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Dear friends,

We want to share with you the wonderful opportunity the Lord brought to us: an open door in the village of Frumusani, near our mission point in the city of Budesti.
For Christmas, by the grace of God, we were able to share with them a Christmas box together with the good news of the Gospel! The great part was that 200 children came, many accompanied by parents or grandparents! The yard was packed and Pastor George was able to preach the Gospel and worship the Lord with them, in the open air! Please pray that the Lord uses this to save souls in the village of Frumusani! For the ECM Team in Romania,

Sandina Ioncea, nurse


A mobile clinic in a poor area is always a blessed time.
First of all for the ones who serve the Lord. Secondly for the people who come and then look for redemption with a sincere heart.
ECM, together with Holy Trinity church and the Romanian American mission organized free consultations for the people in Budesti. The event was advertised amongst the people we have there each Sunday. Many came and waited patiently or not outside of the Christian Centre we rent. And I say many keeping in mind that there’s a heat wave over Romania at the moment. But God is good to us and to people who have not, yet, anything to hope for.
The ECM team helped with glasses, nursing, traffic control, driving and kids time, all for the glory of God.
A free pair of reading glasses as well as a copy of the New Testament meant a lot for some people who laid down everything that was bothering them. When asked for a prayer request many burst into tears and said the desperate situation they were in.

I understood that people are raising false objections when it comes to their own relationship with God. An “I don’t have the time” or “I can’t do it right now” means a different thing. It’s actually a sad bitter question called “Why?” which derives in “Why am I poor”, “Why is it happening to me?”, “Why do good things happen to bad people?” and so on.
I had no answer. I thought, who are we to question God? It does come naturally to be angry for many things. But we are but creations and He is the Almighty. Job had many questions and he was a righteous man. But in the end He broke down and said: “I know my Redeemer lives”.

Pray with us for the people in Budesti to come to the realization that our Redeemer does live, He is the True God and in Him there’s eternal life.
And please consider these verses from psalm 37
“Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers!
For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.
Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.”

In Christ,
For the ECM team, Ana Vasile

Andreea helped an old lady cross the street the other day. Poor woman she was so lost that Andreea took her home.
As a thank you, the old lady invited her to have lunch with her sometimes. But as we do so many times we think people are just being nice and not really mean it when they invite us over.
Andreea thought about it and a few days later she went to this old lady’s apartment block, although she was not thinking she was still expected for lunch.

To her surprise, the woman was in the balcony, looking for … Andreea. So the two of them ended up being at the same table, in this old lady’s house. The place looked really dirty and the meal a bit off but Andreea was there as a witness for the King of Glory!
These are the people Christ calls. The poor and the needy, those who want to hunger for righteousness and for the Kingdom of God!

Pray for the nursing ministry and for the house calls!
-The nursing ministry department -

To be or not to be sick. Is that even the question?
Maybe we all know our Lord answers prayers. Ok, sometimes we doubt it. True! But it’s faith that leads us to wait for that answer whenever and however it would come. Do we have faith? Because that is the real question.

Cornelia is a seriously sick woman, with a bunch of heart, liver and other failures. She also had a dermatological problem on her legs. Basically her skin suffered a lot so she had wounds all over her legs.
Andreea and Lidia went there three times a day, helping her with just taking care of those wounds, feeding her, bathing her, taking her to the hospital and so much more. She was not aware of many things due to the drugs she was prescribed and possibly other things. Since she has no one in the family near her, there were a lot of phone calls from France to our nurses, just to check up on our sister Cornelia.
Now, back to answered prayers. She is almost healed now. Her condition did improve. You see, I might be accused of being proud of these nurses, but without them taking care of her constantly, this woman might have been dead by now. God has hers and our days numbered, only He knows when He will call each of us home.

Until then, Sister Cornelia feels much better. She has an aunt coming to stay with her for a few days.

All through the grace of our Lord!
Ana Popa

Brothers and sisters, this is a call to prayer! I know, just about our every report has this call in it! It’s the need of God’s answer in every situation that makes us ask for people to pray. I am sure that you have prayer requests as well, and as a team, we would be more than honored to talk to the Father about them.

But until you’ve send them to us, allow me to introduce you to a sister in faith where Andreea and Lidia –our nurses- go daily. Cornelia is a 78 years old sister in faith. She is now a widow and lives by herself. Her husband died last year.
As a couple, they use to be involved in distributing Bibles during communism days. This obviously brought about constant surveillance, persecution and ultimately, got their son killed by the secret police. Sad story but miraculously, strengthen the family’s faith. Every since she’s a widow, Cornelia’s health suffered a lot. Kidney and heart failure and doctors say, there might be Alzheimer developing.
Andreea met her a couple of years ago when she was such a strong woman in faith. But age, sorrow and poor health have weakened this lady. So she cried for help.
Andreea and Lidia went over to help her get home from the hospital a few weeks ago and every since they visit her daily. Lately, even up to 3 times a day. She really had them panic a few times as she just happens to forget things. Like having the stove turned on, with no flame on and the smell of gas spreading generously in her apartment. Or taking too many pills that she shouldn’t.

Perhaps this happens to many old people you know and you do understand why they need prayer. In their loneliness and maybe senile estate, they are vulnerable.

Please pray for Cornelia and for our nurses!
Thank you for your faithfulness,
Ana Popa

"I love the Lord because He hears my voice and my supplications…" (Psalm 116:1)
It was one of those days when you wake up in the morning and you certainly don’t feel a whole lot spiritual.
But, nevertheless, helping an old lady in need was amongst what she set her heart on for the day.

Andreea arrived to this old sister, called Ioana, just to answer to this woman’s need. Ioana cut her hand the previous night and had asked Andreea to come and look at the wound in the morning. And as many times before that, she over reacted in her fright of wounds and cuts and anything that involves pain.
Andreea examined the wound and she was relieved it wasn’t anything serious. So she cleaned it and put new band aid on. As she was preparing to leave, Ioana’s niece came around. Now, if you know any Romanian woman, you may have noticed that they do like to chat around for a while.
The talk was mostly about God and Andreea read psalm 116 to them and found herself testifying in front of these two women for about two hours. The way God fills one’s mind and heart and makes one speak is amazing!

Rejoice with us and be encouraged, He is at work, He never fails!
"Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live." (Psalm 116:2)

"I will not die, but live, And tell of the works of the LORD." Psalm 118:17 (N.A.S.B.)
On Thursday, the 3rd of June 2010, two of our nurses, Sandina and Andreea went down to a Christian foundation -who does social work- to help with a mini clinic there.

Here is what Sandina had to say: “Our short visit to this foundation some would say it’s accidentally, due to some American team being delayed. But the purpose of the ministry there is the same one as ours, in sector 4. They are helping and supporting throughout school poor children; after or before school programs and lunch in a family-like environment! We were sad to see that they have medical offices closed down.
But God has a purpose for that as well: volunteer teams like we were come and help from time to time. I felt we made a good contact.
I also felt the need to sing and praise the Lord for He is good and His loving-kindness is everlasting! “

We felt we were not alone in our ministry, God has His workers out there.
Praise God!

Lucianca is a village where some young people from a church in Bucharest go and serve God on a weekly basis. It was as well the location for a second mobile clinic. The mobile clinic was organized together with Pro-Life/Pro Vita clinic, in an old school where we had to bring benches and chairs. Perfect place for what we came there to accomplish.

We started to have people in the morning, around 10.00 and we thought we were going to have a full day. That’s because we had a pretty big team of doctors, residents and nurses. But it was a quiet clinic, only had about 30 patients.
It’s not the number of people we see, I think. It’s God’s work. We were happy to have them all.

What is desirable in a man is his kindness, proverbs 19:22 says. So, I figured, what’s not kindness it’s not desirable, obviously. The mayor and priest’s “kindness” made it that the people were not exactly thrilled to come to the clinic.

May the Lord have mercy on them.
Ana Popa

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