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Go Ye Fellowship in southcentral Europe
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.
|The education of the Romanian youth and Italians is our focus. We impart hope for this life and that to come|
|The urgency of our work is clear. We are primarily concerned with the present for these children are in risk of losing their future.|
|If we cannot do what we do through relationships and with integrity, we will not do it.|
|Our stance is clear and unmistakable. The reason for our work is the Glory of God.|
|Touching Vicenza, Italy and Southern Romania from centers in Timisoara and Curtea de Arges|
The Year of Our Lord 2002
Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2002
HIV Anonymous: Romania and Italy
The year of our Lord 2002 was a year when ethics became
the headline of the business news as big corporations like Enron
and Global Crossing made fools of investors with their greed and
deceit. As long-time visitors to Liv-n-LetLiv.net can tell
you, one of my first pages, 6 years ago was about my experiences with such problems
at the University of Michigan. Many people had told me
that being so vocal would destroy my chances at getting a job if
I ever sought one in the civilian world. I never doubted that
they were right, but at least now many others have joined me in the call
for action. There has never been a time more
ripe for the message of the life-changing power of Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, God's people have not been the big whistleblowers
and "Christian" is not synonymous with ethics. In fact, this was
the year that allegations ran wild that many Roman Catholic priests
were involved in ethical misconduct with minors. In Romania, the
perceptions are the same. Whereas there are 1860 sites listed
by Google in Romanian for "ethics", only 7 are listed for "Christian
Yet, you'll find www.liv-n-letliv.net listed first among "ethical missionaries." In a
world of 'whatever,' we say that "whatever" doesn't work when it comes to
life. Loving Christ with all your heart is the faith necessary to open
God's graceful gift of Kingdom life. (Luke 9:23-24) This love
for God will be manifested in your life by loving others. (I John
Radu and Iustin seem among those who have made such decisions as
many areas of their lives have been impacted by the Savior. Both
are doing well in school and Radu is an excellent musician and tennis
player trying to witness for the Lord. Having picked up my bug
for lifting weights, these youth have been caring for the Temple of
God. These youth are truly loving God with all their hearts,
minds, and strength.
As the director of the
library on the Internet, I keep abreast on the latest thinking
the ranks of the Romanian churches. Fifty-two people responded
to a survey of how salvation is obtained. (In this survey,
35% were Repenter, 28% Orthodox, 18% Protestant, and 14% Catholic.
n=70) Of the Romanians who visited and responded to the survey,
48% affirmed that one is saved by faith. Most American missionaries
get taught that the Orthodox believe that you are saved when you are
baptized as a child or by works. Less than 10% fit the first
stereotype and less than 25% the second. The Repenters seem to
know the plan of salvation no better--with between 20-25% thinking
that it depends on a work like baptism. Possible factors that might
inaccuracies in our sample: the people who frequent the
are not your average Romanians but are probably better
educated, more convicted Christians, and those who have learned quite
a bit from our library ministry.
As you have been hearing regularly, the Repenter churches are mostly
with little understanding of the Gospel of grace. Virtually
untouched by the Protestant Reformation, Romanians have little motivation
to work with quality or improve their lives, and intellectual capital is low and
Over the past few years, we have been focusing on an humanitarian
work which included a community development effort. The UNDP
and the Markle Foundation urged in their article Creating a
Dynamic "countries to ...sell high-tech products and handmade
crafts on the global market" like we have started doing at the Romanian
was reopened and grew this year.
Taking up the cross of Christ seems like folly to Romanians as much as Paul sensed it did to the world of his time. "Why give up love for the world?" "If you don't pursue money, how will you escape poverty." "If I follow Christ, I will have to give up my Repenter friends." All these are expressions of dismay I have heard at the apparent folly of the cross. "Yes," I tell them, "all these things are true, but it is the step God calls us to take." (I John 1:15-16) Our stance for Christian character is highly visible, so much so that we have made even Christian missionaries and supporters uncomfortable. One of our stuggles this year was inour marriage process which you will read below. I got pretty vocal with some of the clergy for the low value they seem to place on the wedding ceremony in Romania. Standing up for the family has cost us financial support also. When I counselled someone that his struggle with lust was not a valid reason to break up his family of five, he told me that he would no longer be supporting our work. However, I still refuse to compromise for financial gain.
"The [UNDP/Markle] plan recommends poorer
countries adopt new policies
in five areas: technology infrastructure, human skill
entrepreneurship, government policy and the creation of local
Web content." It was good to see that such a prestigious agency
agreed with the assessment of a lowly Boston U MBA like myself. (-;
Three of these five are already areas of our ministry here.
As one of our graduates, Iustin has already begun earning money surfing
for Christian content for the www.iBiblioteca.ro
which became the largest Romanian Christian library on the
My goal when coming to Romania was to use my education to develop
an entrepreneurship program where I train the trainers to teach
children how to develop the technology
However, the lack of suitable and interested teachers has caused
us to eliminate the community computer training program. Instead,
we have increased our focus on the poorest children of next generation
who are in the tuberculosis hospital. Here, our labors have been
much more fruitful. We will consider resuming community
if we find the human and financial resources to do so. We are
praying for and seeking a church planter, a computer person, and
a businessman, all with a talent in teaching.
Rathna, the latest member of our team
arrived from India in July. Taking
a note from the Apostles, he sold everything he had to finance
the trip. He works great with kids and is a real pleasure to be
around, so he will be a valued member of the team. Beyond that,
this was momentous
for Go Ye because they started out sending missionaries to China and India and 50 years later, an Indian serves in Romania. It is a bit momentous for our group as we will be four ministers from four countries. Linda Chamberlain writes of the following benefits of multicultural ministries. 1. You clearly demonstrate that Jesus is not an "American" thing but He is for all nationalities. 2. You have a wider prayer platform. 3. Different people bring different gifts and perspectives. 4. The spiritual becomes distinctive from the cultural and you refine your beliefs. ("Multicultural by choice".
(EMQ October 2001 p. 498)
Please pray for Rathna and for all
these benefits to come to our
group and to the community in Romania. We are focused on education
and Rathna is a social worker who fits well in the mission statement.
He has been teaching the preschoolers until his language skills
are developed enough.
According to Porter and Kramer, organizations
like us who focus on developing
children are few in comparison to those who just hand out grants
"for assorted worthy purposes, spreading their resources too thin,
and worst of all, failing to try seriously to measure how much social
bang for the buck they are getting." (See "Philanthropy's New
Agenda: Creating Value". Harvard Business Review.
1999.) I have always been conscientious of the cost effectiveness
of our programs and benchmarking quality. (Learning TQM in the
Army, I was one of its advocates at the University of Michigan.) A
suitable benchmark for our child development programs is the US
Head Start program. Below, I
have the pleasure of letting you see how we compare.
God is prevailing and touching lives. Upon
leaving long-term, one gets an honest sense of how much one is
Ionel was so distraught with the thought that he got drunk.
that is not something I encourage, as a non-believer that was the
only way he knew to handle his emotions.) When Aurelia told our
neighbor that things had changed (I had not gotten the Italian visa
to me) and we bought my apartment, she cried tears of joy for that meant
our trip to Italy was not permanent as we had all understood was God's
plan for us. Despite her poverty, she gave us some beautiful
wedding gifts. (You can buy some of her needlepoint or crochet
work at the vEmporium.
) Iustin's father spent one evening with us the week before
we left for our shortened trip to Italy. Embracing me with
tears in his eyes, he said, "Iustin is your son, not mine.
Yes, I fathered him, but you made him who he is today.
of your classes in computers and English, he has work and a future."
Some groups here bring a film, some goodies, and a religion where
they claim ownership of your life. If you do not comply with their
religious convictions, they slander you and try to run you out of town.
Groups from among the Fratii denomination have expelled
people because they believed that women should be free to be guided
by the Holy Spirit over whether or not to wear a head covering. One
missionary, who had evidently seen too many John Wayne movies, even
told me "Curtea de Arges is too small for the both of us" and with an
Anglican priest tried to slander us to drive us out of town. Rathna
has had his fill of Repenters criticizing him for singing at a restaurant
and wearing a chain his parents gave him. (Granted, these extreme cases
do not reflect most of the people in the groups any more than Osama Bin
Laden represents followers of Islam.) However, these are, indeed, frequent
problems that provide a contrasting background for our focus on love and
The legalism of the Repenters causes
disruption in the society. Their
followers usually don't go to Orthodox weddings, restaurants,
discos, or feasts to honor deceased relatives of their neighbors.
Gretchen Saalbach, a missionary friend with IFES suggested
to a Fratii group that they hold a Jesus party with music and food
so that the youth could develop relationships with their schoolmates.
They were appauled at the thought. Much like people in any
other culture, they remove themselves from the world instead of removing
the world from them. By focusing on the basics of Christianity common
to all denominations, as Jesus did, we are welcome everywhere except among
the pharisees. Bottom line: Reading this report will
give you an idea of what you would see if you could be here: We
are bringing a life-relationship with Jesus not just a new theology.
We feel so privileged to have so many
like-minded people still supporting us in our devotion to promoting
grace and love as God demonstrated so well when He sent us His Son to permit
us entrance into His Kingdom.
While living in Italy from 1986 through 1990, I noticed that the Christian landscape was dominated by the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) with a small number of legalistic groups to add spice. The RCC emphasizes works for salvation and the other groups require certain platitudes in order for you to be accepted: wearing a head covering, not wearing a cross, being baptized a certain way. In few of the groups I saw were the essentials of Christianity (love and personal purity) high priorities. The soil was indeed hard and people rather disinterested, but the Gospel they were given was a stone to swallow instead of bread to nourish.
Now: A group called the "Popolo di Dio" is stressing the essentials of Christianity and experiencing the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in very relational ways. Thousands of Italians have come to Christ and have a life that demonstrates it. God is moving! A revival has begun in Italy, with thousands coming to know Jesus in a personal way. Take the Vicenza group as an example. It is one of the first that Cristina started. Yet, even there, over 90% of the group have become Christians in the past 3 years. Some are now reading the Bible for the first time in their lives. As a result, there is a great need for teaching.
How difficult this verse is for many of us missionaries to understand or practice! So many are accustomed or trained to think "The Baptists are Christian but the Pentecostals aren't." "It is OK to work with the Catholics but not with the Presbyterians." "It is fine to bring to light the weaknesses of the Orthodox, but not those of the Evangelicals." We are tempted to think that the Kingdom of God follows denominational lines. Being from an ecumenical and Evangelical Presbyterian background, I don't understand this and often step on denominationalist toes. I believe that there are members of the Kingdom in each denomination and, yes, even outside the church walls. It is my job to minister to anyone in any denomination who has ears to hear. Just like in Jesus' era, often the men of the cloth are most plagued by presbycusis (inability to hear high frequencies) and the "sinner" is the most receptive.
The believers at the Hospitality House of Vicenza,
Italy, and I have had a relationship that has gone back 15 years
to when I was stationed there as an Army captain. One week, we had
Gary Bradley, a Navigator missionary, make the point even more
Absolutely no county in the US is seeing a net growth in attendees
of Christian churches. I don't know if that was percentage-wise
or numerical, but that was a strong statement, nevertheless.
Clearly, we are not reaching the lost but church-shuffling.
He called those present to radically rethink
their missiology. I would
venture to bet that this is true in Italy and Romania also.
This is what we are doing in Italy and Romania. Not taking the traditional approach, God's People are using lifestyle and experiencing God to bring the Gospel to others. It is ecumenical and outside the bounds of denominations, which makes many people nervous, but it is clear that the Kingdom of God is in the midst of us for lives are being changed.
While I was gone, due to not having a visa permit to stay, some of the group had started talking to a Franciscan monk who put some pantheistic ideas in their heads. When I asked them why they started going to the Franciscan, one said, "While you were gone, there was nobody else to teach us, so we had to find someone." The thrust of my Bible studies during this time were focused on rebuilding the Biblical foundation and shoring it up against New Age theology. Alberto, who is from a Baptist background, forewarned me that it will not be popular with many people who follow Jesus as "one of the ways". Please pray for three things
After my heart breaking over the needs of God's People in Vicenza, the
most difficult part of Aurelia's and my life is putting aside
our devotion to God and His work to look out for each other and
As our premarital counsellor advocated to me, it is a time to put
away the selflessness of single life. If I don't take care of
myself, I clearly will fail to provide for my family. All the
things that God has been working in my life will now be reworked!
about stress! The first thing that has to go is Paul's and my
that "to die is gain." I must take care of myself, physically
and mentally. I must start taking time out. Next year,
I hope to take a vacation with Aurelia--our honeymoon.
You are part of my support team. I'm totally convinced that I have the most godly and supportive friends in the whole world. It was GREAT in October seeing so many who have been friends for so long. Aurelia was very impressed if not intimidated by the cultural and educational levels of them all. She enjoyed sharing fellowship with true Protestant Christians after seeing so many legalistic groups and borderline cults around us in Romania. The difference impressed her and gave her an appetite for more. She has been witnessing to everyone now--she is on fire and encourages me now!!! Hearing her tell her testimony was a real blessing for me. I hadn't known that she considered that I brought her to know the Lord and she testified to her best friends that God had used me to change her from being "very egotistical". A distinctive of our work is love and integrity from a personal relationship with God instead of legalism. Don't think I'm fooling myself, I don't expect the legalists to get the message as they didn't get Jesus' message.
After four years of dating and waiting, Aurelia and I got
married on May 30, with the church ceremony following. To see
more wedding pictures, click here.
In Romania, the church has turned over marriage rights to the state.
They won't marry you in the church before you are married by
the state. For me, that was a serious sell-out of the institution
of marriage which God ordained, yet the non-Orthodox give the
to the State. A missionary here points out that the Orthodox
get around this by believing that in this Orthodox country, the state
is the church, but that is another discussion. Despite the
importance they give to the church wedding, with family already on their
way it was too late to move the ceremony to another country.
Our pre-marital counselors were many, some who did not have commitment
to follow through on their promise and one who was too close to me to
be objective. Finally with Sandy Wilson did a great
job and remained committed until the end. That end was later than expected
as the US visa promised in 90 days took a year. (Who said our government
could count anyway?) The supposed one-day visa pickup at the embassy
became a two-week process. Finally all the church and US government
beaurocracy was completed and we were supposed to
fly there September 12th--plans interrupted by Bin
Each time was like someone took a scalpel to my heart. The scar
tissue that developed made me begin to not feel anything or care about
it all. For any man this is a trial, for if you reading this are
a woman, you know that for a 37 year-old woman this was a nightmare.
I don' t know how many times over the period Aurelia told me, "It's
not worth it, I already don't want any more." Yet, she was quite
the soldier patient to negotiate around all the landmines set by the
evil forces through Repenter churches, terrorists, and our own
I Corinthians 10:13 implies that the more one matures, the more God
will test him. Clearly, we have grown tremendously. One
way that I have grown is in prayer. Marriage has sure helped
me be "constantly in prayer" as Paul recommended. (I Thessalonians
During the marriage preparations and now during marriage, I have become
impressed with the schooling that the Moldovans had under
The difference in refinement and education between Aurelia,
who went away to high school, and many others who had "normal"
under communism convinces me that she knows what it takes to make
a real difference in the lives of the impoverished children who make
the TB hospital their home. I see more than ever that Aurelia has
some of the experience necessary to meet the challenge ahead.
Undoing this Christian training has been the most
difficult for us (as likely is for most newlyweds). Like
any Christian single, I have spent a score of years serving those
who can't repay me--the refugee, the persecuted, the poor, the orphan, the AIDS
child, .... For a month starting in August, I found myself
home-bound, serving Aurelia who was often bed-ridden with a spinal
inflammation due to an old dancing injury. How I struggled
with this!!! I felt so selfish helping her knowing that she
would be able to repay me when so many Romanians were in need .
...and people told me that marriage was supposed to make me
selfish! Another change: The salary raising that
seemed so selfish to me has now become a way that I as a man must
provide for (and express my love for) my wife. Financial support
is a major concern now, for I have a duty to my family. Spiritual
maturity in marriage seems to be a different path than one in celebacy.
That may be the only way I have come closer to God so far, but that
is a start and I wouldn't trade marriage to Aurelia for anything in
In my training to become an emergency medical technician, one of the first things I learned is "do not become a casualty yourself." Our marriage counselor encouraged me to focus more on what I like to do instead of my habit of doing what needs to be done. This should decrease the likelihood of burnout. This coincided with my boss's advice to get into a supportive environment. God guided each of us that I should have time in a culture where I would have the support of Christian peers and take a year from projects to devote to relationships with my wife and others like the Scriptures advocate. Armed with what I thought to be God's clear guidance and will I went to America to get the visa the embassy said was available to me. God disagreed with what people had believed they heard from Him and I returned empty handed and the ministry about a thousand dollars poorer. This violated my faith that God guides His Church and I got very confused. But my foundation in Jesus the Rock was strong enough that I could carry on unwavering and curse was turned to blessing, as God did much more this year than any of us could have hoped.
The following is the proposal I made
to supporters last year and the way God fulfilled it.
1 year of sabbatical with the following objectives:
Legend: Fulfilled, partially fulfilled, unfulfilled
|1. rest and focus on relationships: Aurelia, others of God's People (Deuteronomy 24:5)||God increased stress as He permitted the denial of the visa. Rest will have to come later but relationships have continued to be my focus|
|2. being on a supportive team||
|3. Bible study: leading a study in the church in Italy and taking the Perspectives in Missions course||The Bible study started in September but the Perspectives in Missions course was postponed for financial reasons. Hopefully it will occur next year.|
|4. focus more on publishing my articles in Romania.||Articles have been accepted for publication in 2003.|
|5. Inspire a world vision, partnering Italian churches with Romanian ministries.||The Evangelical church in Trento, Italy financed the repairs to the hospital bathroom.|
|6. Move the Casa Biblica to become more recognized on the Internet.||The Casa Biblica site is the #1 Italian bookstore on all the major search engines.|
|7. Repair a bathroom at the TB hospital.||Done. See the results here.|
|8. through a partnership with Greater Europe Mission, to continue the work with AIDS children.||Done. Read about Erika's work here.|
|9. through a partnership with the AoG, to continue the work at the TB hospital.||Rathna, Gail and Gary continue the work in our absence.|
|10. continue to expand the Internet work.||Done. Read about it here.|
|11. publish a series of articles on child development.||They were accepted for publication next year.|
1/4 of our ministry is still to children with AIDS in Romania.
1/2 of our ministry is to orphans
We are still motivating people to missions.
I (sorry, WE) still depend on your prayer, encouragement, and financial support.
I still focus on teaching the basics of Christianity and have increasingly have developed a team of local partners. It is good to work in a prospering Christian movement with adults who are seeking after the Lord.
1. Anchor the Popolo (Vicenza, Italy) in God's Word
2. Partner Italian churches with churches around the world, including the work we have been doing in Romania.
3. The work with AIDS children will continue with our support and the supervision and partnership of Greater Europe Mission.
Researchers Andresen and McNamara from my alma mater, Boston University, have found that if you were spiritual and you had intact or good frontal lobe function, you were better off in terms of overall health. What this showed us is that stimulation of the frontal lobes by being religious may provide protection from the worst aspects of illness and might even have an impact on buiding up the immune system."(Bostonia. Spring 2001, p. 36) This shows that the work we are doing not only prepares the children for the hereafter but helps heal these sick children. Perhaps this is why I have had only one sick day in my entire career.
The John Templeton Foundation
surveyed American consumers and found that 54% "want doctors to
get training on incorporating patients' spiritual needs
in their treatment plan."(Health and Healthcare
February 1999, p. 84) That number is probably higher
in a culture like Romania's where the church is linked to the state.
This means that we are working where we are wanted,
not forcing or buying our way in.
Erika's work continues in two hospitals in Timisoara. She has started counselling the parents as well. We expect that developing a Romanian "HIV Anonymous" website to support HIV patients will develop some synergy. Developing our partnership with HIV Anonymous may yield some good literature also.
that is central to our work is preparing children in
to live lives that will be pleasing to Heaven and productive
on earth. The orphans and poor children at Valea Iasului
Hospital are given a chance that they wouldn't have
In Romania among the poor and homeless, the most wide-spread disease is TB with an increase of 130% over last year. This is heartbreaking. Even sadder the poverty is that most are waiting for some miraculous intervention to change their fate instead of believing that they can do it themselves. Instead, just as there is an infatuation with the lottery, Romanians await their number to come up via a foreign benefactor like foreign capital or entry into the European Union to instantly bring prosperity.
Technology companies talk about intellectual capital being necessary for their success in business. A country can be rich in resources, but the most important kind for any country are intellectual resources--the knowledge and wisdom of how to effectively use their other resources. In November 2001, the Assistant Minister of Education was on a talk-show called Tuca on Antena 1. Romanians have more than their share of scholastic olympians but the minister said that the average Romanian child today are taught only half as much as their parents were. Outside of the major cities, this is a severe deficit here.
"There has been an alarming decline in school enrollment rates in Romania since 1992. According to statistics published by the Romanian government, more than 400,000 children have abandoned school in the past eight years. Enrollment in secondary school (grades 5 to 8) dropped 20 % in that period - with no corresponding decrease in population. Contrary to the belief that the state education is free, there are significant hidden costs (textbooks, notebooks, warm clothing, uniforms, boots, meals, fees for classroom materials) that make it difficult or impossible for low-income families to send their children to school. Studies suggest that economic pressure on families is one of the most significant factors in the decline in enrollment rates, and gypsy children are disproportionately affected by it. Under Romania law, children who have been out of school for two years or more are legally barred from reentry. The number of children who no longer have access to education in Romania is staggering." (Report from "Back to School" organization in Romania)
Poverty keeps parents from buying school materials. That is why you helped us provide hundreds of notebooks and pens to the poorest of the poor and the orphaned children at this TB hospital.
As reported by InfoBeat, the UN Development Program published an 86-page in July 2001 stating that the "Internet could raise living standards. Poorer countries can raise their living standards by changing laws, building technology infrastructure and training workers to use the Internet." We have taken notice and have maintained our computer applications classes at Valea Iasului.
Aurelia continued to work with Oana (now 10 years old) developing her reading comprehension, building on the reading foundation we developed prior years. After we started with her when she didn't know her alphabet last year, Oana is one of the best children in class now. Thus, instead of being lost, bored, and disruptive, she is now well-mannered enough not to get thrown out of class. This should enable her to become less needing of private attention. This is in conformance with studies that show "a strong link between the literacy skills children possess upon entering kindergarten and their subsequent school performance." (Wilson Quarterly, op. cit)
Mariana continues to grow and develop at home. With Mariana gone, Aurelia has turned her attention to Manole, another child we have known for the several years he's been in the hospital. Like Oana, he has needed help also with reading comprehension. Additionally, Aurelia taught Cristina an 11-year-old child with no mother. She can't read and has a problem pronouncing r's. She had to learn 'L' from Aurelia. I'm proud what Aurelia has taught Oana as she reads better than Cristina despite being 2 years younger. If we get to continue with her, we should be able to bring her up to normal.
Rodica built upon her numerical knowledge to add the next 50 numbers to her repertoire. We also have taught her how to read.
Apathy was prevalent among the 80 children at the TB hospital, until we started rewarding them for achievement each semester. Now, they literally claw their way over each other to be chosen for tutoring and cry when they can't get instruction but every 3-4 days. The change in virtually all the children is remarkable. The Education Director has commented that there is less vandalism now confirming that in Romania, just as in America, "studies reveal a link between student reading difficulties and other problems, such as dropping out or committing crimes." ("The Magic of Head Start" Wilson Quarterly Autumn 2001, p. 107)
"It's hard to find a
federal program more popular than Head Start." starts the article,
"enjoy[ing] bipartisan favor, with its budget quadrupling
to $6.2 billion." However, "The jury is still out on Head Start['s
effectiveness]" (Currie J Journal of Economic
Spring 2001) "The average child attending Head Start now 'exits
that program in the summer before kindergarten being able to name
only one--yes, one--letter of the alphabet.'" (Whitehurst
Summer 2001) Well, in this annual report you see that the work
we are doing with your help here is much more effective and
The cost of Head Start
is $7700 per child. Even if Aurelia had no other ministries
in the community in Romania and Italy, the annual cost
per child for the same results through our ministry is $1700.
Your donation to Go Ye Fellowship in Romania goes 4 times
farther than your tax dollar. Most foundations give only
5.5% to charity, (ibid.) while over 90% of the dollars given to
Go Ye for work in foreign countries gets sent there.
In additional to our development
programs, this fiscal year we conducted a construction project to rennovate
the bathroom of the hospital. It
Rathna's work with the nursery school children has been of vital importance to their future lives. A National Institute of Health study has found a link between "child aggressiveness and day care - The more hours that toddlers spend in child care, the more likely they are to turn out aggressive, disobedient and defiant by the time they are in kindergarten." (http://www.srcd.org/pp1.html) In the hospitals where we work, the children spend not 8 hours but thrice that. We need someone with a degree in education to come work full-time. Please pray for this person to arrive quickly.
Whenever you leave anywhere, you really get a sense for how you are appreciated. People figure that they no longer have anything to gain from being nice to you, thus they will be blatantly honest. A long-time friend, Costel, really let his feelings show when I was leaving Romania for this trip to Italy. "Iustin is your son, not mine. Yes, I fathered him, but you made him into the young man he is today. You taught him the computer and now he is sought after to do all kinds of work. He has a future now. I'm not his father, really. You are." Thanks to the ministry we are doing here together, Iustin, and others have a bright future.
Our community education includes the following programs:
Any way I can serve these children is great. The Bible classes are getting too popular to hold them in the warm kitchen so I have to have the children wear coats in the living room where it is hardly 50 degrees. (With the repairs we finished in the Spring, next year should be much more comfortable.) Stellian and Valy are two new children with whom I've been sharing the Gospel. I don't think they are Christian although Stellian claims to be and has decent behaviour to show for it.
With the youth, we finished our studies of the Wonderful Spirit-Filled Life by Charles Stanley and The Mind of Christ. These books focus on the inside of the soul, believing that once the inside is changed, the outside will conform. I believe it is a much better model than trying to get outward conformity first.
God's answer to our prayer for a Christian employee with initiative, sales skills, and technical knowledge to expand this work and make it self-sustaining has not yet been answered as we hoped. As we wrote in our annual report last year, a knowledge of the Gospel, capitalism, and computer are three rarities in Romania. We have turned our focus to Italy and America, hoping that God will send messengers.
programmed Bible passages in Romanian into the typing program
so that typing students get exposed to the Gospel. I made
it available for free on the web. The
web work goes well.
In the area of medical assistance, I found out through the American Hospital Association that the medicines they were using were harmful to the liver. The medicines are used in the US but only as a last resort. Last I heard, they were going to adjust their practice here also.
In 2001, Liv-n-LetLiv.net rose to first for "Christian humanitarian in Romania" and this year we attained that status for "missionaries Romania". This has enabled people to find out about our work and join in our Campaign of Grace.
The Casa Biblica Internet bookstore is now among the top 5 Italian Christian online bookstores.
Christian Management Report published "Discerning
Justice", an article I coauthored with a former supervisor,
Dave Jeffery in their October 2001 issue.
You can download
it in .pdf form or see page 27 of the magazine.
It outlines some of the things I learned in my career regarding
the vital importance of a manager to be fair to his
It will give you an idea of my management technique.
Then, in January 2002, they published the second article
in the series, "Justice in the
Here is where I get to present our projections for the future of Go Ye's ministry here in southcentral Europe. Our vision narrowed from the removal of our community computer education program but has widened to incorporate Italy. I will break down our plan into those two countries.
2003 will have its challenges and opportunities. Through God we can make the best of both. Aurelia, Erika and I join all the children in thanking you for your participation in this ministry. It is an exciting era .
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