Brother Sorin Prodan is the HeartCry Director for Eastern Europe - Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine. His ministry on the field has been a great catalyst for the evangelism and growth of the churches there. We consider it a joy and a privilege to support him and his dear wife Trish.
Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ...
The Word of God says that “to those whom much is given, much will be required.” The Lord has blessed us with many resources and freedoms here in Eastern Europe. Many of the resources we have are due to your sacrificial love, for which we are thankful. We are currently experiencing a time of freedom to spread the gospel, and we feel responsible for the “much” that was given to us. We realize that we are stewards who must live for the advancement of the kingdom.
We began the month of June with an evangelistic outreach in Brasov. The first of June is Children’s Day in Romania, and so we decided to organize a pro-life gathering. We prepared 300 DVDs with the “180” documentary from Ray Comfort and hundreds of CDs with very good audio material against abortion. We handed out these materials in the downtown area where thousands of people were walking. While we were there, God gave me the opportunity of meeting the mayor of the city, who was walking in the street and talking with people for his political campaign. I approached him, handed him a DVD, and explained to him what we were doing. He recognized me because only a week before I had a meeting with him, along with other pastors, in order to discuss how there might be better communication between us and the authorities.
A few months ago, the HeartCry teams joined together for a major outreach in the city of Brasov. One of our missionaries preached in the central park with a sound system and was stopped by the security guards. He insisted that there was no law to hinder our preaching. I joined the discussion and told them that the Constitution’s declaration on “freedom of speech” allowed us to preach the gospel. Because of this, they became very angry and called the police. Finally, a team of police came and arrested me and another HeartCry missionary named Adi. At the police station, they threatened us with more words, saying that if we continued, they would put us in handcuffs and throw us in jail. After we left, they sent many policemen to patrol in the downtown area. Afterwards, we went to the authorities and asked approval, but our request was rejected. We could take the matter to the court, but this would only be a waste of time. We have now been fined and must go to court on the seventh of December. Adi and I have decided not to take a lawyer, but rather to represent ourselves. Pray that God will give us wisdom and courage to preach the gospel even in the court.
Our church has been making good progress. I continue to preach through Acts. We are now studying persecution, which seems to be a fitting message for what we have recently experienced. We see that people have been touched, and we trust that the Lord will save them. Please pray for Vali, who expressed his desire to be baptized. He was saved a few months ago. Praise God for his passion and dedication. Florin is another student who wants to be baptized. A few days ago, he asked me to become his mentor. He is praying about going to a Bible school. A young lady named Aura is seeking to know the Lord. She is very sincere and touched by our message. She has many questions, and it is clear she seeks the Lord. We pray that she will open her heart to the calling of salvation.
Pray for the upcoming evangelistic projects that we are planning: an English camp, a Women’s Conference, two major outreaches (Fieni, Draganesti), etc. We trust that through these means, God will save those who are appointed to eternal life. Moved by His love, we will go to the lost. We count on your prayers that God will save as we proclaim His Name.