Ani is the wife of Ion Tomeci, an evangelist in Timisoara, Romania. They are members of Providenta Church.
God is so good, and He works in a wonderful way!
We have been holding a Bible study group every Friday night in a home. This environment encouraged the growth of those that were new in Christ, and it was a good opportunity for them to invest in each others’ lives. Our hope has been that every girl would come to know Christ better and learn to be a good testimony to those around them. We must pray and use the relationships with the people around us! After we finished our first Bible study, I started to meet and disciple with three of them.
Here are a few brief accounts of how the Lord has been working in the lives of some of the women here.
Ever since she was little, Otilia has always had a desire to seek God. Her mother (who speaks Hungarian) used to visit the Hungarian Evangelical Church sometimes. Otilia wanted to go there to see how it was, but she does not understand the language. So, her mother heard about our church and told Otilia about it. Her father is an “Orthodox atheist” (what she calls him). One Sunday, Otilia wanted to come to Providenta Church, but her father did not agree with this, so she told him she was visiting her grandmother. Her mother Ana took Otilia to church and then to her grandmother’s. She has been attending regularly ever since!
Otilia is an introvert and was a very isolated person when I first met her; however, after I started spending time with her, this changed. Her mother has told me: “Sister Ani, I have been with Otilia to so many psychologists and psychiatrists, but I never saw any change in her life; but since she has been meeting with you, she is another person! She has completely changed. She does not stay alone in her room anymore, and she tells me all the time that she has come to the study or to meet with you!” God and His Word changed her! Praise Him! I have worked with her––she is one of the three I have been discipling––and have seen great progress and growth in her. Ana and Otilia were both baptized in September!
Madalina’s conversion to God got her in trouble with her family. Her parents are very dominant. They even took her to a priest to be “set free” from our influence. They even came to a prayer meeting at the church to tell us to leave Madalina alone. We tried to explain to them the relationship that we have with her, but they were very angry and did not want to listen to us. They tried to force Madalina to stop coming to our meetings, but she keeps saying: “It is more important for me to obey God than to obey other people.” Please pray for Madalina! She is a precious girl to us, and we are happy about her sacrifice to follow Christ. I meet with her almost every week for Bible study.
Diana is a married lady, and her heart is crying out to the Lord. She used to attend a Jehovah’s Witness church in Italy for eight years. Her husband Alin did not like the group, so he would not let her be baptized there. When they came back to Romania from Italy, they moved to Sfântu Gheorghe because of Alin’s job. Diana comes to Brasov for classes at the university once a week, which is how I met her. She has shown a great desire to be close to the Lord, and she also wants her husband to love the Lord. She is very dedicated and determined to follow Him. She was baptized on September 6th, 2015.
My husband and I meet with her and her husband regularly. Diana has been a great Christian example for Alin. He is a meek man, and this is an encouragement to her. He started coming to the church with her, and now they are both attending faithfully. He reads the Bible and speaks a lot about the way in which he understands what he reads. Pray for Alin––he is not far from the Kingdom of God!
Last year I met and started collaborating with Sister Tatiana Deleu from Negresti Baptist Church in order to start a women’s ministry for Uncesti, a village of two hundred people. Due to the poverty level in Uncesti, people cannot find jobs easily; therefore, almost everyone there works in agriculture. The harsh living conditions and the lack of money have driven many men to become alcoholics, to abuse their wives and children, to steal, and ultimately to end up in jail. The wives of these men are left at home with their children, needing to work in the fields alone. Together with my husband, we visited Sister Tatiana, who had started a work of ministry with children of Uncesti. I encouraged her to start meeting with the women as well and to have a Bible study with the mothers of the children who were coming to her house. We prepared a meeting with a few women and showed them the Bible study.
Eventually, these women started to come to the meetings regularly and began to go to church on Sundays. Some even brought their husbands with them! I keep in touch with Sister Tatiana about every two weeks, and I pray and encourage her in the ministry, and occasionally I am able to visit her and attend her Bible study group.
Ligia and Livia
Every week, I meet with two young wives: Ligia and Livia. We consider together how we can be wives after God’s own heart. We are currently studying the book What Is It Like to Be Married to Me? by Linda Dillow. Ligia’s father died when she was little, and her mother brought up all ten of her children alone. It obviously was not easy, but she worked hard to keep her children near God. Ligia has some health problems, and she cannot have children yet. She is a fighter, but very sensitive at the same time. She loves God, and she needs to be encouraged! Livia also grew up without a father and was raised with her five siblings by her mother. My husband and I also meet with these two young ladies and their husbands for a study for families.