Evangelist / Church Planter - Fieni, Romania
Marian is an evangelist that presently lives and labors in the city of Fieni. His ministry includes street evangelism, church planting, and working with children. He is currently serving with Florin S. in a church plant in Fieni. He and his wife, Simona, and have a son, Teodor Razvan.
Testimony of Conversion
My name is Marian Bicajan, and I am from the city of Toplita, in Harghita County, Romania. I was born in a family of unbelievers that was filled with chaos. During my childhood, I attended the Catholic Church, and even thought that I might become a priest. However, little by little I left behind such aspirations and sought pleasures without boundaries.
Because my father was an alcoholic, I did not have a good relationship with him. When I was eighteen years old I argued with him about his addiction. His meanness affected me deeply and I was always asking myself why didn’t I have a normal father who was interested in my life and future. He seemed to be an obstacle in front of everyone. Happily, my mother was different. She did her best to hide the money from my father so that she could buy us food.
After high school I began to work. However, at my mother’s request, I left work and went to a Technical College in Brasov. My mother was making a great effort to support me in college and to raise my other two brothers. When I left home, I felt as though I had escaped from hell, but soon I discovered that a person can take his hell with him. Although I was freed from the burden of an alcoholic father, I ran with some very evil and mean friends. I began to go to clubs and different parties. I even began to drink two or three beers a day.
In 2002, I went to college and lived in a hostel where I met a lot of people. Half way through the second year, I met a young man who was handing out a free magazine. He was the first person who ever explained to me the Gospel, but I did not understand its meaning. After two weeks, he came back for another discussion. When he saw that I did not understand, he told me the Gospel’s message again, but still with no success. From the first time I saw him, I realized that he was a special student and that he had something special in his character. Then on day he invited me to his birthday party. I thought it was strange because I barely knew him, nevertheless I accepted. What I saw there was very unusual. There were many young people who came to celebrate, but with no alcohol or disco music. What impressed me the most was that they were freely talking about God and they were praising Him at a simple birthday party!
From that moment, I started to make them my friends. I began to pray more and every time I was trying to be better, but I was failing. In the summer, I received a New Testament and I put it in a safe place in the cabinet where it stayed for two months. One day, when I didn’t have anything to do, I started to read the Gospel of Mathew and I was impressed by the way the Lord Jesus was answering the Pharisees. It caused me to want to find out more about the Lord’s teachings.
In the fall of 2003, I was invited to a trip organized by the students and missionaries of Campus Crusade. There, I heard a testimony which made me understand that the only chance I had for my life to be changed was to ask the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive my sins and let Him guide my life. In the night, I invited Jesus in my heart. I felt guilt in front of God and I asked Him to forgive me with tears in my eyes. Suddenly, I was covered with His peace and joy that made me cry even harder, but they were tears of happiness. There are no words to describe that experience of meeting my Lord.
From that night, my life truly started to change. Step by step, I gave up going in the bars, cursing, and making compromises. I started to read and study the Bible daily, to go to the prayer nights, and to attend a Baptist Church. Soon, my parents heard about my decision of going to a Baptist Church (where I was also baptized) and this caused them to threaten me. They told me that they would not allow me in their house and that they would not support me in college. In time, my parents began to accept me because they understood that I was living a moral life. My relationship with my parents is now a lot better. They trust me, and they have even started to talk with me about their problems.
The greatest challenge for me was to forgive my father, and at the same time, to ask for his forgiveness for my attitude toward him. With the Lord’s help, I managed to do this. In this moment, my relationship with my father has improved a lot. My mother trusts me very much and she even came with me to the church.
During my college days, I became involved in Campus Crusade. God put in me the desire of spreading the Gospel to others. We had the opportunity of organizing different evangelistic events, fasting, and praying along with the other Christian students. Through all these things, the Lord gave me a huge joy and made me understand that if I follow Him in His ministry, I will find fulfillment. I kept asking God if I was among the ones He had chosen to spread the good news to the edge of the Earth. One winter day in 2005, He seemed to ask me: “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” Then, I understood that His will for me was to go and spread the Gospel and make disciples.
In the spring of 2005, I asked to join Campus Crusade, but I was told to wait for another year because I was a believer for less than two years (the minimum hiring period in this mission). After that I realized that I did not have the certainty that this ministry was the will of God for me. I began to pray and the Lord kept guiding me in another direction from Campus Crusade. I had no other alternative, so I decided to wait until God made things clear to me.
In April 2005, HeartCry missionary Florin Stan asked me to minister in a church plant in the village of Magura. I refused because I was convinced that God wanted me in the youth ministry, and in the new church, there were no young people.
A short time later, the challenge that Florin made to me was coming into my thoughts. I was waking up and going to bed with his challenge. From the morning until the evening it kept coming into my mind. I began to pray and ask God if He wanted me to be a servant in that church. I also decided to ask for more details about the possibility of being a missionary there. As I studied the Scriptures, verses about the Great Commission were revealed to me, and it was very clear for me that I was going to be a missionary in that area. I called Florin and we established a meeting to talk about what it would mean for me to be a missionary there. I was very surprised to find out that Magura’s problem was solved because someone else went there, but the need was now in Fieni because there was no one to work with the young people. This is how I saw that God arranges all things so that every part of the body may work for His Glory.
Now, I have a great joy and certainty that God wants to work among the people in Fieni and that He will use me in fulfilling His plan.