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Newsletter, December 2009

No Bible verse to start with this time but something I heard in the film Kung Foo Panda. Don’t leap to phone me I have not adopted an oriental religion I just thought it was nice….

“Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, Today is a Gift that’s why it’s called The Present.

Dear praying friends

We have nearly reached the end of another year and we’ve survived. We praise God and yourselves for being faithful to us and this ministry which He has given us. These are difficult times for many of us and maybe the year didn’t go according to our plans but we believe that the ministry has moved forward and there are some exciting things happening in 2010.

Cristi and Timothy
At Bethany camp we look forward to the new building, Paul has just come back from Romania having had a meeting with an architect. He will submit various options to us in January and we will choose the plan that fits our needs. He will do the drawings and take them to the various planning offices. When they are passed we will start to build hopefully in the spring. We are really thanking God for this as some of us have been praying for nearly ten years for it to happen. Please pray that he (Timothy) will have success with the various offices he has to visit. He is a Christian and attends Iris Baptist church in Cluj.

The picture shows Cristi and Timothy measuring the foundations at Bethany camp. We hope to have approximately 10 bedrooms with bathrooms on the first floor and a dining room, kitchen, cooks quarters, utility room and boiler room on the ground floor.
In July/Aug 2010 we have a team of teenagers coming to Alba Iulia from Bristol. They will be coming to work with us in the town and surrounding area doing outreach evangelism. We hope to have other people join us and have enough people for two teams. If you want to join us, contact us!

Fancy having a go at this?

Fancy having a go at this?

Want to talk to people like this?

Want to talk to people like this?

Traian & Lidia have various meetings and children’s clubs throughout the year reaching out to all ages. Interested? If you want to join us, contact us!

In Cluj a lady has expressed an interest in learning puppetry, Cristi will talk to her.
In GB a church in Sleaford Lincs has contacted me wanting sketchboard training for four of its members as they want to go out and proclaim the gospel. One of the guys used to go out with the team in Leicester Square London. Since the last newsletter, James Woolgar accompanied Paul to Romania visiting Bethany camp, Cluj and Alba Iulia. He ‘wired up’ the new gazebo bought and paid for out of gifts to Traian & Lidia, yard sales at Beracah and some donations. He also spoke at the team supper and shared his testimony at a youth group. This was the start of James’s journey of discovery to find out what God wants him to do. Please remember to continue to pray for James.

Girls group - meeting in

Girls group - meeting in

the new Gazeebo in Beracah’s garden

the new Gazeebo in Beracah’s garden

The ”Time For Europe” presentations in Ruddington, Bristol and London were a bit of a disaster with 11, 70 & 11 people attending them. 5,000 leaflets were printed and distributed in all. At this moment...we won’t be doing it again!! The OAC GB conference at Hebron Hall Cardiff was very good. It was Traian & Lidias first conference and they said they got alot from it. We will try and bring them over for the 2010 conference too. It was a good time of sharing and being able to meet evangelists from other organisations and countries. One evening we decided to go to the village pub. When we left we headed for the chip shop and standing outside was a group of teenagers who recognised Pete Hodge (Director OAC Wales) from their school assemblies. We stood outside until late sharing the gospel with them and answering their questions...usually starting with, ”If there is a God, why........?”

Family Stuff

Grandson George is now five months old and seems to laugh all the time, sometimes at 1, 2, 3 & 4 in the morning too!! Andrew & Diane don’t laugh at those times though!! Julie and I enjoy our Mamma & Grandad days and the beauty is that we take him home at teatime!!. In November George was Christened in the local Parish church, people who don’t usually go to Church were suprised at the service, one or two said they didn’t realise vicars had a sense of humour. Our Ofsted childminding certificates have arrived and Julie will start childminding in the New Year
Apart from a few sleepless nights Diane and Andrew are fine, Rebecca is OK also. Julie and me are good too!

Georges Christening

Georges Christening

Happy to play Santa

Happy to play Santa

Cristi feeds Lois while Cristina looks on

Cristi feeds Lois while Cristina looks on

All of us want to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Thank you for standing shoulder to shoulder with us as we battle the kingdom of darkness for Jesus sake
Heb 13v8:- Jesus Christ is the same yesterday (in history) today (what a present/gift) and for ever (tomorrow and beyond)

Paul, Julie, Rebecca, Andrew, Diane & George
Traian, Lidia and all the team in Alba Iulia,
Cristi, Cristina & Lois in Cluj

More in 2010

Download Traian's annual report here! 10Mb!

Read the recent article published in Christian Today!

Here's Traian's March 2010 news: www.oaci.org/docs/RO-Noutati_lucrare-March10.pdf

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