NEXT GENERATION PREPARATION
„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
I’ve always heard that the older one gets, the faster time seems to go. That seems to be an accurate statement! Even though January is one of the longer months in the year, it flew by. It was a very busy month with adjusting and settling into somewhat of a routine for Kristy and me. It has been rather difficult to actually have a routine, as almost every day brings new things to do, places to go, ways to minister, and duties to tend to. Kristy and I are very much enjoying the bliss of marriage life!
January is the month when the house taxes are to be paid, Romanian health insurance needs to be renewed, etc. Just paying for the Romanian health insurance (which we need to have, even though we have international insurance) took about 3 hours. Next week, we are planning to go and actually get the renewal of the health insurance, which will probably take another few hours. This does provide some opportunities to talk with people and share the Gospel as we wait in the long lines! We are also in the process of getting Kristy’s last name changed on her passport, as well as getting her a residence permit. Please pray that we will get these accomplished quickly and smoothly.
The teen classes have been going well. Rebeca has been coming to them faithfully. After one of the classes, I was able to talk to Ionel (Yonell, a saved teen boy) and Gugu (an unsaved teen boy) for quite a while. They were very chatty, and it was nice to spend some time with them, and talk to them about the Lord. Gugu has seemed interested in salvation recently, so please pray that he would understand the Gospel and accept Christ as his Savior. Ionel has been coming to the services more frequently, which is a blessing. Please pray for his spiritual growth.
The children’s classes have been going well. They certainly are a wild bunch, and it’s exciting to see them learning from God’s Word. Tica (Tee-cuh), Ionel’s younger brother, got saved a few weeks ago. Please pray for him to come faithfully to the services and to desire to serve the Lord.
Kristy and I were blessed to have another wedding ceremony with our Gypsy people from church. It was a nice time of fellowship, and it was good for them to be able to see us exchange vows, since they couldn’t be at our wedding in the States. We also had a third wedding ceremony for the folks from the Tylers’ church (an American missionary’s church which we attend Sunday mornings). They were very happy we had another ceremony just for them. So, now we’re really, super-duper married! :o)
Kristy and I have been enjoying our new home, and are getting used to getting fires going in the wood stoves every day. The work on the exterior of the house has stopped for the time being, due to the cold weather. There is also much to be done still on the interior of the house, and we appreciate your prayers for these needs as well.
It was wonderful to be able to spend New Year’s with my sister Joanna, her husband Bruce, and my nephew and three nieces. We also had a nice time of games and fellowship with some of the people from the Tylers’ church. What a blessing good Christian company is!
The reading classes continue with Ion, and he is slowly improving. The last class went very well, and Ion did great. Please continue to pray for his salvation.
A couple weeks ago, one of the older ladies from our church passed away. The wake nights and funeral went very well, and the Lord gave many opportunities to share the Gospel with the family.
Everyone is very happy to have Kristy and me back, and we are excited to be able to serve the Lord together here. Please enjoy the attached pictures of our two ceremonies here, as well as a picture from one of our recent church services. Thank you so much for your prayers for us and our Gypsies!
Jonathan and Kristy Heisey