Alex is a gifted evangelist, who carries a burden to see students come to Christ and often leads conferences and camps to train students for outreach. He and his wife Simona have four children. The following accounts describe a few of his encounters in engaging people with the gospel this past month.
I participated in an evangelistic event for international students in Ploiesti. Fifteen African and three Romanian students participated in this event. Before the meeting, I spoke with Catalin, an Orthodox man. When he described to me what he believed, it turned out he was actually an agnostic. He believed in God, but he thought that God was merely a major force. I shared the gospel with him, and he understood that he was not going to heaven as he had thought. It was a revelation for him to understand that he could only be saved through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. I gave him a New Testament, and he said that he would read it.
Then I talked to Alan from the Ivory Coast of western Africa. He said that he had started attending a Roman Catholic church in his hometown and was working for his salvation. I explained to him the difference between self righteousness and the righteousness given by God through Christ. I could see joy on his face when he heard this, and he said he wanted to put his trust in Christ.
At the end of the conference, a female student came up front and claimed she was a prophetess. She accused us, saying that everything we did was disgusting before God. She insisted that God was not our Father. We felt the devil again was attacking us, but God strengthened all of us.
Alin and I were able to preach the gospel to some Rroma (Gypsy) young people in Sacele, Brasov. They were playing soccer and began to listen to the gospel message. They admitted that they were sinners, and we challenged them to put their trust in Christ. Only God knows what happened in their hearts!
Alin and I also met Ionel, a Rroma man. We talked to him, and he told us that God was searching him. He admitted that he was a sinner and knew he had to repent. He said he could not go on like he was and decided to read the Bible and seek God. He listened carefully to the gospel message.
I invited a disciple named Costi to meet with me for a time of mentoring. We talked about his life and his walk with God, and I asked him to do a Bible study about pride. I then took him to the campus to share the gospel, but it was cold and rainy, and we did not meet anyone outside. I felt a terrible spiritual battle, but I did not give up. In the end, I managed to find a young man named Cristi to whom I had been witnessing. He was glad to see me again. He thought he was a good person, but I told him how God actually saw him, and Costi shared with him his personal testimony. At that point, I could sense the Holy Spirit filling me, giving me peace, joy, power, and clarity in speech. He also helped Cristi pay attention and understand what I was telling him. Cristi understood that he needed Christ to deliver him from sin and darkness and to save him. I gave him a New Testament.
My wife and I went to Ploiesti, and there we met with a disciple named Claudiu. We went on the campus and met three students. Two of them believed in God, and the third one was agnostic. Claudiu shared his personal testimony with them, and I preached the gospel to them. They listened to us carefully and said they would think about what we told them.
Two more disciples named Nicu and Jorje joined us. We saw some Asian students on the sports field and approached them because Nicu wanted to find out where they were from. They said that they were from China, but they couldn’t speak Chinese. They were probably trying to hide that they were from North Korea. As we spoke with them, their supervisor came out of nowhere and let us know that we were being watched. Nicu offered the students some Christian literature. They accepted them and seemed to be friendly.
We also talked to a man named Pavel, who is from Moldova. He could not accept that he was a sinner and that God was going to send him to hell. Nicu and I explained to him what the Bible says about sinners, and he understood in the end that he was going to hell if he did not put his trust in Jesus Christ. We gave him a New Testament.
I met a Vietnamese student and shared my personal testimony with him and preached the gospel to him. He had never heard about Christ before. He understood what sin was and that God sends sinners to hell unless they repent and believe in Christ. He listened to us for about an hour and a half, and he was touched by Christ’s love.
I spent a few days in a spa town, and while there I met Marius, a young man from Slatina. I shared the gospel with him, and in the end he admitted that he was a sinner. He listened to me very carefully, and the next day he told me he had meditated on what I had told him. I gave him a New Testament.
I also shared the Word of God with Mrs. Elena, who thought she was a good person. In the end, she understood that she was going to hell unless she repented. She also understood that she needed Christ as her Lord and Savior.
Mihaela is a nurse, and she was amazed to see how brave our children were when we took them to the hospital for medical tests. This conversation afforded me the opportunity to share the gospel with her. She told me that she was Orthodox, but I explained to her that at the great judgment no one would ask her about her religion, but whether or not she believed in Jesus Christ. I could feel that there was a battle for her soul. She was a very kind lady, but
she changed suddenly and became restless and rejected what we said.