Dear friend, I pray that you may prosper in every way this year! May abundant grace and love cover you and being you the fruit of love, joy and peace in 2016!
Christmas Shoe Project fulfilled:
The children mostly were those from the South and East of Romania. Like before we distributed to the poorest regions of Romania, Oltenia and Baragan regions. Our key pastors who helped and led the shoe distribution were: Pastor Costel Gramada, Gigel Ignat, Relu Paraluta, Milo Novacovici, Dumitru Lazar and Costel Prisacaru from the Life Center, Timisoara. A lot more pastors were involved this year.
We were well organized first with a list of the poorest families, next the age and the shoe sizes of each kid in the family. We purchase shoes from a prime store warehouse and then got them out to the needy.
Our pastors were blessed to see parents tears of joy flowing out of their eyes, and this mixes with laughing. The kids making a show for their parents and to one another marching with their shoes on the feet, proud of how nice and great they look.
Approaching the winter season the poor parents developed a custom to teach and tell kids to pray and trust God for their expensive shoes. Even those who don’t know a lot about Jesus or have not yet decided to follow Him ,bring their needs before God.
There is no greater joy then when the precious kids and their parents see their prayer being heard and fulfilled. Moreover, some of the unsaved decide to get right with the Lord dedicating their lives to him.
Irina Jancu the 28 year old mother shares:
He is caught in a careless life and alcoholism, but the good mother fights the good fight for her kids and loves to keep their little home clean and in good shape. A couple of years ago Pastor Romulus of Valea Lui Patru church decided to reach out to this poor family though they haven’t become part of the church yet. We as a church are reaching to many other broken families like this one because Jesus taught us to love our poor neighbor as well regardless if they are saved or not. How else will they know the love of Jesus and be saved.
When Irina saw the shoes for her kids she cried and humbly said, I can’t believe this good thing really happened to my little kids. They will be able to go to school. They were really unhappy to be drawn out of the kindergarten. A month ago when the weather changed to cold, I decided that each night before going to bed to lead my kids in a prayer to God, and told them to pray to the same God of the pastor who built up a little church in our village. And I told my kids that the pastors told me that our heavenly Father hears all our prayers, and if it is so He may decide to send us some good shoes. Now our fervent prayer were answered, already my sweet kids are encouraged to pray and trust our heavenly Father on their own, because this is the only Father we have here in this little home.
Samuel Iancu 14, This young teen shares with us his sad story and speaks in the name of the whole family.
I had the only one pair of rubber shoes, and when it rained, my feet were soaked. Cold day my feet were colder than outside. My parents promised me to buy me another pair of shoes, but I know they were saying the same thing to the younger kids, I knew that we may not get these very soon. However, we do have a faithful mom who teaches us about God and sings with us Bible songs, she encouraged me to start to pray to God to get a good pair of shoes that will last longer than I had so far. PTL! Her faith on teaching me and my obedience in prayer brought fruit and now I have the best pair of shoes I ever remember. Now my feet will be warm not only on rainy days but in the snow.
Thanks to those in America who gave. Our pastor said that our brothers from America care for the brothers in Romania, because we’re like a large family that part of it is poor and part of it is richer. I do pray to Jesus to make you even richer and your profits go up!
I’m Daniela Iancu age 32, mother of 4 kids.
In the late summer, I managed to buy some light shoes for the kids, but they would not work in the colder winter season. My children are attending the public school and were teased by the other kids about wearing summer shoes. Even the teachers told them to beg their parents for warmer winter shoes or they will be reported to the child protection office. So besides suffering cold feet they being bullied. Now, I praise Jesus for His goodness, my schooling kids received warmer winter shoes and everyone in the home is happy. I pray continually that their father may be saved and return into the family, so these kids may be raised by a father too.
Life Center, Timisoara is reaching out with Christmas shoe and other needed aid.
This is just one testimony of a family we highlighted here but there are dozens of other families who are assisted. Sometime they may just need medicine and vitamins for their sick kids, home cleaning , dish wash, laundry or bathing the kids.
Life Center Christmas and New Year ministry teams and churches went around and herald the Good News of Jesus being born on the earth,
CCFR helps rebuild, repair shabby broken homes:
They lived in a very old two bedroom home which is considered dangerous and unstable. A couple of years ago they started to rebuild but ran out of money so were forced to stop. The Spirit spoke to a wonderful Romania family named Costel and Anica Enache. A miracle happened and the material to build were provided and the church people volunteer their time to fix and enlarge the family home.
Brother Marian received the news with great excitement, saying, I don’t know how to express my joy, when pastor Relu told me that you got the money to buy the building materials I just thought he tests my faith and this is not real, so I was speechless not knowing what to believe. But when pastor asked me to go with him to a building warehouse store and I saw a tractor wagon waiting I was even more shocked by God’s loving favor for my family.
Before leaving to go for the material purchase the whole family got together and in tears of joy thanked God for His mercy and love shown to them, and that their prayers were answered.
Marian and Elvira were blessed to know that that Enache family without known them was sent out to help them in a marvelous unexpected way. Praise to our Lord and thanks to the precious people who are accomplish a great thing in the lives of other people!
I will share more stories in our next news letter.
Thanks for making these things come true my brothers as the word of God says: For the ministry of this service is not supplying only the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing in many acts of thanksgiving to God. Through the proof of this service, they will glorify God for your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and others. 2 Corinthians 9:12-13.
Thanks and looking forward to hear from you,
John & Viorica Dolinschi