Friday, July 31, 2015

Jonathan and Kristy's July 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

We are very grateful for your prayers for us this month. We truly believe God works through your prayers! July was full of busy times, ministering, completing the finishing touches on our hall and baby’s room, unpacking and washing baby things, and trying to get everything ready for our little boy’s arrival. Although there were several delays and things that slowed us down on the house work, we praise the Lord that we were able to finish the hall and baby’s room before his arrival. :o) Everyone at church, and even our neighbors, are excited about the birth of our child. He is due August 5th, so we are expecting him to come any day! Please pray for an uncomplicated birth, and for Kristy to get a private room and be able to have the baby room-in with her the whole time.

Ion (Yone) is still admitted to the hospital, but should be getting out soon. He is doing some treatments there for a spot on his lungs. The Lord is working in his life and calling him to salvation. We don’t know why Ion keeps waiting. Please pray for him!

Adi (Oddy), came to one of the services the other week. His unsaved wife, Lusi (Lucy) has been coming sometimes too. My dad was able to talk to her specifically about her salvation. She is certainly thinking. Please pray that she will get saved.

For one of our services, a lot of children came, and they were not being well-behaved. They kept disrupting things and messing with the cars. Thankfully, this doesn’t happen every week, but it is frustrating having to have someone stand guarding things outside, instead of being able to participate in the church service. We would appreciate your prayers about this situation. For another service, the children were very good! :o)

A couple that was living next to the church building came to our services a few times. The woman, Ica (Eek-ah), showed particular interest, staying until the end of the services. After talking about salvation with my parents during a visit, she received Christ as her personal Savior! This couple just moved back to her village, but she said there is a church there that she would like to go to. Please pray for Ica’s spiritual growth.

A few teens have been coming to the teen classes, so that’s a blessing. Rebeca comes occasionally, although she sometimes seems to have an attitude. Please pray that she will grow in the Lord. Romica (Roam-eeka), the son of Alina (Ah-leena) who recently got saved, came to one of the teen classes. He paid attention very well, and seemed to want to learn. Alina has been growing spiritually and has also expressed interest in learning to read. We are hoping to start classes with her after the baby comes.

Please continue to pray for Alin (Ah-leen), Mariana’s saved son who is not living for the Lord. His new wife is only 14. :o(

We asked prayer for Radu (Roddu), one of the drunks in the Gypsy neighborhood. The other week, he got bit by a dog, and his leg was bleeding badly. I let him use my phone to call an ambulance. Although the ambulance didn’t want to come to the Gypsy neighborhood, Radu seemed to appreciate my help. It would be a great testimony if he would get saved and live for the Lord! Please pray for Radu.

We can’t thank you enough for your prayers and support for us and our ministries. Thank you for the encouragement you are to us!

In His service,
Jonathan and Kristy Heisey
P.S. Enjoy the before and after pictures of the hall and baby's room. :o)

Monday, July 6, 2015

Jonathan and Kristy's June 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
We are so thankful to you for your prayers for us as we serve the Lord here in Romania. June was an eventful month, and we praise the Lord for the way He is working!
The last few English classes at Casa Rafa were full of anxious children, seemingly restless for school to be finished and summer vacation to start. They were glad to have us back though, and we enjoyed our times with them.
Reading classes have been put on hold for a few weeks, as Ion (Yone), our main student, has been admitted to the hospital. He has been feeling OK, but they want to do some testing and get some papers together for him so he can get disability. He is not sure how long this will take, but he does still get to some of the church services. Several days ago, he said that a Christian man came to talk to him about the Lord at the hospital. This man had spoken at the funeral of one of the ladies in our church. Ion has been hearing the Gospel much, and we ask you to please pray that he will receive Christ as his Savior.
Adi (Oddy), the young man who recently got saved, was in Germany for a few weeks. He is now back, but has not been to church. Please pray for his spiritual growth, and that he will come to church faithfully.
Sometimes the children in the children’s classes at church can be so different from one week to the next! The one week, they were excellent, they paid attention, they knew answers to the review questions, and said memory verses at the end. :o) Other weeks, someone has to stay outside the church building and try to keep children from disrupting the services and messing with the cars. Often the children who come to the classes seem to be in their own world, and leave within five minutes of coming. Please pray for us to have wisdom, patience, and love as we try to reach them with the truths of God’s Word.
It was a wonderful blessing to have two men from our sending church come and help us with some house projects, as well as some church building repairs! With the baby due in just one month, we are trying to get the house ready for his arrival. We are so grateful for these men and the sacrifices they made, for their hard work, and for all that was accomplished. Their fellowship was a breath of fresh air. There are still a few things to be done, such as painting and putting flooring in the baby’s room, but the bulk of the work is done.
Speaking of the baby, he is doing fine. Kristy is uncomfortable at times, but is doing well also. At our last doctor’s appointment, the ultrasound showed that the cord is wrapped around his neck twice. This could be a problem, but many babies are born this way just fine. He will be monitored during the labor, so steps can be taken if there happen to be any problems. Please do pray that the rest of the pregnancy and the birth will go well, and that mother and baby will be healthy!
We had lots of ladies and girls come to the ladies meeting at the church a couple weeks ago. There were games, crafts, and a lesson from God’s Word. Alina (Ah-leena), one of the ladies that came, also came to church the next service. God was working in her heart, and she put her trust in Jesus as her Savior! Please be praying for her spiritual growth.
Mariana’s saved son, Alin (Ah-leen), who has not been living for the Lord, ran off with one of the young teen girls in the village. They have since gotten married (not legally, but according to Gypsy custom), and are living with Mariana. Sin always seems to complicate things and cause problems. Please be in prayer for them.
It has been difficult to get the teens to come to church, but a few have been coming. Gugu, the young man who had the brain tumor, came to one of the services recently. I have had several opportunities to talk to him as well. Please pray that the teens will come to the services, especially those that are saved, and that more will receive God’s gift of salvation.
We can’t thank you enough for your prayers for us and our ministries. Thank you for the encouragement you are to us!
In His service,
Jonathan and Kristy Heisey