Romania - Church Planter
Florin is the pastor of the church in Fieni, Romania, where he is also the leader of a church-planting team. In addition, he develops mission projects in five areas where HeartCry is planting churches. Florin and his wife Mariana have one daughter.
My name is Florin Stan. I am married and have an eight-year-old daughter. I work as a HeartCry missionary in Fieni, Dambovita County, where I am planting a church.
I became a Christian in 1995, when I was seventeen years old. I was born in an Orthodox family, and I had no attraction toward God or religion until the year that I was converted. Before that, I thought I was a good person and that I was fine in the sight of God because I had not killed anyone, stolen anything, or committed adultery. This is how I used to justify myself before God.
When I was twelve years old, I dreamed one night that the devil came to take me with him because of my swearing, but he left my sister alone because she didn’t swear. I understood that God was warning me that if I kept swearing, the devil would take me with him. I was very afraid, and I tried not to swear anymore, but I forgot about the dream after a while.
During my teenage life, I almost drowned twice, but the Lord had mercy on me, and I was saved. Also, a friend of mine died while he was sleeping, due to a gas leak. I was very affected by these events, and looking back, I realize that God, who had chosen me for salvation, had already started working in my heart.
When I was seventeen years old, on Palm Sunday, my friends and I gathered at one of their houses. We were drinking and watching movies. After watching two movies, the host put on one about the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Within the first half-hour, my friends had all left. I was surprised that they left, because on Sundays, we always drank and watched movies the entire day. Even though my friends had gone, I decided to stay and watch the movie to the end. I had a strange feeling about God that I had never had before. I could feel God’s sadness because my friends did not want to watch the movie about the life of Jesus. I was sure that they would have stayed to watch a different movie. I told God in my soul that I wanted to be faithful to Him.
I started reading the Bible that year, and I saw the truth. First, I became aware of my sinfulness and felt convicted. The Sermon on the Mount accused me strongly, and I realized I was a terrible sinner. Then I discovered that the Orthodox Church did not preach the truth, but only human traditions that are not pleasing to God. The Lord was working in my heart, and I searched for a church that believed what I had begun to believe. I started going to the Evangelical church in Bela, and there I turned to God. My life was completely changed. I gave up a life of sin, cigarettes, alcohol, dirty words, disco, and the company of my sinful friends. People that used to know me said that I was not the same Florin they knew. I was an entirely different person. I had been born again, and I was a new creation in Christ. I truly loved the Lord Jesus. My greatest pleasure was telling everybody about Him, His sacrifice, and His plan.
I suffered much persecution for the sake of Christ from my family, relatives, friends, and colleagues; but the Lord strengthened me in all of this. In the Evangelical church where I was baptized, I learned a lot about the Christian faith. I was also involved in the ministry, and this responsibility helped me to grow up spiritually. Eventually, I began to sense God’s calling to a more profound ministry. I was working in the industrial field, and I did not have much time left for preaching the Gospel. I prayed about what I should do, and the Lord showed me that I should plant a Baptist church in Pucioasa. In 2001, I was accepted as a HeartCry missionary. In 2009, after planting the church in Pucioasa, I moved to Fieni in order to start a new church there.
At the beginning, I tried to meet new people and share the Gospel with them. Several persons turned to God and were baptized this way. New people were added to our group. Some of them moved away, and some gave up the faith. It was difficult for us as a church every time someone left, but I am thankful to God for supporting the ministry.
We have two purposes in our ministry: the evangelization of the lost and the maturing of believers. We go on the street and give out Bibles and brochures two days a week. Through this, we meet new people, and some of them turn to God. We also give out Christian materials in Fieni and twelve other villages in the surrounding area, and we disperse fliers with our church name and address included, so that people will know how to get in touch with us. We are also working to have a good church website, so that people can contact us even through the Internet. Another evangelistic method we have involves organizing special events in the church and inviting new people to our fellowship. When someone is converted, we seek to help them grow spiritually through personal discussions with other believers and Bible studies. My desire is that the entire church will be involved in the ministry according to the spiritual gifts that the people have received from the Lord, for the Bible says that the body of Christ grows through the work of each member.
I am thankful to God for the grace that He has given us. My desire is to take every opportunity to work together with the Lord. One day, I do not want to be sorry that I did not do as much as I could have. Praise be to the Lord!