“By every word!”
Like Jesus told us in Matthew 4:4, we don’t live by bread alone, but “by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” It is exhilarating to experience God’s people in Romania trusting the Lord to build His Church even in circumstances which are sometimes hostile and adverse. We met with Millennials last night who expressed the difficulties they encounter in living for Christ in the face of an increasingly secularized culture (sound familiar?), but who are nevertheless committed to staying the course. We praise God for that! We ended our time with a season of corporate prayer led by the young adults.
Today Dan continued his dental clinic with complete success. More and more folks in the village are hearing of his free dental care and making their way to the office for a chance to see him, and tomorrow promises to be another busy day for Dan. Pastor Sabin — who I got to know in 2014, and who was such a special blessing to me on my last trip — has been so gracious and competent as a translator in the clinic.
This morning we delivered supplies to the hospital and met a few of the medical staff. They are very grateful for our help, and would like to enter into a more purposeful relationship in which we periodically assist them with a few items that are almost impossible to come by here. We were treated to a tour of the new surgical suite — which certainly looks good compared to the rest of the facility, still plagued by the Communist era — and we were even escorted right into the OR.
We went out into the village and delivered groceries where they are most needed. The shopping went quickly — we were men on a mission — and we tried to package the food so that every family would receive the same needed supplies. Each home visited became a tender encounter marked by Christ’s grace (including a visit to see the elderly lady whose tooth could not be pulled yesterday). She was very glad to welcome us into her little house, and that was a moment to remember.
The church served, and we enjoyed, a late lunch with some of the homeless — along with some others who are not homeless but for whom a hot meal is greatly appreciated. After lunch we distributed some of the hundreds of pairs of eyeglasses with which you sent us to Romania.
After writing this update, I’ll review my notes for the youth conference tonight. Please pray for God’s Spirit to blow through Grace Church in an amazing way this evening, as we honor Christ and seek to inspire the young people to live by His every word! There is so much potential here for a powerful movement of Almighty God. We want nothing less.