Just thought I’d check in with you all with a May update. Tim and I are now 4 weeks into a six-week long furlough and while it’s hard to be away from the church in Romania, we have been enjoying our family enormously. We’ve spent two weeks with our older son, Seth, Michelle and baby Sonata Hahne in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, while Tim got his feet wet and his heel gashed reacquainting himself with the ocean and surfboard. I on the other hand tried to get in shape by pushing Sonata’s stroller around the lake, but can’t say I achieved it.
We also had the opportunity during those two weeks to share our ministry with loving people at Grace Church, Laguna Niguel and the Ambassadors Sunday School Class at Pacific Coast Church, San Clemente. One of the highlights of that period for Tim, thanks to the kindness of Reverence Bible Church, Mission Viejo, was the blessing of attending the T4G 2010 conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Imagine gathering together with 7,000 men and women to worship, learn and encourage one another in the Gospel. It was an unforgettable experience for him and gave him much to think on and be strengthened by, on our return to Romania. Thank you RBC!
Then on April 24th we took off for Colorado Springs, Colorado, where we have spent the last two weeks with our younger son Joey, Mihaela and little Katie Hahne, being amazed at how much she has changed since we said good bye to her at the airport in Bucuresti, and getting acquainted with the new little church they are serving here (RBC Colorado Springs). God also opened the door for me to teach my study on “Esther: Ready to Risk for the Cause of God,” which turned out to be a very sweet time with my Colorado sisters in Christ. Tim will be preaching this Sunday at Reverence and we will also be sharing about our ministry there.
Meanwhile, back home in Romania, we have heard that things are going well. Mike Babcock, a brother in our church, has been doing a great job teaching the doctrines of grace, and while the congregation and Sunday school have been small, God is being glorified. Anca, our translator (and the one who is holding down the fort at our house), unfortunately, had a mishap with our bicycle and an iron gate, leaving her with a huge knot on her forehead and two black eyes. Please pray for her for healing and further protection.
Monday, May 10th it will be time for us to head back to California for another eight days, in which we will see old friends (fun!) , see doctors (not so fun!), shop (?) and Tim will share our ministry at Sowing Circle, a Christian ministry. If you are in So. Calif and still want to meet up with us, please leave us a comment and we will do all we can to work it out. We will be traveling back to Romania on Wednesday, May 19th.
For the remainder of our furlough to be fruitful, spiritually refreshing and not too physically exhausting. The last week sometimes tends to get out of control!!!
For God to move hearts to be involved in the ministry in Valcea, financially, or through encouragement and prayer.
For God to continue to protect the church at home in Valcea, to bless those serving the church in our absence and for the Gospel to bear fruit.
For wisdom on how to best deal with my health issues (Krista) and provision of all our needs.
We are so grateful for all of you who stand with us against the darkness of unbelief and spiritual bondage in Ramnicu Valcea, Romania. Praise be to God through Jesus Christ that He is able to set free.