Monday, August 31, 2015

Jonathan and Kristy's August 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
August brought lots of changes to our lives! Welcoming a new member to our family was a thrill, and we are taking on the challenges of figuring everything out and trying to keep up with all of our responsibilities. We praise the Lord that we were able to talk to some of the nurses at the hospital about Him. Kristy has been having many aches and pains associated with the happy event, and we would ask you to pray for her healing, and for sufficient rest and strength for us. The ladies in our ministry like to “ooh” and “ahh” over Cory (when they’re not giving their parenting opinions and advice), and we are looking forward to ministry opportunities that having a child will bring. It is a custom here to spit on babies. Fortunately, most of the time, it is just a pretend spit, and we do hope it stays that way. :o)
Getting Cory’s Romanian birth certificate was quite a trip . . . . well, several trips to the Civil Status office in the city. First of all, the document the hospital gave us to get the birth certificate had listed Cory as a girl. Thankfully, I went back to the hospital and got that resolved on the spot. Then, they didn’t like the look of our marriage certificate. It looked different than other American marriage certificates they have dealt with, and they thought it would not be acceptable. I asked, “So, are we supposed to get married again?” They said to leave a copy of the translated certificate with them, and they would send it to the “higher-ups” to see if it was acceptable. After a few days when I went back in, they hadn’t heard anything. So, I just left all the necessary documents there, and they said that if everything was fine, I could pick up the birth certificate on August 27th. Praise the Lord, everything was fine and I picked it up!Please pray that the Lord would work out all the details for us to go to Bucharest to get Cory’s American certificate of birth abroad and passport. Also, after that, we will need to get him a Romanian residence permit. Paperwork in Romania is not fun, but it is much better if the people we deal with are friendly. This is a big prayer request!
During one of the children’s classes, some boys came who are normally badly-behaved. Amazingly, they were very good! They were very cute as they sang the songs and sat through the class. After a bit, several more children came in, and we had 16 all together. They were pretty good too. For another class, the kids were kind of bad, but a few paid attention, even ones that normally don’t. Thank you for your prayers for them! It is fun to watch the children’s looks of wonder as they look at Cory. :o) We pray that soon, many of them will look to Jesus and be saved. We are planning to have a VBS for the children in September. Please be praying that the Lord would guide us as we finish preparing for it, and that He would work in hearts and be glorified through all that’s done.
Some teens have been coming off and on. Rebeca came Sunday, and Gugu (whose real name is Nelu [Nellu]) and Ionel (Yone-ell) have come as well. It is a real struggle for these teens in the Gypsy neighborhood to live for the Lord. Please keep them in your prayers.
The other day, I asked Casi (Cossy), an unsaved 18-year-old boy, to come and cut down a bunch of weeds behind our house. He does this as a business, and it was good to be able to spend some time with him too. After he finished, we talked for quite a while. The conversation was mostly about everyday things, but it was good to strengthen our relationship, and we pray for Casi’s salvation.
I turned 30 years old today (August 31st), and am very grateful for the blessings the Lord has given me.Sunday, at the beginning of the children’s class, there were just a few boys there, and it warmed my heart to hear them sing “Happy Birthday” to me in Romanian.
Thank you for faithfully praying for us, and for your support! You are an encouragement to us!
In His service,
Jonathan and Kristy Heisey (and Cory too)

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