TMFC’s Prayer and Ministry Trip to Romania from March 15-27 was amazing from start to finish – with a great team; many precious opportunities to pray for and resource people; and much love from the Romanian people to whom they ministered!
The team consisted of (from left to right) Jeremy Leaman, Gerry Blitz, Marian Clapper, Janice Baldauf, Cheryl Weaver, Donna Shuler, and Keith Yoder. Keith played a unique role within our team as a resource to church and business people on the topic of leadership equipping. He, along with Jeremy, presented in various settings and preached at Sunday morning church services. Cheryl and Donna each spoke at a different women’s gathering, and Janice led a workshop for young adults on “Learning to Hear God’s Voice.”
As spoken at our team’s commissioning at Petra Church, God’s Presence went before us in an unmistakable way before every ministry time. We were be able to pray for many people throughout our stay: TMFC leadership teams, pastors, youth leaders, business people, young adults, the mayors of Hateg and Baru, an urban evangelism team, and many women at the ladies’ gatherings. One highlight was our engaging in deep intercessory prayer, with tears, at the office of Dr. David Ille, the founder of Pro-Vita, one of Romania’s first pro-life clinics began over 30 years ago.
It was especially touching to visit and pray for two people in Hateg: Cristina, who Jeremy had led to the Lord at a laundromat in 2022, and Ionut, an evangelist friend of our Romanian team leader in that city. Though their homes were very humble and their circumstances difficult, each lived out of a deep faith in the Lord and were encouraged and strengthened through our time together. To top off our visit with Ionut, his brother Marius gave his heart to the Lord!
Another highlight was to pray for our young-adult friend, Denis, who spoke perfect American English and served as our translator throughout the entire trip. We grew to love him, and he us! At the end of the trip, after essentially living with us for a number of days, he said he wanted “what we have.” We were all pleased to be able to pray for him for the infilling of the Holy Spirit. What a joy-filled event!
We will forever treasure the hospitality, love, trust, and gratitude of the Romanian people; visits to castles and cathedrals; and times of laughter, friendship, worship, and ministry. Our prayer is for enduring fruit from all we invested in, to the honor and glory of God!