Romania. While watching Jelly Telly with the boys, there was a cartoon about Richard Wurmbrand, a pastor in Romania during early, Post-WWII Communism. He was jailed and eventually exiled for preaching the Gospel and challenging Communism in his country. Later, in 1989, another Pastor would challenge the Communist regime, causing a protest that began the Romanian Revolution, ending Communism there. I love that the boys get to learn about these modern heroes of the Faith, and us right along with them!
Our first half year has been many things. Recently, a focus has been learning about the countries in Eastern Europe. While some of that comes from reading, or shows the boys are watching, another way has been through prayer. Twice yearly, Cru has a Worldwide Day of Prayer. We spent this day praying for each country in Eastern Europe, praying over their requests. These ranged from strategies in the ministry, projects and initiatives, to personal requests and peace in each country as unrest is spreading.
Likewise, each Monday morning, we have an hour of prayer in the office. Typically, we pray for 3 or 4 countries. These requests are like the Day of Prayer, but we get to see the changing requests, and answers to prayers. Each Monday, I get to read praise for answers to requests that I have not seen. There is something exciting about that! “Lord, thank you for…” and not knowing what it was for, but knowing God was faithful to that person or ministry.
While I find it interesting to read about these countries and their history, there is something special in learning about them by praying for them.
Work slows down a bit in the summer here, with families taking mission trips together, or taking breaks to refresh themselves. I am going to take advantage of some down time to work on that last little bit of monthly support that we need. It seems like a small amount, but if we can shore up our remaining 5%, it would strengthen our support in the long run. I am traveling to Fort Worth in mid-June to meet with a few people. Our older two boys will come along, so that they can see grandparents and participate in our church’s amazing Kid’s Kamp. Jana will remain in Budapest and looks forward to some quiet time with Milo during those couple of weeks.
Thank you for praying for our needs and encouraging us in these days. As we learn more about Eastern Europe, we look forward to sharing more about the ministry, work, and life here.