THE 2008 CONVENTION at Novi, MI. is now history; and a very pleasant spiritual memory. Will we ever forget the vivid impression of those giant banners showing the faces of “unreached people” and all the colorful flags representing more than 6.7 billion people living (and dying) on earth?
If you were not able to go, then you missed the “Flag of the nations” procession held Satuday evening, when our Romanian foreign missionaries entered the great hall in national dress. These riveting activities carried out the convention’s missions theme, “The Whole Gospel for the Whole World.”
Most importantly, evening altar services drew hundreds of young people and adults toward a closer walk with the Lord. A final word of special thanks in certainly due to Coordinating Pastor Simion Timbuc for his untiring efforts to lead a great spiritual and world missions-oriented convention.
Discover Your Mission was privileged to assist Pastor Timbuc in preparing for this history-making event. In the Sunday night rally, the Wilsons were graciously honored by receiving a plaque presented to us as “Mr. and Mrs. Mission” to Romanian churches of North America.
Four Romanian churches were presented awards at the convention for outstanding missionary giving during 2007:
Elim Church, Phoenix — Pastor Peter Lascau (S. Boros, Miss, Sect’y.)
Elim Church, Hollywood, FL — Pastor George Strimbu (N. Russ, Miss. Sect’y).
Betesda Church, Troy, MI.,– Simion Timbuc, Pastor (D. Pele, Miss Sect’y)
Ist. Church, Kenmore, WA. — Vasile Antimie, Pastor (V.Polocoser. Miss. Sect’y.)
LABOR DAY CONVENTION PICNIC: More than 2,000 Romanians and guests enjoyed a great Christian festival under blue skies at a nearby county park. Host church Betesda Romanian Church enlisted all the Detroit churches to provide a great banquet of “mich”, chicken, watermelon and endless home-made deserts.
“CREATIVE ACCESS” NATIONS: Many of our Romanian missionaries have been called to countries where serious persecution prevails. In the past, we have been pretty free to tell you who they are, and where our missionaries are serving. However, we are advised that the internet can become a real threat to their ministry; and could cause them to be expelled by hostile authorities. Hereafter, every time you contribute to Romanian missionary ministry through DYM, you will receive detailed information via the mail along with your tax-deductible receipt. In future, we will be more discreet in these monthy Romanian Missionary Newsnote communiques. Our address is: 1612, Canyon Lake, Santa Ana, CA., 92705, USA.
PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS: “Amnesty International” has identified Chistians as the world’s largest persecuted minority. Dr. David Barrett reports that about 174,000 people will be killed this year because they are Christians. That is a daily average of 475 martyrs.
We are reminded to pray for the persecuted Church.
NEW BOOK ABOUT WORLD MISSIONS: “Amvonul Mari Trimiteri” has just been released in the Romanian language. It contains 20 articles on world missions, and a very special supplement about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Cost, including postage, in the USA and Canada — $10.
Ordering 5 copies or more — $8 each, fom Discover Your Mission, 1612 Canyon Lake, Santa Ana, CA., 92705, USA.
WILSONS TO ROMANIA: Wilsons will arrive in Romania Sept. 22, and will begin a period of ministry at “RoMisCon-10” at Baie-Mare. Cameron will also teach at Eastern Europe Bible College, Oradea, as well as at the Missionary Training School near Constanta. Marvel will celebrate her birthday for the 14th consecutive year while in Romania. this ministry continues because of the faithful prayers and giving of God’s people.
YOUR CITIZENSHIP: What is your citizenship??? Let me tell you about your true citizenship. All born-again people receive a new citizenship that greatly transcends their native-born nationality. Humanly, you were born of “flesh, and the will of man.” Possibly that makes you a Romanian. However, when you were born again, you received a new birth by the Spirit (John 1:13.) you were “naturalized” by grace into a new race, which the Apostle Paul referred to as the “Church of God.” I Cor. 10:32. You became a citizen of a global nationality related through the blood of Christ; and made up of people from many countries with thousands of different backgrounds.. According to missionary statisticians, the population of your new nationality is approximately 700 milliion born-again people living on all continents.
Abraham, our “father” was called out of a great Chaldean city to establish himself as a missionary in Caanan. He lived daily as a witness for the Creator God to all the tribes people of his adopted nation. Abraham did NOT look up all the Chaldean ex-patrioits in Canaan in order to build an Chaldean language church in Canaan. If he had done that, he would have frustrated God’s command to bless all the ethne of earth. He would have built an ethnic fence around his message, effectively shutting out the unevangelized neighborhood. That would have been contrary to God’s revealed plan.
This writer has discovered after a lifetime of ministry, that the more a person is centered on his national identity and traditions – the more difficult it is for that person to perceive the New Testament plan and lifestyle. Of course, I am proud of my native country, which is listed much higher than the USA in “quaility of life.” Nevertheless, I must say with Paul, “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world,” (Gal 6:14).
As a Christian, you belong to a whole new race. The world is your parish.
Gifts to Discover Your Mission are income tax-deductible. Offerings designated to a specific Romanian missionary or project are forwarded 100% as requested. Offerings designated for the Missionary Training school at Agigea are doubled in value through a matching fund.
“Abound in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ…”
Cameron W. Wilson, Founder/President