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December 2016 Update

Below you can find the December 2016 Update of the URCNA mission work in Romania.

Technology On the Romanian Mission Field

In most places in Europe, being a confessional Reformed Christian means being part of a tiny minority which stands as an isolated island among other religious communities. Except for the UK & the Netherlands, in most countries in Europe there are only a few small confessional Reformed churches. These are often struggling church plants separated by hundreds or even thousands of miles.

Planting a confessional Reformed church in Bucharest is no exception to this European experience. But in spite of being far away from the sending church and from other NAPARC missionaries, I have found some comfort in the little communication that is made possible by technology.

This week I was able to address Classis Southwest US of the URCNA through a Facebook video call. I rejoiced seeing the delegates and hearing from them. Although we often complain that modern technology discourages personal relationships, there seem to be cases where it actually connects people who are otherwise separated by thousands of miles.

Just like the alphabet or the printing press, modern technology is a common grace that comes from the providence of God. We are often fascinated by the new gadgets and we see them as purely human creations forgetting that ”all things come not by chance but by his fatherly hand.” (HC 27)

I can’t imagine being a missionary 200 years ago and having to send letters overseas as the only way to communicate with a sending church. Although modern technology, like all other common grace blessings, can be used for sinful purposes because it is in the hands of sinful people, in cases of far away mission fields it can be a valuable lifeline.

Just as the printing press helped our 16th century Reformed churches communicate to people who would not have the chance to step every Sunday in a Reformed church, so also modern technology enables small church plants like ours to communicate to people who didn’t even know that we exist.

Out of the 2 million people who live in Bucharest, 1.2 million of them have a Facebook account. I have been posting ads on Facebook and also video recordings of my sermons on Youtube. Our Romanian website also contains the sermons as well as other Reformed articles and books we have translated over the years.

Please join us in prayer that the Lord would bless our communication efforts and that more people might be introduced to our church plant through these means.

Rev. Mihai Corcea

 

August 2016 Update

Dear brothers and sisters,

I praise our Lord that by his grace I was able to complete a journey which three years ago seemed impossible. By God’s mercy, after completing my seminary studies in May, I was able to sustain my candidacy exam before Classis Southwest on July 19th. Shortly after, I was ordained as a missionary under the oversight of Christ URC Santee on July 24th. Then, my wife Lidia and I returned to our home country Romania on July 25th. These past few weeks have been full of challenges and blessings. As we said goodbye to the saints of Santee, we were reminded what a blessing it is to have a church family where our souls are nourished with the sound teaching of the word of God. We were comforted by many words of encouragement, and our hearts were filled with joy and hope even though our tears were not absent. It was indeed a bitter-sweet experience: we longed to return to our home country but we were sad to know that we would be far away from many dear friends.

Recently, we were able to secure a meeting place in Bucharest where we are now able to start worship services with our core group and reach out to other people. In God’s providence we found an affordable meeting place in a great location downtown Bucharest: it is within 3 minutes walking distance from a subway station and one block away from the largest park downtown Bucharest. Because of this, it is easily accessible to anyone in Bucharest.

We ask you to join us in prayer that the Lord would bless the ministry of Word and Sacrament in Bucharest. Pray for the few people who are part of our church planting work: being far away from other like minded churches is difficult, especially as loneliness can become a frequent experience, both for the church planter and for the church plant members. Please pray for our financial needs and consider contributing towards our 2017 budget. We trust that the Lord will continue to use the love and generosity of URCNA churches for this work in Romania to be able to continue.

 

Warmly in Christ,

Rev. Mihai Corcea

Evangelical Reformed Church of Bucharest

 

P.S. If you have any questions regarding Romania or about our mission work please contact me at mihaicorcea@christurc.org

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