A great start to the year... We got back into the swing of regular ministry after the holidays- weekly Bible studies, weekend ministry to children's homes and monthly over-nighters with the volunteers. Since the beginning of the year we've also had more opportunities to spend time with several young people in our home. Whether someone spends a few days or just comes for dinner, we try not to underestimate the impact our "everyday" example can have in their life. It's another reason we desire to stay continually filled to over-flowing with God's life giving Spirit!
Our Trip Back Home... We girls arrived Saturday night (actually EARLY Sunday morning) for a six week visit. Dinu is staying in Romania until after our volunteer retreat. (The Winter and Summer retreats are special opportunities for Pas cu Pas volunteers to get away, focus on their relationship with God and have a great time together!) The retreat ends on March 3rd and Dinu flies the next day. Marie and Sarah are already beginning to adjust to the 7 hour time difference, thank God!
Our schedule so far: March 5 Dinu arrives in Indiana March 8 - 15 Colorado March 16 - 26 Indiana March 27-30 Michigan March 31 Easter in Indiana
Back to Romania April 1st
Painting Pictures... During childhood, an image is continually being painted on a child's heart by the people who are most significant in their lives. God designed this role for a loving parent who would paint the picture according to the way He sees them. Imagine the result when that role is played by an abusive peer, a calloused institutional worker, or a drug addicted family member. By the time that child is in their late teens/ early twenties, changing the way they see themselves and God is a challenge.
Many of the young people we work with are in that exact situation. They aren't just interested in understanding the Bible, they are looking for healing, searching for their true identity. We really feel privileged to be God's hands outstretched to them during this critical time in their lives. We realize that what and how we teach them is important. And we also know they need us praying for them, like a parent would for their child.
We invite those of you who pray for us to pray for the Pas cu Pas volunteers as well. Please pray especially for the ones raised as orphans, that, like the Apostle Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:16-19 they would have the spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, that the eyes of their hearts would be enlightened to know the hope of His calling, the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and the surpassing greatness of His power toward them!
We hope to see many of you, our wonderful family and friends! Time will be short, but sweet. So let's plan now to get together!