by Constantin Gheoanca
Constantin, known as Costel to his friends and fellow workers, is a church planter in Bucharest, the capital city of Romania. He recently planted Adonai Church of Bucharest and is serving as its pastor. He is married and has two children. Costel speaks English very well and is an excellent translator. He has a great gift for sharing the gospel with the people of Bucharest. The following is his most recent update.
Dear brothers: It is time to give again a testimony about God’s grace in Adonai Baptist Church of Bucharest. The Lord worked mightily among us this month, strengthening the believers in their spiritual life and offering the good news of salvation to those who are lost.
First of all, I want to mention the HeartCry Conferences in Bucharest and Brasov. Our church was directly involved in organizing the Bucharest conference. It took some effort and prayer to prepare everything, but it really proved to be such a blessing from God. Brothers Charles Leiter and Mike Morrow explained the Word of God for us with much clarity and in the power of the Holy Spirit. We had three days of sound teaching from Scripture. There were about 120 people attending this conference, and although most of them were believers, I know that people who do not know God personally came as well. Our church members were very encouraged by the messages they heard, and I am very thankful to God to you all who made this time of spiritual refreshment possible.
The HeartCry Conference in Brasov was a great blessing for us as well. Cristina, my wife, went for the first time and spoke to me about it for days after the event. It had a profound impact on our lives, and we have been encouraged to live holy lives for God, our Creator and Redeemer. We returned to Bucharest with more courage and hope in God’s wisdom and became even more involved in personal evangelism. We want to tell people about the work that God accomplished at the Cross. Again, thank you for making our participation at this conference possible. One of the things that I appreciate very much about HeartCry is that they have a two-fold focus – sharing the gospel and strengthening believers. Glory to God!
We had a very special meeting on Thursday evening in our home. This was a time when we shared testimonies about the work of God in our lives, sang songs, and took the Lord’s Supper. We experienced the work of the Holy Spirit touching our hearts and filling them with love for Christ, our Savior. I could sense this touch of the Spirit even in the days that followed. Our church members became more dedicated to God, and even during the worship time I noticed more love and dedication. For me, this was like a preview of what the Holy Spirit can do. I pray that He will continue to work in our church, that He will persuade sinners to repent, and that He will fill our eyes with tears of joy for so a great salvation!
This month, I also had a special time of counseling with a young man. He used to come to our church from time to time, but then he stopped coming. We continued to pray for him because we felt that he was in a deep spiritual battle. He returned this month, but he looked terrible. I talked to him, and eventually he opened his heart and confessed about his struggles. Let us continue to pray for him, that God will save and deliver him from his bondage to sin. He has a knowledge of the Scriptures, but he does not know Christ personally.
Recently, we also visited a family and offered them some food supplies. I went there with my wife and had a very good opportunity to share the gospel with the husband and wife. The husband had tears in his eyes, and I think that God has started to work in his heart. They promised to come to our meeting, but they did not show up. Now we plan to get in touch with them again and try to help them. I know there is great spiritual battle, but we know also that great is our God!
This month, God opened doors for me to preach and give spiritual counseling to many other people. I preached the Word of God in other churches and continued to write several evangelistic articles, which have been posted on our website. The ministry we do is diverse because we want to take every opportunity for spreading the gospel and building up the community of faith.