Liz was a youth club leader and served in the Sunday School at Kent Street Community Church before going to Romania to work with a charity called FAST (Foundation for Social Assistance for Youth).
Liz started working in a Roma village in Brasov in 2009, helping and sharing the gospel with families living in poverty, before the Lord called her to a different part of Romania in the summer of 2016. Liz is now based in Campina, where she is based 3 days at tje charity Mana Deschisa (Open Hands), a Christian residential centre, which works with ladies/mothers who are homeless, or are in danger of becoming homeless, due to dependency issues. Her part-time role here involves supporting the project as well as leading some activities with the ladies and children. The other part of the role is helping at a local church, Centrul Crestin Nehemiah.
She has recently got involved in visiting a ladies prison, to meet with ladies who were addicts upon entry to prison and who are in the rehabilitation part of their sentence. This involves sharing the Lord with them together in a group setting.
She continues to return to Tarlungeni, the Roma village that she worked at in Brasov, to continue with the ladies meeting. This is still something that is important and a great opportunity to share the Lord and bless and encourage them.
Her role at the local church involves overseeing one of the Sunday school groups, visiting Roma villages with packages and visiting another Roma village to work with the children and share the gospel.
Early next year, the church will be opening a canteen for the poor, which she will also be getting involved in.
She has recently become a part of the Ellel ministry team, after completing their 2year Modular school earlier in 2016. This ministry is so powerful for changing lives and she is pleased that the Lord has opened this door.
Liz still feel that it is still early days at the moment and that the Lord will be opening more doors, which she is excited about!
Romania update November 2019
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.
Good Evening once again,
I trust that you are all well. Life has been even busier recently, hence the longer time between updates and with Christmas fast approaching, it is unlikely to settle down.
Below is the most recent news of which I have mainly written about the rehab centre, to keep it a little shorter, because a lot has been happening here.
Rehab centre: After a few quieter weeks, after 3 girls left, we took in 4 more, one of these being a 12 year old daughter of one of the ladies that came in. This lady was previously in the programme and she has come back because of her daughter, who is getting into drugs, the wrong crowd and self-harming, refusing to go to school and she manipulates her mum a lot. We often see this. Her mum is very anxious in general and seems unable to cope with things, so they are on a short-term contract initially and we hope to be able to teach her mum how to handle things differently, so that she is not manipulated and also to help her with her anxiety.
The second lady is a 23 year old girl; she grew up in the orphanage and then has lead a life of prostitution and drug abuse for a few years. She is quite withdrawn at times and depressed and being an orphan, she has attachment issues. It is early days for her but we pray that she will get free.
Another lady is 42. She also grew up in the orphanage and has then since been on the streets for most of her life. She has drug dependency issues and has health issues related to this and she has spent occasional short stints in rehab centres, but she finds this very difficult as she has never come under authority and is very much used to living life the way that she wants, so whilst we are hoping that she will continue to stay with us, we are not certain if she will cope with it being long-term. She gets agitated very quickly and will shout at the other girls, threatening them and the staff. Underneath her issues and her unpleasant behaviour, she has such a good heart and I really feel a lot of compassion for her, especially when I think about her background. She has given her life to the Lord and she loves worship music. It would be great if she could truly break free from her background. (I have sent a picture with her)
Given the complexity of the their issues, things have continued to be very eventful with the girls fighting between themselves, when they feel attacked by another and this can start from one small comment perceived in completely the wrong way and it turns into something huge, so it can be quite draining if it happens a lot when on shift, but it is experience in learning how to handle difficult people, of which I still feel I have a lot to learn! So please pray for them. That for each one of them, the Lord will work in their hearts
The girl that ran away early morning, decided to go to be with the man (abroad) rather than come back to the centre, but we recently found out that she has returned to Romania. The man has not left his wife as she expected. She has been in touch and she has said that if things don’t work out with him, she wants to come back, but for now, her plans are that she will go back to him after Christmas. I did have a vision when I was praying for her a couple of weeks ago, that she ran into the arms of Jesus and He embraced her. I do believe that she will turn back to the Lord, but of course we don’t know when this will happen. Please keep her in your prayers.
Prison: We have started to go twice a month, and the girls enjoy this a lot as do we. We also do games as well as creativity with them. We continue to be encouraged by how the girls are open to hearing about the Lord and we trust that God is working in their hearts.
Thank you for your continued support!
- Thanksgiving for the work God has done in me personally and for his continued provision
- For the rehab centre, especially for spiritual protection, for the girls to have breakthrough in their hearts and for unity between the team
- To continue to pray for the girl who ran away, that the Lord will really speak clearly to her and that she will have a repentant heart before Him and desire to continue to walk in His ways.
- For the girls in prison; for breakthrough in their hearts.
- For fruit through the work of the canteen.