The people of the valley where we minister in Romania are called Gypsies. They are considered outcasts in Romanian society. The Gypsies live in unbelievable poverty and receive very little in the form of social or government support. This valley is a forgotten place for a forgotten people. It is here, in this forsaken community, that God led us to plant the H.I.S BridgeBuilders ministry model.
While in Romania several years ago, I was introduced to a redeemed criminal named Bogdon. After surrendering his life to Christ, Bogdon walked away from his business of drugs and prostitution in order to pursue Christ’s Kingdom. Once a lost Romanian Gypsy and now a child of the King and my brother through Christ.
It is this same grace that saved me from a lifestyle of selfish, materialistic, manipulation and led me into the family of God. We often forget where we were in life when the Lord found us. We forget about the grip that sin can hold on our lives, the hopelessness that lurks around seeking to take shape in our mind. Even when we have been walking with Jesus for several years, we can get swallowed up by the evil pursuit of sin. Reflection on these life struggles only brings more light to God’s Grace.
Walking along side people in need and sharing God’s abundant Grace is a joy and a privilege. People served through BridgeBuilders often remind me of myself before I surrendered my life to Christ. I am fearful that for most of us we begin to look at our righteous acts and worship attendance and believe somehow that we are better than others. If you have done one sin you have done them all. I am Grateful that we are all saved by Grace through Faith unto good works! Maybe it’s time for you to join us in the city or in Romania to be reminded of God’s grace that saved a sinner like you and me.
We are celebrating the organization’s first baptisms in the valley of Romania. Clearly God’s Grace is sufficient!
Attached is a video of our new brother and sister being baptized by Bogdon who is now a pastor to the people following Jesus! It really is amazing grace!
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you”