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Fulfilling Riverside’s vision in Romania

Steve and Mihaela Jones have visited from Romania and it was great for some of us to meet with them at Riverside House on Thursday 16th June. We heard of their recent 2 week trip to Gipsy churches in Pitesti and Craiova for children’s work (Mihaela), teaching (Steve) and performances of their latest theatre production in various places (with young people from various churches in Brasov).  In Brasov itself, their theatre production is still performed each year in several establishments at Easter (& Christmas), including the prison, theatres and churches. In their local church, Mihaela leads the children’s work and Steve preaches twice a month.

After seeing photos of their recent trip, we had an opportunity to encourage them and pray for them. Their work is not easy but there is clear evidence of the kingdom of God growing in Brasov and elsewhere. Their church has opened its doors to a student group needing a place to meet and pray and plan activities. There has been a recent revival amongst gypsy folk in Campulung. Regular visits to Pitesti and Craiova over the years mean that Steve and Mihaela are well received in the gypsy communities there. Youngsters are being discipled & trained as leaders through the theatre work.

Isaiah Project: They invite support for a week-long gypsy children’s Christian camp this summer as well as helping them to asphalt an area near the gypsy church in Craiova which will be used for the bible games and activities and be available for the children to play safely on at other times. Target is £600 – gifts can be channelled through Julian Mander/Riverside House (payable to Riverside).

[Photo is of Steve & Mihaela with their theatre group doing mime during outreach in a park]

Marc Cottrell
(AROMA, Riverside Overseas Missions Team)