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Prayer Letter – September 2013

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Alexandru Grigorescu and Answers to Prayer

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.

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When God Shows Up

Last night was our last ever meeting of REALife, and it was awesome.  Although I’m going to miss everyone incredibly, I can’t think of a better way to end our two years of ministry on Thursday nights.  (And, actually, it may not be the end; the kids were talking to Josiah about keeping things going on over summer.)

But I can’t really think of any better way to describe tonight than to say God showed up.  (Yes, he’s always here (Matthew 28:20, Matthew 18:20, Deuteronomy 31:6), but there are also times when he’s more here (2 Corinthians 3:17, Exodus 19:18-20, Luke 5:17, Psalm 46:1, Isaiah 57:15, Acts 2:4, 2 Chronicles 5:11-14) or, at the very least, when we notice him more.)

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