We are blessed to remember each month that as we share the latest happenings with you, you are praying for us! We are doing well, and thank the Lord for the good health He has given to us.
Lord-willing, we will go to Bucuresti next week to get Marci’s report of birth abroad and passport from the US Embassy. Please pray for safety in our travels, and for everything to go smoothly.
The number of teens coming to the teen classes has decreased slightly, but thankfully, it seems like those missing are mostly just the ones who were least interested in listening. The ones that are coming now are generally more attentive, and it has been a huge blessing to be able to share God’s truths with them while they are actually listening! This is such a positive change! Some teens have been coming on Tuesdays too, when we are all in the adult service. Ramon has come a few times, but doesn’t seem as interested as he was before. A couple weeks ago, I taught about the Holy Spirit’s work, and how He convicts and speaks to those who are God’s children. He reminds us of God’s truths. I asked the teens if they had experienced that. Of course, only those who are saved would say, “Yes.” However, Sara said she had never experienced the Holy Spirit speaking to her, although she had made a profession of faith a few years ago. This week, someone said something about her wanting to be saved, so please pray that God would work in Sara’s heart. And please keep praying for the teens!
When Ramon’s father died, his father’s cousin, Ion (Yone), came to the village. He claims to be saved, though he smokes and drinks, and he has been coming to our services. Unfortunately, he usually asks for money when he comes. He seems to be planning to stay in the village. It’s good that he comes to the services, and we pray that the Lord will work in his life. Lusi has come a couple times. Please pray that she will be faithful to the Lord. While Ion from France was here, he got Mariana’s son, Alin (Ah-leen), to come to a couple of the services. Alin was saved and baptized years ago, but has not been living for the Lord. It was great to have him in the services, and we pray that God will convict Alin and that he will repent and live for the Lord.
While my dad was in Armenia for a couple weeks on a missions trip, I preached for the adults. Mariana’s unsaved husband, Ion, came. We continue to pray for Ion’s salvation.
After 4 years of praying that God would provide a vehicle for us, He has answered that prayer! We have been borrowing my parents’ car when it was available, but it was becoming more and more clear how much we really needed a car of our own, especially with two children. Our landlords from the apartment where my family lived for our first 2 years in Romania were selling their 2003 Volkswagon Sharan. After much saving, and being reimbursed by the insurance company for Marci’s birth, we had enough to get it. They are dear friends of ours, as well as brothers in Christ, so we were so glad to be able to get it from them. Praise the Lord!
Thank you for your prayers for us and our Gypsies! It is encouraging to know you care!
In His service,
Jonathan, Kristy, Cory, and Marci
P.S. Attached is a picture of our new van, as well as a picture of some of the teens and me doing some special music.