Jake and I joined Alex on Tuesday at Piata Obor to pass out gospel tracts near the subway station. I love the work Alex is doing, and his zeal for sharing the gospel (driven by his own experience of radical transformation when he discovered the message of the cross) is infectious and challenging.
Alex is a guy who really doesn’t care what he looks like out there sharing the gospel, knowing it’s by nature foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:18-31). It’s an unnerving and challenging but also inspiring characteristic. I’ve been in the subway with Alex when he’s started a conversation with me loud enough to be called open-air preaching, and the results were similar. My first time joining Alex for evangelism, he convinced me to grab his bullhorn and start preaching… in English… with no interpreter. I’m still not sure how he convinced me that was a good idea. Other times, he’s stopped young women on the street and asked them, as a grandfather might, “Why are you dressed like this? Don’t you know you’re causing guys to stumble? Don’t you care about their souls?” Hanging out with him can be, well, embarrassing.
The bottom line, though, is this: if hell is real, and if sin destroys men here and for eternity, and if Jesus really rescues men, then the gospel is worth your and my embarrassment.
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Posted in Bucharest
Tagged alexandru grigorescu, eastern orthodoxy, evangelism, high school, letter, missionary, open-air, prayer, prayer letter, prophecy, prophetic evangelism, testimonies, treasure-hunting, universities, vacaresti
A few months ago, I was really discouraged at how little evangelism I saw going on in this “Christian” nation of Romania. In particular, I wanted to preach open-air, but I knew no one loud enough or bold enough to translate for me. So, after praying, I went on Youtube to see if there were any videos of anyone doing evangelism in the streets of Bucharest. (At the time, Youtube seemed the natural place to check. Now, it really doesn’t make any sense to me. I mean, of all the places to look for evidence of street evangelism, why go to Youtube?)
I came across a couple videos of an older gentleman named Alexandru Grigorescu who was preaching open-air, passing out tracts, and talking with individuals one-on-one. (Check out his videos here.) Although his style was more confrontational than I liked, I could tell the man desperately loved people and was filled with compassion for their souls. Something in my spirit shouted, “Yes! There *is* fire in Bucharest!” I immediately sent the man a message saying how encouraging it was to see his videos.