This has been a rather eventful month with lots of things happening! First of all, here is an update on Kristy’s residence permit. We got Romanian health insurance for Kristy, and thankfully, that went well.Thursday, we took everything in to the immigration office. Fortunately, the problematic woman wasn't there, and they were only concerned about Kristy's last date of entry into Romania (which was March 5th). The man that was there looked at our things and when he got to our marriage certificate, he said that it needs a special apostille, since Romania and the United States are part of the Hague Convention. I wanted to make sure of this, so I asked to have an interview with the head boss. About half an hour later, he was available, and sure enough, he got his book with legal information in it and told us we need to get this apostille on our marriage certificate from the Secretary of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He also said that Kristy cannot get a permanent residence permit, but must get a temporary one. Thankfully, he was very nice, and apologized that we had to get something more. That day, Kristy's dad was able to go to Harrisburg and get the apostille on our marriage certificate. He sent it to us via DHL that day. We got it Monday (March 31st) and took it into the city to have it legally translated. Lord-willing, Thursday (April 3rd) we will again take everything in to the immigration office, and everything will be good, and we can get the process started. Please be praying for this.
Although there still have been a few times this month when no teens came to church for the teen class, one week, there were quite a few teens outside. Several of them came over to the church building, and it was good to have an actual, nice conversation with them rather than having them be obnoxious. Unfortunately, Rebeca has not been coming. She said she is now registered at another church, so she’s no longer coming to ours. I am not sure what is going on with her, but she has been rather cold lately. Gugu, the boy that had the brain tumor, is back home and seems to be doing fine. Please continue to pray for his salvation, as well as for the other unsaved young people. Please also pray for the ones who have made professions of faith that they will live for the Lord and come faithfully to church.
Ion (Yone) continues to attend the reading classes faithfully. He has been improving, and although the going is slow, during one class, he was recognizing words easily. Even his wife, Mariana, was pleasantly surprised. Please continue to pray for Ion’s salvation.
The children’s classes have been going well. They have been pretty well-behaved, which is a blessing. It’s always so encouraging when they know answers to the review questions, and they have been doing very well with them. Some of the little ones that seemed to just be in their own little world during class are actually saying Bible verses! Praise the Lord!
During one of our services, several children outside were banging on windows and causing disruptions. It took several people going out and dealing with them, and one person stationed outside until the end of church, to keep things quiet enough for the service to continue.
Thank you so much for all of your prayers and support. We appreciate you and are blessed to have you as part of our ministry with the Gypsies in Romania!
Jonathan and Kristy Heisey