. After we prayed together I gave her a big hug and told her that Jesus loves her very much!

At the end of February one of my friends prayed for me at church, the Lord touched me very powerfully and spoke to my heart the word “harvest”. I truly believe in my heart that this is the beginning of the harvest of souls that God is bringing into His kingdom at the Sabolciu gypsy village. I thank God for the blessing that over the last four months I have

Ica, Simona and Anca.

been able to attend the church services that we have in the village on Sunday afternoons. It has really been such a blessing from God to get to know the Christians more that live in the village! The small group of Christians that live in Sabolciu are very dedicated and committed to God. One of my favorite parts of the service is the prayer time because there is always such a sweet presence of God in the room. When they pray, you can just hear their passionate hearts for God and they are filled with so much hunger and gratitude for God. I praise God for what He is doing and I’m very excited to see what He will continue to do there in the future!

Growing in my walk with Christ

At the end of September the Lord led me to an international church. I went to their all night prayer meeting then and just kept going back because God is definitely doing something in this church! I am so grateful for God leading me to this church because I don’t think I have ever grew in my relationship with Christ as fast as I have been growing within the last six months! God has been teaching me so much about prayer and I have noticed a huge difference in my personal prayer life especially with praying scripture and praying with authority. Recently I started to serve in my church where I have joined the prayer intercessory team. I am so grateful for the blessing I had to be able to go to the workers training retreat which was from March 23rd – 24th and I am now currently taking the workers training course.

The last few months I have also been going through a lot of struggles and spiritual battles

Six young children at Sabolciu.

but I thank God that He has drawn me closer to Him through all of these trials. God has definitely been teaching me more of what it means to live out James 1:2-4, which says “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  

Praise Reports!

  • I praise God for the awesome things He did throughout the evangelism outreach in Sabolciu!
  • I praise God for planting me in a church where it feels like a family and I’m growing so much!
  • I praise God for the English Bible study group that I have been involved with since November!
  • I praise God for opening up an opportunity for me to take a Romanian course for FREE!

Prayer Requests:

  • For the Lord to continue to work in the hearts of each of the orphan and gypsy children.
  • For the Lord to continue to expand and bring more spiritual fruit to the church in Săbolciu.
  • For my Romanian language learning that I would be more confident and diligent to study it.
  • For God to continue to place His hands of favour upon the process with Pathway to Joy Canada.

I would like to thank-you from the bottom of my heart from your continuous support, encouragement and prayers as I serve the Lord here in Romania. It means so much to me and such a blessing from God!

Many blessings,

Andrea

 

My Contact info:

Address: Pathway to Joy Ministries. Bd. Stefan cel Mare 88, Oradea, Bihor, 410437, Romania

Home Landline phone # 011. 40. 359. 424. 077 (if calling from Canada or USA)

My blog: https://romaniangirl98.wordpress.com/ – check out my daily updates!

 

Financial support can be sent to: (please have my name written on the memo line)

In the States: Pathway to Joy Ministries 1415 Wiley Street, Hollywood, Florida  33020

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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