It has been quite the changing of tides lately. So many changes happening, but we know in our hearts we are moving forward in the right direction.
Liviu and I resigned from our position as Youth Pastors from Romanian Baptist Church of Metropolitan Chicago in June and had our last Sunday there on July 2. It was not easy to say goodbye to the youth that we had been serving the past 4 ½ years but we knew that it was time to be released to focus on our mission to Romania. We will be focusing these next few months on traveling to churches and partners to talk more about our ministry and how to get involved.
We are currently still raising support to make our way to Romania by the end of September 2017. We only have a few short months left to make this happen. We are scheduled to be at a few churches the last couple weekends of July to talk about our ministry and how to partner with us financially. We have 30% of our funds raised so far and we are praying that the Lord continues to provide for all our needs before our deadline in September.
God has been showing Himself faithful in so many ways. We have had different confirmations along the way giving us peace that we are doing the right thing in moving to Romania. It is a big step of faith, but we would rather step out and do it afraid than to have never done anything at all.
In August, we plan on moving from Chicago, IL to Kenosha, WI until we leave for the mission field. We will be spending time with my (Chelsea’s) family as much as possible before leaving. We will be busy handling the details in moving, shipping packages to Romania, and having a moving sale.
We would love to meet with anyone who is interested in partnering with us in ministry. Please contact Chelsea or Liviu if you would like to meet for more information on what we will be doing in Romania and how to get involved.
Our family is embarking on a new adventure. We will be using this blog to post about the latest updates in our lives, to be an encouragement to others, and to express ourselves in the most vulnerable way possible. We are so excited for what God is doing in and through us even though it can be the most terrifying state to be in!
Let me start from the beginning. Last summer Liviu was approached by Harvest Bible Chapel in Arad, Romania to consider going there to be a youth pastor. We thought this was an amazing opportunity but wanted to make sure that this was something God wanted for us and not our own will. We prayed and fasted for about six months until we felt like we knew God’s answer. We took the step of faith and accepted to be Young Adult pastors and have been taking the proper steps to move forward.
We started looking into various missions organizations to see what would best fill our needs and wanted them to keep us financially accountable. We finally found one called International Ministerial Fellowship (IMF) that is just outside of Minneapolis. Everything about this organization has been wonderful and we are so thankful that we have been able to work with them. Liviu and I both are now licensed ministers through IMF and are also approved missionaries! This organization helps us take care of our finances by having our financial partners send money to them, give them tax write offs, and dispensing the money into our account so that we can be active missionaries.
If I’m being honest, I have to admit that asking for financial support is not my favorite thing to do and is very stretching for me. But the more and more I look at it, I realize that it is absolutely vital for our family to do this in order to be missionaries, especially in Romania. Now I know what some of you may be thinking… why should you have to pay money in order for us to minister in a different country? Well the answer to that is actually pretty simple, but first we need to understand the biblical foundation of missions and supporting missionaries.
- The example of Jesus (Luke 8:1-3) – Many people supported Jesus and His disciples
- The teaching of Jesus (Matthew 10:9-10) – A kingdom worker is worthy of support
- The example of Paul (Acts 18:4-5) – He stopped tent making to preach full time on support
- The teaching of Paul (1 Corinthians 9:1-18) – He had the right to be supported by the churches
So the simple answer is: it’s Biblical. I know it may be hard to understand from your perspective and my own as well, but God has called each and every one of us to extend His kingdom, whether that be the one that GOES or the one that GIVES. The main thing that I need to constantly remind myself is that God is the source of our funds not the donors. It has been a huge step of faith putting our financial future in God’s hands and to be honest there are times when fear takes over and I have no idea how everything will come together, but in the end I know that God will provide for our needs.
I would rather step out in faith than to have never stepped out at all.
This is only the beginning of our story. We plan to leave for Romania the end of September! We are still in the process of raising our financial support, getting passports, finding a home in Arad, etc. Please be praying for us and all of the details that need to be taken care of before we leave. If you feel like God is laying on your heart to help support us financially, please contact us and we will give you more details on how to do so. God bless!