Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tis the Season

Tis the Season.....

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December 2012 Prayer Update

Praise the Lord for His work in Romania, and the surrounding Balkan countries.  Please click below to read the report and see pictures from this work.
November Newsletter

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Serve Romania Newsletter - July 2012

Sweet, sweet summertime!!  

As children growing up, it was always exciting for the school year to end and summer to begin.  It seemed like attitudes changed all around us as people took on more of a "vacation" outlook.  Even families like ours, without a lot of money, managed to do something more relaxed and fun.  (Camping, fishing and cousins come to mind!)  

In many ways, things are still the same.  We are thankful that here in Romania, summertime opens up opportunities for people to step back for a short time from their difficult lifestyles.  Many people are now în concediu (vacation) mode and either traveling or relaxing at home.

From the USA, it also opens up a time when people can devote their allotted concediu to a focused time of service to the Lord.  Mission teams are traveling all over the world, including Romania.  Since we know how short-term missions affected our lives, it is a special blessing that we can see God at work in the lives of those serving, as well as those being served.

If you'd like to see pictures of what's been going on in Romania and beyond for the past two months, please click each link below.  As they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words..."  

Here are the highlights of projects and activities since our last newsletter.  We have 
  • Witnessed the baptism of two young friends at our church here in Timișoara
  • Traveled to Cakovec, then Koprivnica, Croatia, along with a sweet couple from Denton who came to serve with us.  
  • Returned home to re-pack, then traveled to Botașani, Romania, met and served with the Denton Bible Church medical teams.
  • With a Women Serving God team, presented women's conferences in Suceava and Sibiu. 
  • Proceeded to the Târgoviste area where we served with the Denton Bible Church evangelism team. We served mainly In the villages of Cozaci (Jim) and Odobești (Brenda). 
  • Worked on the fun process of renewing our Romanian long-stay visa (still working... please pray!) 
  • AND moved from our little apartment into a HOUSE! 
Click below to see the pictures!  And happy summer to you and "drum bun" if you are traveling! 

Abiding Always in Him,

Jim and Brenda

Evangelism Mission in Târgoviste area with DBC team

Medical and Evangelism Mission in Botașani and Suceava areas of Romania. Click to see pictures and information.

Click here to see more pictures from our time in Croatia - June 2012

More pictures from recent Women Serving God conferences

Friday, April 27, 2012

Mioveni, Romania

The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, "We have found the Messiah."  And he brought him to Jesus.  Gospel of John 1:41-42

Sharing the Gospel 
near Mioveni, Romania
In late March, Jim served alongside Romanian Pastors and believers, sharing the gospel home to home.  Believers had been praying for their neighbors and families for over 6 months beforehand.  God heard their prayers and many professed faith in Christ as their Savior.

Click here to see more photos of
Sharing the gospel in villages near Moiveni

Denton Bible Missions leadership provide 
Pastor and Elder Training
Advanced BTCP and Man of God studies
Romania, Republic of Moldova, Serbia

A team from Denton Bible Missions leadership traveled here in March to provide training in expository preaching to Romanian BTCP graduates, as well as BTCP overview presentations in Moldova and Serbia.  BTCP-trained pastors from Romania are now involved in taking BTCP to Moldova! It is always amazing to see how God works throughout the world! 

View a slide show where 

Pastors/Elders from Romania, Moldova, and Serbia receive training  in expository preaching, BTCP (Bible Training Center for Pastors) and discipleship.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hello Texas!

Shiloh was a baby when we left for Romania last March.Denton Bible ChurchDenton Bible Church evening serviceOne of our sweet grandsons, Silas!Shelby, our beautiful oldest granddaughter.Nora, the entertainer!
At DBC with Kip and HannahPhoebe is still not sure about Nana and Pa.Brenda's sister, Dianna, the awesome cook!Stephen, Kevin, Bambi and SethPhoebe entered the world just before we left for Romania last year!IMG_0639
Grace Bible Fellowship in Gunter, TXJim and Brian, checking out the expansion at GBF.  Wow, God is good!Only in Texas - saw this at the Sonic!"I'll take a cherry limeade, please!"  :)

Hello Texas!, a set on Flickr.

This is a few of the first pics we took with our family. More to come.....

December in Timisoara, Romania

Sunday lunch with Liviu and VioricaBeautiful cathedral. Our young friend, Gianina, was conductor for the choir concert. Special music from special youth.Christmas cooking by Patricia!DSC05152DSC05151
DSC05144DSC05139DSC05131Pumpkin Cake, made from ingredients sent from our sweet friend in Texas!Christmas with Alexandra and Florin in their apartmentWho knew a vegetarian meal could be so yummy? :)
Our friends like books even more than we do!DSC05130Our little friend, Petra, playing with Jim's bilingual bible.Christmas Eve grill-out with the wonderful family Cata and Patricia.DSC05077Jim's friend!
Sonia on Christmas Eve.First Christmas Eve in Cata and Paty's new home. What a treat to spend it with them!Cata making coffee!  Yea!Our Christmas tree in our apartment in Timisoara.Check out this short clip of our awesome choir from Biserica Crestina dupa Evanghelie in TimisoaraThat's us!

Here's a sample of Christmas activities in and around Timisoara, Romania.

Merry Christmas.....from another planet

"from another planet"

view the entire post here…or a short summary below

….He knows us and he knows our needs, even before we ask.  And He loves us so much that He gives, and gives and gives.

My little friend, Petra, recently reminded me of this. She often treats me at church on Sunday morning by shyly coming over to sit with me. Then we try to converse, which is limited by my Romanian language skills. She usually tries out some English words she's learned,                                  
which amounts to "yes," "good morning," and "thank you" and I ask her about her cat or eating pizza! But last Sunday, in the middle of a conversation about her cat (or so I thought), she burst out with "I LOVE YOU!" in English. I was surprised and happy and thankful all at the same time. I needed that sweet gesture and God used little Petra to bless me! 
(God knows our needs even before we ask...)

Later, as we enjoyed an outing with Petra's family,  her Mom shared that Petra recently inquired about me, "Is she visiting from another planet?"   Her Mom explained, "No, sweetie, not from another planet, from another country!"  

I had to think that sometimes here in Romania, I feel like I could be from another planet. But for the most part, it is quite comfortable and peaceful to be here serving where God has placed me, even when I don't exactly  fit in.  

The truth is, as believers, we are not "from here," wherever that may be. And our time on earth is short. "...our citizenship is in heaven - and we also await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ." Philippians 3:20  Hard concept to grasp but the truth remains.

We pray that in this season, God grants you whatever you need, with extra blessings of peace, joy and comfort to you and your families. And may you in turn, be a blessing to others.  

Always know that Christ came for US, eventually went to the cross for US, and will someday return for US!  And THAT is the Hope of Christmas.

Note: This was written collaboratively and extended from the two of us, although the story is from Brenda's perspective. If you know Jim, you know that he is a man of many words when speaking about Jesus Christ, but a man of few words in writing.  :)   If he had prepared this post alone, he would have simply said,  
"Merry Christmas!"

Jim and Brenda Brosch
Serve, International


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