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    From The Servant's Corner

June 2017

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


 


July 2017

Sometimes we wonder if the things we do really accomplish much or affect the families we help. During my recent trip to Romania, I was encouraged by one of the families we support and how Mission  To Serve has helped them. Mihai and Mihaela Nichita live in Cisnadie with their three children. I first met this couple back in 2006 when they had very little and a young daughter, Rebecca. They now have another daughter and a son. The Nichita's had a sponsor for Rebecca and were able to save their money to buy a piece of property. Mihai is a gifted carpenter and was able to completely build their home, a very modest two story structure. He is in the process of finishing the second floor now. I stayed with them during one trip and have enjoyed catching up on their lives when we get together. During our visit this year, they gave me some news that I wanted to share.

Mihaela shared with me how happy and blessed they are that Mission To Serve has helped them through the years. The support they received allowed them to have a place to live and raise their family. But she felt that they needed to bless others as they have been blessed. Mihai and Mihaela have petitioned the government to be what we would call foster parents. Mihaela told me that if they could give love and a safe place to children who have nothing, they could be a blessing just as they were blessed from Mission To Serve. The government gave the OK and they are now looking forward to two new additions to their family in July. Their children are excited to welcome their new siblings into their home and Mihai is finishing the second floor so they have space for everyone.

The Nichita's have faith that God will provide what they need and believe He called them to take in these children. Mihai builds cabinets and has a steady business, but he has to make everything by hand so it takes time to complete. He showed me the order he was working on and I was impressed at the quality of work. They have lost their sponsor for Rebecca for the moment, but I agree in faith with them that God will provide.

I was glad to see someone who didn't want to just receive but wanted to give from their hearts too. This is what Mission To Serve is about, giving a hand up instead of just a hand out. I will share in our next newsletter about Pastor Cuc and his family. God is working in the lives of our Romania families.

Are you interested in meeting the child or family you sponsor? Mission To Serve would like to give you the opportunity to join us on our trip next year. If you would like to join us, please let us know what time of year would be good for you and the name of the child or family you sponsor. We will contact you and begin to have you join us on our trip in 2018.

Ted Olson