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 12,
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).
to all of you, from the brethren in Filiasi, as well as those of us here
in Bocsa. You are often in our prayers and we trust this letter finds
you all doing well.
I had thought by this time to be able to give you the hematologist’s diagnosis
and prognosis, but that is not yet possible. My hemoglobin does funny
things – first down and then up. Hopefully I will have details
for you in next month’s prayer letter. I am feeling good, but weak.
Thankfully all of us pulling together (Janet, Raul, Aurel and me) keep
going in the work. Please continue to pray for us.
Expenses: We have received some special gifts to help with the
unusual expenses of late and do appreciate those two Churches that have
We have had some returning visitors in the services here in Bocsa and one
man has returned 3 times during weekdays with questions. I have been
bringing salvation and practical messages here and Brother Raul has been
preaching on the sacrifices and how they relate to Christ.
I am happy to be able to report encouragement among the brethren in Filiasi.
I preached there Sunday before last with several visitors as well as all
the baptized ones present. Brother Nicu’s injured hand is healed
well and he has full use of it. Thank you for your prayers on his
behalf. He is a dear brother and zealous in the work. Aurel (from
Filiasi) and his wife Estera are expecting their first child in February
or March and would appreciate your prayers. They are well.
We have located and purchased a 2001 van in Germany and have it temporarily
registered in Romania. It has a diesel engine and gets much better
mileage than the Nissan, and of course has much more passenger space.
There is more paperwork and an inspection to be done prior to permanent
registration, including the payment of the first registration tax.
We are using it and find it very helpful. We thank you for your prayers
and special gifts for this project.
Literature Project: Brother Tom Ross’s OUTLINES OF SYSTEMATIC
THEOLOGY has been translated into the Russian language and the final checking
and correcting is under way. The project is due to be completed this
Fall so we are not too far behind. Soon we hope to have it to the
printers in Siberia!
Alex in the Ukraine: Brother Larry Killion and Bro. Alex Zazhitko
have been corresponding for sometime now. Brother Killion is going
to the Ukraine, Lord willing, to baptize, organize a Church there and ordain
the pastor. I believe Brother Killion is traveling in December.
I urge your prayers and support of this missionary effort. I have
corresponded much with Brother Alex and believe he is sound in the faith
and a faithful servant of God, laboring in the Word. He is a good
student and very pleased to receive good books. Help him by prayer
and other ways if you will, please!
Romania Theological School: The brothers in the eastern part
of the country have worked together, for the most part, as a renovation
crew painting and fixing up houses in various parts of the country.
They have continued to study as they have had time on the weekends.
With winter weather upon us their work will slow down greatly and their
time for study will increase. So we expect the study to increase
in intensity. While the course on grace is not fully completed, we
will keep them supplied with more than enough to keep them busy.
Please pray for these brethren.
We have heard reports from others on these brethren. They have had
occasion to preach in the town where they have labored in renovation work.
Some of the people gladly received their preaching, but the “powers that
be” in the Baptist Union have been displeased with their messages.
Keep these men in your prayers as they preach salvation by a sovereign
Lord and Savior, please.
Acquainted With Romania: Winter weather has set in with snow
in much of the country. Highways have been blocked due to heavy snowfalls
especially in the Carpathian Mountains and the northern and central parts
of the country. Halloween is a new celebration to Romania, but is
growing in popularity. (Thanksgiving Day is totally foreign to the
people here.) However, the day after “Halloween” is “All Saints Day”
or the “Day of the Dead” among those of the Orthodox religion. Vast
numbers of evergreen sprays along with multitudes of floral bouquets are
sold in the markets and on the sidewalks alongside the larger cemeteries.
Then the priest comes and reads a list of the names of the departed – that
is those whose relatives have paid him to do so. We are not sure
whom he is reminding about these dead ones – God or their relatives.
Then the relatives MUST also give to their neighbors a special food – a
boiled wheat product with sweets mixed in it. This giving of food
to others benefits the dead who are in “the green place.” How sad
that people claiming to be Christians think to serve God is such pagan
Well, again I am out of space before I am out of things to say. We
do thank you for standing with us in prayer and in financial help!
Please continue to pray for us and encourage others to do so also, if you
will. Those lives being changed here are the fruit of your faithfulness!
Pray for us, please!
Our work is, “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves;
if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the
truth;” (2 Timothy 2:25).
In the cause of God and truth with you,
Curtis and Janet Pugh
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