15 January, 2020
Dear friends and fellow laborers,
Hello again and happy new year from all of us in Romania! We hope you all had a good holiday season, rejoicing in the great gift of our Savior, and spending time with family.
In our last letter, we asked you all to pray for us as we traveled, and we are happy to report all went well! We had a good time of fellowship at the meeting in Timisoara with many Romanian pastors from all over the country. We also learned of a new hymnal project which we may be helping with.
We want to thank you all again for your help with the van purchase. We have received all the money we needed, and paid the brother who was selling it. Here is a picture, in case you would like to see what you bought us!
During the Christmas season, we continued our usual busy schedule of ministry, with some changes. As we did last year, we went to a local hospital and gave some small gifts and sang carols in the halls. The patients and staff seem to really enjoy when we come. To make things more exciting, a patient accidentally set the garbage can on fire while we were there!
As we begin the new year, I am transitioning into the leadership of a small existing church in Codlea, a few minutes outside Brasov. This will be a very new experience, since up to this time I have always had a secondary role. It’s one thing to preach 3-4 services each week in different locations, as I normally do, and another thing to also be in the role of a pastor. We are not separating from Cornel, or reducing our ministry in the city, only adding villages to our work as we find opportunities. As we said on deputation, our goal in Romania is to preach the word of God in as many cities and villages as we can, and trust the Lord for the fruit. With the Lord’s help and the encouragement of Cornel and others, I am also transitioning from writing all my sermons and reading them, to preaching more freely from notes and including more visual demonstrations to help keep the kids (and adults) engaged.
Please continue to pray for us: for language learning, for opportunities to witness here, for unity among the brethren, and growth in the churches. Thank you all for your continued prayer and financial support, without which we would not be moving forward.
Serving the King of Kings,
Daniel, Christa, Erin, Joseph, and Jay Reed