Romania Mission May 2017
We spent the first 6 nights in Rosiori, working with the Baptist Church Pastor, Viorel Trasca. We enjoyed attending church meetings in Rosiori and the nearby villages of Vacaresti and Balaci, alongside home visits, a visit to a local old people’s home and a ladies’ meeting. All activities involved prayer ministry. We moved to Alexandria for the last 4 nights and worked with the Pastor of a Baptist Church, Octavian Ivanica. We made so many home visits, praying for the sick and troubled who gathered in each home. One woman had recently suffered a stroke which had left her with a paralysed hand but after prayer, it was released. Some visits were in Alexandria itself and included the hospital, where we went to pray for a church member but also prayed for 4 other patients in the ward. Other visits were made in surrounding villages, where people also gathered in the church or a home to worship, pray and hear a message. We enjoyed getting together with the ladies and men for special meetings and did a fun activity with teaching based on the story of Zacchaeus with a group of children.
Romania Mission June 2017
The first 5 nights were spent in Focsani, working with long standing contacts with people there and a brethren church. A very busy schedule incorporated 4 different places; the town of Focsani itself plus the nearby villages of Sihlea, Calimanesti and Marasesti, with church meetings, a children’s outreach event, ladies’ and men’s meetings and over 60 home visits. We saw people living in poor conditions with many hardships and so there was a great necessity for prayer.
We journeyed south on Wednesday to Alexandria where we spent a further 5 nights, connecting again after our trip in May with Octavian Ivanica and the Baptist Church. We visited families living in local Romany communities to pray for them, but also invited them to an outdoor outreach event being organised by the church, with a guest preacher from America. Another day was spent in the nearby village of Copaceanca, with more home visits. We managed to visit and preach at two church meetings on Saturday evening – one started at 6pm, the other at 7pm, both in the village of Tiganesti – and we even found time to pick a few ripe cherries from the tree afterwards!
We were blessed to hear testimonies of healings after prayers on our previous trip. This was a great encouragement, not only for us, but for the people being visited this time. It intensified expectations for what God can do and many people were keen to receive prayer. We witnessed a number of salvations and further healings.
Romania Mission September 2017
Our first 5 nights were spent in Alexandria, working as before with Pastor Octavian Ivanica. The home visits were exciting. A man of 98 years (almost 99) and a Christian of 4 years,shared with us, along with his wife, how the man had died in hospital in August but came back to life. He told us what he had seen while he was ‘dead’ and said that ‘God sent him back’. In the nearby village of Piatra, we were welcomed by a group of people who were eager to share testimonies of healing following prayers by the team during a previous visit. One woman received healing for her stomach and a lump on her head reduced in size, another was able to reduce her medication for diabetes, a young child started walking and a man’s heart condition improved. Another man in Alexandria reported that after prayer in May, he no longer needs heart surgery. We praise God for His healing power and witness, as many who were prayed for at the time were not followers of Christ. And many wanted prayer this time too!
We then spent 5 nights in Rosiori, working with Pastor Viorel Trasca. Our customary programme included church meetings in Rosiori and the nearby villages of Vacaresti and Balaci, home visits, a visit to the local old people’s home, plus men’s and ladies’ meetings. On our last Sunday, we joined with the church family to celebrate 10 years since the inauguration of the church building , 20 years of ministry for Barnabas Outreach Trust and 14 years working together.