Missionary to Romania
Sponsored by the Grace
Bible Baptist Church
26080 Wax Road
Denham Springs, LA,
Elder Jerry Dodson
Sr. - Pastor
(225) 664 – 3223
Field address: Curtis
str. Izvor nr. 3
Bocsa, C-S, 325300
Telephone: 011 40
255 555 136
PRAYER LETTER FOR
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Dear Pastors and Churches:
are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be
with you all. Amen” (Titus 3:15).
are glad for those “with” us here and all those who “love us in the faith!”
We see lives being changed and rejoice that the Spirit uses the Word to
change people for eternity.
Report: This present report is unavoidably late. We had
scheduled Janet’s trip to the neurologist in Hungary so as to leave a week
between it and our trip to the east for the 3-day conference and planned
on making this report during that week. But I had another “spell”
and the trip to the doctor had to be postponed a week. Immediately
upon returning from Budapest we had to leave for the east and the report
delayed until after our return. Thanks for your understanding.
Trip: We traveled to Budapest, Hungary for a brain scan for Janet since
our last writing. This could not be done in Romania. It had
been 5 years since her last one and it was past due. The neurologist
read the scan, compared the previous one from five years ago, and determined
that the remnant of the brain tumor has not significantly changed in these
five years! Praise the Lord for this good news. Janet also
saw her regular doctor and had blood work done. We learned that she
has high blood pressure which is aggravating her dizziness and eye problems.
The trip, doctors and medical fees came to a total of $1,293.61 that we
paid for out of personal funds and a credit card.
Meeting: While we have continued to have visitors from time to
time since my last letter, their return visits have been irregular.
But our “regulars” continue to be just that and so we try to “feed” them
the good Word of God. Pray for the various needs of those who attend,
Meeting: There are encouraging events taking place in Filiasi.
I believe we shall soon have another baptismal service there. At
present there are at least 2 people who see that their immersions are unscriptural
and the Brothers there are desirous of having a Church organized when their
number has increased by two or three. Pray toward this end, please!
Outreach: The Winter Theological School continues weekly on the subject
of grace. We traveled the 500 miles to them – takes 13 hours due
to road conditions – and met with 8 preachers for 3-days. We taught
them on the Church, answered many questions on doctrine, Baptist history,
ecumenicalism, baptism, etc. When we left, about half of them voluntarily
said that they saw their immersions were unscriptural. The others
also know what they need to do. Pray for these men that they will
do what they need to do. They want us to come again soon and we hope
While in the east, I had the privilege of preaching to about 35 persons
on Wednesday night and believe I had Divine help in the preaching.
I preached on the resurrection of Lazarus – a picture of regeneration.
The next evening some of the Brothers along with Aurel and Raul visited
a nearby village. One “Gypsy” preacher and Raul and Aurel were scheduled
to visit in a home there. The people had invited their neighbors
and a total of 9 people showed up. Aurel spoke and Raul preached
to these people who had never heard the gospel of the grace of God before,
having heard only the Romanian Orthodox religion of works for salvation.
What a privilege! Pray for these people. The villages in this
area are poor, but “the poor have the gospel preached to them” (Matthew
We recently learned an interesting story of how our literature gets around.
A Brother in Timis County (west of us) “collaborates” with us in that he
requests literature from time to time and then he distributes it.
He gave a supply of our literature to a Pentecostal in his village who
passed it on to Pentecostals in a church in Gorj County (east of us).
Recently a singing group from this Pentecostal church visited one of the
Pentecostal churches in Filiasi. Filiasi is the town where we have
regular services as you will remember. Now the Pentecostal pastor
in Filiasi hates our doctrine and our literature. But the visiting
group brought our literature and after the service distributed it without
the local pastor knowing what they were giving away. I can only think
that he assumed his fellow Pentecostals would be giving away Pentecostal
stuff. I am sure he never dreamed that they would be giving away
sovereign grace, landmark Baptist materials! The Filiasi Pentecostals
took our literature from the visitors and only after the service did the
pastor learn that our literature had been distributed in his church.
He was very upset! The next Sunday he ordered his people to return
all the literature that they had taken – they were forbidden to have it
or to read it! I don’t know how many actually returned what they
had taken, but this demonstrates how God is able to get our message into
hands (and minds and hearts?) where the false religious hierarchy would
not allow it if they had their way. And this demonstrates the “communist
mentality” that exists in many places where pastors are dictators and true
freedom – what old Baptists called “soul liberty” – does not exist.
Pray for the people who read our literature! As Brother Al Gormley
told me, literature will go further than you can go and last longer than
you will last. May God be glorified through both our preaching and
I see that I am just about out of space again this month. We have
new people contacting us almost daily requesting our literature and wanting
us to come and teach them and preach to them. Pray for us that wisdom
and strength and funds will be supplied so that we can produce the literature
and travel to these places to help these people spiritually with the truth.
Some are seeing through the ecumenicalism of the Romanian Baptist Union.
Others are seeing the unscripturalness of Arminianism.
Thank your for your earnest prayers and your faithful financial support!
God bless you!
In the cause of God and truth with you,
Curtis and Janet Pugh
Baptist Baptism, the Blood, the Book, and the Blessed Hope
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