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 has now been more than fifteen years since HeartCry began to support church planters in Eastern Europe with sound Biblical teaching and a healthy vision of investing in indigenous missionaries. We can only deeply thank the Lord and the HeartCry partners that were used by God to support all the missionaries and their families through the years, so that they might labor on the mission field. During these years, things have changed dramatically in Europe; as the European Union extended its borders to the East, new doors for the Gospel opened before us.
HeartCry’s key focus in Eastern Europe has been to plant solid biblical churches that would impact their communities as well as their entire nation – whether Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia, Hungary, etc. 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 would ultimately have greater influence at a regional and global level. The uniqueness of this vision was the establishment of mission teams that worked together in planting churches rather than sending individuals to labor in isolation. This strategy has proven to be so effective that the entire ministry in Eastern Europe has been organized according to this pattern.
A second focal point, beyond the support and the care for our missionary families, is biblical training. Ever since the mid-1990’s, HeartCry has annually held two major training conferences, along with other local conferences. The goal of these conferences is to equip the HeartCry missionary families, their disciples, and their churches with sound biblical doctrine. By God’s grace, some of the best teachers and theologians have been sent from the United States to Romania to train our men in theology and in practice – how to live a holy life and walk with the Lord. The conferences are also designed in close connection with the Training Program by Extension that has been functioning for nearly a decade. Annually, this program provides at least five fundamental works of theology, Christian history, counseling, biography, and other subjects with the purpose of creating a network of training and mutual encouragement for the missionaries and other students, that they might better know the Lord and serve His Kingdom.
Also of great importance is the HeartCry ministry among the Gypsy people in Romania. It includes not only the planting of churches, but also the creation of schools for the education of Gypsy children, so that they might be able to read the Scriptures.
The HeartCry campus ministry in some of the major universities in Romania must also be mentioned. Reaching out to university students is a needy and difficult ministry, but the work has born much fruit. We praise God for all the years that HeartCry has supported this ministry.
Much of HeartCry’s support to Eastern Europe has also been directed to the distribution of ministry resources – such as Bibles, books, and tracts – that are of great need in the evangelistic outreach of hundreds of communities. Additionally, some construction projects were assisted by HeartCry, as new churches were planted and the need for new and adequate places of worship increased. A significant number of missionaries were also helped in acquiring reliable vehicles or other means of transportation. Finally, HeartCry did not forget the missionaries when they were sick and unable to minister on the field for periods of time, but continued to faithfully support their families and even provide for their medical services. Much could be added to all these investments that HeartCry has made in Eastern Europe, but space and time do not allow.
I wish I could give you the number of all those who were saved over this period of fifteen years, but that is something that we will all hear and celebrate in heaven. I can only tell you that we have seen the hand of God using HeartCry in a unique way to bless Eastern Europe with many good and healthy churches that were established and hundreds of other churches that were influenced to have a better view of sound doctrine and a passionate life for 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 in everything through your financial support and prayers. We are deeply thankful for you and your families that have sacrificed with joy for the cause of the Gospel. We pray for you, and we look forward to meeting you on 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.