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Prayer Letter – April 2013

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A Gypsy Funeral

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We were invited back to Bărbuleşti yesterday to speak at the second church in the town.  When we arrived, our host informed us of an interesting turn of events since our last visit.

On Saturday, an older Christian man had passed away.  As he died, he looked towards his son and told him, “I see a fire covering the whole earth.  Repent before it’s too late.”  And then he died.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANaturally, that caused quite a stir.  Our host encouraged us, “Preach repentance.  Preach against sin.  God is touching many people now.  They are very open, but they have many sins.”  That was good news because that’s the message God had put on my heart anyhow.

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Welcome to Barbuleşti

Barbuleşti is a strange town.  Twenty years ago, it was called the “Gypsy ghetto” of Romania and was home to all sorts of “unsavory” characters.  Over time and through a combination of revival, police action, and simple old age, the most notorious have since left the town.  Now, it’s an odd collection of extremely poor, unemployed people and the recently wealthy, who don’t seem afraid to let everyone know their new status.  We saw old, cement homes with dirt floors right across the street from mansions looking like Asian pagodas or castles.  During our one day in the city, it seemed just as common to see a horse-drawn cart as it was to see a BMW cruising along the dirt roads.

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