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After their time in Chernivtsi, Chris, Paul, and Pastor Oleg made their way to Romania. They went to meet with a pastor and some other believers to share their experience in starting Christian camps for the Deaf. These Romanian believers wanted to follow the Ukrainian outreach model for the Deaf camps that has proved to be such a successful strategy for evangelism and discipleship. The church in Romania hasn't truly experienced growth for 25 years and the workers were very few. It was a good week of praying together about the future of the camps but also a time to look at the needs for church planting and leadership development throughout Romania.
One of the big needs in Romania is for more workers in the field. There are very few believers in full time ministry. The church is weak and the need for evangelism and discipleship is great. This was another amazing story of the Holy Spirit leading! Chris and Pastor Oleg set out for an evening of relaxation at a swimming pool in an unfamiliar area. Some students had invited them but the information was incorrect and they were not able to go swimming after all, so the evening plans were canceled. As they talked, Emma informed them that a former evangelist, Sandor, lived close (just a 30 minute walk). So Chris and Pastor Oleg felt the leading of the Holy Spirit and decided to go to his house. He answered the door and looked shocked and amazed to see Chris and Oleg standing there! Chris felt prompted to ask, "What have you been doing with your life? Are you still serving God in ministry?". They quickly learned that Sandor had been so hurt by ministry and other believers because of his bold evangelism style that he had turned his back on the Lord and three years ago, left ministry altogether. Chris and Oleg were able to talk, encourage, and pray with him. That is when they learned just how God had orchestrated this entire meeting. Three days before, Sandor had a vision from God that two men would be coming to visit him and that he needed to be ready. He wondered who and why. Then just hours before, the Lord told Sandor to put an extra large pot of water on the fire. He thought this was strange and a waste since his family didn't need that much, but he got the water ready anyway. That is when Chris and Oleg showed up unexpectedly at the door. They were able to minister to him during their visit and he experienced breakthrough! He rededicated his life to the Lord, forgave those that hurt him, and is looking forward to being used by God to bring others back to faith in Christ just as he experienced. His wife was also excited to have her "old" husband back and on fire for the Lord!
The trip to Romania was very eye-opening. So many people are hurting. The Deaf Church is hurting and weak. The need to train up national missionaries for church planting in Romania is huge. Please pray for the Deaf of Romania and for believers to follow God in evangelism and discipleship. Praise God for His breakthrough with Sandor! Pray for clear direction as Sandor, Emma, and other believers that Chris met with seek God's direction for their own lives and call to minister to the Deaf of Romania.