Monday, April 10, 2017

Jonathan and Kristy's update 04/08/17

After several days of warmer, sunny weather, we have hit another cold, rainy spell. Hopefully the warmer, spring weather will soon come to stay!
Just a few teens have been coming to the teen classes at church. Sometimes most of them don’t pay much attention, but I think God’s truths still get into their heads. They know many of the songs, and I’m trusting that the Lord is working in their hearts through the truths of the songs and His Word being taught. We occasionally see Rebeca around and continue to be burdened for her to turn back to the Lord. Please pray that Rebeca will repent of her sin and live for the Lord. The other week, the teens were being goofy during class, which is better than obnoxious! Some of the children were being very obnoxious though, coming up to the windows and doors and making lots of noise to disrupt the service. I ran out to chase them away, and the teens got a kick out of me running after the kids. It was hard to get serious for the rest of the service after that. :o)
We are grateful to have our fence partly finished! Gina’s brother, Sorin (Sor-een) who is also saved, does construction work and can also build fences. So, after Gina gave me his phone number, I called him and he came to start work on the fence the next day! Sorin and I have had some great Biblical discussions, and have had many opportunities to witness to our neighbors and the workers while they worked on the fence. Please pray that we will be able to finish the fence soon. We are trusting the Lord to work out the details.
While my dad was in Italy for a few days visiting some friends, I had the opportunity to preach to our Gypsy adults. A couple weeks ago when my parents were at a missions conference in Bulgaria, the opportunity to preach came again. It is always nice to fellowship with our people afterwards and hear their struggles and encourage one another. This is when most of our discipleship takes place.
The children at Casa Rafa (Cossa Roffa) have been learning English pretty well. The one week, they were getting ready for a program for Romanian Mother’s Day, so I happened to have both classes together. They were terribly-behaved, but they did have lots of hugs for me. :o)
After Sorin found out that I teach English, he wanted me to teach English to his 9-year-old daughter, Rebeca. Last week was our first week, and David, Gina’s grandson, is joining us too. We’re grateful for this extra opportunity to be a witness for Christ.
Thank you for all of your prayers for us and our Gypsies. We are blessed to have you supporting us!
In His service,
Jonathan, Kristy, and Cory