Doors Opening in Romania
The Every Community for Christ T4T (training) group, started by Pastor Danny Ispas among the ethnic Romanian people of Carand, is going well with six members regularly attending, including Danny and his wife, Sarah. Even more exciting, given all the upset caused by the sudden death of their pastoral worker, a flourishing T4T group has been established in the ethnic Roma church in the neighboring village by Danny’s father, Pastor Daniel Ispas. So many people (regular average 10-12) are now coming that Danny has been drafted to help.
The following story is a wonderful example of what trainers are always taught – and Christ expects of them – to “model” the behavior we want our trainees to emulate. And it is a great example of the immediate results that can happen as a trainer is faithful in this.
Pastor Danny writes,
“During one of the T4T group meetings at the Roma church, the trainees were practicing their faith stories, and I asked my dad (Daniel) to go and share with two men who were hanging around at the door watching what was going on. After my dad shared his faith story, one of the guys (Remus) said, "You know pastor, I would like to believe like you, but something holds me back, and I don’t know what it is." So, there and then my dad offered to pray for him. After the prayer, with tears in his eyes, he said, "I want Jesus in my life!" On Sunday, August 18, he is getting baptized, along with his wife. The picture above left shows Remus and his wife (center), along with Remus’ brother, Emanuel. He, and the woman on the left, were baptized the month before.
The photo below shows the second man (Manea). His wife got baptized last month. He is going to be baptized as well.
Manea with his wife and children (photo at right)
Praise God for His work in the hearts of these Roma people; this will be the third baptismal service in the last three months in the Roma church.”