Welcome to our Christmas/Happy New Year newsletter. Its been another strange year for Julie and me. Our time spent in Romania has not been as long as we would have wanted due mainly to our financial situation and Julie having to look after her mum, who as I write is in hospital with pneumonia. We have witnessed various highs and lows during the year and now we face Credit Crunch Christmas and Despair New Year. As Christians we have been taking comfort in the fact that Jesus is with us. What does the Credit Crunch mean to God when one of His names is Jehovah Jira!!
Again Julie and I were part of the Powerpack team looking after 600ish children and being blessed by God in a mighty way. We had a Power House where people could go for prayer. Here are some testimonies:- Rebekah I have been praying for my ankles for ages and they have finally been healed! Wow!!! Gill age 45 I could hardly walk when I arrived on Monday morning but after walking through the fire tunnel I have no pain in my foot anymore Lucy age 9 God filled me with his Holy Spirit Paul was involved in the Preaching/Teaching section where children asked God for a word relevant to Grapevine that they could preach on the final morning and they certainly did!! Julie was involved in the art and craft section. Julie says, You can always tell which children have had quality one to one time with parents or carers For more information go to:- www.powerpackministries.co.uk
In September our church announced their postponement of financial giving to us and other missionary organizations, as well as other cutbacks for the rest of 2008. The church was asked to pray, we asked our supporters to pray and God answered in an amazing way, church giving went up and our financial situation was back on track. Thank you to all those who prayed and gave.
John Yates joined Cristi & me at Bethany Camp to move 25 ton of concrete and remove hundreds of stones from the land, preparing it for grass. We concreted a pathway and had a wonderful time together sleeping at the camp and eating biscuits and beans!!!
We all came together again at Hebron Hall, Cardiff for our annual conference. Its good to meet other evangelists from OAC and other organizations. The conference is open to anyone and is always full of good worship, teaching, food, laughter, stories and different methods of evangelism. If you are interested for 2009 I have the dates already.
Julies mum has had a particularly bad year with her health but among it all Julie was able to lead her to the Lord in November. God is brill! Andrew & Diane are fine and so is Rebecca, please remember them in your prayers.
We have been using the Man with a Van idea for tent making purposes. We have had a few jobs but could do with more. If you know of anyone needing a man with a van please give them our number.
One of the things that remain constant though is the gospel, Gods word never returns void and has the power to change lives and that is what has been happening in Romania, with or without us. Traian, Lidia & the team in Alba Iulia plus Cristi & Cristina in Cluj are an inspiration to us.
The Christmas puppet tour called, Wandering on Christmas Eve is underway with an estimated 70 performances in total (so far) Please pray for the team, Loredana, Delia, Costel, Dave (from Guildford UK) Lidia & Traian. Pray for protection as they proclaim the gospel in dark territory. Pray also for traveling mercies as they drive locally and around Romania as far away as Bucharest. Pray for the weekly childrens clubs, and Bible studies. Abortion has become one of the main forms of contraception in Romania giving the country the highest abortion rate in Europe, Please pray for Lidia and Simona (Pastors wife) as they start a girls group at Beracah on a Saturday evening.
Cristi stayed at Bethany when John and I left. He was joined by some boys from the churches in Cluj and they spent two weeks there leveling the ground and chopping firewood for the winter. The two week trip to Germany and Austria with the Continentals Singing group visiting Romanian churches was a real success. The churches were greatly encouraged. The Christmas evangelistic programme has not been finalised at the time of writing but bookings have been made for the two largest shopping malls in Cluj for carol singing and scripture reading. Please pray for fruitful conversations. Cristina is into her final year of studies to become a doctor which means exams and the chance to practice in local hospitals. Please pray that she will be a good representative of God to her colleagues.
To see the pictures and read past newsletters etc: why not visit the website at www.oaci.org/romania
We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New year. Thank you for standing with us in 2008 and we look forward to taking residents from the kingdom of Darkness in 2009. Many blessings to you
We hope you will enjoy reading this report of baptisms, the Christmas activities and other action. With pictures!
P.S. Take a look at our new Romanian language web page!