Back in July (the 21-23), I had the incredible privilege to spend a few days with Nicu and Silvana Hagiu, the Calvary Chapel/native missionaries serving in the gypsy villages of Sacuieu and Calatele. After attending the baptisms in Sacuieu a few weeks earlier, we had planned for me to return, specifically to work with a little girl named Claudia. I also needed to deliver all the "Jesus Loves You goody bags" that my dear friend Jill and her neighborhood girls had made for the kids here. However, when I arrived we learned that most of the village was now up in the mountains harvesting blueberries. Due to heaving raining and problems with their car, we were unable to drive up to the mountains to meet up with the family. So instead I was blessed with 3 days of refreshing and sweet fellowship, including getting to go to Tuesday night church service in Calatele. Church service was held in Mama Maria's home, with Feri (one of the men who was recently baptised) and several young girls in attendance. After church, I was able to meet up with little Marinela, one of the girls who stole mine and Brenna's hearts last year. It was an encouraging time just being with the Hagiu's and seeing their servant hearts in action.
This last week I received an email from Silvana saying that they gave out some of the gifts to the kids in Calatele, and that the children were delighted to know children in the U.S. also love Jesus! Please continue to pray for the Hagiu's, especially as Nicu has now been made the senior pastor for the 2 villages, as they transition to being under Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa's missionary board, for Silvana as she ministers to the women and children, and also for the provision of a reliable car (or for their car to be safely repaired) as they have recently had to walk to the villages which takes several hours!
The kids of Calatele say Multumesc (thank you) for their "Jesus Loves You Bags"