I have returned from my trip to Romania about two
weeks ago and am still trying to get back in the swing of things. Although the trip was good, we were not able to get to all
our families due to transportation issues. We weren't able to get to the Maramures region but, God willing, our representatives
in country will make a visit to see the families.
I would liken the
trip to a boxing match, with the enemy giving some hard blows to the darkness. Our trip started with an eight hour delay from
our departure city, Raleigh-Durham NC due to mechanical issues on the plane. The repairs were finally completed and we departed,
tired and hungry, for our eight hour flight to Paris. Surely seemed like Satan tried to stop us before we even got started.
The good news, we were allowed to bump up to first class. It was very nice and we were able to lower our seats to make a bed
and slept almost all the way there. Of course, our connections were missed and our transportation from Hungary to Romania
were constantly having to be changed.
Praise the Lord, we arrived in Timisoara on Saturday at 2:30 p., going directly to a pastors conference to speak.
The conference started at 9 am, but everyone remained to hear what these Americans were bringing. It was a difficult Saturday
evening, as we spoke about the power of the Holy Spirit in each of our lives. It seemed like a veil was over the entire seminar
and no one seemed to understand the teachings. We went to our host's house that night (our meeting lasted until nearly 11
pm) and prayed that God would open eyes and ears to hear the message. Sunday was completely different. It was as if a light
switch went off. By Sunday evening, we had so many young adults wanting to hear more that we stayed again till 11 and had
additional meetings on Monday and Monday night with the young bible school adults.
I want to share some about a young man who feels like God has a purpose for him. His name is Bennie
and he is involved with the bible school in Timisoara. He leads a large group of students (about 150) in worship and prayer
times and we feel like he has a calling on his life. A few months ago, Bennie believed he was to help those afflicted with
drug/alcohol issues by establishing a program, similar to Teen Challenge here in the states. His problem: no funds, no place
and no staff. However, he continued to ask God what should he do. Someone asked him if he needed a place and gave him a building.
It needed renovations, but many of the teens/young adults are giving of their time and labor to complete the renovations.
He now has many people willing to help physically staff the program when funds are available. Some financial help is beginning
to slowly come in but not enough yet to start. When we asked him how he is able to live, his answer was clear. It is by God's
grace and goodness that we can do anything and if we trust God to provide, He will provide. When we are willing to lay
down our wants for the Kingdom of God to move, God will move. During our trip, we sensed that God is beginning to move through
the young people in Romania and we will see a big change coming in the country.
I will share more of our trip and some other stories of what God is doing through the families we
met and how YOU are a part of the story. Thank you for your prayers and your support for and through Mission To Serve.
We here at Mission To Serve pray that God will bless you many times over for what you are doing to help us reach Romania.
A big thank you to Reba and The Encouragement
Project in Atlanta for the seven tubs of hats and scarves that we shipped this Spring. Our representative in Maramures,
Ileana, gave them to our families, people in her church and others in her village. Thank you to all the ladies that spent
hours working on these beautiful handmade gifts of love.
In His Service,
Ted and Sandy Olson