Rica Gonciulea to Romania

Gonciulea Family to Romania

Dear Brother Pastor and Church,

In these troubled times I want to greet you with the words of our Lord Jesus Christ that we find in John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Now, more than ever the world should see in our lives, the big difference between the peace that is offered by our Lord Jesus Christ and the peace that is offered by the world. The political, economic and social systems of this world are failing in providing peace for the people that are facing conflicts all over the world but our Lord Jesus Christ never fails. Apostle Paul says in Philippians 4:7 “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

I want to share with you an update on the Ukraine war and the refugee’s situation. Right now, we in Father’s House in Campulung 30 refugees: 11 from Smile House (a Manna family home from Kiev, Ukraine) and 19 from the city of Odessa. Last prayer letter we shared with you the language barrier that we faced when we had only the group from Odessa. God knew we needed help and sent the group from Smile House. Not only can they speak Ukrainian but they are Christians and can share the Gospel with the group from Odessa. They have fellowship almost every night and some of the ladies from Odessa started to come to church in Campulung. Isn’t that amazing? Praise the Lord! Last month we took all of them to Pitesti to visit the zoo and an amusement park. They had so much fun!

About the situation in Ukraine, things are worse and worse. The bombing continues and the casualties among the civilians are growing from day to day. People have no jobs. No income but also nothing to buy from stores. So far, we were able to send supplies worth $34,000. We brought the supplies with cargo vans and small trucks. The supplies were taken in two cities Cernauti and Izmail. We also helped one church from Ukraine with $10,000 to buy a van that will be used to transport the supplies to different villages that were hit by the Russians. All of this was possible because your generosity. We want to thank you for being part of this mission!

On the last trip I met pastor Andrei Bostan. He is a pastor in the village of Kiliya. He was supposed to come to Izmail to get some supplies for his community, but his car broke down. He found a van that he could use but it had no diesel in it. He tried the gas station but, the gas station was empty. Finally, he got some diesel from his friends and neighbors and came to Izmail. I filled his tank with diesel and gave him money to fix his car.

Andrei told me that the Christians from that area are treated really bad by the Russian Orthodox Church. The priests told them that if the Russian army will occupy their village, they will be the first to be executed. They asked us to pray for them and also to be ready to accommodate them here in Romania if they have to run away from the Russian army. We told them that we are ready to give them shelter and take care of all of them at any moment they need it. Please pray for them that God will give them peace in their hearts and in their country.

In our ministry we have restarted the AWANA club. In Rogova we had 27 children. We played games, sang songs and we learned about the importance of the Word of God. They had so much fun and they can’t wait for the next meeting. Please pray for them and for their families. Pray that they will accept the message of the Gospel and they will be saved.

I want to thank you for your faithfulness. I am so blessed to have you by my side in these difficult times. I want to thank you for all your prayers and support. You are in my prayers and in my heart.

With love in Christ,

Rica Gonciulea
Your missionary to Romania

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