Here are some comments from Steve Roy on his mission trip to Romania this year. Steve will be sending us some of his pictures later and we will post some here. You can see some pictures of Steve on MJ Dyke’s report page among the pictures she took on the trip.
FROM STEVE ROY
The trip this fall was my 11th over the last 7 years. I’m always thankful for the opportunity to go with Carl to Romania, and I continue to be amazed by the faith that some of our brothers and sister exercise to live day by day and spread the gospel. When people ask me what I do in Romania on these trips, I tell them that we work with people that can’t even imagine having what Americans take for granted every day. And I’m not talking about video games, plasma TVs and SUVs. I mean heat, food and clothing. There are some people we know who literally take the little money they have and use it to minister to the needs of others instead of heating their homes and feeding their families. They are willing to do whatever it takes to reach another soul for Jesus Christ. Another thing I have noticed in Romania over the years is how strong the Western influence has become. From my perspective, about 95% of this influence has hurt the country, because the U.S. is one of the leading exporters of sin in the world. It have especially affected Romania’s youth, who look for every opportunity to “escape” to the west. Thank God there are some young people who love God, love their country, and know that they were not born in Romania by “mistake.” They know that God has called them to reach their generation and not run away from them.
Unfortunately, the majority of the “Western Church” presence has not helped as much as it could. Instead of supporting men and women who have a burden for their country and the revelation of how to reach it, the names of famous men and denominations capture the attention of many and waste precious time and resources on actions that don’t produce fruit that remains. It’s sad to see the fire going out in a few people that had it burning so strongly not long ago. But God never leaves us or forsakes us, and if He knows how many hairs we have on our heads, He knows those who love Him and want to serve Him. It is my privilege to work with many such people in Romania. The work is GROWING; from the families being reached one by one in Bucharest to the more remote gypsy villages where churches are being planted and people are being saved ten or twenty at a time. The prayer and support for this work is appreciated more than I can express. I thank you and can tell you that every penny given is used for the work of this ministry, but only the Lord can reward you for your sacrificial giving. May He continue to bless the work in Romania and open the doors for many more to come into the kingdom before Jesus Christ returns.