Go Ye Fellowship in Romania: Annual Report 2000

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Go Ye Fellowship
in Romania

is determined to be the ministry of choice for people of integrity who desire to provide the youth of Romania with the grace of the Gospel and hope for a better tomorrow.

WHAT The education of the Romanian youth is our focus. We impart hope for this life and that to come
WHEN The urgency of our work is clear. We are primarily concerned with the present for these children are in risk of losing their future.
HOW If we cannot do what we do through relationships and with integrity, we will not do it.
WHY Our stance is clear and unmistakable. The reason for our work is the Glory of God.
WHERE Touching all of Southern Romania from centers in Timisoara and Curtea de Arges
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The Year of Our Lord 2000
Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2000

Valea Iasului Hospital

Summer school begun.
Christian Life classes start in public school.
(Possibly Romania's first.)
Computer classes start.


Work doubles in size.
New ministry started.

Community Education

Youth group & Bible study begun.
Computer classes double.


Missionary support network goes electronic.
Booklet published.
Romania's largest eAddress book is published for Christians



A Glimpse into Millennium 3

Italian Christians get new website.
AIDS education

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In May, I preached about the church at Antioch (Acts 11:20-30) and becoming known as God's people through the love we manifest for one another. It was another one of my series on Grace. The sermon was pretty well received even though I made some rather pointed statements, as I usually do.

There are a number of people who come from Repenter backgrounds and although they don't consider themselves as Repenters, they don't see them as a cult either. I asked the question, "For what are Repenters known?" The first thing that comes to people's minds is not "love" like it should if they were children of the God of Love. The dominant perceptions are "swindler", "non-smoker", "one who doesn't go to a disco." "Loving" would not be among the top 10 characteristics. The Repenters are the Pharisees of today's Romania and they try to fulfill the law, thinking that if they don't, they will lose their salvation. I said, if you want to fulfill the entire law, there is only way to do it, to believe in Christ and to LOVE.(Romans 13:1-10) Love is the first fruit listed in Galatians 5:22. I Corinthians 13:13 says that love is more important than faith or hope. Whereas many Repenters are afraid of God and teach that a wife should be afraid of her husband, I John 4:18 says "perfect love casts out fear." (After the sermon the wife of a church leader told me that there is nothing wrong if a husband beats his wife, "it is a family matter".) As you can see, there is a long way to go in bringing the Gospel to Arges, and I often feel like a voice crying in the wilderness, but the Lord's path is already made straight and I can rejoice that all things are possible through Him.

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Valea Iasului Hospital "What are you here for?"

Valea Iasului TB Hospital saw its first summer school begin.

These harsh words greeted Florin, a 10-year-old with olive-brown skin and a radiant smile. I responded to the school teacher, that he was there for his computer class and I set him down to work. The mother of a future Orthodox priest, her jaw literally dropped as he started typing. "He's not even looking at the screen! How long has he been studying?"

"This is his third hour," I responded.

"Do you think my son can learn?"

"How old is he?"


Her son became the first paying student in the computer classes. (See page...) (We would like to thank TypingMaster for the donation of software.)

Then Mariana, a 9-year-old, came in.

"And what do you do with her?"

"We are reading the Bible together."

"That's impossible, last year I held her back from advancing because she can't even speak."

As Mariana read the book, the teacher was amazed. A few days later, the school director came and told me that he wanted me to run continuing education seminars with the teachers. I told him that first he has to motivate their interest in improving because most people erect psychological walls when they know I am a foreigner. We have no secret technique. I have no teaching degree. The difference is God's grace which fills the Christian and makes us care about their education. It is the same motive that causes you to be involved in this ministry. The children get treated by the medical assistants (which are not employed by the school) in ways we consider unsuitable treatment for dogs. Their lives are filled with the women's shouting, tearing down their personal effects, and installing fear by whipping the ground with a whip. The nurse will discourage them by telling them "The computer will make you sick." One teacher made the comment, "Oh, now Oana has a brain?" Or in front of them, they will tell us, "Don't waste your time with Mariana, she's got a birth defect." We encourage the children instead of discourage them.

We worked with those who were the most delayed in development. They are the children at risk, poor, and orphaned. However, Aurelia and I are more than teachers. We are friends to many of them and even have fought for their right for personal decorations for the walls above their beds. I told the director, "If the medical assistants treat them like animals, they will act like animals."

God gave man His Word to be practiced so that we would have fruitful lives. Using His guidance we can change the lives of the children. We are often erroneously given the credit for His ideas.

Aurelia has heard comments that her girls are better behaved and I have noticed that there is no more fighting in our classes (although we have to deal with the occasional punch thrown). Her Christian development class is now officially in the curriculum, possibly the first one in a public school. (Praise God!) My computer class has been adopted as well. I'm now praying for someone to teach the computer class full-time in my place

.Christmas Party for HIV Positive Children

The work with children who are HIV-positive expanded into a second hospital this year, as the Louis Turcan Hospital began to benefit from our programs. Now, we have dozens of children rotating through the hospital to receive daily education, counseling, and Bible education. Often, in addition, we have the opportunity to serve them with medication, to bathe them, and to hold them accountable for personal hygiene.

When the Romanian government refused to pay for the medications for the children with more advanced cases of AIDS, Go Ye Fellowship supporters stepped in with over 70 bottles of Ritronovir, valued at close to $20,000. It was a beautiful act which demonstrates the love which God's people have for the less favored children of the world. With overhead costs under 2%, it was as efficient as it was effective.

AIDS work


Community Education Evangelistic English lessons have continued and the weekly group remains the size I prefer for one-on-one work, four to eight children. As Evangelistic English lessons bore fruit, we began a small youth group and bi-weekly Bible study with an average of three children attending. These children of Orthodox backgrounds have heard the Gospel and have had a chance to response. We will begin basic Christian studies. From here, we pray that, as school begins, word will spread and this group will grow to 4-8 children as well.

The Sunday evening worship service with older people from Repenter backgrounds has become a Bible study. The reasons reflected the group's needs and my talents. We are studying one of the basics of the Gospel (Hebrews 6:2), the laying on of hands. This is the third Bible study Gelu and I've started to minister to Repenters.

Introducing the Gospel and grace among them has not been easy. But, we have seen some fruit. To my knowledge, the only open pulpit in town is at the house church where I preach. They are skeptical at first, but generally receptive. Florin had a life-changing experience with grace and witnessed powerfully one Sunday of how God changed him from judgmental and legalistic to realizing the value he and others have in God's eyes. I praise God for the opportunity to present the Word of liberty to those 15 individuals.

Computer classes logged in success as we hired a summer worker, Gelu, to grow the work. Three students which graduated typing from classes in 1999 increased to eight this year. Two students have learned Microsoft Word and have moved on to the new Excel class. Our prayer is to find a Christian employee that has initiative, sales skills, and technical knowledge to expand this work and make it self-sustaining. A knowledge of the Gospel, capitalism, and computer are three rarities in Romania, but we know God is up to the challenge of locating the right person. It's just a matter of His timing.

Subject 1999 2000  
Typing 3 8  
Word 0 2  

Additionally, as described above, a branch laboratory was initiated at the tuberculosis hospital. There, a typing class has begun and a train-the-trainer program is scheduled in Word for next year. This will make computer classes available to orphans and the poorest of the poor from all of southern Romania.


In this last year of the millennium, we established the Missionary Assistance InterNetwork.
There are two branches to this work. 1. The eAddress Book and 2.WWW Best Practices Guide

Many have noticed the glaring lack of ethics in the Romanian churches but nobody has organized a movement to address this problem. Other networking efforts have not requested any type of ethical statement from those in their database. The eAddress Book was established with certain criteria. First, those in th-eBook must agree to follow Jesus Christ as the Lord of their lives. Secondly, they must accept that the Body of Christ includes believers in all denominations, including Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant. Although there is no policing of the groups yet to ensure that the participants adhere to these criteria, this is a seed that should give genuine believers a group of peers with whom to communicate more effectively. Over 100 missionaries are listed. While other groups seek a large listing, we are seeking ethical quality, so our objective is not to impress you with a large number of entries in the book.

The Best Practices guide is on the Internet at www.Liv-n-LetLiv.net/howdoyou.html . Four WebPages take some of the mystery out of some of the legal aspects of working in Romania. We have even been able to assist people with legal problems in the neighboring Republic of Moldova.

My vision and prayer for this program is to find another Christian worker to develop a policing arm for the eAddress Book and secondly, to train someone to take on the technical aspects of WWW work.

The children with AIDS to whom we minister daily stare the Grim Reaper in the face. We translated and published 100 copies of a booklet called "Daca trebuie sa mor, daca trebuie sa traiesc" addressing the emotional needs of children facing death. The booklet addresses the prospect of death and eternal life with the Lord. For them and for their parents, we have attached the Campus Crusade "Four Spiritual Laws" in Romanian in the back of the booklet.

Written Publications



Support $US Cash only
Excluding goods




General Ministry




Year-to-year Increase

  +77% +104%
Special Projects      
AIDS Medicine    


Romanian Family Assistance    


V.I. Hospital Evangelization  



V.I. Hospital Assistance  




GRAND TOTAL 9885 18,418 39,015

Year-to-year Increase

  +86% +112%
God has continued to bless the work here beyond anything that I could ask or imagine. A little less than a decade ago, in Bethlehem, PA, I sat in the living room of Dave Green who at the time was the DiscipleMakers staff member at Lehigh University. He was trying to convince me to become a faith missionary. I told him that it would be impossible for me to raise the support because of my mobile life up to that point. He couldn't convince me otherwise, so it took my first mission's sending me here and then closing up shop to put me in the position to try. This year, even without doing any fundraising, God brought us to 100% funding. What is more amazing is that I know virtually all of you so if it feels like we are family it's because we've known each other an average of 11 years. I don't have to deal with unethical donors like when we were supported by medical teams from the northwest.

God "owns the cattle on a thousand hills" (50th Psalm v.10) and has performed financial miracle after financial miracle so far. We continue to maintain the idea with which we launched the ministry: If we are faithful to Him, He will be faithful to us.(Matthew 6:33) However, we believe the greater the diversity of our donor base, the more resistant our ministry will be to changes in economic conditions. We are encouraged by the increase in donor participation, but we would like to see an increase in non-US donors. The decrease in non-US support this year was due to some donors leaving Europe for the US and because US donations increased more than non-US donations did. All those outside the US continued and mostly increased their support.


Diversity CY 1997 CY 1998 CY 1999 CY 2000 (Projected)
Number of donors (excluding special projects) 5 33 43 53
Percentage from 4 largest donors 100 43 38 37
Percentage from outside USA 0 3 6 3


  FY1998 FY1999 FY2000
Missionaries Supported 1 2 3
Short-term or part-time missionary-months 3 9 19
Total missionary-months 15 33 55
Year-to-year Increase   +120% +67%
Annual turnover in personnel 0 0 0
Growth in personnel has been extremely healthy. We have been able to integrate new people well. The short-term teams we have had have been mature people who have glorified the Lord in their work. The growth in new missionaries is lower than we would like because of a shortage of qualified Romanians. In September, we interviewed someone who impressed us. We may hire her in the new year. Also, there are a number of qualified people who are being trained in computers that might be good candidates for the open position. The difficulty has been in finding people who are interested in children, who have good ethics and initiative. We have been able to retain high-quality people because, we believe, we have selected them well, we provide competitive wages, and we allow them the freedom to develop their ministry based on the gifts God has given them. As a previous boss, Dave Jeffery modeled to me, "You fit jobs to people. You don't try to squeeze people into jobs." Clearly however, personnel turnover cannot stay this low indefinitely.
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A Glimpse into the Next Millennium

As if you are not already tired of hearing about Millennium 3, I'm going to present our projections for the future of Go Ye's ministry here in Romania. Our vision remains the same. We plan to realize it by assisting in:

  1. the introduction of the Gospel and Biblical ethics and
  2. the education of children in technology and capitalism.
In addition to what is established, the programs that we think fit into this vision are:
  • Subsequent to the end of the Fiscal Year, opened its portals to sell goods produced by Romanians. Soon, work will be completed on the website, an Italian Christian bookstore. We hope that these will become laboratories for children to learn the Internet, capitalism, and eCommerce.
  • I hope to promote website design among missionaries and have this become a cottage industry for an unemployed Romanian.
  • A series of articles on educating children should be finished and ready for publication in a Romanian journal.
  • We hope to begin educating the parents of children with AIDS and adults with AIDS about their rights, treatment options, and apply the Gospel to their needs through Christian social work.

Millennium 3 will have its challenges and opportunities. Through God we can make the best of both. We thank you for your participation in this ministry. It is an exciting era.

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