Sorin serves as the HeartCry Director in Eastern Europe. He directs ministries in Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine. His responsibilities include overseeing and training our missionaries in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting. Sorin is also planting a church in the Romanian city of Brasov.
It’s been now more than fifteen years since HeartCry started to support church planters in Eastern Europe, under a sound Biblical teaching, and a healthy vision of investing in indigenous missionaries. We could only deeply thank the Lord and the HeartCry partners that were used by God to support for such a long time all the missionaries and their families to labor on the mission field. During these years things have changed dramatically in Europe, as European Union extended its borders in the East, which opened new doors for the gospel.
The key focus ever since HeartCry established a new mission field in Eastern Europe was to plant solid Biblical churches that would impact more communities of people, and even the whole country of Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia, Hungary, and others. Over fifty church plants have been established in these countries as a result of this vision. We focused on some of the most needy areas, but at the same time we did not neglect some of the major cities that could have ultimately great influence at a regional, and even the global level. The uniqueness of this vision is the establishment of mission teams that work in planting churches, instead of individuals that would labor in isolation.
A second focal point, beyond the support, and the care for these families is the Biblical training. Ever since the mid 90’s, HeartCry has annually held two major training conferences, along with some other local conferences. The goal of these conferences is to equip the HeartCry missionary families, their disciples, and their churches with a good and sound Biblical doctrine. Thus, some of the best teachers and theologians were sent from the States to Romania to train our men in theology, but also in living a holy life, and walking with the Lord. The conferences stay in close connection with the Training Program by Extension that is now getting close to marking a decade of existence. HeartCry provided every year at least five fundamental works of Reformed theology, Christian history, Counseling, Biographies, etc, with the purpose of connecting the sixty students in a network of consistent training and mutual encouragement in knowing the Lord better and serving the Kingdom.
Not of less importance is the ministry among the Gypsy people in Romania. This ministry comprises of the church plants and literacy schools in the Bucharest area. The Campus ministry in some of the major Universities in Romania must also be mentioned, as one of the most needy and difficult ministries that have been supported all these years.
Much of your support has also been directed to ministry resources, such as Bibles, books, and tracts that are of great need in the evangelistic outreach of hundreds of communities. Some construction projects were also assisted by HeartCry as new churches were planted and needed a place for worship. A significant number of missionaries were helped to get reliable vehicles or other means of transportation. HeartCry also did not forget men that were sick and could not serve for a while, continuing to faithfully support their families, and even provide for their medical services. Much more could be added to all these ways of ministry investment, but space and time does not allow.
I wish I could give you the number of all those who were saved over a period of fifteen years, but that is something that we will all hear and celebrate in heaven. I just can say that we saw the hand of God in using HeartCry in a unique way to bless Eastern Europe with many good and healthy churches that were established, and in influencing maybe hundreds of other churches in getting a better view of a sound doctrine, and passionate life for the God.
On behalf of all the HeartCry missionaries and their families from Eastern Europe I want to thank you and honor you for playing a significant role by supporting financially and prayerfully assisting the work that is done in Eastern Europe and so many other areas on the globe. We are deeply thankful for you, and your families that sacrifice with joy for the cause of the gospel. We pray for you, and we look forward to meet you that Day when we will all celebrate the fruit of Christ’s suffering and rejoice over the reward of all those who were faithful in serving the Savior.
Adrian, who is called Adi by his friends and colleagues, lives in the city of Brasov, Romania. He and his wife Paula have three daughters. Adi serves the Providence Church in Brasov as an evangelist. His bold preaching and powerful presentation of the gospel has given him a unique ministry in the community.
My beloved brothers and sisters: It has already been four years since we were received into the Heartcry family. During these years it has been beautiful to watch how Christ has been and is being exalted in places that are difficult to reach with the gospel. It is truly a privilege to see the Lord working through us and to see how He has used the HeartCry family to support us on the mission field.
As we minister in Brasov we have witnessed people being converted and turning to God with all their heart. Sadly, we have also seen many who refuse to listen to the voice of God as He speaks through His Word. This has shown us that the gospel draws a response from people, whether negative or positive. In either case, we find our joy in exalting Jesus Christ.
Our brothers in HeartCry have continuously encouraged us to look to Christ and the gospel, even though many times we have been discouraged and tempted to grow weary. The perseverance with which you have shown your love to us in Christ through prayer and giving has encouraged us, knowing that thousands of hearts are praying for the advancement of the Kingdom of Heaven in Romania. Eternity will make known the great joy with which you will be received at the glory gates when you hear the Master’s voice saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:21). Through your sacrificial giving, thousands of people have heard the gospel and received a strong witness to the fact that the Kingdom of Heaven has come near to them.
During our time here, we have observed people from all social classes being exposed to the beauty of grace. The Lord has saved homeless people, whom society would have never given a second chance. We have seen alcoholics converted, who now have families and are members in local churches. Others, despite the rejection from their families, have continued to keep the faith. It is a joy to see a man who once persecuted his wife because of her faith now praying together with her that the Lord would restore their marriage. I feel like a little child that the Father takes into His bosom and says, “Look, Son. Look at my beauty, and look how my Spirit changes lives as I use you, a weak vessel which carries the great treasure of the gospel.”
It has been amazing to witness the works of God. Though for a short time we faced persecution, in it we saw the Lord’s saving hand. Even when Sorin and I were arrested back in the summer of 2012 and retained for a short time by the police under the pretext of disturbing the public peace, we saw the hand of God. Grace was given to us, and shortly after those events, the court in Brasov cancelled the fine due to a lack of evidence. This encouraged us to continue proclaiming the gospel on the streets and in crowded places no matter the consequences.
Let me close this letter with a prayer: “Heavenly Father, thank you for your glorious gospel. I acknowledge my unworthiness, and I am sorry for each and every time that I do not rise to the height of your call or I am afraid when people reject the Good News. I thank you for all the brethren who support the ministry of HeartCry. Please reward them and bless their families and the churches where they worship in your Name. Keep them strong in the faith, and help us all to love you more so that your glory may be manifested through your Church. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!
Constantin, known as Costel to his friends and fellow workers, is a church planter in the capital city of Bucharest, Romania. He recently founded Adonai Church of Bucharest and is serving as its pastor. He is married with two children. Costel speaks English very well and is an excellent translator. He has a great gift of sharing the gospel with the people of Bucharest.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: My name is Costel Ghioanca and I serve as pastor at Adonai Baptist Church of Bucharest. I am married to Christiana and we have been blessed by God with two children, Theophilus, who is six years old, and Elias, who is four years old.
In 2013 our family moved to Bucharest, the capital city of Romania in order to plant a new church. It was challenging for us, as moving to a new place always is, but we are thankful to God for providing us with all the resources we needed. Also, we would like to express our gratitude to all of you, brothers and sisters in Christ, who support us in the ministry with your prayers and donations, even though you do not know us personally. We know that you do it out of love for God and for us, and we are very thankful for that!
The support that you provide has helped us with our daily needs as a family, and it has also helped us carry out the different ministries of our newly established small church. We have been able to pay the rent for the place where we meet for worship, as well as develop some evangelistic projects using these resources. We even bought fifty new chairs for our church and a keyboard piano. Other money has gone to Christian literature that we offer to people during street evangelism. We understand that we need to show love to others as well, so we have also helped those who are in need: poor people, orphans and widows, and elderly people.
Our desire is to continue with these ministries and we pray that through them God will save more and more people in Bucharest. Please pray for us as a family and for Adonai Church, and may God continue to bless you all!