Good News Church in Constanta, Romania
Traian and Elena Pascalau, who lead the Good News Church in Constanta, Romania, have responded to the impact of COVID-19 lockdown and social isolation by getting connected online with their community. In fact, Traian even managed to offer local church members a crash course on using whatever technology people had available in order to stay connected.
Every day, Pastor Traian shares a message of encouragement for the community, along with praise reports and prayers for those in need. One of the oldest church members, who remembered the time when the church never had a building, said with wise humour, “Pastor always told us that we are the church and if we are the church, we can still sing together and speak with each other.”
Since the last in-person meeting, three new people have already joined the virtual congregation. Another lady, who had recently attended the church meeting, asked to stay in touch. She was added to a WhatsApp group and sent in a short message. “I was in your church only once and I already miss it. I wanted to come every Sunday. It was the first time in my life when I felt that God is real. Now I cannot come anymore, I am determined to not let this stop me. Is there a way I can give my heart to Jesus Christ online or do I have to wait?”
She did not have to wait. Traian prayed with her and she is now a Christian. The church is a living organism that is growing, no matter what. Apart from the online meetings, Traian also helps with shopping for food and other essentials on behalf of those people who are unable to leave their homes.