Four years ago, I left a piece of my heart in Romania, especially with the Roma (Gypsies). I was greatly challenged by the language barrier and cultural differences, and deeply blessed by the things that were universal and needed no translation whatsoever– things like love and brokenness, worship and thankfulness, and the look on the face of someone whose never dared hope in anything hear the Gospel and respond in faith. I left that place greatly changed, much to my surprise. I thought I was going on a mission trip to be a trailblazer, I had no idea that the Lord was going to use it to blaze a trail right through me.
Many of you have supported me in my travels to Romania in countless ways– in prayer, in financial support, in counseling, processing, and debriefing. I’ve been amazed to see the ways the Lord has used you to answer both my prayers and the prayers of those I’ve had the pleasure of serving during my time overseas. And I am so thankful for each one of you.
So I ask for your help. There’s an opportunity for me to go back to Romania with Partners In Missions International (PIMI) in early November, dates to be finalized (hopefully!) this week. Lord willing, the focus of the project will be door-to-door evangelism in villages where PIMI hasn’t been before, children’s ministry (serving in a local orphanage and holding VBS-style children’s camps in the villages), and distributing eyeglasses to those who need them. If airfare stays as it is now, we’re estimating the total cost of the trip to be between $1,600-$1,800 per person.
This task seems impossible to me. I feel like He’s calling me and I’m standing before Him empty handed in every way, but I take comfort in knowing that creating something out of nothing is what He does best. And that there isn’t any other way to come to Jesus but empty handed and trusting Him. I have faith that He will provide the finances, strength, and skills necessary to complete whatever tasks He calls me to.
Will you help me?
This video was put together by Loren Burress featuring photos by my friend Justin Clark from his most recent trip to Romania with PIMI.