Barnabas Bridge, Tuesday Aug 5 2014
Meet Pastor Horvath of Maranatha Church in Tg Mures, Transylvania, Romania. It was a chance Facebook connection just a few weeks before our Fall 2012 ministry trip that led to a schedule adjustment so we could make a quick one day visit. As Yvonne and I met many members of his family, we all quickly realized that it was not chance, but God, who brought us together. Every Romania ministry trip since has included time with the Horvath family. Pastor Horvath has an amazing testimony to God’s saving power – total transformation from a life of fighting and drinking to a life of ministry. He now takes the love of Christ into “Cold Valley”, where the church is located. ‘Valea Rece’ is an urban Roma community on the edge of Tg Mures. The poverty, violence, noise, and overcrowding make this one of the most demanding ‘cross-cultural’ missions we have witnessed. Often this work goes unappreciated, and there are many frustrations for, and many personal attacks on, the Horvath family. Yet this family persists. It is the Horvath family that financially keeps the church open. No donations from the congregation, and no international partners. From time to time our little congregation here in Kimberley has helped them by encouraging ministry with children, assisting with the cost of winter heat and other church needs. We certainly wish we could do more. To see the need and desperation in Cold Valley is unsettling. To hear the people in worship and prayer is inspiring. Please pray for Pastor Horvath, for his protection and strength, for encouragement and wisdom. Also, pray for the needs of Maranatha church.
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