Though our hearts yearn to go back to Moldova, we know that God desires to accomplish different things in and through us during our furlough.
During the months of September and October, we visited our supporting churches in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New York, Canada, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, and South Carolina. We thank the Lord that we were able to stay in Grace Baptist Church’s prophet’s chamber as a “home away from home” for most of September as we visited supporting churches in that area of the country. You will probably hear us write this again in the future, but we have truly enjoyed visiting and reporting to our supporting churches. The churches have been very gracious and generous in their love offerings, which help cover travel expenses and will go towards us finishing our house to the point of being able to move in next year. We thank the Lord for how He supplies for our needs.
Though I cannot list every highlight over the past two months, I would like to mention a few. We had the privilege to be a part of New Life Baptist Church’s “Round-up Sunday,” which we thoroughly enjoyed. In addition to enjoying the western festivities, we also had the joy of meeting one of the visitors, Tatiana, who was adopted from Russia when she was ten years old. We did witness to her, and it was wonderful for us to speak to someone from our region of service. Pray for Tatiana’s salvation.
With the east coast cities being very multi-cultural, we were eager to meet someone from Moldova or Romania. We finally did meet a very sweet Romanian family while at Faith Baptist Church in Fredericksburg. After getting to talk with them in Romanian, Stephanie said she was feeling homesick for Moldova. While eating at a food court in Canada, my ears perked up when I heard a woman speaking Romanian with her son and mother. We went over to them, talked with them in Romanian, and were able to talk to them about Christ and leave them with a Gospel tract in Romanian.
We thank the Lord that we have seen several trust Christ after meetings we’ve had in churches. While at Valley Baptist Church in Coatesville, PA the pastor led a visiting lady to Christ after the service. While in Byron, MI, a young boy trusted Christ as Savior. God is still convicting hearts and drawing the lost to Christ.
Since we have been in the States, Stephanie has also had the privilege of speaking to three different church groups of ladies. This has been a wonderful opportunity for her to encourage ladies and share her experiences on the field.
Some events in life are bitter-sweet. Our visit to Paul Pelletier in Laval, Canada was as such. We rejoiced to see the fruit God has blessed through the labors of the Pelletiers. In the very multi-cultural area of Montreal, there is a body of believers that reflect that same diversity of the city. The church, started by missionaries now supports missionaries themselves. In the midst of rejoicing over what God is doing there in and through the church, our hearts were heavy for the Pelletier family over the battle Bro. Pelletier is having with cancer. We were humbled to see their faithfulness to the Lord and peaceful trust that they have in the Lord through this trial. We left our short time in Laval being reminded, through the church and the Pelletiers, that God is faithful. Please pray for their work to remain strong and for Bro. Pelletier’s healing and continued faithfulness.