First of all, Lisa and I want to thank all of you for your love, prayers, encouragement, and support. The work of the AMEN Ministry is possible because of God’s grace and your partnership in the Gospel.
In November we led a team of seventeen volunteers to northwest Romania. Ten of the seventeen were on their very first mission trip. Part of the joy and blessing we receive is watching others experience their first overseas mission trip. It was very evident that people were praying. Once again, the Lord answered every prayer we were praying for our trip.
We were able to share the Gospel with over seven hundred people in the medical clinics and evangelistic services. Sixty-seven people prayed to receive Christ! In addition, two others publicly committed to believer’s baptism, which is a huge step of courage in many of these villages.
God showed Himself so strong in one village in particular. Pastor Mihai had shared with me that the believers were facing great opposition from the established state-sponsored church. He was concerned that there would be little response because of the fear and intimidation. We saw the greatest response of the week in that village! The medical clinic was the best attended and I was able to share the gospel and an invitation to the clinic with a group of parents, teachers and students in the public school. Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world!
Because of God’s people giving so generously, we were able to leave a much needed supply of children’s vitamins and antibiotics with the House of Hope. Also, we were able to leave medicine with the state orphanage in that region.
Of course, one of our team’s biggest blessings was getting to spend time with the children at the House of Hope. Our team members absolutely fell in love with all the children. God used our team to be a witness to the lost and an encouragement to the believers in the churches.
Everyone who went with us wants to go back. Someone recently asked me, “What impressed you the most while you were in Romania?” My answer was, “Our team!” It always amazes me how God puts together the exact group of people that we need.
There are other opportunities for 2017. One of those is for the support of a young man who will be helping Bro. Mihai pastor two of the seven churches he oversees. This young man will not receive a salary, but his transportation costs from the Baptist college in Bucharest to the Satu Mare area will be $100 a week. ($400 a month) We already have one church that has committed to $100 a month for this need. It is a tremendous help for Pastor Mihai and for the churches in Halmeu and Baba Novac. Perhaps you or your church could help with the rest? I want to remind you that the AMEN Ministry is still a FULL-TIME ministry with ongoing needs and commitments. God is so faithful and again, we are so thankful to Him and to all of you.
May you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
In Christ’s service,