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
Tuesday, October 10, 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).
desire and prayer to God for each of you is that you are well, but more
than that, that you are doing well spiritually, rejoicing in the Lord and
in His free grace!
Health Concerns: We are happy to tell you that the numbness
and tingling in Janet’s face seems to be going away and normal feeling
returning around her right eye! Praise the Lord! Her dizziness
and my weakness continue, but God is gracious to us and enables us to continue.
Bocsa Meeting: Attendance continues to be good, though on a couple
of Lord’s Days two have been away because of work. Some families
have extensive gardens in neighboring villages and have had to be away
from Bocsa in order to harvest their crops. Potato fields have to
be harvested when they can get a man to come with horses and plow to dig
them, etc. Over all, the garden and field crops have been good in
our area this year and for this we are thankful. Life is somewhat
easier in Romania when there is adequate food for the people and animals.
Filiasi Meeting: The folk in Filiasi seem to be doing well
spiritually. Their services are regular, their evangelistic zeal
unabated, and their lives a testimony to the free grace of God. I
had not been well enough to go there for some weeks, but last Sunday I
was able and the fellowship was great and the love obvious and I believe
God helped in the preaching. I preached against compromise using
as main texts the four compromises that Pharaoh offered Moses and the children
of Israel during the time of the ten plagues.
Winter Theological School: We are in the process of
preparing for a 6 month long school to be held in eastern Romania – a considerable
distance from Bocsa and so the cost of travel and overnight lodging and
meals will be involved. I believe there will be about 7 preachers
who will begin the course and hope that more will come later. Arrangements
have been made with some Brothers there to “board” these preachers in their
homes two days and nights each week for the duration of the school.
The men will travel by train, mostly, to attend these sessions. We
are in these days preparing the syllabus for the course. This outline
will attempt to cover all the major aspects of the doctrine of the free
and sovereignly bestowed grace of God in salvation. It is the desire
of these men to study this subject in depth. We will not be able
to travel to this distant place every week and so are making the outline
of study quite detailed and there are two Brothers there who are sound
on grace and who will necessarily fill in for us in the times we are absent.
The cost of sponsoring this school is $600 for board and train travel for
these preachers. We have already supplied our literature to these
men and will give each one a copy of THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD by A.W. Pink.
At this writing, one dear Sister from the U.S. has indicated she will give
$100 towards the cost of this school and one Church is going to cover the
cost of THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD books which is $115. Please be much in prayer
for this effort in teaching men who shall be able to teach others also.
Literature: Last time I told you about the problem with the
folder-stapler. We transported the machine to Cluj-Napoca, a city
in the north central part of Romania where there is a dealer and repair
shop. It was “fixed,” and tested, and we picked it up the same day,
but when we returned to Bocsa, the thing would not work properly as some
of the cams, etc., had not been adjusted properly. So, to save money,
we shipped the machine to the dealer rather than driving the long distance.
It has been there about 3 weeks waiting on parts from Germany. Today
the machine is to be outfitted with used parts and returned to us.
When the new parts come we will install them and return the used ones.
So our literature production has been hindered greatly by the absent of
this all-important machine. We have been able to keep up to date
on literature requests from existing stock and by folding and stapling
by hand a few titles that were requested. Hopefully, soon we will
be back in production.
New Support: Last month I reported to you that two Churches
have begun to support Brother Raul and Brother Aurel on a monthly basis.
These men work full time weekdays in the ministry here and on Sundays travel
with me (and sometimes without me when I am unable to travel) to preach,
primarily to the Brothers in Filiasi. They are worthy of adequate
support and are getting far less than that. Besides the two Churches
beginning support for these men mentioned in last month’s letter, I am
happy to tell you that the Grace Baptist Church, Stonefort, IL (where Brother
Delbert Shults is the pastor) has begun monthly support of these two faithful
men. We praise the Lord for this help! The support of these
Churches is detailed in the monthly Financial Report for those of you who
sustain this mission work.
Sometimes I wonder if I am clear enough in these monthly prayer letters
(and we do welcome questions about anything that may not be clear), but
we do want to be clear and strong in our telling you of our gratitude and
appreciation to all of you who pray for us and this work and who are enabled
of God to help us with financial support. I cannot emphasize enough
our feelings of appreciation for all that you do for us. Some Churches
and individuals send cards, letters, and e-mails. Often many of you
are led to make special gifts to various aspects of this work. Janet
and I are far from our family and home Church, and do appreciate knowing
that you care about us and stand with us. Thank you!
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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