The Prayers Behind Romania’s Church Growth – By Melody Mason

DSC_0680This February many church members, along with myself and others from the General Conference, had the privilege of taking part in the Total Member Involvement (TMI) initiative that is occuring across Europe this year. My assignment was the Cuza Voda Seventh-day Adventist Church in Bucharest, Romania. Here I saw first hand the power of a praying church.

The Cuza Voda Seventh-day Adventist church has been around for nearly twenty years. However, about two years ago, members recognized that God’s blessing was desperately needed if the church was going to grow. Not only was Cuza Voda one of the smaller churches in Bucharest at the time, but the members who did come were mostly elderly, with not many young people in attendance.

Eager to see God work, a group of about fifteen individuals began meeting every morning at 5 a.m. to pray for their own spiritual growth, for the Holy Spirit to be poured out upon the Cuza Voda church, and for all the seats in the church to become filled. Within two months of starting these early morning prayer meetings, they had the first baptism they’d had for awhile. It was for ten individuals, all young adults in their early twenties, who made the decision to follow Christ.

The group continued praying each morning for nearly a year, and God continued to bless. Now, a year and a half later, the church is bursting at the seams with attendance of 200+ each weekend. In fact, on Sabbath the church is often so packed that if you come late, you might just be standing in the back. Every seat is taken. And who makes up the majority of the congregation now? It is young adults—students and young professionals that are passionate about serving Christ. I praise the Lord that even more made the decision to be baptized during our February meetings.

However, this church is not the only church who has been praying. I could share about the Floresti church, on the outskirts of Bucharest, which saw 55 people come forward in the call to baptism, given by Elder Ted N.C. Wilson during our time there. This was an answer to prayer!

I could also share about the special miracle that happened with Gina Wahlen, another General Conference teammate, was speaking at the Bucharest Adventist Theological Institute, a high school of about 400 students in Bucharest. Initially students didn’t seem that receptive, and our team members prayed earnestly together with Gina that God would work mightily. And work He did. At the end of Gina’s series, 41 teens responded to her call to baptism.

While numbers have not been released yet, estimates indicate that thousands of people will be baptized all over Romania from the many different evangelism meetings that have taken place.

It was exciting to be part of this Total Member Involvement initiative, but I have to say that the biggest blessing for me has been seeing how God is working all over Romania in answer to many fervent prayers that have been prayed…not just this month, but for years. It’s because many people have already taken the call to Total Member Involvement seriously that we are now seeing a revival taking place across Romania. Truly God hears the prayers of His church!

Melody Mason is coordinator of United Prayer for the World Church. To read a more full report on God’s blessing in Romania, click here: https://www.adventistmission.org/inspired-by-romania-church-leaders-to-take-tmi-evangelism-across-europe

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  • Eunice Downer

    Thank you Sis. Melody for this wonderful report! God truly loves his Church and will answer the prayers of his children when they earnestly ask him to use the to help bring his children out in the world in. I am asking for special prayer for Jamaica my beautiful island home. We are under attack by the enemy. Pray for our young people that they will become more involved in witnessing and be totally dedicated in the service of the Lord.

    • Desiree

      Praying with you for Jamaica.

    • PNB

      Partnering with you in prayer sister Eunice, for Jamaica and all the people there.
      As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.Psalm 125:2.
      – Peter Nigel

  • Onaolapo Ajibade

    Thank you sister Melody for sharing these testimonies. They affirm the fact that it is not by power, nor by might but by the Holy Spirit that souls are won. I am going to share these testimonies with my local church.

  • Desiree

    Thank you sister Melody for sharing this inspiring and encouraging testimony,truly our GOD is a prayer hearing and prayer answering GOD. Praise GOD.

  • Phillippa

    This is an awesome,inspiring testimony of God’s response when people pray. I will continue to pray for the total member involvement in all of our churches.

  • PNB

    Your testimony is appreciated, sister Melody. It is faith affirming. God bless the people of Romania and I pray the newly baptized will embrace and live the gospel of Jesus Christ and bring forth much fruit.
    – Peter Nigel

  • Ken

    More evidence that God is more than willing to inspire if we only humble ourselves and ask earnestly. Is my desire for this strong enough? We depend upon God even for this so I am praying now for that burning desire, and willingness to give my all to the One who paid such a dear price for my soul.

  • June Pike Rickard

    This is such a blessing to hear young people coming to Christ. Oh how much we need them to be used for God. They are so valuable at any age to be willing to come and keep our church alive in Christ! I pray daily for this work in Romainia as our current Pastor we have in the Dakotas is from Romainia. The power of a praying family, church and all throughout our conferences are so needed to bring others to him wherever we are. God bless each member to keep praying all around the world. Lord Jesus please come quickly, we want to go home!🙏🙏🙏

  • Thembie Mapingire

    Amen and thank you Melody. Very encouraging testimony on the power of prayer. Am greatly encouraged to continue praying for my local community church.

  • Chidi Young Jr.

    Amen

  • N Bal4 – Sinner saved by Grace

    Thank you for the exciting report. We are serving a prayer answering God. May we always have faith in God that when we pray He will answer at the right time. Praise be to God in the highest.

  • Wojtek Janiuk

    Praise the Lord!!