Greetings from Deva, Romania and Holy Trinity Baptist Church (or Biserica Creştină Baptistă Sfânta Treime).
I am working here with our Romanian church partnership and learning a great deal from Pastor Timotei Rusu. Deva is home to a population of 61,00 and is nestled in the region of Transylvania. The church has wonderful music and preaching and has a weekly congregation similar in size to First Temple. One way Holy Trinity Baptist Church impacts the community is by hosting a Christian primary school and providing groceries for those in need.
Across town, the church has partially constructed a Christian Outreach Center.
The vision of this facility is to host a church plant, a gym, a gym and recreation area, a cafeteria, a school, and a clinic. While the majority of the initial construction is finished, the project is still in need of funds to continue. Currently, the workout and sauna area are open and the gym is housing a free clothing pantry and thrift store.
While I’m here, I’ll be preaching, teaching, working with the youth, installing some video equipment, and training a team on video and photo editing software.
On Sunday morning I was asked to preach. It’s the first time I’ve spoken with an interpreter, but I quickly got the hang of it. The first hour and 15 minutes of the service was spent singing, reading scripture, and in prayer. At one point, the congregation broke up into groups to pray together.
I was told I had 45 minutes for my sermon. Luckily, translation took up half of that. I preached on Christian growth from John 3.
At 6 p.m. we had another service much like the first, only this time the youth choir and praise band led all the music. They led songs like Mighty to Save, Holy Holy Holy, and Prince of Peace in Romanian (I sang along in English). I preached at this service about Jesus’ miracles in Luke 8.
Throughout the week I will be working with the youth each morning and spending the afternoons working and training a media team in technology.
The Rusu family have been wonderful hosts. I’m hopeful that our churches can continue to work together to impact the world for the Kingdom of God.
Thanks for all your prayers and support back home. Missing my church family and looking forward to being with you again.