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!
Update May 2019
Greetings from Romania!
Summer has just about arrived, but has been delayed by many rainy days, making it feel like I am back in England at times!
Below is an update on the work, which continues to be challenging, but is going well.
Church: 13th April: we had our second ‘kids party’, where around 75 children came. The theme was the lost son and the children loved it as they heard about the Fathers love. One girl was particularly touched, especially since her background is very difficult with her own Father. The Lord was really moving among the children.
Sunday school: The following day, we were blessed with around 53 children in total. We were really encouraged and seek to keep building stronger relationships with them.
Canteen: For Easter, we had a special event for the people receive food. We cooked the traditional meal that is eaten and served it with everyone together along with an evangelistic programme. I was involved in a puppet sketch for the children and some singing with them.
I will also go out to learn the route that we take for food delivery. Usually, I remain at the canteen, but this week I will go out. It will be an extra driver for the canteen, plus it is also a good way to meet more people and chat to them more and learn more about their background.
Rehab Centre: Most of the girls are continuing to progress in their programme. Only the orphan girl is struggling and has come to a point that we see she doesn’t really want to make changes, so we are not sure how things will go yet. Please pray for her and for another girl who is battling with forgiving her mum. She asked to go for a coffee at the weekend, and I had prayed before-hand that God would open up the conversation in this direction, as I really felt earlier in the week, that this is the thing that she really needs to do, as in that the Lord had put it on my heart, in order for her to have a big break through with the things that she is struggling with. The Lord was faithful to open up the discussion in this direction, just through me asking about what the preaching had been about that morning, since I was at the Sunday school, and it had actually been about forgiveness, without me realising. Then she brought up herself that she was finding it difficult to forgive her mum, followed by a good discussion.
Prison: We started visiting again after 6 months of not going. Recently the prison said that we can now take things in with us, so we can do some activities again. The day has also changed to a Thursday, when both Jules and I have other programmes in the afternoon; Jules goes to help at Teen challenge in Bucharest and I am on shift at the rehab centre until late evening, so we have still committed to the once a month. The girls were pleased to see us and we had a really good time with them. There were two new ladies in the group, one aged 67, another one probably in her early 30’s.
Some of the girls previously in the group have left, but I was happy to see a particular girl there once again. She had never shown any interest in God and says she has another opinion about him. In the past when we have sung and shared a word with them, she would often be seen walking out to have a cigarette, not interested at all, but today, she stayed in and listened to the worship and also intently listened to the talk, which I was encouraged by, since she leaves in 3 weeks and the talk would have been very relevant, especially since she still has a dependency (she still takes methadone). She was the one who said a few months ago that it is normal for people to go back into their old lifestyle once they leave prison, for them it is in their blood, there is no other option. I made the talk about a new future that we have in Christ and I was also telling them about the girl who was in prison and who is now with us. I had had a good chat with her and got her permission to do share about her journey since being released in 2017, how she fell back into drugs, but how she sought help and how she has started a life with Jesus and how she knows that she has a different future, a good one, because God has one planned for her, (Jeremiah 29:11) free from drugs.
I pray that something that was said will touch her heart and that the Lord will remind her of the words that were spoken; that she truly has a new future in Him.
Thank you for your continued support, I have added prayer points below.
- Praise and thanks for God’s blessing and provision
- For the ladies in prison, that the Lord will really make an impact in their hearts as they hear the worship and word each time we go.
- For guidance with future talks and activities
- For the children’s work; there is so much need with the children. That they continue to be touched by God’s love. That the Lord will guide with plans for future events
- For the girls in the rehab, especially the orphan girl, who can come to some decision about what she would like from life, this is the step that she needs to work on at the moment