It was a dark, dreary winter and the weather had little to do with it. Our little Roma church in Csobanka was suffering. You may have noticed for many weeks I have listed on our prayer requests, "Please pray for healing and forgiveness among the members of the Csobanka Roma Baptist Church". There were words spoken, feelings hurt, unkind actions taken, and satan was having a heyday, giggling all the way as the members dropped out, refusing to return despite efforts at reconciliation. We knew only prayer, the work of the Spirit, could heal the wounds. Two - three faithful kept the little church going. Our spirits sagged as we went through the drab, gray days of winter. We continued to ask our supporters to pray...
God heard and answered! Spring came and along with it new life! Suddenly, without any signs, the members begin to come back! We have had near capacity crowds of 16-20 adults and 4-6 children. Last Sunday, with the blooms of the fruit trees, tulips, and lilacs adding color to the landscape, the voices singing praises to God could be heard as the church met. Healing has begun and forgiveness is coming. Several members testified that they realized they shouldn't let others get in the way of their relationship with God. We are overwhelmed at the working of the Spirit in the lives of Roma members. There is no way to explain it but through the power of prayer and God speaking to their hearts. As we left, I thought surely satan is crying today! For God has overcome! Thank you for being a part of that!
Please continue to pray for the Csobanka Roma Baptist Church and its members. There is still reconciliation that needs to take place. While forgiveness is being offered, it is hard to forget the hurts. Ask the Spirit to continue to work, softening the hearts, and bringing the discouraged ones back to Him. Please ask specifically that God would speak to Kovacs (KO-vach), our guitar player and song leader, and his wife, who are still not ready to return.
Join us in praising God for answered prayers!