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
Monday, November 13, 2006
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).
from Romania! The Brothers in Bocsa and those in Filiasi all asked
me to give you special greetings and to tell you they appreciate your love,
prayers and support.
Meeting: The meetings each Lord’s Day morning here seem to be attended
with interest. Bro. Aurel usually brings a short devotional and leads
in the singing. Bro. Raul and I both preach with singing and prayer
in between messages. Bro. Raul has been preaching through 1st John
and I have started a series on 1st Thessalonians after recently completing
a study in Galatians.
Meeting: The Brethren in Filiasi seem to be doing well spiritually.
Work is scarce and those who have jobs continue to work now but when real
winter sets in, at least some will be without work for the duration of
the bad weather. Visitors are often present and seem to be interested.
Theological School: God gave us a good beginning to the
Winter School, I believe. Eight men began the course and one more
is supposed to join. The sessions began well before 2:00 PM on Thursday
with introductions and exchange of information about us (independence,
etc.). About every hour there was a break, but no one stood up and
left! They, instead, asked questions. They did have some "cookies"
(not anything like American ones). But the Thursday sessions continued
until 9:00 PM ! One Brother there was a Rrom (“Gypsy”) and a Pentecostal,
but is coming to see something of grace! He seemed really helped
by our points on the grammatico-historical method of Bible interpretation
as opposed to the harem-scarem "system" of most. He had heard the
"latter-rain" teaching and was surprised as Raul told of the faultiness
of such a “method” of interpretation using that very "latter rain" teaching
as an example of irresponsible interpretation!
Some of these men have been reading all our material. These had questions
about how to know if you have scriptural baptism and if your church is
a scriptural one or not! One or two of them are already convinced
that theirs are not scriptural churches, I believe, and that they lack
We are excited at this beginning, having put many hours into the preparation
of very detailed outline notes and must continue to prepare the latter
chapters of these notes for this study. Please pray for us!
These village preachers were really, surprised and delighted with the books
we brought to them. They did not expect this. Some had seen
copies of THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD and I think one had a copy at his home.
We also gave them each a concordance (which they never had before as they
are in short supply in Romania right now and considered quite expensive),
a copy of MYSTERY BABYLON and a copy of THE PAGANIZATION OF APOSTOLIC CHRISTIANITY,
a surprisingly good book on the Romanian Orthodox Church by a Romanian
Baptist pastor. When they got the concordances, they immediately
began to look up words in them: they were so excited to have such a book!
After more repairs and replacement of the stapler heads (which had to be
imported from Germany) our folder-stapler is back in operation and we are
restocking our shelves with items that were low due to outgoing shipments.
Sunday night and today we received phone calls requesting more literature
and telling of a group studying the doctrine of grace in a northern city.
They want a visit from us to help them and we have been invited to another
city in Romanian Moldova under similar circumstances.
Acquainted with Romania: One of the “national foods” in Romania is
mici (pronounced “meech”). Even the name is strange – literally it
means “littles” which doesn’t make sense in English, but it is the plural
for little. Sausage-like in shape and made from meat paste (pork,
mutton, beef ??). A standing joke is that under communism they “stretched”
the meat paste by adding a cheap, pink Romanian toilet paper to it.
These “littles” are cooked on charcoal grills and often sold by the side
of the highways and in the markets. Three of them make an order and
are placed on a square of gray cardboard (something like backs a writing
tablet) along with a couple of pieces of Romanian bread and a large dollop
of yellow mustard. The grills where they are cooked are enclosed
on three sides and have a pointed roof with a stovepipe going up out of
it. When I first came to Romania I saw in the yards and entrances
to the Orthodox Church buildings something that looks very much like these
grills. But there would always be two of them. Being acquainted
with the R.C. “picnics” and other moneymaking schemes in the States, I
assumed that the Orthodox cooked and sold these mici in and around their
churches. Imagine my surprise to learn that these “grills” in and
about the Orthodox buildings are not for cooking, but for holding the candles
purchased by the people as an aid in getting their prayers up to Heaven.
There are always two – one where candles for the living are placed and
the other is for candles for the dead. If these candle-burning “grills”
are in the entrances to the churches, the stovepipes are vented through
the walls to the outside as so many candles are placed in them and the
smoke must go up, I understand. Of course the Orthodox churches make
the candles, bless them and sell them to the people. So while they
don’t sell little sausages, they do make a good profit selling candles!
Before I am completely out of room, I want to express our thanks and appreciation
to all of you who pray for us and to those who also are enabled of God
to help us financially. THANK YOU! We are doing all we can
do, scripturally, to spread the Gospel, establish Churches and teach men
who shall be able to teach others also. Please continue to pray earnestly
for us and trust God with us to supply every need for the glory of His
Son, the Lord Jesus Christ! We do remember you often before our Father’s
In the cause of God and truth with you,
Curtis and Janet Pugh
Baptism, the Blood, the Book, and the Blessed Hope
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