Dear Friends and Family,
Thank you for your continued prayers on behalf of our family. We are blessed beyond measure, and are grateful for God's hand in our lives every day, and for each of you who have been and continue to be such a blessing in our lives.
We are taking this opportunity to share some of the ways that God has been working in our lives and family, as well as the ministry here in Romania. Most of you know already that God provided us with some property last year so that at some point we could begin building a home for our family and a place to use for ministry. (More of this amazing story can be read about in our last blog entry).
With God's help we have been able to make some progress toward fulfilling this dream. We are awaiting the finalization of the house plans which were designed by us, and then we will be able to get authorization to begin construction. This is a great praise to God, and we have continued to see God's hand in every step of the process. We would ask for your continued prayer for us in this endeavor, that we would have wisdom and discretion in the decisions we will need to make, and that He will guide us every step of the way. Also pray that God will bring us the right people to make an access road, a well on the property, as well as the construction itself. May God be glorified in all of this!
Geta is almost six months along with baby number seven, and so far everything seems to be coming along as it should. Please keep Geta and the new baby in prayer, especially as we get closer to the delivery date (sometime in August); please pray for health and safety for then both, as well as for us to find a good private hospital for the delivery.
The children's ministry in two villages - Rusca Montana and Ruschita - is going well. We are working with another couple in Rusca Montana, and we take turns doing things like songs or flannelgraph lessons, and the kids enjoy it. One mother came to us a couple weeks ago and told us that her two sons are always happy about Sunday School, enjoy it very much, and tell her all about it every week. That was an encouragement to us! In Ruschita on Sunday afternoons we have Sunday School, and there are a few kids that come there as well. We have a special privilege in Ruschita because there are so many children here who have never heard the stories from the Bible. One week we had the story of Noah's Ark, and at least a couple of them told us they had never heard that story before! Can you imagine? What a privilege and a responsibility we have here! Please pray that God will continue to move in the hearts and lives of these children in each of these villages, and that we will be able to respond to questions and needs that the children have!
I know we have said this before, but it is something we feel deeply: we are so thankful for each one of you; for your love of God and your example to us; for your friendship and love to our family, and your generosity that is beyond measure. We wouldn't be where we are today or doing what we are doing here if it was not for all of your love and generosity toward us, and God's sovereign hand upon all of our lives. May God richly bless you all!
Together With You In God's Sovereign Hand,
Andrew & Geta and family
P.S. A recap of prayer requests: for the property, that we would have wisdom and discretion in the decisions we will need to make, and His guidance; also that God will bring us the right people to make an access road, a well on the property, as well as the construction itself.
Please pray for Geta and the new baby, especially as we get closer to the delivery date (sometime in August); please pray for health and safety for then both, as well as for us to find a good private hospital for the delivery.
Please pray that God will continue to move in the hearts and lives of these children in Rusca Montana and Ruschita; also that we will be able to respond to questions and needs that the children have!
Also we have a prayer request regarding our van. We have been having a lot of issues with it recently (it's a 1993 van), and once the baby is born in August, we will be one seat short! Please pray that God will keep the van running with not so many problems (we know mechanical problems are always inevitable on cars!) and that in His time he will provide another one with the right amount of seats.
May God be glorified in all!
P.P.S. Below is a picture taken at the property, looking out over it, with a view toward the hills, and over the valley where the village is.