—Romanians Are Live Wires!
—Six Senior High Students Make Decisions For Christ
—Ankle Problems Again
—Total of 20 Decisions For Christ Plus More
ROMANIANS ARE LIVE WIRES!
Romanian young adults are full of life. So glad they are part of LIFE, Life Impact For Eternity. So much energy as well as a great heart for God. The recent Camp Counselor Training in Sinaia, Romania was very exciting. I spoke to the group three times and Iulian and his staff spoke several times as well. Great response!
Stephanie had a session with the girls and they ate it up. They enjoyed her so much. This makes me very happy as I see Stephanie finding her place in our mission. Of course, she is a big encouragement for me because of her desire to serve the Lord.
SIX SENIOR HIGH STUDENTS MAKE DECISIONS FOR CHRIST
Iulian organized for me to speak in a high school in Arad, Romania which was a long drive across the country after the counselor training. Speaking to 9th and 10th graders I found them to really be plugged in listening to my message. It was exciting. Iulian is a gifted translator and we form a great team. I spoke on the theme of friendship teaching them to be wise in their choice of friends.
The next day I spoke to the 11th and 12th graders giving an invitation to receive Christ. Six responded to the Gospel. Pray for their follow-up.
ANKLE PROBLEMS AGAIN
My left ankle has problems from time to time. 30 some years ago I strained my Achilles tendon in a youth event. Recently I was battling Plantar Fasciitis in my left foot and was fitted for custom made inserts. So, two problems with the same foot. Then, speaking to the high school students I must have been a bit too ramped up, too active, aggravating my ankle and tore a ligament. So, now I have three problems with my ankle.
Well, I could not go to the Sports Tournament on Friday evening and on Saturday. Stephanie attended taking pictures. Her heart was touched in the outreach on Friday to an orphanage. She told me that they enjoyed the games with much laughter and gobbled up the treats that Iulian and his team had purchased for them to eat. Iulian spoke that evening as well as on Saturday. He is a gifted evangelist and saw 14 come to Christ. Stephanie was thrilled as she watched praying for their response. Meanwhile I was back at the youth camp lying down recuperating as I prayed for the team.
We finished our ministry in Romania and traveled to Rome, Italy for the rest of our schedule. I was hobbling as I could barely walk. Little did I know that I should not have been walking at all. The hotel staff in Rome helped us make contact with a doctor that they have on call. He came to our room to evaluate my condition making arrangements for an X-ray and consultation with an orthopedic specialist. The good news is that there is no fracture and the other news is that I have a ligament tear as I mentioned earlier. Two doctors attended to me wrapping my ankle and put what they called a “cast” over the wrapping. It is a strap on brace or splint, but, it really helps. The hotel helped by securing some forearm crutches. I have never used these before which calls for a steep learning curve. Yet, they help very much. The doctors said I would be much better in two weeks although I usually take longer to heal. Stephanie and I are counting on your prayers. She has been so good to look after me and care for me. She feels so much better that I had quality medical attention. Grateful to God for this help!
TOTAL OF 20 DECISIONS FOR CHRIST PLUS MORE
It was a great harvest in Romania with Iulian Avramescu and two of his key team members, Adrian Dinu and David Neagu. Plus, there was a meeting with youth pastors that we attended. They seem to be very interested in the youth camps as well as the Sports tournaments and discipleship. They responded to Iulian’s request to organize people in their churches to do follow-up with the young converts who come to Camp MIA, our youth camp ministry in Romania.
Then, Iulian met with a key pastor in Timisoara, Romania, while I remained at the youth camp to rest. This pastor put him on the phone with other key leaders to get him connected. This is no small thing as it opens doors for future ministry. Iulian has a passion to reach the young people of his country. Not only to bring them to Christ, but to disciple them so that they can reach others. Worthy goals!
Thank you for your friendship and your love for us. Stephanie and I are grateful. Pray that I will have a good recovery. Wishing God’s best for you! God bless you!
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