We went to a Baptism yesterday. Well so what, you might say. Well, we like going to baptisms they are a visual sign that God is still at work bringing people to himself. Sometimes, when I listen to the news on TV or read a newspaper it seems like God has gone somewhere else This baptism was a little bit more special, although they are all special but this was the baptism of a man whos wife had prayed for him for 24 years. In this world of instant this and quick that when we tend to want people to come to Jesus after talking to them for five minutes, when our open airs are judged on conversions and conversations do not mean much, its great to know that the third alternative to instant this and quick that is Gods timing. He works to His own timetable.
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2Peter 3 vs 8 & 9 NIV
Julie and I were again at Skegness this year with Powerpack. What a brill time. We were there for two weeks and expected less children the second week than the first. Guess what we had more!! Join us in praying that what God did with the children during that time will be sustained in the future years. To visit the Powerpack web site to order resources, join the team or just read go to:- http://www.powerpackministries.co.uk
On the 10th May, Paul Blocksidge (OAC West Country) and I flew to Bulgaria. We stayed in a town called Vidin on the banks of the Danube as the guests of a Lutheran priest and his family. Vasil & Maria have two small children and we were exploring the possibilities of working with them in the future. They work in the surrounding villages but not in Vidin because Vasil says that it is a very difficult place to get people to listen to anything Christian. Where are the easy places?? We plan to go back to Vidin with a team in September/October to do some open airs in the villages and in the town.
Traian writes... Hello there! Hope you are all ok. Here we are enjoying summer. Its so great to finally be able to enjoy heat after such a long and cold winter. Here are some things that happened recently. From the 3rd to the 6th of June we went to the South of Romania. On the Saturday we were in Slobozia, a town about the same size as Alba Iulia. There a local church that has a vision to reach the kids for Christ, had handed out invitations to all the kids in the town as they were coming out of the school one day. On the Saturday morning, in a rented hall, which was given by the authorities for free, 262 kids came for the first program which started at 10.30, and about another couple of hundred at the second program which started at 14.30. Then, when we finished the second program we drove for about one hour down south to a bigger town called Calarasi. There we set up our puppet stage in front of the car and started to perform. There were about 250 kids and about 100 adults. Most of them were gypsies. In order to try to get as many kids as possible, the local team gave out balloons to the crowd. They were extremely loud; in fact they were so loud that we had to stop our programme. I was sad, but there is a great potential there and we encouraged the local team to carry on doing this ministry. Both the childrens clubs are going ok although we have noticed the number of the kids went down a bit recently, but, the other thing that happened is that more or less the same kids come regularly. At a recent party 51 children attended. The mini-bus we hire to bring them was not big enough. The guy said that at this rate we are going to need a bus!! We started planning the programme for the summer camp at Bethany. We are hoping to have about 40 kids altogether. The planned open airs in Alba did not go ahead as the mayor only gave us permission to go in front of the cultural hall where there are no people. I am going to apply for permission again next week and try to go and speak to the mayor. Please continue to pray.
Cristi continues to sing with the Continentals singing group. While I was in Romania in May I spent some days with Cristi and had the opportunity to travel with the group to an evangelistic gig they were very good and have a good reputation in Romania. We made some plans for the development of Bethany camp. Phase one is about to start and I hope to put pictures on the web page tracking its progress. (Link here when done!)
One thing you realise in Romania is the vast difference between prices and salaries. They have eastern European salaries and western European prices. When we set our salaries at £100 per month diesel was 7,000 Lei per litre now it is 35,000 Lei. Prices are rising and we need to raise the salaries of our evangelists in Romania. We are asking you to pray and give or give more if you can. Some of you who receive this newsletter do not give financially, we are asking you to do so. If you start by giving £5 per month (more if you can) then you can make a difference. Can you imagine having to ask other people to feed you, everyday ? Cristi does! We have our first Romanian financial supporter. Raul Costea, a missionary from Traians church who works in Draganesti is going to give us £1 per year.
The main concern at the moment is Julies mums health. She has just come out of hospital having had pneumonia and cellulites in her legs. We plan to leave for Romania in a few days and its a very difficult time for Julie. Please pray.
On behalf of Traian & Lidia we would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has been involved with the wedding plans.
I think that is about all the news for now. We hope you have a good summer and one that is fruitful for the Lord. Please will you remember us in your prayers. Pray for travelling mercies, the various programmes/open airs. The childrens camp etc:
We thank you for your support for this ministry and the individuals associated with it
Love in Jesus name
JUNE 20TH PAUL & JULIE LEAVE RUDDINGTON
23RD ROMANIAN BORDER ARRIVE ALBA IULIA
JULY 9TH TRAIAN & LIDIAS WEDDING
JULY 11TH TEAM LEAVE FOR BUCHAREST
TRAINING AND OPEN AIRS
JULY 25TH TRAVEL BACK TO ALBA IULIA
JULY 26TH 30TH OPEN AIRS IN ALBA IULIA AND DISTRICT
AUGUST 1ST 6TH ALBA IULIA KIDS AT BETHANY CAMP
AUGUST 8TH - ? OPEN AIRS IN ALBA IULIA AND DISTRICT
AUGUST 15TH TRAIAN, LIDIA, JULIE & MYSELF LEAVE FOR ENGLAND
AUGUST 18TH ARRIVE RUDDINGTON
AUGUST 26TH 31ST GRAPEVINE AT LINCOLN
SEPTEMBER 5THJOHN YATES, TRAIAN, LIDIA,& MYSELF LEAVE FOR ROMANIA
SEPTEMBER 8THROMANIAN BORDER ARRIVE ALBA IULIA
SEPTEMBER 12TH 19TH JOHN YATES, TRAIAN, & MYSELF IN THE UKRAINE
SEPTEMBER 26TH OCTOBER 8TH BULGARIA OUTREACH IN VIDIN
Julie and I have not left for Romania on Monday as planned due to Julie's mum rushed into hospital. Sickness and all sorts of stuff coming out of her! She is 80 years.
Please pray for her and for us to know when/if to go to Romania.
Paul & Julie<><