Florin Stan helps to coordinate the work in Romania. Presently, he develops mission projects in five areas where HeartCry is planting churches. He also leads a church-planting team in Fieni, Romania. Florin and his wife Mariana have one daughter, Damaris. In the face of opposition from the Orthodox Church in Fieni, Florin Stan shares the following story of how God turned disappointment into joy.
Before our annual Vacation Bible school, we made a phone call to the city authorities to ensure that everything was still approved for our use of the city auditorium. To our surprise, the authorities were very distant and told us that the approval to use the auditorium was no longer valid because there was pressure from the Orthodox priests to deny us the facility. Since we had already distributed invitations for the VBS, we went to the auditorium to wait for the children and to find a solution. Since there was a park in the neighborhood, we decided to hold the VBS there. Several children showed up, along with a young woman with two children. We talked with her, and the light of the Gospel began to shine in her heart. I explained to her what God was doing in her, and she said she would bring her children to the VBS in Fieni. She came, and the Lord continued to work in her heart. Finally, she came to church on Sunday and burst into tears on several occasions. She said that she had realized how wrong she was and that she regretted the way in which she had lived her life. At the same time, she said she could not believe how simple the Gospel truly was. Now she is intensely reading the Bible and has quit her vices. Her salvation is a great encouragement for the ministry in Pietrosita.