Monday, February 2, 2015

Jonathan, Kristy, and ?'s January Prayer Letter

„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

It is hard to believe January is gone already! We praise the Lord for all that He did this past month, and thank you for your continued prayers and support.

On January 1st, we took a quick trip with my parents and Larisa to Germany to visit Joanna and Bruce and their family. It was a blessing to spend time with them and have a few days of relaxation and fellowship with them and some of the people in their ministries. We weren’t sure that we would be able to go, as there is a rather important detail that has been playing a part of all of our plans and activities: we are expecting Heisey #3! The due date is August 5th. Thankfully, it worked out that we were able to go to Germany.

We had our first prenatal doctor’s visit last week, and everything is good. We believe we have found a good obstetrician, and are hoping to tour a private hospital in the city to see if it would be a possibility to have our baby born there. We would appreciate your prayers for Kristy and the baby (and me!), and for all the details to be worked out for the baby’s arrival.

This winter has been the coldest Romania has had in 53 years! There were several weeks with below zero weather. We are very grateful that one of our supporting churches sent us a gift for wood, as ours was running out more quickly than we had anticipated.

Lots of children have been coming to the children’s classes. Often, they sit close to the wood stoves at church, and are grateful for the heat. They have not been very good generally, but it is still exciting to see them learning. On Sunday, one of the little girls was trying to teach another little girl John 14:6 (her own version of it :o)). During the one children’s class, the children were extremely well-behaved and attentive, asking questions and answering review questions at the end. What a blessing!

We are thankful for the teens that have been coming to church. The teenage years seem to be the hardest for them to stay close to the Lord. Please pray for these teenagers that are saved to come faithfully to church and to desire to obey the Lord.

The children in our English classes at Casa Rafa are learning and progressing. There are two pictures of the class attached. We had a nice time at the counseling class also. Unfortunately, the lady that runs Casa Rafa is not very clear with the Gospel, so we try to get it to the young people there as often as we can. It was a blessing to be able to share our testimonies with them.

Adi (Oddy) and Lusi continue to come to the church services now and then. Please continue praying for their salvation.

Mariana, the lady whom we are doing reading classes with, was in the hospital. I believe she had an operation to have a kidney stone removed. She was not feeling well, but we went and had a short reading class with her last Thursday. The Lord is working in her life. We are not sure if she is saved and appreciate your prayers that the Lord would get ahold of her heart.

Kristy’s sister, Rhonda, is getting married in April, and Lord-willing, we will be attending the wedding. We will be arriving in the US March 19th and leaving May 6th, and will be reporting to our supporting churches during our time there. Please pray that the Lord would work out all of the details of our time in the US (a vehicle, meetings, etc.). If you would like to schedule us for a meeting, please let us know.

Thank you for your prayers and for taking part in the Lord’s work among the Gypsies in Romania! May the Lord bless you as you serve Him!

In His service,
Jonathan and Kristy Heisey