SWAT REPORT # 23
A PICTURESQUE TRIP TO THE VILLAGE
First look at the attached photo. Here is part of our church on Sunday night they are a nice group of folk some live in blocks (communist-built, concrete high rise condos) in Brasov maybe sometime I will give you a tour of those. The folks just on the right side of my wife in the photo are gypsies from Racos
In reports past I have shown you the
unbelievably poor conditions in Racos village. This time I want to give you a
picturesque ride into one of those villages. This is a brief stretch of good
but look ahead
there is a flood.
The shadow of and Orthodox church falls across nearly every dwelling in the village. The priests must be married, bearded, and long black robed. The church stands for nothing but tradition, teaches as little as possible, dominates everything it can, makes any necessary compromises with the changing winds of politics, marries and buries those with money, and uses the money to build more beautiful churches. If they removed the back wall of the church and extended the graveyard inside, it wouldnt change much. There is usually a Pentecostal alternative in the village. If it is of any size, there will be a Kingdom Hall and maybe even a 7th Day society.
We swing right and go into the village. There are lots of folk milling about. Some sitting on board benches in front of their houses kids playing soccer in the dirt street boyfriend/girlfriend getting to know one another better bunicas (grammas) visiting at gates, bicycles and a few cars and, hey slow down there is the ever present gypsy, horse-drawn wagon which has appeared in previous photos. It is a stoic life filled with little materialism (this is changing fast as EU pushes east), lots of idle time, hard work if you can find it, simple food, cold in winter, hot and dry in summer, lots of poverty and plenty of all the basic sins. The ministry here is good. The folk have little else to do but come to the services. Our services are very novel to them since we exhibit genuineness and teach truth from the Bible. Folks who have nothing to lose usually are interested in any gain. We are careful to take advantage of that. As a result we have had several folk saved in the villages (some are in the first photo). But transportation and money is a real problem. If you are into bus ministry you could really load up here. We are a hard hours drive from Racos and two hours by train and the train is not all that cheap. We need to start a church in Racos and that is one of the reasons the Chuck Zander family is coming. We need to find a building and start meeting. We have no doubt it would be filled in no time. There are more of these villages than you can imagine within an hour of Brasov and if the Lord tarries we want them all for the Lord. But, patience it takes time, money, manpower and everything else after all we have only been here for 7 months. Come see it all for yourself.
We are holding evening meetings this
Lots going on hope you enjoy keep informed via the SWAT REPORTS forward these on to friends, Pastor and church family members
Pray the Lord will supply a very needed van for this ministry.
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