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

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

Fall 2016

WOW! It feels like summer just zipped by so quickly we wonder where it went! We started out going to Free Chapel which is an amazing church. We were so blessed to be there and still watch it online. After several months because it is so large, we wanted to find a smaller place where it would be easier to develop relationships. 12 Stone Church Braselton Campus is where we ended up. Pastor, Dan, is an awesome pastor and the people are so very friendly. They are doing an amazing job reaching out to make everyone feel like they are important and matter.

We have been blessed to help out at Sunday School and on the Prayer Team and took our first person through our FTC Ministry. She was an amazing lady and here is her testimony that she sent to Pastor Dan about the ministry. She is allowing us to use on our website.

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“The Spiritual healing that I received in that three hour process was amazing. It is such a personal and loving setting that allows you to forgive yourself as God has forgiven you. Let God, let go as we woman in Small Group say. They always used the Word of God to support the truth. It was a spiritual cleansing.”

This past six months we have been privileged to meet and do prayer ministry with and for an incredible group of people from Chattanooga Tennessee. We were also able to do some teaching there and will be going back with our friends, Bob and Sharon Calhoun and Brian and Cheryl Matthews, to do an all day Saturday ministry in October. Each of us will be sharing different parts about activating our gifts. Our hearts are filled with excitement to see what God will do not only for them but for us as a team doing ministry together. Here is an email we received from Pat and Jim in Chattanooga.

“We first met Bob and Joan in April 2016. Then in June 2016, we heard them teach about the orphan spirit. After hearing the teaching, we realized the orphan spirit described our lives. We set up an appointment to go through the entire Freedom Through Christ Ministry. WOW! We were blessed beyond description! The lights turned on! And God gave us more and more freedom as hidden lies were revealed and replaced with the truth.

It was like my heart was “found” as God’s love shone in upon it. Love for my husband was multiplied. Love for Jesus grew. Joy. Peace. Delight. Just put simple “freedom through Christ!” Our lives have been strengthened, grounded, and encouraged through the Biblical principals of FTCM.

Then Bob and Joan shared even more by coming to our home in Chattanooga and letting us observe and take part while some of our family and friends went through the FTCM. Bob and Joan are teaching us how to share the FTCM with others. It’s so interesting when we see people who are hurting, struggling, and searching for help, and knowing we can offer this ministry to them as well.”

This is what we love to do and is our passion in life. Our prayer is that we might go to other places and not only share but train more and more people to do FTCM. The steps are easy, and so many people are holding regrets and things in their heart that need healing. So many of us know the truth in our heads, but getting it down to our hearts is a journey. FTCM helps us on this journey. Each time we take someone through or teach, God touches our hearts in a deeper way.

We are all on this incredible journey to a new place we have never been before and a new season in God’s time table. To go as a team helping and encouraging each other with the tools we need and our gifts activated is such a gift from the Lord. How can we ever thank Him enough except to give our lives to Him and follow the pathways He has had planned for us since before we were even born? Eph. 2:10

Our plan, God willing, is to go to Southern California for November and December to help some friends with their business. Not only can we help them, but we can earn some money that will allow us to go to Romania again in February/March and also to England to be with our young adult Romanian friends there. We get to encourage and be encouraged and have an adventure with them and the Lord as He opens up some doors for us there to do ministry there.

The months here have been good for us to study and learn even more and to edit our manual with the things we are learning and finding to be more effective. Our hearts are very full of thankfulness and expectation for the plans God has for us in the days and months to come.

We pray many blessings on all of you and thank you from our hearts for your love, prayers and support you have given us. Being able to share makes everything so much richer, so it is our joy that you allow us to do that.

May you dream big dreams, because we have a big God, and be blessed as you see them come to pass with joy in your hearts.

P.S. More testimonies are available to read under “Testimonies” on our home page menu.

Bob and Joan Phillips

May Newsletter

Greetings from Georgia!

Our latest news is that we have moved to Georgia for this new season in our lives.  We are pretty excited to see what God has in mind for us.  Free Chapel in Gainesville is our new church home where Jentezen Franklin is head Pastor.

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When we left Oregon, we left behind a new team trained to do FTCM.  Clark and Laura Casewell are leading the team, and each person in the team has wonderful gifts to contribute to the ministry.  Each one has an amazing heart to reach out to others with truth and love.  It’s going to be such a blessing to hear what they have done and how God is bringing new freedom to others through them.

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To update you on the village of Lazareni in Romania the news is that we sent some money for them to make baby cribs for the children who had been sleeping on the floor and getting bitten by rats or in beds with the older children.  This was difficult because it kept the older children awake with the wiggling and made it hard for them in school when they didn’t get enough sleep.  Thank you so much to those of you who gave towards this worthy cause.  This didn’t just help the babies and school kids.   The men in the woodworking shop found a new project to bless their village and also to increase their skills.

Besides that look what the men did!  They brought in the young men in the village and taught them to make the cribs also!  What a blessing.

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New ladies have been added in the sewing project now.  Once again they are sharing their skills by bringing in some of the younger girls to teach them how to embroider and sew.

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More cards were also purchased from the village.  Our special friends in Michigan, Robin and Brian at Arnies Arts and Crafts, are selling them for us once again.  Proceeds from the cards can go back onto the village for more supplies. What a huge blessing for us to see!  God has a way of multiplying what you give and do and spreading it to bless many others.  This is only the beginning of the wonderful things God has in store.  Our prayer is that God will send us back to Romania this fall.  A part of our hearts remain there with the people it was so easy to love and admire.

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In May, we had an opportunity to meet up with our friend, Jess Parker, who has TDS Ministries out of Yuba City CA  for a conference in Chattanooga TN.  Jess has a very powerful ministry to teach and train people how to recognize and defeat demonic activity in the lives of believers.  There are some great people in Chattanooga that we got to meet.  Since we are neighbors now, we hope to meet up with them again in the near future.

Our new home we bought should be ready for us to move into by early June.  After that, it won’t take us long to be up and running again.  So we are hoping to keep updating the newsletter more often again.

May you be very blessed and find divine appointments each day in your lives as you go forward on your journey to your destiny with our Wonderful Lord.

Bob and Joan

 

 

November Newsletter

IMG_1615After building a cottage this summer on our friends (Brian and Cheryl’s) property so we have a place to come and go from, we took October off and jumped in the car for a 6,000 mile trip to visit some of our family and friends.

From Atlanta we took a short trip to Romania to join Jess Parker during a conference in Oradea for pastors from the Federation of Independent Churches in Romania.

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What a joy it is to spend some time with some of the amazing young adults there.

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Arnies Arts and Crafts in Houghton Lake Michigan sent some needed supplies for the ladies in the sewing project.  In addition, we had a great time teaching them to make some fun bags.

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Robin and the team at Arnies have volunteered to sell the cards at their store that the ladies in the gypsy village are making. This is just the beginning of different designs the ladies are trying out.  They are also embroidering decorator pillows.

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What a blessing it is to see the joy they have that they have with their new skills.  Two new ladies have been added to the program with other ladies on a waiting list.  The size of the building they are presently using limits the number of people in the program until a larger building can be provided.

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The team at Arnies have gone beyond just selling the cards.  You can see two of them matting and framing some of the embroidery pictures at the store’s expense. If you are interested in ordering any cards or pictures from Arnies, their phone number is 1-800-563-2356.  They have a wonderful store filled with great craft ideas and supplies.  Words cannot express how much we appreciate the giving hearts at Arnies. They are helping the villagers of Lazareni move out of their poverty and providing hope for a much better quality of life.

IMG_1573-1 Regarding the mens projects with the wood shop, we won’t be able to show pictures of wood projects.  Instead of this, they have focused on building a place for the after school tutoring, office and storage space.

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Building a house for one of the families involved in the program was the second project.  Their old dwelling was falling apart allowing rats entrance.  You can see what a nice place the men built with the help of Empower Romania raising funds to buy the materials while the men involved in the training project did the work.

During the next few months, we will be focused on doing some training and ministry here in the states.  It is also our hope to find some new markets for the cards and items the Lazareni workers will be producing.

Many thanks again for the giving and prayers from all of you.  Many blessings for your holidays with wonderful memories to cherish.

Bob and Joan

 

July Newsletter

Greetings from Oregon

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It’s hard to believe this is the last day in July!  We are almost finished building a small one bedroom one bath cottage on our friends, Brian and Cheryl Matthews property.  In return for building it, we will be able to stay here and have a place to come and go from until the Lord shows us our next step.  Once we complete the cottage, hopefully in the next two weeks, we can pray about what to do or where to go next.  Our partner in ministry and friend, Dennis Bohnstehn, is working on plastering it for us today.  And… it is over 104 degrees today!  What a huge blessing he and Kim have been to our ministry for years now.  They have always encouraged us so much.

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For many years we have had a dream and even a prophecy about having a center where people can come for healing ministry, training and equipping.  Having a property where we could have some of the young adults from Romania come to receive ministry and be trained would be a dream come to pass.  In addition to this, we would love to finish training and establishing some places of prayer and ministry in Romania and other places God might open doors for us to do this at.

Here is part of the prophecy we received from Bishop Hammond who didn’t know us in August of 2003.

“There’s going to be many, many young people gather around you wanting wisdom, wanting counsel.  And you are going to develop that training center…that equipping center… that place where you are going to co-labor with.  Make the vision known.  Write it and make it plain.

Birth pains are coming says the Lord, and you’re going to give birth.  When you give birth, others can help you nurture it.  I will not give birth pains without birthing says the Lord.  The ministry will come forth.  You will have the physical place the people and the resources, and it shall be accomplished.  You will accomplish more in your later years than you accomplished all your years before.”

It seems like now is the time to reach out for the dream.  We are certainly in our later years!!!  We’ve never actually written it out before, so we wanted to be sure we were obedient to the word we were given.

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We’ve been looking on line at northern Idaho and in northeastern Washington near the Idaho border at places with acreage.  Not that we are limited to that area.  It seems like a good idea to be out in the country,  yet with  an airport nearby.  That way it would be convenient for us and other people to fly in and out.  Right now it is just a dream.  But hey!  Without dreams, you have nowhere to aim.

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While we are here in Oregon, we have been asked to do some training and ministry at our church with FICM.  In the meantime, God is always faithful to bring people across our paths to encourage.  It’s great that we are able to stay in contact with the young adults in Romania via email and Skype.  We sure do miss everyone there.

This is a wonderful new season of opportunity.  May you be richly blessed as God prepares you for this time ahead.  May doors of opportunity be opened for the dreams in your heart to come to pass.
Many blessings,

Bob and Joan

June Newsletter

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The month of May took us out of Romania for awhile to meet up with our friends, Bob and Sharon Calhoun, and Brian and Cheryl Matthews. When the six of us went back into Romania it was a great time to say the least.

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Brian got to share on Sunday morning at New Life Church and did a great job. Afterwards we had a pizza party for about 20 of the young adults at the church.

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The next adventure was to go out to the gypsy village. Our friends, Robin and Brian from Michigan, sent a box with wonderful gifts for the village sewing group to use. Inside the box were the coveted soccer shirts that Brian designed. They were awesome and the guys were very excited to get them. There were only some of the guys there who would wear the shirts.   The younger boys who were at school will love wearing them during the games they play.

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What was really fun was that we got to take a very special treat with us. 200 ice creams were loaded up covered in ice for the village kids. There was enough ice cream left over for the workers and for the kindergarten and after school kids for the next day also.
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While we were there we got to go to the office Joanna, the dentist, is using. It was amazing what she had accomplished in just a short time.  She was hard at work and had done 64 patients already when we were there.  Her work is continuing each day to bless more of the people so in need of it in the village.. So the dental unit so many of you helped us get is really getting a work out!

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The kitchen is well on the way to be completed.  Along with the oven they needed a refrigerator.  With the help of our friends, we were able to give the money for them to purchase a nice one. They still needed a mixer and some other kitchen tools we were able to take out with us for them.

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Brian, Bob and Bob were able to go to the same orphanage we went to last May. Brian was hoping to find a couple of the young men he bonded with on the last trip. What a blessing that they were out on the sidewalk when the men arrived! They took cookies for the orphanage and the boys were excited and remembered Brian right away and ran up to him. The two Bob’s got to see the the trophies for sports one of the boys had won.  He was so proud to show both the Bob’s while Brian arm wrestled the boys in the kitchen.

The final day at Bookafe we told everyone we would be available for three hours to meet with people. Instead of maybe a few people showing up, there was a steady stream waiting to share and be encouraged and prayed for by us all. It was a wonderful time.

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The very best thing the whole time was seeing the love in the hearts of the people who received us. We are convinced we receive so much more than we give, because of the amazing quality of the people who have such wonderful hearts and openness to share their lives with us. 

We will be returning to Oregon June 15th after a couple more weeks traveling with our friends through Europe. We do know we will be doing some training for some people in Eugene about our ministry for healing hurts of the heart. We also hope to gather up ideas and samples for new projects for the gypsy village to help continue the work they are doing to improve their lives.

Freedom Through Christ Romania

This has been an amazing season in our lives In Romania that we are forever grateful we got to be a part of.  Cornel and Cami received us with so much love and helped us so much more than we can express.  We are extremely blessed by all of you who gave and encouraged and prayed for us while we delivered what you so generously gave. It seems that this is just the beginning, and God has more coming up that we can be a part of in the months ahead.  It will be exciting to see what unfolds.

Many blessings on you all,

Bob and Joan

May Newsletter

GOD IS ON THE MOVE! And He is using His people to do wonderful things as a team to accomplish His purposes.

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The results of many people working together made it possible to get the dental unit up and running. After we got the unit, we discovered it was missing the connections that actually make it operable. Our young dentist from Brazil, Joanna, got those connections, which were expensive, and put them together. So now any dentist who comes to help can even clean teeth with the unit.

A doctor in the nearby village offered a free room in his office with running water to have a clean, safe, and legal place to use the unit. Then another one offered the use of his sterilization unit which is about a $3,000 unit for use. I believe someone else gave all the supplies and materials needed in addition to the unit to actually work on teeth.

Anyway, the awesome news is that it is finally up and running! We are thanking God for everyone who listened to the Lord’s leading to make it all happen. It took a team. What an amazing impact for the village to have Joanna offering her time and money to stay and help actually do all the dental work. We pray she will be richly blessed beyond measure for her heart to help in such a great way.

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An Easter Party for the children at the village was a great time with butterfly cookies, colored boiled eggs, drinks, chocolate eggs, and fruit bread. They also got to watch the “Jesus” movie. There were balloons and for the smallest children we had little stuffed monkeys to give to them.

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The sewing gang finished the quilts they were making and sold them. This brought big smiles on pay day as it was the first time they had earned money from what they created. We also sold some pillows they made. Next came more pillows and embroidering greeting cards for Mandy to take to Australia.

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The men made more benches and sold 10 of them already. Work started on fencing they are making which was presold. Above are pictures of the 4 men who are working at the wood shop with a little bit about them. They are still looking for sponsors for some of the men to give them a small wage while they are in training for 13 months.

Another exciting thing that has happened is that there was nothing for the teen boys at Lazareni. Beni who does the work shop had a burden for them.  Since he loves soccer (which is a big thing in Romania) he offered to start working with the boys 2 afternoons a week teaching then to work together as a team and have something to look forward to after school.

Our friends, Brian and Robin in Michigan at Arnies Arts and Crafts, offered to design and supply the team with soccer shirts. This is like a really big deal. The boys don’t have many clothes and to have a special team shirt is something very impacting to them. Then our friend, Sally, gave money to buy the backstops and level and prepare a playing field for them.   Robin mailed the package to Romania, so we will have it hopefully when we get back on May 16th to take out to the village. We are hoping to get pictures of the team wearing their new shirts playing a game.

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Work is going forward on the kitchen at Lazareni.  Above is the new stove still packaged up waiting for the cupboards to be finished.

Bookafe is hoping to have the Place of Prayer open starting in May.  So all in all, things are moving forward at a great pace.

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We left Romania to celebrate our birthdays and meet up with friends we will be taking back to Romania. So for the next two weeks we will be on the move heading back that way from Barcelona. This is also an early celebration for our 40th anniversary in June. Here are some pictures of before and after. Wow! Where did all the years go, and who are those old people? We still feel young inside and thankful for God’s grace that we are able to do all we have been doing.

We pray for many blessings to overtake you, and we are so thankful for the prayers and wonderful things you have done to make it all happen.

Bob and Joan