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!
August Update 2019
The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him. Exodus 15:2
Hello once again,
Please find below an update for August and attached some photos of the children's party.
Rehab centre news
August was a little bit different; the rehab centre was closed for two weeks, and the girls either went back to a family, or had someone to stay with. One of them came on the church youth camp and loved it! Most of the girls had a really good time and two of them were very encouraged as they could see how much they had changed and that they had got stronger. Sometimes it is hard for them to see how much they have grown, until they go back out into society by themselves and see how the cope with different pressures and temptations. We can see how they are growing, but it is also good for them to experience it to.
The girl who was an orphan left us around the 3rd week of August. It was her own choice to leave and given the recent circumstances, it was clear that she wasn’t ready to be in a rehab centre, and therefore it was the right choice. It was becoming quite difficult and stressful for other girls in the programme because of her behaviour. If she comes to a point of desiring to change and work on herself, then we will be available to help her. We are certain that she saw the love of God here and we pray that the Lord will continue to keep His hand upon her and that the seeds sown will produce fruit in her life.
Unfortunately, we were unable to go in August, as my colleague was taking August off. I tried my best to find someone else to also come, but it wasn’t possible, so I was a bit disappointed for the girls that we couldn’t go. We will go again in September and I have also found another girl who is interested to go in the future. Many years ago, she was in the rehab programme here and she has been a part time staff member, since February.
We took the youth group on a camp again. We do this once a year and try to find an organised Christian camp, which we feel will benefit the young people in a spiritual sense. There are quite a few around Romania. We found one about 3hours away, which was in the heart of the forest. There was a meeting tent and we pitched our tents together near the river and had a good few days together. There were around 180 young people there plus leaders. As leaders we had a lot of opportunity to minster to the young people after the teachings and we heard some great testimonies from teens who had had their lives changed by God. I came away with the reminder of how God can turn any life around no matter how bad it has been and also the power of love and to never underestimate the power of a small act of kindness and the effect that it can have on an individual The young people from church all enjoyed it and were built up spiritually.
Canteen: Since last week we have started with 14 new people, which were found with the help of our social worker. The canteen was also closed for a 2 week period in August.
Children’s Ministry: At the end of August we had our 4th ‘Kids party’ of this year, where we once again had 65 children attending and learning about resisting temptation. Children sang, watched puppet shows, played games and heard about the story of Adam and Eve. We are blessed with a good team who willing to use their talents to serve the Lord.
Praying that the Lord will direct, lead and bless you,
- Thankful for a blessed time in August, being able to have a time of refreshment at a conference for missionaries as well as being able to have fellowship with people that I knew well in Brasov
- To continue to pray for the rehab centre and prison work; that the girl’s hearts will soften and accept the Lord.
- For another staff member at the rehab centre. This is an important point, that the right person is sent by the Lord.
- Canteen; that the people that we want to add to the list are chosen correctly.