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Petrache Lupu – The Shepherd Who Saw God

petrache big            On Sunday, the 16th of June, 1935, in the town of Maglavit, a seventeen-year-old, poor shepherd with a speech impediment finally worked up enough courage to announce to his church a short message he claimed came directly from God the Father, whom he swore had visited him in the form of an old man while he was tending sheep.  His message, a stereotypical Old Testament “turn or burn” indictment of his people, was met with both obvious incredulity and a similarly expected enthusiasm.  Both those in favor and those against the happenings in Maglavit, and especially those hoping to profit from the events, spread the news far and wide.  Newspapers were full of stories of miracles, healings, and prophecies as excitement over the shepherd boy who had seen God spread.  In time, over two million people would take part in the spectacular events of Maglavit.  Today, much of the events that took place are shrouded in mystery.  Who was Petrache Lupu, the man who claimed to see God, and what can we learn from his life rife with visions, miracles, and extravagant stories reminiscent of Ezekiel or Isaiah?

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Back from the Dead!

I say it with awe:  Vasilica is a woman of prayer.

A few months ago, her oldest son Alberto was diagnosed with HIV infection, contracted as a result of his heroin addiction.  A couple weeks ago, his health had so badly deteriorated that he was taken to the ER where he remained in critical condition.

But his mom began to pray.

At one point, doctors were telling her that Alberto was dying and there was nothing they could do, that she had best prepare for his passing.  She pointed to heaven and told them, “God says when Alberto lives or dies, not you.”

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Prayer Letter – October 2013

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I’ve got a cold… but God is good

If Josiah was having a difficult day, and I asked him how he was doing, he’d usually think, take a breath, smile, and say something like, “Well, today is difficult… but God is good.”

I always liked that.  Honesty about life’s difficulties.  Honesty about the reality of God’s character through it all.

Yes, life is sometimes difficult, but even more affirmative is the truth that God is good through it all.

I’ve had a nasty cold for over two weeks now.  I hate summer colds.  While everyone else is having an awesome time enjoying the weather, I’m stuck indoors sweating and hacking up my lungs while trying to keep the snot where it belongs.  I’d like to go on, but you all know what it’s like.

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Pray for Alesia

I hate cancer. My friend and spiritual father Royce died from cancer; whenever I hear jazz, see a Cracker Barrel, or pass by a KOA, I think of Royce and miss him. Ron, too, died of cancer; I knew his grandkids better than I knew him, but any guy who pulls my car out of a ditch gets kudos from me. My uncle David died of cancer at 54. While I was a youth pastor in Spring Green, “Aunt” Lea and Mark Koller also passed away from cancer; Aunt Lea had lived a long and full life, but Mark was only 51.

And then there are all the survivors, the friends who have lived with and overcome cancer. These are, sadly, fewer on my list.

Today, a friend working with Campus Crusade called Jake and I.  His friend Remus was in the hospital watching his three-year-old daughter die from a tumor in her brain.  Would we visit them and pray for her healing?

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Just a Trip to the Market

PiataOborThis morning, I called my friend Alex Grigorescu to see how things went last night after I left open-air preaching.  (I love street preaching, but I had to leave early:  “Man of Steel” had just opened in Romania, and it needed me to go watch it.)  Anyhow, Alex told me the preaching went well, but then he said, “Listen, brother, I have something to encourage your faith.”

Alex then began to tell me about his trip to the market this morning.  On his way to pick up some fish, he saw an old beggar woman hunched over and unable to stand up straight.  As he walked by her, Alex felt something in his Spirit.  God wanted to do something.

So instead of merely giving her a New Testament or a tract, he asked her, “Crezi ca Iisus este Domnul?  Do you believe Jesus is Lord?”  “Da.  Yes,” came her reply.  “Crezi ca Iisus pot sa te vindeca?  Do you believe Jesus can heal you?”  “Da,” she said again.

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An Evangelism Adventure

So, I promised you an update on our times of evangelism from last weekend. Let me start by saying I love doing evangelism with people who aren’t afraid to take risks for God and who believe he’s ready to show up. It’s seriously the most exciting adventure ever.

So, besides handing out hundreds of tracts, here are some of the highlights…

Friday, we handed out tracts in the subway until the guards found out and told us to stop. Meanwhile, nearly everyone on the subway was reading what Jesus has done in our lives. And, best news of all, one of the men who received a tract called me saying he read it, believed it, and wanted to learn more. When we later met for coffee, I discovered he was a 7-year theology student training to be an Orthodox priest. Eugen is hungry to know the Lord, so pray for the work God is doing in him to come to fruition.

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