Church Camp – Sunday July 29 – Saturday August 4, 2012

On Sunday July 29thI left Oradea in the morning at 8:30am with the maxi taxi (a mini

Carmen and I.

bus). I arrived in Târgu Mures at 1:40pm, and then I took another maxi taxi to Reghin and then arrived there at 3:40pm. Then I met with everyone from the church from Reghin which is my former home church when I used to live in Târgu Mures. We all traveled together to Lunca Bradului for a week of camp (until Saturday August 4th).

Just over a month ago God put it on my heart to go to camp again with the church from Reghin. It has been three years since I have been to camp with them so I thought it would be such a blessing to go again this summer and it would also be the perfect time too to go just before I go to Africa as well. The last two years I couldn’t go to the church camp because it conflicted with the orphan camp in 2010 and last year it had conflicted with the VBS ministry week at the Sabolciu gypsy village but this year it didn’t conflict with anything so I thought that it would be a perfect opportunity to go and it was!

Honestly when I arrived in Reghin and saw all of the people from the church that I didn’t

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Hanging out with my roommates!

know, I wasn’t sure how it would be but now when I think about it I’m so very encouraged to see how much the church has grown over the last few years. It was such a blessing to reconnect with my former church family from Reghin and also meet new people as well. I stayed in a room with six other girls (high school and young adult age) and I also ate my meals with them too.

It was such a blessing to be able to meet two orphan girls (young adult age) – Terezia and Vandana. I really enjoyed spending time with them, going for walks and it was a great opportunity to speak to them in Romanian too. I think I actually surprised myself by how I was able to converse in the Romanian language throughout the whole week, though I did speak in English too but a lot in Romanian and when I did it with hardly any translation help too. I felt so encouraged to be able to communicate in a second language like that and especially with much ease and joy too! I really praise God for that because a lot of times I find it difficult to communicate in a second language so it was a good breakthrough for that this week!

During the week at the church camp God really did such a deep work in my heart and He

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Group picture with everyone!!

spoke to me a lot especially about who I am in Him and my future. I went to camp with a deep hunger and expectation in my heart for God to work in my life and for Him to speak to me especially about my future and going to the Harvest Mission School in Mozambique. God definitely blew away all of my expectations and way beyond anything that I came with expecting Him to do. It was a glorious week in God’s presence!

I went to camp feeling very broken from all of the stress and spiritual warfare/battles that I went through especially over the last few weeks. Even on the Saturday before I left for camp I remember that I cried out to God and asked Him “where are you?” I am extremely grateful for the timing of this camp because it was definitely what I needed and God knew that I needed it! I praise God for restoring my peace in my heart, bringing freedom and working in my life so much throughout the week.

I remember the very first service at the camp on Sunday evening (July 29th) I felt a

Meli, Zoli and I (they are awesome worship leaders!)

beautiful presence of God and it just continued and increased more and more throughout the week. It was so wonderful to be in that place again of God’s glorious presence. Pete (our speaker from England) spoke a lot about how we are very precious in God’s eyes, how God delights in us, that we are the very apple of His eyes and that He sings over us with dancing. The first sermon was a beautiful reminder of God’s love for us and I thank God that a lot of the sermons were about our value in Christ and also on the cross as well.

After Pete spoke we had a prayer ministry time for people who wanted prayer. I went up for prayer because I really felt I needed prayer. Pete came over to me and prayed that there would be an open heaven like never before over me during the week at camp. Well God definitely answered that prayer because I can honestly say that God opened up heaven so wide over me and I’m so grateful of how God opened up my ears to hear His voice so clear especially as I spent those hours in His glorious precious just soaking and waiting upon Him. Oh, God is so good!!!!

I remember before I left for camp one of the student who is going to the same mission school as I am in Mozambique ask me “what are you carrying? Because it’s like you are constantly being attacked by the enemy (the devil).” When she asked me that question I honestly didn’t know how to answer her because I was going through so much stress at the time so I just told her that I didn’t know expect that I’m a child of God but I’m sure whatever God has in store for me in Africa at the mission school I’m sure that it is big.

On Tuesday evening when I laid on the floor just resting and soaking in God’s presence.

Some people at camp!

God answered that question and when I heard the answer I felt so overwhelmed and very humbled by it. God told me that I’m carrying an anointing from Him to bring healing, deliverance and restoration to people. God also spoke to me repeatedly throughout the week of how valuable that I am in His eyes, to trust in Him more and not to be afraid to step out and pray for people and not to walk in fear anymore but to always remember that I belong to Him. On Saturday morning during the prayer ministry time God also spoke to me in order for me to walk in His anointing then I need to remember to walk in love, faith and humility.

I feel very humbled to know that God has placed an anointing on me to bring healing to people. Throughout the week I felt more and more at ease and free to pray for people and I think it was even the first time that I felt free to pray in tongues too. Every time I stepped out in faith and prayed for someone it was like God increased His anointing and authority in my life and released it as I prayed for them. It was so encouraging to see God move in and through me like a channel of His love as it flowed in and through me. God is so awesome and my heart just fills with so much joy just thinking about it!

When I found out at the beginning of the week that Vandana is deaf in one ear and she has lost half of her hearing percentage in the other ear God really gave me a burden to pray for her. I never really prayed for someone for healing like this before especially for someone who is deaf in one ear but over the last few months God has really been building up my faith with reading all of the stories and testimonies of what God is doing in Africa (from the books for the mission school) so I knew in my heart that if God does extraordinary supernatural miracles there than He can also do it here in Romania too.

I praise God for giving me three different opportunities to pray for Vandana at camp. On

Terezia, Vandana and I.

Tuesday we went for a walk and it was the first time I asked if I could pray for her. At that time she also had some pain in her chest so we prayed for that too. After the prayer she told me that she felt the Holy Spirit come upon her and the pain that she had in her chest went away. I thought wow and then I asked her about her ears but no change yet so I encouraged her to keep believing for God’s full healing on her ears.

On Wednesday evening we prayed for healing for people during the prayer ministry time. Pete prayed for one of the ladies who had a shorter leg than the other one so she had really bad back problems. God did an incredible healing miracle for her! When Pete prayed for her, the leg that was shorter than the other way straighten out right before all of our eyes!  Tears were brought to my eyes when I saw that miracle as well as a lot of people rejoiced with tears in their eyes. Wow, God is so good!!

That same evening during the prayer ministry time I mentioned to Pete and Pastor Liviu about praying for Vandana because I really wanted to see her get her healing too. Pete told me “well you have the faith to see her get healed, and then you come and pray for her.” I responded by saying “yeah, I do.” Honestly I wasn’t trying to be proud or anything like that but I just believe in my heart that God is more than able to heal her because He does so many miracles around the world and can do it in Romania too.

Then Pete, Pastor Liviu and I prayed for her. As soon as we began to pray for her the Holy

Pastor Liviu, Carmen, Pete and Gabi.

Spirit came all over her and she was even surprised that she was even knocked off her feet! I continued to pray for her ears and as I prayed I felt God increased His authority and faith in me. After a while I asked Vandana if she felt any changes. She told me there wasn’t but she began to feel heat in her ears so I encouraged her to continue to believe God for His complete healing in her ears.

On Thursday I went on another walk with Vandana during our free time in the afternoon. God put it on my heart to pray for her again so I really wanted to go on another walk with her and we had such a wonderful time worshipping God and conversing in the Romanian language. On the way back from our walk I told her that I would like to sit by the river for a bit and then when we got to the river I asked her if it would be okay for me to pray for her again and I told her that I would like to specifically pray for God to heal her ears.

I asked her if she believed that God could heal her and she told me yes so then we prayed again. I didn’t pray long maybe around five minutes but I believe when we prayed the heavens were open over us because I asked her if she could now hear or if anything changed with her hearing. What happened next was amazing. Vandana decided to cover her one ear that she only could hear half the percentage and the ear that wasn’t covered she couldn’t hear at all. After she did that I asked her “so do you hear anything?”

Then she told me that she could not only hear the water but also the water that ran over

Dana and her son David.

the rocks in the river! I was shocked and so happy at the same time. I was “like are you serious?!” and she told me yes! Then I gave her a huge hug and told her “wow, I’m so happy for you, praise God, see how much He loves you, that He did that for you!” All the way back to the camp facility we just rejoiced and sang praise songs to God and when we got there we shared the good news with some people of what God did!

Wow, God is so very faithful and so good!! I just praise God and I love Him so very much. What an incredible week it was at camp! Oh and it was awesome to be able to see five people get water baptized too at camp! It was seriously the best camp ever and I’m so very excited to see how God is going to unfold the plans that He has for me in the future especially with the prophetic words and visions that He spoke to me throughout the week! It is going to be amazing!! I would really appreciate your continual prayers as I continue to move forward in the destiny that He has on my life. Thanks!!

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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