The news letter from our Missionnaries in Romania.
· Our time in Constanta exceeded our expectations. We had 13 couples as well as some singles attend the conference. Mircea and Ronela are leaders in prison ministry and indicated that they could see ways to use marriage mentoring in ministering to inmates. This couple and several others have made commitments to start small groups using The Art of Marriage materials. Pray for these couples as they follow the leadership of their new pastor, Sergiu Bradean, in reaching out to families.
· We are joining the team from America for an evangelism/medical mission back in Suceava, where our trip began. We arrived this morning, two days earlier than the team. It seems that nothing else was planned for this week because God has something for us to do here. Please continue to pray that we will have a strong finish to our ministry in Romania.
Constanta is on the coast of the Black Sea. It is a tourist town for many Europeans. We spent three hours one day touring the beach under the leadership of our 11 year old tour guide, the pastor’s daughter Dania (pronounced Don’ya). The rest of our days were spent within walking distance of the church.
The young pastor has been there only for four weeks, but he has already developed strong relationships with the couples we met. We hope to be able to work with him again and his family in the future.
The marriage conference was held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights for a total of 8 ½ hours. The time was perfect to cover all the material and allow needed time for participant participation.
We had met Mircea and Ronela in Constanta 11 years ago. It was a joy to be with them again; on the last night we got into a conversation with their 18 year old son who remembered us from 11 years ago. You never know who is watching you.
Today we arrived back in Suceava by overnight train. We are convinced that God did not give us an alternative plan because it has always been in His plan for us to return to Suceava. Tonight we spoke in a church that Pastor Dan Boingeanu started 30 years ago. After we shared about an hour from the conference, one of the elders told us that he had been praying that God would send someone to teach their families biblical principles on marriage. What an awesome God we serve!
Tomorrow we are meeting with a pastor here that had contacted us months ago. We were not able to work with him in July; perhaps God has brought us back to work with him this week. We are eager to learn what God has in store for us now.
We have indeed been blessed by your prayers. We have enjoyed health, safety, stamina, provision, rest and blessing from God every step of the way. We praise God for what He has allowed us to experience.
Jim & Cheryl