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    From The Servant's Corner

2019 UPDATES

There are a few goals we are hoping to accomplish this year.  One is to build an addition to a home for a widow and her three children.  Parasca Casciara has two adult children who are physically and mentally challenged in addition to a young son.  They are in a two room house with limited space.  We are raising funds to add a room and a bathroom onto their current home.  This will help her in having more space for the children but also in caring for them.  The cost of the addition is approximately $7,600 USD and we have raised $2,200 to date.  We hope to raise enough to start construction the first of April or as soon as weather permits.  (Update - it looks like we have raised enough funds for the room.  We will let you know if more is needed to finish)  Thank you to those that helped with this project.

There is one person I would like to introduce to you. His name is Traian Lazea. I have known and been good friends with Traian for over 20 years. He is a pastor/evangelist and lives in Timisoara with his wife and his four children. Traian has been a blessing to Mission To Serve with his willingness to assist us in our work in Romania. He is not a paid employee and has not asked to be. He always invites me and my teams to stay with him, he willingly uses his vehicle and his time to drive us around the country to visit our families and has done this for many years. He is able to translate for me and assists helping me to understand cultural differences. He endured mistreatment during the communist rule because of his faith, not willing to compromise his beliefs. He is always willing to seek out whoever God sends him to with the Gospel. I could share so many stories of what he has done and the people who have come into the Kingdom because of his desire to share the word of God. As I was looking back on our friendship, I realized that Traian was always willing to help us and work with us without trying to be in the lead. So I wanted to share about him and ask if you are looking to support a person or family, consider this faithful man of God. He could use the help and be encouraged to continue working with Mission To Serve in Romania. 

A third goal is to have enough monthly support for the staff we have in Romania and the ministry in general.  As you know, any support given to families or individuals goes entirely to them.  However, the ministry has some additional costs also, such as postage, transfer fees and salary for our staff in Romania.  We currently have two staff members in Sibiu and their salary comes from those who give to the ministry.  In the past, there were several churches that gave to Mission To Serve for the ministry needs, but have not continued the last couple of years.  Just adding a couple of dollars to your monthly gift would help to cover some of these expenses.  You can make a note on the bottom of your check as MTS and the amount.

Seek God what He might have you do in helping us reach these goals.

As always we here at Mission To Serve want to say thank you for your support.

Ted Olson
Your missionary to Romania