What a blessing it was to be in Europe this winter. Alex and Bianca invited us to stay at their apartment in Romania for a month. It was so much fun being with them. Bob and Alex did some projects in their apartment to fix it up and had such a great time doing them. They also introduced us to some new friends there that we hadn’t been privileged to meet before. We loved being able to fellowship and pray with them and encourage each other along with our other friends we have made over the years.
Going to the gypsy village of Lazareni was so encouraging. Their skill level has increased so much. They have been faithful and diligent to move forward and God has really blessed their efforts. George and Alina, with Caleb Foundation, have done such an impressive job there encouraging everyone to be more self-reliant. While we were there, we had fun helping them with a new project of making aprons to sell. Mugurel was able to sew them and the ladies did beautiful embroidery on them. Alina told us that they already have orders for them. This gives them a new product to earn money from besides the cards they embroider.
Robin from Arnies Arts and Crafts in Michigan sent lots of embroidery thread for them. We were also able to buy some very nice fabric for aprons and cards along with a new line of thread that became available there since our last trip. This will give them a great start as they bring in more money from sales to restock their supplies and receive wages.
Now that it is fenced in, they will be planting 100 fruit trees very soon. Our friends, Jim and Linda donated the money for them. This will be such a huge blessing. Thanks to our other friends including, Bill and Becky, Bob and Sharon, Brian and Cheryl, Pat and Jim, and Dennis and Kim, we were able to support two men in the village who will oversee and keep the woodshop and sewing projects going. We were also able to donate some more wood for the wood-shop.
Alex and Bianca helped us out as clowns and donating towards the treats for the kids at the village during a party we had for the kids. It was a great time with food treats and gifts of bracelets, stickers, little lights and balloons. The clowns were a huge hit. We had brought some tricks we bought over and taught Bianca how to do them. She had just as much fun and as the kids did, we think.
The portable dental unit has been used to do over 460 procedures already. The young dentist from Brazil is coming back with another friend to do more with it. What an immense job this has done towards better teeth and health in general in the village by eliminating infections and pain.
Sebi and Robert, our young Romanian friends in London, invited us to stay with them at their flat. We always have such an amazing time with them having fun adventures and spiritual time together. We will be visiting the healing rooms and their church tomorrow (HTB). We believe we will be doing ministry with them in the future! God has bonded our hearts together about this.
Emanuel and Dorina invited us to Ipswich while we were in London. It was a great visit and we got to visit their church and small group meeting which has an interesting blend of people from all over Europe. It was such a comfort to feel at home with people you never met before, as you feel the same Holy Spirit and His presence. It felt like such an open free church to the move of God’s Spirit.
This has been an amazing time for us. We have seen a young generation of 20s and 30s being raised up and prepared for the new season in God. The week we return home will be one of ministry and fellowship with a group of friends in Chattanooga TN. Our house in Georgia sold, and we are not sure where we will go from there. Our trust is that the Lord will show us in our hearts what our next step will be.
Please check out the Foundation Teaching we put in the teaching section on our menu. Our young friend, Jean, in Romania who is a very talented artist and computer graphics specialist made us some animated illustrations for the teaching. Then Robert, in London, made us a new website that is an improvement over our old one. More things will be added when we get settled back at home including our new location.
Again we thank everyone of you for your prayers and gifts you gave to Romania that have been such a blessing to so many there.
God’s blessings to you all,
Bob and Joan