In the first week of June, James Vaughton, TEN CEO, and Ken Millwood, TEN Partners and Projects Officer made a four-day visit to Romania and Serbia to assess building projects in several locations.
Ken reports: “God is changing lives in Roma communities across Europe. It was a pleasure to meet up with TEN supporter, Andrew Saxton (Life 2 Romania) together with several of TEN’s partners who are seeing many Roma people come to faith and have the challenge of providing somewhere suitable for them to meet. One of these communities is in Tarcea, Romania.
During 2018, Roma villagers in Tarcea (north-west Romania) heard about families in a nearby village who had come to know Jesus resulting in the transformation of the local community. In response, TEN partner Pastor Gavril Covaci arrived in Tarcea and local people noticed him looking for someone.
“Who are you looking for?” they asked.
“I am looking for Jesus. Can you tell me if he is in this village?”
Gavril then preached Jesus to them and the first converts made confessions of faith that day. Meetings were held outdoors as there was no building in which to meet. There are now about 30 baptised believers in the Tarcea village of 150 houses.
A simple brick building with corrugated iron roofing and a stove for heating was quickly built in November 2018. This enabled the weekly meetings to continue during the cold winter. This building is not yet completed, and our visit was to review what needs to be done to complete it. We were accompanied on our visit by a representative of International Cooperation Ministry, an American charity we have recently partnered with, who provide funds for church building projects around the world.
From Romania, we flew to Bulgaria and drove into Serbia to visit projects and meet with partners. We visited projects in Lebane, Bojnik and the Child Evangelism Fellowship camp at Mrcajevci and Novi Sad covering almost 1,400 kilometres.
Once again, we returned with hearts of thankfulness to God for his faithfulness and freshly envisioned by the faith and witness of our partners and their churches.”