Romania 2018 - Serving those who Pastor

 Romania Bound!

Romania Bound!

Here we are moments away from beginning our 5,000 mile journey to work with Romanian pastors to work with their congregations to build up a prayer ministry as their power source. 

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Putting on a US style BBQ and having church members invite their unchurched friends is one of the ministry opportunities for the team. Here we are selecting the meat at a local butcher shop. 

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Our first session of the prayer retreat for 30 pastors and prayer warriors from the surrounding area. What a blessing to see the Holy Spirit burst out in another language!

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Closing prayer to conclude the first day of the prayer retreat.  

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Trip Leader Earl White is enjoying the outpouring of prayer from our brothers and sisters who speak Romanian. I suspect he’s listening with joyful anticipation with Revelation 7:9 in mind.

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Searching God’s word for what it says about prayer.  

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It’s Saturday so it must be BBQ time! 30 men came, ate, and shared life experiences:  your blogger just slipped up and didn’t photograph the full gathering. 

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Sunday worship, with 4 baptized!

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This is how one dresses for baptism in Romania. Full immersion too!  No changing clothes. 

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Each person gives their testimony with their family beside them.  

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Roaming around the Roman ruins excavated in Alba Iulia. A garrison of the VIII Legion was established here to protect the nearby salt and gold mines worked by the Romans. 

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Evening worship with shared testimonies.  

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Great to have the youth help out with worship! 

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Monday we spent having our hearts broken from visiting some of the widows and poor from our partner’s congregations, sharing gifts of food and praying for their needs  

 

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 Making up 10 packages to be delivered.  

Making up 10 packages to be delivered.  

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 Victory is 91 years old, came to Christ when Communists in power in late 1970’s, persecuted for her beliefs, and the first in her village to be evangelized. 

Victory is 91 years old, came to Christ when Communists in power in late 1970’s, persecuted for her beliefs, and the first in her village to be evangelized. 

 Anna has Parkinson’s but is overjoyed that a church from the US built her a house that is not open to the elements or rats. Her old house appears below. 

Anna has Parkinson’s but is overjoyed that a church from the US built her a house that is not open to the elements or rats. Her old house appears below. 

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 Our concluding activity was a women’s outreach event where testimonies were shared.  

Our concluding activity was a women’s outreach event where testimonies were shared.  

Tomorrow the team begins the trip home, inspired and humbled by what God is doing in Romania.  

West Africa: Remember the Sabbath

This was our final day and one we will always remember with our fellow Christians. There is no better way to begin one’s day than with praising God through song!  Our friends know how to do that! 

Ministering to the children was so joyful.  We were blessed by their enthusiasm, respectfulness, and receptiveness to the message.   Three hundred children came to church, and we were thrilled when eight accepted Christ today.  To God be the glory for that!

We will miss our new friends in West Africa but will always remember their gracious hospitality.  We pray that the ideas that we shared with them will be useful in their children’s ministry.  We believe that many teachers now realize that young children can learn the word of God.  

Please pray for our safe travel home and that our efforts will be multiplied for the Kingdom!! 

 

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West Africa:Trinity Baptist Church

Our prayer:

Father God , we just want to thank you for the men and women who have planned for us, prepared our food, made sure we had water, and much much more.  Please multiply back all the time they spent caring for us and their time away from their families.  Multiply that back to them Lord. Father, we thank you for the Sunday School teachers and pastors who have such a heart  for impacting the children so that they would know that God loves them and has a plan for their lives,.  

And Father for today, we pray for Trinity Baptist Church.  We thank you for their vision and their partnership with Compassion International that is impacting over 200 children in the surrounding  area,  We thank you for their pastor and ask that you strengthen him. He is you hands, feet, eyes, ears and mouth to that congregation.  We thank you for their beautiful unfinished building, and the big vision they have for you.  We pray that you would raise up the members of that congregation that they would give of their time, talent, and resources so that it could serve 1,000 children.  We have truly been blessed, and we give you all the glory, We know that You hold all of this in your hands and will use these wonderful people to grow your Kingdom.  It’s in your powerful name we pray, Amen

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West Africa:Fun day with Children.

After our work with pastors and teachers, it was an equally rewarding time to have the children from the church school join us in a morning of Teeny Tykes and Tunes, We pray that even the youngest ones know that God loves them! 

The afternoon was a long journey to our next location where the God adventure continues.  We are thankful for our safe journey and all the beautiful cultural experiences along the way.  

The participants today (Friday) were pastors and teachers in our new city.  They had many questions about how to engage the young children and especially those with disabilities,  Many seemed encouraged with what they learned and are eager to implement the techniques.  Our prayer is that each one will recognize that children from toddlers to teens can be taught that Jesus loves them! 

Our team is thankful that we can GO and we appreciate your prayers!

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West Africa: Day 2

It was an exciting day at Trinity Baptist Church as we welcomed pastors and Sunday School teachers. Many came to hear how to minister to young children. We pray that they were convicted to recognize that children are ready to learn about Jesus and His love for us. We give thanks to those who came and for their interest and commitment to the children. Our team is healthy and we praise God for that,  

Our Pastor presented Matthew 9:37: “ The harvest is plentiful and the workers are few.”Let us all pray for more workers for God’s Kingdom.  

We look forward to a children’s festival tomorrow,.  Check in for more updates and thank you for praying for us! 

 

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West Africa: Day 1

Our team is privileged to be serving in West Africa. We are thankful to have arrived safely and with all our luggage! We have been called to lead a conference for teachers and pastors where we will share how to engage children from toddlers to teens in learning God’s word. Our partners are local churches and global partners in East Africa as well.  Our prayer is that the Lord will equip us to do what is honoring and pleasing to Him. 

 Our neighborhood. 

Our neighborhood. 

 We love our eager students. 

We love our eager students. 

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We had a terrific day one.....Praise the Lord!

ALBANIA: A Palm Sunday Weekend Farewell

 Our team’s final day in Albania gave us an opportunity to visit Kruje Castle and the Skanderbeg Museum which honors Albania’s hero, Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg.  He was considered by many as a model of Christian resistance to the Ottoman Turks in the 15th century as they fought to keep the Turks from advancing into Europe.  Our next stop was in the ancient city of Durres which is also known as Illyricum in the New Testament. 

Our team’s final day in Albania gave us an opportunity to visit Kruje Castle and the Skanderbeg Museum which honors Albania’s hero, Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg.  He was considered by many as a model of Christian resistance to the Ottoman Turks in the 15th century as they fought to keep the Turks from advancing into Europe.

Our next stop was in the ancient city of Durres which is also known as Illyricum in the New Testament. 

 Many early Christians were martyred by being fed to lions in Durres’ 20,000 seat amphitheater.  Here is a collage of pictures from our visit to the amphitheater and the early church that was located there.

Many early Christians were martyred by being fed to lions in Durres’ 20,000 seat amphitheater.  Here is a collage of pictures from our visit to the amphitheater and the early church that was located there.

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Today, Durres is a modern and beautiful city on the Adriatic.  We enjoyed walking along the beach and having a yummy lunch.

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After driving back to Tirana, some of us attended a wonderful Palm Sunday weekend church service which was concluded by singing “Because He Lives!”  Then the children waved construction paper palm fronds and sang “Hosanna”.  Be sure to watch the video of the praise team’s rendition of “Because He Lives”.  They did a fabulous job!

Most of our team flew back to Atlanta on Sunday and will return to work on Monday morning, exhausted and dealing with jet lag, but refreshed with the memories of an exhilarating week in Tirana.  However, some of us have remained in Albania for an additional week of ministry.  We are grateful for God’s blessings, new believers, wonderful friendships, warm hospitality, and great conversations...while enjoying cappuccinos, Albanian-style thick hot chocolate, and yummy gelato.  We can't wait to return!