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July 2018

Greetings Everyone!

This is an exciting month for us.  God opened the door for us to return to Romania for three months with the idea of applying for an extension to stay for six months.  Our son, Andy, gave us a wonderful present of using his miles to fly us there business class!  This is a very huge blessing for us.  Not only does it save us the plane fare but offers amazing comfort.  At our age to be able to stretch out your legs and not have them aching from being bend for so many hours is a very big gift.

Here are some pictures of Nico using the tiller this spring from the last trip.  He is one happy man using it instead of digging it all up by hand.

 

Already our trip has been blessed before we ever start it.  Another wonderful thing has already happened.  One of the new ladies in the sewing program and her husband and three children have been living in the typical shack there made of mud straw etc. This allows rats inside of the house.  They had $500 to start a foundation on a small but concrete block house that will be safe and warm.

We had money enough to send $1,500 in the FTCM account from doing ministry and from our friends who have helped us fund projects.  That will allow them to start putting up walls and hopefully be an encouragement to them.  The cost of building a home like that is $6,500 for materials and the family and others help with the construction.  In this way with them doing work on it there is more pride in ownership.

Below is a picture of a typical house and also one of the few new ones Caleb Foundation (that we work with in the village) has built.  Below is also a picture of the new couple being baptized this summer and of the land preparation where they will build the new house

Bob wants to train two new young men in the wood shop.  The ones who have been trained are now working which is great.  However, we want to activate the wood shop again using the tools that we all donated in past years.  Please help us by sending any new ideas for  craft/sewing projects for the ladies.  It would be awesome to do something with the teen girls who might be interested in sewing.   Two new ladies have entered the sewing project this past year.

As always we will be praying and ministering to people and have a couple people interested in coming over to teach.  Our friends in Tennessee, Pat and Jim, did a great job teaching and sharing on nutrition and healing herbs the last trip and hope to return and do more.  A couple others with special teaching gifts have also expressed interest.  Our hope is also for us to do some group teaching while we are there and partner and help others who are doing awesome things there.

Teaching some English classes at the village is something I am looking into.  What usually happens is that we go not knowing all we will do.  As the days pass the Lord brings people across our path and doors open to do other projects.  Being flexible seems to be the key.

It’s great fun to do a Christmas party when we are there each year and sometimes one for Valentines Day.  This year going while the weather is still nice, instead of November like last year, we are thinking of making a fun Saturday for the village kids bringing ice cream and having games like relay races, 3 legged and other ideas.  We are ordering some inexpensive plastic and ribbon medals to give the winning teams trying to be sure everyone gets a chance to win.  plus ice cream is a wonderful treat they very seldom get.

Fun is great but we are always looking for lasting impact projects that can change lives.  One of the best things we ever did was buy the portable dental unit.  The people were blessed with a new dentist coming to the village who used the unit.  many hundreds of procedures have been done with the unit and it is still functioning.  The impact on their health from this unit is very big.

Because our friend Ligia worked on our manual with better translating and graphic art we will be able to use the Romanian translation this trip working with our friend, Teo, (below) that we trained on the last trip.

Check out another very gifted young artist we know in Romania.  She’s is praying for breakthrough and would love to illustrate books.  We are really impressed with her talent.Her website is: www.instagram.com/jeanbalogh  Her head in the clouds is one of my favorites.

Please pray for us to have a fruitful trip free from accidents, sickness and for much energy to keep up with all those young people.  Gotta hold our reputation!  We value your prayers more than words can say.  There will be some traveling to probably at least two other cities and traffic there can feel pretty crazy at times!

One of our desires for years now has been to start a Prayer/Healing/Ministry room in Oradea where people can walk in from the street for help.  This would require us to rent and redo a space and have provision.  The Lord provides for what He plans for us to do and in His timing.  We are just waiting to see if He makes a way for it somehow on this trip.  We are praying for divine appointments along the way and if He might have someone there for us to partner with.  We would appreciate your prayers.

Big thank you’s to everyone who has helped financially with projects and for trusting us to pray and make wise decisions.  Being accountable to you all and Our Lord for what we do there is very big for us.  We hope you are all enjoying summer.  It sure seems to be flying past us quickly.

Many blessings to you all,

Bob and Joan Phillips

 

 

 

Winter 2017-2018

Greetings from London!

We just spent a wonderful three months in Romania. Now we are in London until April 21. It was a time of very special fellowship and ministry with old and new friends.

The time we stayed with our friends Alex and Bianca was great fun and we did a lot of cooking and Bianca learned to make drapes and pillows and had so much fun that Alex bought her a sewing machine and she is taking classes now.

It was fun spending time with Julia and Cristi also.  Here are some of our friends at our Christmas party.  Check out Joan’s  new look.

  

On a trip to Cluj we met up with some young friends, Bianca and Florin (above), and met their pastor, Dennis. God has put an amazing vision in their hearts for the city. We could see how our friends had grown so much in the Lord and in their love for each other.

A trip to Sighisoara was a very special time meeting new people and seeing what God is doing in that city. It was a time of building some lasting relationships with these amazing people, the Schuster family, who have so much love in their hearts. We also had the opportunity to minister to a group there on an all day Saturday and Sunday morning meeting.   Our friend, Gyongyi, went with us and translated for us into Hungarian.  Elfriede (top below) and Rose (under below) two very special sisters from the Schuster family came to London to visit us and we hope they will come to the states one day along with Gyongyi.

 

Going to the gypsy village is always a joy. Alina and George have done an incredible job allowing God to transform the lives of the people there through them. It is not an easy job, and we always pray God to bless them for surrendering so much time and effort to see this happen.

We saw the 100 fruit trees were growing nicely that Jim and Linda had donated last year and in the fence were all the chickens who were likefertilizer machines for the trees since they were running around free range. They also had planted a field of corn to help feed the chickens and goats. They had seven goats that Nico was taking care of that gave milk for the kindergarten kids at the village. While we were there, two sets of twins were born and another set right after we left so now the herd has almost doubled! They are such pretty goats and the babies are adorable. There will be lots of milk for the village children.

Jim and Linda also gave money this year to buy 150 new chickens so that will be fun to see when the weather warms up a bit. It’s been really cold there this winter.

A very huge blessing came from our friend, Sally. She donated the money to buy a big tiller with attachments to plow the fields and it can also be used up in the village for the gardens there so they won’t have to be dug by hand. This is a very exciting thing and they can’t wait for the ground to dry enough to get out and start using it. They were going on line at the office there to watch all the things it will do. This is a long lasting life changing gift for sure to make life easier for them all.

For the sewing ministry there were new projects we brought for them and we were able to purchase a lot of new supplies for them to make them. It was so much fun making them, and nice to have new things so it’s not boring making the same thing over and over.

Two of the teachers and Meea modeled a few of the ponchos and aprons they made.

    

 

 

At Christmas and Valentine’s Day we had fun helping to make a party for all the village kids with pizza, prizes and gifts. We want to share the things we were able to do, because without everyone’s prayers and sharing we would not have been able to do all of this.

We were able to give money to help some people in need and also put a floor in a bedroom to make it warmer, help a young man with some seed money for a business he wanted to start growing raspberry bushes on his grandmother’s farm to sell.

Another big thing was the dental unit we all got for the village is still working very well, but they hadn’t had a dentist in awhile to use it. So the young lady from Brazil who was there before and did such a good job could come back for a month if she had money for a room and food. Thanks to everyone who helped us, we brought her back. It seemed to us a great investment to not let the unit sit idle when there is such a big need for it. So she is back again treating not only the gypsy village but anyone poor from the regular village where a doctor has let us use a room in his clinic and the sterilization unit.

Our friends from Tennessee, Pat and Jim, came over our last week and did teaching and sharing about nutrition, natural remedies and health issues. They were a very big blessing and touched many lives.

A young lady, Ligia, who is a graphic designer has helped us through another friend and also our friend Teo (pictured here) to translate our ministry book into Romanian. Ligia made us much nicer illustrations. We are trying to get that all set up while we are here in London. Teo has also been trained in doing FTCM and will carry on while we are gone.

While in London we are staying with our friends, Sebi and Robert, who are a huge blessing in our lives. We have also gotten to go to Ipswich to see our friends Dorina and Manu and some of our other young adult Romania friends who have come to work in London. Our young friend, Claudia, came to London some years ago by herself working and going to university getting her masters degree and is now working for the government and going to Saudi Arabia for the embassy this month. We are so proud of her. We went to dinner with her and Jim and Pat while they were here.

Our hearts are very thankful that the Lord has given us the health and provision to come to Romania so many times throughout the last 27 years. Our lives are so much richer because of the amazing people we have met and the love they have in their hearts. Our heartfelt thanks go to each one of you for the prayers, encouragement and help you have extended to us and to Romania. We have had the blessing of being the messengers and delivery people for all that you have given. May God bless you many times over for the giving hearts you have.

 

Bob and Joan

Marcela (Oradea Romania)

My name is Marcela, I am a mom of four beautiful girls and a foster parent of two amazing boys. I am a christian since I was 16 and Ive been serving the Lord together with my husband in different ministries. I had a very rough childhood and that affected my future a lot, I was very sick for a long period of time. My daugther met Bob and Joan at the Salem church Oradea and she insisted on meeting them. We had two meetings together and it was such a blessing! At the first meeting they ministered me with presenting the truth and helping me remember and connect all the things that hurt me so much in my childhood. As an effect of  all the childhood trauma I used to have pain in all my body, wake up during the night time at the same hour feeling that someone is trying to kill me, and having no clear diagnostic from any doctor. After my first session with Bob and Joan I was delivered and a lot of physical pain went away, and also the waking up at the same hour in the night stoped. But after that meeting for the fallowing nights I started remembering more traumatizing experiences from my childhood and I constantly had a migraine. Meeting Bob and Joan for the second time, they ministered me and I was delivered! This ministry is so important, because most christians even if they serve the Lord all their lives they have things going on in their lives they cannot control, things that they were victim of or they inherited. I hope that you will come back to Romania and continue to ministry christians in need, because this is such a blessing! Marcela Sana

Rose (Sighisoara Romania)

Before going through this ministry, I heard many good things about Bob and Joan from friends. While I was visiting a friend in London, I had the opportunity to look into something they have written and I was like “this is so true… I totally agree. I want to have these things implemented in my life.” Therefore, our church group invited them over to have some seminars together on a weekend. All the things they taught were very deep and I was not keeping pace with it all, because I like to contemplate and soak it all in. That is why I personally came back to all that they told us and I was truly blessed beyond words. They taught on wholeness, the orphan spirit and whole- heartedness. The best part was when I had the privilege to pray individually with both of them. I think what affected me most was how honest, open, sweet, encouraging and caring Bob and Joan are. They made me understand that rejection hurts the heart in many ways and can cause me to believe the lies of the enemy, which he uses to form a stronghold in me. All this matters because those strongholds can limit my walk with God, which for me is the most important thing in my life. There are lies (that the cross is not enough or that my value comes from what I do or what others think of me) which we have to face and declare the truth instead. I have also learned from them that it is good to cut every unhealthy emotional soul tie I had in my life. Even just talking about what was on my heart and sharing with them my struggles was immensely helpful and I felt as free as a bird afterwards.

December 2017

We are very blessed to be back in Romania until Feb 15, and in the UK until May 13.  Its been such a joy to go to the gypsy village again.  We brought four new projects for them to increase the products they can make and sell.

The orders continue to come in for them.  At the yearly conference of people from Brazil, they had a display and sold some things there also.

The 100 fruit trees our friends Jim and Linda bought last year are growing great.  They added 40 chickens into the fenced area around the trees with some chicken houses and they are making great fertilizer for the trees!

They also have 7 goats and 5 of them are pregnant.  This will give the children there milk. The funny thing is the goats have been licking the salt off of George’s van.  We joked he can start a goat car wash and only 3 days to lick your car clean!  They planted a field of corn to help feed the goats and chickens and God blesses them with a bumper crop.

A wonderful lady dentist from Brazil brought an assistant with her and has done many more procedures.  This was an amazing blessing and not only have many gypsies gotten dental work but also some of the poor Romanians from the area.

We saw a whole book full of procedures that have been done.  It was a huge blessing to see how God has used the unit and the dentist told us how great it is holding up.

We had a Christmas party in Oradea for about 30 people, and then also had parties for the village children (about 120 children).

Bob and Nikko build a wall of shelving for us and a wall of hooks to better organize the fabric and supplies for the increase in orders coming in.

We had a blessed time during our visit to Cluj where we met up with a young couple and their pastor.  What a wonderful vision they have!  It was very exciting to listen and share with them.  God’s plans are so much greater than we can imagine.

We pray all of you have wonderful Christmas memories this year and a New Year filled with dreams come to pass.

Many blessings,
Bob and Joan

Winter 2016-2017

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

Foundational Teaching

 

Freedom Though Christ Ministries covers four major areas in our lives that can hold us back in our walk with God.  These area are: Generational Sins, Hurts of the Heart, Right and Wrong Thinking, and Spiritual Strongholds.  FTCM gives you new freedom tools to go forward to your destiny in life and to walk in your true identity as a child of God.

A  sin like abandonment or rejection can cause a hurt to your heart.  When your heart is wounded and left unhealed, it can cause you to believe a lie about yourself and/or God.  Agreeing with the enemy’s lies opens the door and gives a legal right for the enemy to form a stronghold in your life.  FTCM depends on the Holy Spirit to lead people step by step into new freedom as your heart is open to move forward.  Instead of dealing with the symptom of a problem such as anger or rejection, we ask the Holy Spirit to show us the open door or the root of the problem, so it can be identified, closed, and removed.

 

Generational Sins

God gives us everything we need in our DNA to fulfil our destiny.  He gives us love, security, divine purpose, the natural talents we need to reach our potential, and to every person a measure of faith to be saved and to reach the amazing plan He has for their life.  He gives us the gift of emotions as messengers.  We have the free will to decide how to respond to the messages they send to us.  Even fear can be a gift from God since it warns us of danger.  Without having godly responses to what we experience those emotions can turn toxic and cause us to miss out on God’s best for us.  When divine purpose and the other things God has given us are not affirmed in our lives while we are growing up, it can cause us to doubt.

We also receive things in our DNA from our ancestors.   Some of these are blessings that go for a thousand generations.  But sometimes these things we inherit are not so great.  They lie in our lives like covert enemy terrorist cells waiting to be activated when trauma comes into our lives.  We inherit tendencies toward certain behaviors such as numbing pain with addictive tendencies instead of godly solutions.   An example would be if you have alcoholism in your family line, you are more apt to become one than someone who doesn’t have it.  Another example would be suicide tendency, which you are 7 times more likely to have if it runs in your family line.

We know that science has proven that certain diseases run in family lines. They have also proven that negative emotions are connected to certain diseases and unhealthy stress-coping skills have been proven to cause much sickness.  Studies have also shown that when you respond in a healthy way to stress, it can cause you to have a stronger immune system.  It is not so much what happens to you, but how you respond to that!

Some examples in the Bible about generational sins following family lines would be that King David’s ancestor was Rahab the harlot.  We know what the main sin that trouble David and his family line was sexual sins.  In Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob it was deceit.  These things lie dormant until they are activated and can skip generations.

God loves us so much that He gave us His Word to show us if we follow His guidelines we can live under the umbrella of His blessings.  When our ancestors broke those rules, they went out from the umbrella of His protection and activated a sowing and reaping cycle in their lives from the enemy.  We can also curse ourselves by speaking things over our lives that don’t agree with God’s loving opinion of us such as, “I will never make it.”  Taking your authority as a believer with what the Word of God says about us, repenting for our ancestors’ sins and forgiving them and ourselves for them, we can find freedom from the power of generational sins in our lives.

 

Hurt Of The Heart

It is very important to receive healing from the wounds in our heart.  When you receive healing, it makes it so much easier to forgive.  We become aware of the lies we’ve believed, and God speaks the truth to our hearts with His healing touch, and comforts and encourages us.  It is not so much what has happened to us that causes pain, but the lies we believe about ourselves, caused by the wounds and their power in our lives.

The hurts are like fishhooks in our hearts.  Left alone or ignored, it’s like putting a bandage over them.  Every time someone bumps into that part of your heart, it causes pain not only from the present action but accumulated pain from the past.  That is why it is important to push through the pain, identify the lie that is like the barb on the end of the hook and cut the barb or lie off.  That allows the hook to slip out without tearing up or damaging the heart further.

We like the definition that addictions are a false comfort to a lie-based pain.  They numb the pain temporarily, but cause more problems in the long run.  When the lie is replaced with truth and the heart healed, you no longer need the false comfort.

 

Right And Wrong Thinking

The way we think is so powerful in our lives.  With our hearts healed and the lies exposed and healthy coping skills, we learn to renew our minds and align our thinking with God’s Word and opinion.  It is very important to break the cycle of wrong thinking, repent for believing lies and then replace them with the truth.  When you change the way you think, you change the way you feel.  When you change the way you feel, you change the way you act.  When you change the way you act, you change your life.  It all starts and ends with the way you think.

Words are so very powerful and with them you can heal or tear down.  We have seen and experienced for ourselves and others the power of breaking curses that we have spoken over ourselves and that others have spoken over us.  This allows us to cancel the legal rights and assignments the enemy was given when we agreed with the lies, and then break their power in our lives.

Spiritual Strongholds

After you have dealt with the first three areas and taken away any spiritual legal rights, you can close the door and clean house.  It is time to get rid of any strongholds that may have formed in your life and replace them with blessings.  FTCM walks people through his process and also teaches people how to do this on their own and how to walk in the new freedom they have found.

When we find healing and truth in our lives, it is like putting on the armour of God, and He becomes in truth a shield and fortress to us.  We can lift up our shield of faith and stop the fiery darts from the enemy.  Sometimes as an added blessing, we find ourselves healed in our bodies as a result of getting rid of roots that have opened doors to negative emotions that are often behind some sicknesses.

More detailed and further ministry, teaching, and training is available on these and other areas to help us walk in the gifts and individual and corporate callings and destiny God has for us all.  If you desire more information or want to contact us you can do so at bjphil1@yahoo.com or call us at 541-206-4431.

Theo (Romania)

I’m feeling so much better and it was truly a blessing for me to talk pray and everything! I will forever be grateful to God because I get to meet with you and listen to your heart and receive so much from you. I feel powerful and renewed in my spirit. I feel loved and protected. The thoughts and advice you gave me is so powerful it really changed and helped me so much. I wish I had more time and privilege to see what God is doing through you. You are motivating me to desire to want to help others too and I often feel that I want to bring more people to your ministry. I received every word hug and love with my heart open and I do love and admire you so much. Big hugs!!