„But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;” I Corinthians 1:27
Praise the Lord for safe and uneventful flights to the States! Shortly after I arrived, Ambassador Baptist Church (Kristy’s home church) had an activity for the kids’ class. It was nice to spend some time there with the kids I taught while I was in Pittsburgh in May this year.
December is such a great time to ponder all that the Lord has done in the past year, and to take time to remember the Savior’s birth. It is almost overwhelming to think on all the Lord has done for me in the past year. I took responsibility for the literacy classes; Kristy and I got engaged; the Lord provided a house for us; the living room, bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom were finished; Kristy and I got married, and we are now in our new home in Romania! The Lord has done great things for us, and we are looking forward to what He will continue to do!
Kristy’s and my wedding was really perfect. Yes, there were several issues, like the furnace of the church breaking down the morning of the wedding, lots of snow preventing some of the guests from coming, and Kristy’s mom’s oven not working 2 weeks before the wedding (her mom was going to make our wedding cakes). But the Lord had this all planned, and everything really worked out wonderfully. It was a perfect day, the wedding was beautiful, and we had such a great time of fellowship with all of our relatives and friends that came. It was a wonderful day. We’re so thankful the Lord worked in our lives and brought us together to serve Him and His Gypsies in Romania!
Kristy is also now an official member of my home and sending church, Mount Zion Baptist Church in Denver, PA. It was a blessing for us to be able to visit with them and share a bit about our ministry and what we will be doing in Romania. It is encouraging to have them behind us, as well as all the other churches and individuals that pray for us and support us. We certainly don’t take it for granted, and greatly appreciate each one of you.
Right before I left for the States, the bedroom of our house was finished. The kitchen was supposed to be finished before I left, but it ended up being finished shortly before Kristy and I returned to Romania. The exterior of the house was also supposed to be finished, but was delayed a bit by the cold weather. Hopefully, that will be finished in the next 2 weeks. There is still much work and unpacking to be done, but little by little, we are getting things organized. Please pray that we will be able to get the rest of the work finished that needs to be done on the house.
Kristy and I were able to spend some time with her relatives in Wisconsin for the holidays before we left for Romania. It was nice to get to meet them and be welcomed to the family, as well as have the assurance of their prayers for us.
On December 27th, Kristy and I said our goodbyes to her family, and boarded the plane to Munich, and then to Timisoara. We arrived safe and sound Saturday evening, December 28th after very good flights. Our co-workers, the Freels, took care of the church while we were in the States. What a blessing it is to have someone trustworthy to take care of the flock and help bear the burdens of ministry!
My sister and brother-in-law, Joanna and Bruce White, and their family, came from Germany to spend a few days with our family in Romania. It is a blessing to be with them, and it has been a great time of fellowship and bonding with my three nieces and nephew. :o)
Kristy and I are adjusting to our new roles and lives here in Romania, and we are looking forward to what the Lord will do for us and through us among the Gypsies in Romania! We greatly appreciate your prayers!
Jonathan and Kristy Heisey