Visit to Romania (2009) ... Photo Gallery
On Tuesday 12th May Richard Stewart and I flew from Edinburgh to London Luton to
connect with our early Wednesday morning flight to Cluj Napoca in the Transylvania
region of Romania. We arrived in the early afternoon and were met at the airport
by Pastor Istvan Borzasi. Istvan and his wife Marta are missionaries with European
Missionary Fellowship as well as being heavily involved with their roles within the
Convention of Hungarian Baptist Churches of Romania. Marta's responsibilities include
leadership of the children's and ladies' work, as well as part-
On the Wednesday evening we attended a smaller church in Varsolt that consisted of beautiful and very friendly people. It was my first occasion to be translated (with the aid of Istvan), but he had great patience with me and the churchfolk were so attentive!
We then went to the larger church in Pericei, and again we had a blessed time in the Lord and around His Word.
On the Thursday evening I was preaching in Zalau Baptist Church. The meeting was
again very well attended and by now, Richard and I had come to recognise that good
After visiting Istvan's brother Pal and his wife and children we went to Crasna Baptist
On the Saturday Istvan brought us to the Child Evangelism Fellowship headquarters in Sibiu. It was an experience that deepened our faith in the Lord as we travelled the long journey by road, ... Romanian/Hungarian Highway Code style! Many years ago in the Irish Baptist College in Belfast I had studied with Linda Corry who is on the staff of CEF. Linda's work takes her throughout Romania, Hungary, Poland and further into eastern Europe. It was also good to meet Claire Bain, another worker from Northern Ireland.
Our first service on the Lord's Day began at the prayer meeting at 9am. (An hour
earlier the church brass band had met to practise.) There were over one hundred people
present already and the prayers, -
In the afternoon, at 4pm, we held our second meeting that was even better attended,
On the Monday morning we were up early again in preparation to travel to churches
in Mures County, -
On the Tuesday morning we visited a husband and wife who are involved with Marta in preparing for special childrens' camps. Situated in beautiful countryside, the well was a most welcome feature in the hot sunshine.
In the afternoon we were welcomed to a gypsy home in Gornesti where about forty people attended. The singing was great and the fellowship fantastic. It was another great time of fellowship together around the Word. We went to another gypsy church in Apalina, near Reghin with a young pastor, Attila Toth, who is also due to be married in November. This church was in a very poor area and in the middle of a community in which depravity of all kinds is prevalent. Nevertheless, the people were so friendly and appreciative of our visit. It was a tremendous completion of our visits to each of the churches.
Istvan and Marta and their family made our trip so wonderful, -
Yes, we have been kindly invited back again ... and we trust, -