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OAC ROMANIA - ORGANISATIA CRESTINA IN ACTIUNE

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Paul & Julie Wakefield

Ministry photos, year by year more>>
Paul & Julie have been visiting Romania since 1991. Initially they were invited to be part of a team travelling to Alba Iulia to train Sunday school teachers in different methods of presenting the gospel. While they were there they fell in love with the country.

The Wakefields
After that experience they made several trips every year with their children Andrew & Rebecca. They used their holiday leave and also took time off work. Their passion for the country and its people steadily grew. They also realised that Romanians were searching for something to fill the void left following the demise of Ceaucescu and communism. They knew that there was only one way to fill that void - with the love of Jesus.

They could see that the people were struggling to survive and so decided to do something about that as well. First they started to tell friends about Romania and organised them into groups collecting items for delivery to the very needy people. Along side all of this was a sense that came ever stronger that the Lord was calling them into this work full time. This brought them to join Open Air Campaigners and along with Constantin Rodila, they pioneered a work with the National Association of Sunday school teachers. This was to train their members to present the gospel using Sketchboard and Puppets, both in Church and elsewhere.

Over the years the ministry has grown. OAC is now registered in Romania and is called ‘Organisatia Crestina in Actiune’. The main office is in Alba Iulia, along with a camping facility called Bethany Camp near Cluj. In addition there is a field in Vatra Dornei. It is hoped this will be the site for a Christian centre with the grounds used for many different sorts of evangelistic open-air meetings. Good relationships have been developed with the local Mayors and they have also developed relationships with a good number of churches.

Their vision is to ‘Train Romanians to reach Romania for Christ’ & ‘Presenting Christ by all means everywhere’.

P.S. Take a look at our Romanian language Blog!

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BBC News: Chronology of key events in Romania

BBC News: Romanian graveyard with poetry and bright paintings

OAC Romania - Photos of the summer missions

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Our Evangelists

Cristian Petrisor

Cristi
Cristi was born into a Christian family. His parents and his brother and sisters all attended the local Baptist church. In 1995 his father was killed in an accident while building a new church in his village. His death affected not only the family but the whole village. Everyone came to the funeral.

He became a Christian in 1996 and was the first person to be baptised in the new building. Cristi plays keyboard, guitar, accordion and harmonica as well as singing and preaching. He also has a very good command of the English language and is frequently asked to interpret. During the week he holds several study groups in and around the University of Cluj where people can come and find out what Christians believe. These groups have grown in number and Cristi has trained many leaders. Several people have given their lives to Jesus.

Cristi says,"I am excited about the future. One of my options was to go to Bucharest Bible College to study for five years and then start with the evangelism, but people need Jesus Christ now! I am looking forward to working with O.A.C. in Romania and using my gifts to serve the Lord. I have listened to Paul and he has told me how OAC work. I was with him while the registration process took place and I am now a full-time staff evangelist. Being able to study the Bible and to evangelise is something which I thought could not happen at the same time."

The wedding

The wedding

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The cake!

The cake!

Hello Lois!

Hello Lois!

Lois, 2009

Lois, 2009

The Opruta Family

Traian and Lidia Opruta

Traian

Traian's Dad is a retired injection pump engineer and his mum works for a clothing manufacturer. He has a married brother, Horea, five years his senior.

Traian says, "I have been going to Church since I was 4 years old. My mum told me that she was going to take me somewhere special, that place was church. At 12, I started going to Sunday school regularly, church was part of my life, it was routine. I started mandolin lessons and got involved with the orchestra. I didn't really like it, but I can see now that it was the way the Lord kept me attending regularly. Right up to the age of 17, the orchestra was a big part of my life.

I used to pray before school every morning and read my bible from time to time because that was the thing to do. Things went on like that until 19th July 1998. It was then at a baptism service that I realised the importance of having a relationship with Jesus. Before that bible study and praying was something to brag about and be proud of even if it was a bit of a struggle. Everything changed that night. When I returned home I told my mum, but she said that she already knew because she had been praying for me and was expecting the Lord to meet with me.

It was then that I started my personal relationship with Jesus Christ and on the 3rd January 1999 I was baptised. Unfortunately I wasn't encouraged to join a bible-study group, till 6 months later, so I didn't realize the importance of reading the bible until then. But as time went on my relationship with God began to grow. The following July I was able to go to Bethany Camp with the puppet team and I met Paul & Julie Wakefield. They invited me to England to take part in their Christmas puppet tour so I went and stayed for 2 months. I arrived in England without really knowing what God was doing. I remember thinking ‘What's the purpose of all this?’

However over a period of time, through bible study and listening to sermons, God began to speak to me about actually getting involved in ministry and I can remember saying to Him at the time, ‘I can't do it, I don't know what to do’. But the Lord said, ‘Trust me - do what you did before’. He meant the puppets were the key and I became the Church puppet team leader as well as a full time staff evangelist with OAC.

Taking Him at His word, I tried to get appointments to go into the kindergartens in Alba Iulia, people said I had no chance. God knows of no such barriers and He opened the doors that people said couldn't be opened. Since then God has been working miraculously in my life and ministry. Door after door has been opened and now we are regular visitors in all the kindergartens in Alba Iulia. We even go into schools on a regular basis. But we are praying for more. I have learnt how to use the sketchboard and I use it with the puppets.

When Paul asked me to arrange the first open-air I again thought, ‘I can't do that, I have to see the Mayor and get permission’. But I did and it happened. Permission was granted and the Mayor even sent some bodyguards to protect us, it was amazing! We now have regular open-airs in the middle of Alba Iulia. So now with God's help I am really looking forward to serving the Lord full-time with OAC and helping to develop the organisation here in Romania.

Lidia writes:-

I grew up in a Christian family and ever since I can remember my life had more or less to do with church; that is church, not God. My brother, sister and I were regular attendees. In Sunday school I always tried to impress my teachers and friends with my extensive Bible knowledge, but I never allowed it to change my life, I did not give God any chances. My heart was totally closed for him. But still He did not give up on me.

When I was 16 I went to an evangelistic meeting in the cultural house in Alba Iulia and that was when the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to the terrible sin in my life. That’s when I knew that no amount of Bible knowledge was going to get me into heaven. I had to give my life to Jesus and that’s what I did that evening at home.

Both my parents have jobs that require stressful physical work (my father Ioan is a printer and my mother Ana works in a china factory) and that’s why they encouraged me to study as hard as possible to make something of my life. During my 3 years in High School I studied mathematics and physics changing to social sciences in my final year. I graduated second in my class.

In university I studied Romanian and English, my plans were to become a teacher. All through university I served God with OAC being part of the Puppet team and a children’s club leader. I would always check my day’s timetable and decide what lectures I could miss so I could go with Traian and the rest of the team. It was all great, but I viewed it as my way of serving the Lord for that time.

I was also studying really hard in order to make teaching a possibility. Strange enough though, God had other plans and in my third year of university he unveiled them to me. I was paying really good attention to the lecturer and God was the last thing on my mind when all of a sudden I heard a voice saying, “You will never do that”. It was Him. I went back home and decided to dedicate myself to 3 days of fasting and listening to God in order to know what to do with my life. He told me to bring knowledge of Him to my country and to do so by continuing the ministry that I was already involved with.

I graduated in June 2005 and instead of starting a teaching career I joined OAC Romania as a full time staff evangelist.

As part of OAC Romania I am involved in open airs, puppet tours in schools, kindergartens, churches, children’s clubs etc. I also organise our kids clubs, kid’s camps and Sunday school. I have the chance to use my studies by translating ministry resources to be used in Romania.

Alba Iulia

Although Traian is the Executive Director of OAC in Romania the work doesn’t depend on him alone. He, with his wife Lidia, lead a very gifted group that God has gathered together from the Baptist, Pentecostal and Independent Churches. They cross denominations to make sure there are regular open air meetings and that the three children’s clubs have a programme every week.

Top row left to right:
Ligia Ritea, Corina Fat, Traian Opruta, Ciprian Florea, Lidia Opruta, Luci Lupean, Dani Enyedi, Paul Wakefield, Corneliu Popa, Adi Chioreanu, Andrei Moldovan, Artur Ille, John Yates, Delia Mihaltan, Timea Ille.

Bottom row left to right:
Anda Olar, Ana Maria Ratiu, Mihaela Enyedi, Elena Popsor, Little Lidia, Anca Cinghina, Lidia Alexandru, Loredana Jucan.

Alba Iulia team Autumn 2006

Alba Iulia Children's clubs

The children’s clubs were formed after a series of ‘open airs’ in two places of Alba Iulia, Ampoi and Chicago.

Chicago is an especially poor area of Alba Iulia with roaming rival gangs, drug taking and prostitution. Two of the girls that used to come to the Baptist church club have had babies at a very early age. Prospects for this area look bleak!!

Every week we send a mini bus to collect the children and take them to either one club or the other. In total both clubs see approxametly 70+ children per week and it could be more if we had a larger team.

Please pray for more workers and that both Churches ‘catch the vision’ and see this as an important part of God’s work.

Sending the mini buses and buying materials for both clubs cost OAC Romania nearly £100 per month. If you want to contribute towards this part of the ministry then contact Paul Wakefield at:- paulwakefieldoac@hotmail.com

Pentecostal Church

Bible Story

Bible Story

One to one

One to one

Songs with actions

Songs with actions

Baptist Church

Bible Story

Bible Story

Discussion Time

Discussion Time

Praying

Praying

Ready to Start

Ready to Start

Kids Club
Kids Club 2
Kids Club 3

Cluj

Ukraine July 2005

We travelled around different towns and villages inviting people to come to our performances. We sing and I preach.
In the second picture of row two we see some of the people coming forward to give their lives to Christ.

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Cristi 10
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Cristi 12
Cristi 13
Ocna Mures (Romania) August 2005

Cristi preaching in the Cultural house in the centre of the town. 150 - 200 people attended.
Lots of conversations took place afterwards.

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Ukraine August 2006

Same as in 2005 we toured around the Ukraine visiting towns and villages. The Churches invited non-Christians
to come and watch our performances and they are responsible for the follow-up

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Cristi 15
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Cristi 04
Cristi 17
Cristi 20
Cristi 21
Graduation August 2006 Emanuel Baptist Church Oradea

Pictured are:-Viorel Dan (Cristina's dad), Aurelia Petrisor (Cristi's mum), Eugenia Dan (Cristina's mum) Cristina (white blouse).
Back Row are Cristi's sisters, Emilia and Emanuela. Cristi is the man in the funny hat!!!

Cristi 18
CHRISTMAS 2006

Cristi and a small team received some Christmas gift boxes for distribution, "We delivered them to non-Christian families and spoke about Jesus" said Cristi.

Christmas 1
Christmas 2
Christmas 3
Christmas 4
Christmas 5
Christmas 6
Christmas 7
Christmas 8
JANUARY 2007

In Jan 2007 Cristi met a man who had travelled extensively around Europe and the USA. Eventually he came back to Romania to the town of Dragomiresti and settled. he discovered there was no 'Christian' church in his area and no Christians there either! He decided to start a Church in his house and through an acquaintance invited Cristi to preach. Songs were sung and afterwards the people asked lots of questions. One guy was very 'anti' the gospel. Four weeks later Cristi receives a telephone call and the 'angry anti' man was crying asking Cristi to lead him to Christ. Today there is a small Christian church meeting in their own building.

THE FIRST PICTURE SHOWS CRISTI PREACHING AND THE ANGRY ANTI-GOSPEL MAN
Jan 07 1
Jan 07 2
Jan 07 3
Jan 07 4
Jan 07 5
APRIL 2007

In the Spring of 2007 the southern part of Romania, around the city of Craiova suffered severe flooding, a lot of people lost their homes.
Along with many organisations Cristi's Church, Iris, got a team together to go and help. Cristi & Cristina were part of that team.
Many of the lost houses were made of clay and had no chance of survival, Cristi and others actually built new houses of the
type you see in the pictures. Lots of conversations took place and many gave their lives to Christ resulting in new Churches beginning.

Cristina on right (glasses)

Cristina on right (glasses)

New Church, Cristi preaching (front left)

New Church, Cristi preaching (front left)

Fresh baked

Fresh baked

Bread oven

Bread oven

Dinner

Dinner

Replacement house

Replacement house

Wash area

Wash area

CHRISTMAS 2009

The Gospel is preached in Cluj

Churches in Cluj came together to preach the gospel in the centre of the city. For two evenings there were singing, dramas and preaching. Cristi was involved in both evenings. The first evening to deliver a message and sing with the Continentals and on the second evening he was invited to deliver the main message of Christmas to the crowd. Please pray for Cluj.

Christmas Tree
Cristi preaches

Bethany Camp, Cluj

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Bethany Camp, Cluj

Bethany Camp
April '96

April '96

Bethany Camp House

Purchased in 1996 Bethany Camp forms an integral part of OAC Romania. It is situated in a rural village approximately 34 kilometres from Cluj, Romania’s fifth largest city. Bethany camp is a tree-topped hill with amazing views up and down a valley. It extends to some 2.7 hectares of which about 0.7 hectares is flat and flanks the road which is a main bus route to Cluj and is therefore accessible to all Romania. There is access to a river on the other side of the road.

Bethany Camp offers:-

• A neutral venue for anyone
• Great facilities for churches & groups
• Retreats
• Schools of Evangelism
• Multifaceted training

The camp consists of two buildings and the foundations for a third.
BARN CONVERSION

Several changes have already taken place. We have been able to install electricity, lay a concrete floor and build bedrooms in the roof space. Part of the barn has been used as a kitchen and the remainder a meeting area for training, teaching and eating. All the walls have been tongue and grooved.

April '96 Barn

April '96 Barn

April '96 Barn

April '96 Barn

July '05 Barn

July '05 Barn

July '05 Barn

July '05 Barn

Kitchen '05

Kitchen '05

HOUSE

Used for sleeping accommodation all the rooms contain bunk beds. The attic is also used for sleeping as well as storage.

April '96 House

April '96 House

New Path

New Path

Bethany camp is used to bring people, both young and old, out of the cities of Romania into an environment of fun, fresh air and relaxation. Several churches have organised camps each year bringing people to listen to the gospel message. People have given their lives to Jesus at Bethany camp.

The story so far…..

Used by many churches and groups.
Held open air training sessions for sketch board evangelism
Puppetry training
Children’s/Adult camps
Training Children’s leaders

We want to complete the total renovation of the camp site so it is of a satisfactory standard and complies with relevant national legislation in health and safety.

Renovation Plan

We aim to deal with the renovation in a series of phases.

FOUNDATIONS

We want to build a single storey building on the existing foundations between the house and barn. The building will be fixed to the house. We propose to construct this in brick so that another floor can be added in the future if necessary. The new building will comprise a dining room and kitchen facilities along with a fully equipped toilet suite for all types of users.
Cost of construction = £12,000

Foundations go in 1998

Foundations go in 1998

Foundations in use

Foundations in use

Foundations

Foundations

Foundations May '05

Foundations May '05

HOUSE

We want to upgrade the house area to enable us to use it all year round in all weather conditions. This area therefore, needs heating, thus we propose to centrally heat the premises with a log burning stove. (Already purchased) Wood is a very cheap and plentiful fuel. We also want to raise the roof space for extra sleeping accommodation, storage and insulate it.
Cost = £2000 + labour.

BARN

We propose to install an opening window in each of the bedrooms on the first floor and to enclose the stairs leading to the first floor.
Cost to upgrade this area £2800 .

Stairs to be covered in

Stairs to be covered in

Corridor to rooms

Corridor to rooms

Typical Room

Typical Room

Barn roof windows to be replaced

Barn roof windows to be replaced

Example of new window

Example of new window

The ground floor of the barn area is split level and needs to be all on one level.
Cost of levelling = £600 + labour
The whole barn needs insulating but will be done gradually.

OTHER PROJECTS:-

Not everyone wants to wash in the river, even though it is clean! Therefore we want to build a shower block at the side of the house. The building will consist of 5 individual shower cubicles leading onto a corridor containing sinks. Hot water will come from the installation of the log burning stove in a separate building at rear.
Cost £2800 + labour.

Location of proposed new shower block

Location of proposed new shower block

The camp needs drainage facilities and therefore we need a drainage system leading to a septic tank.
Cost £2500 + labour

Sports area being laid

Sports area being laid

Sports area in use

Sports area in use