Over the weekend, our team in Romania continued visiting families and congregations in the towns neighboring the city of Pascani. Their first stop was to Sodomeni, where they looked at a building for sale, which could serve as a church for the growing congregation there. Then they went to Bratulesti and met with two Gammon families. They learned that these families had recently inherited a house that they hope to convert to a church for themselves and a few others.
The next visit was to Cozmesti where several families were gathered in a house for a church service. Of those in attendance about twenty had received salvation earlier this year. There was a good response to the meeting, with some who were not saved shedding tears and at the close, acknowledging their need for salvation.
On Sunday, the team was in Humulesti for the morning service. Brother John said the fifty in attendance were very attentive and sincere. With tears in their eyes, they sang with all their hearts. Brother Benjamin Clapa shared his testimony and also provided a vocal solo in Romanian. When the invitation to pray was given, several acknowledged their need for salvation, and everyone present stayed for the altar service, praying earnestly.
The afternoon service was in Sodomeni. This group meets temporarily in a borrowed room, which filled rapidly as about seventy gathered. Brother John said the congregation prayed in earnest at the start of the service, during the service, and after. Included among those praying were several who were not saved. He said it has been encouraging throughout this trip to see a number of unsaved pray, though we likely won’t know the impact until the next visit.
In the evening, a meeting was held to discuss the growth and needs of the work in the Pascani area. It was determined that the Sodomeni congregation would purchase the building our team saw on Saturday, and the Humulesti congregation would move forward in obtaining property from their city hall for use as a future church site. It was also discussed that a few more congregations will soon need to find larger accommodations for their growing numbers.
We marvel at how God has grown the work in this area over the past four years, and pray that many more souls will answer His call.