May 8, 2018
Fellowship is the Highlight at Bucharest Dedication
From the Superintendent's DESK
This past Sunday morning, Debbie and I, along with John and Rodica Musgrave, attended the dedication service for our church in Bucharest where Gheorghei Macovei is the pastor. The building was filled to capacity as over seventy were in attendance.
We enjoyed several music specials throughout the service including duets, solos, and numbers sung by the youth group and a ladies’ choir. All were accompanied by a keyboard and two guitars.
As with the previous dedications, a history of the Apostolic Faith organization and how it eventually led to a work in Bucharest was recounted. What stood out the most about this location was the fellowship that has abounded since the beginning. This congregation has always enjoyed coming together, and they hate to part, even after a long service.
Debbie and Sister Rodica both testified during the meeting, and Brother John gave the dedication prayer. The dedication message was taken from Deuteronomy 12:11 and referenced the dwelling places built by the Jewish people for the worship of God, from the Tabernacle to the Second Temple. It was noted that these buildings could not contain God’s presence, yet He desires to dwell in our hearts. Everyone was admonished to dedicate their lives to God, so that could be possible.
The service was followed by refreshments and a time of fellowship, during which the congregation expressed their gratitude for a visit from headquarters on this special occasion.
We returned to the church in the evening for an evangelistic service. Brother John testified about how God’s hand of protection was over him several times during the early years of the Romania work. Ted Bora sang the last special before the message. The sermon was taken from Luke 19:10: “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost,” and focused on Zacchaeus, illustrating how he was lost, located, and then liberated. It was a timely message, as there were some in attendance who were spiritually lost.
The service closed with prayer and then refreshments were served. At that time, we were introduced to each member of the congregation by name. We enjoyed a good visit with the group, and when it was time for us to go, we left them continuing in fellowship with each other.
We are thankful for a good trip where four of our churches in Romania were dedicated. We trust that during the coming trips, as Jesus tarries, we will hear of victories won as these new buildings are utilized.
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