Yearly Archive: 2011

India, Vietnam, Cambodia

 Mission Trip to Indonesia, Vietnam & Cambodia 

December 6th – 21st, 2011

Dear mission partners and friends,

As the year of 2011 comes to an end, we reflect at what the Lord did through our vessels. We can ask the question ‘How faithful we were with what the Lord had entrusted us?’ Before the end of the year, the Lord opened the door to bless many churches, ministers and children in Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia. The Christmas and New Year’s season is a time of giving and sharing the joy of the Lord and so we all wished to share this with other people and other believers in remote regions of our planet so that they can enjoy a warm and peaceful season in the Love of God. Therefore, together with the Hope Mission from Australia, we had the privilege to have a mission trip for the purpose of evangelism and charity in three countries of Asia. The teams consisted of the following:

From Australia:Pastor Natanael Costea from Perth, Pastor Nelu Istrate from Brisban, Daniel Costeafrom Melbourne, Benny Iacob from Perth, Ben Baliban with his wife and twodaughters from Perth, Tibi Vancia from Adelaide.From Romania & USA: Ionut Turda from Cluj, RO; Anna Lupancu and myself.From Italia:Sergiu Asuenci

All of us met in Jakarta, Indonesia and from there we flew to the Kalimantan Barat Jungle located on the west side of the Kalimantan Island in Indonesia. Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world where Islam is the main religion in Indonesia. Only 5% of Indonesians are Protestants and 3% are Roman Catholics. Christians are facing a lot of oppositions from the Muslim people and sometimes are martyrized. Christians in Indonesia live in fear. Hope Mission has started the work with children, youth, pastors and teachers on this island in about 18 villages. Locally, the Gloria Foundation is doing a great work in spreading the gospel and helping the Dayak tribe which was formerly a cannibal tribe on the Kalimantan Island.

After many hours of flying from Chicago to Jakarta, we flew to Pontianak, Indonesia and then drove three hours to Tikalong, a very isolated village and also the headquarters of the Gloria Foundation. We arrived on Wednesday the 7th and there was a house of prayer at Gloria Foundation’s headquarters where over 500 people waited for us. They were celebrating the coming in the world of our Savior Jesus Christ, the only reason for the joy of this holiday. I preached on the free gift of Salvation in John 3:16.Pastor Natanael made an altar call and a few people received the free gift of Salvation and surrendered their life to Jesus Christ.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13

”Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15

The people living in these villages work only to survive by cultivating rice, collecting rubber paste from trees and others by farming palm trees. They earn about $4 a day which makes their lives very hard to survive. Children are very ignored, hungry, sick and left to care of themselves. The purpose of Hope Mission here was to encourage the church leaders to continue with the work that they had started to change the course of the new generations. For this purpose, they established schools to promote Christian and moral values and so the children may break the curse they inherited. Because of the church’s involvement and education a new generation of blessings is being raised up in a lot of villages. The Gloria Foundation is showing the villagers a practical example in working and creating jobs like chicken, fish and palm farming. Pastor Natanael Costea is doing a great work together with Gloria Foundation in sponsoring the schools and other projects. During this short trip, we visited villages

Pa’Unga, Rancang & Purasak. We ministered to the churches and brought hope for the children with little gifts that Anna Lupancu prepared at home with the gifts she received from 46 youth in Chicago during her Gift Raising that she had setup as she planned for the mission trip. In the village of Purasak, Adriana Coroama, a Romanian missionary is presently working as an English teacher and hygiene teacher. She is a very devoted missionary which learned the Dayak language in only 10 months. She came there diagnosed with cancer but the Lord healed her completely. She  also followed us throughout the entire mission trip.

During our mission trip in Indonesia, we lived at the headquarters of the Gloria Foundation and traveled from there to the other villages. We were happily welcomed by each village. The children from the villages sang with enthusiasm and passion which touched the entire team. Almost every child received a uniform and candy. After the service in each village, the pastors welcomed us in their poor home and offered us their best meals.

On Saturday the 10th, we spent almost the entire day at the Gloria Foundation headquarters and talked with the youth. The discussion was encouragement to study seriously and to approach a purposeful life. When we asked the teenagers what they wanted to become in life, they had great desires and dreams to come back and help the villages. At night, there was a youth meeting which was titled “Friendship among boys and girls”. Pastor Natanael preached the message and encouraged them to live holy and pure. The problems among these youth are because they are bored which causes them to seek immoral lifestyles.

On Sunday, the 11th, we held the last church meeting in Gloria Church from Tikalong. Nelu Istrate and I preached and prayed for the people. Even though it was a rainy season, it didn’t rain during our time there until Sunday afternoon which was very convenient considering the environment, muddy roads and isolated villages. In the afternoon, we departed back to Pontianak, Indonesia where we visited the equator site. From there we headed to Jakarta where we prepared for our next destination to Vietnam.



Vietnam is among one of the few communist countries. This is a country that was affected by the Vietnam War between North and South Vietnam (where the north won) and the whole country remained ruled by a communist government. In the recent years, small businesses have been established and approved by the government and grew very fast but in the rural area, people are very poor. The churches in Vietnam categorizes of two parts. Traditional churches with history of functionality which are approved and controlled by the government. Ethnic churches which function in people’s homes and are not approved and controlled by the government. These are illegal and are underground and have a lot of opposition from the government. A lot of underground churches were demolished and sometimes the leaders were imprisoned for three months for the preaching the gospel illegally. Pastor Natanael Costea was the first from the West to visit these underground churches. Some of them were in the isolated Mekong Delta. We started the ministry in Ho Chi Minh City formerly known as Saigon. We held a pastoral conference in a restaurant where due to the special celebration meeting about 46 pastors attended. The topics of the seminary were leadership, serving the Lord with devotion and power. The conference was from the morning until late evening. All the participants were blessed with a gift and paid expensed for transportation from the village where they came. Hope Mission is planning to do a project to equip the new generations of Christian workers. This center can be undercover as a small restaurant. This is one of the greatest needs for the new generation.

On Tuesday the 13th, the missionary team visited the church of Pastor David Nam which was the leader of the movement. For the following day, the mission team became very interested in visiting remote villages in Mekong Delta which is rich in fish and the soil is fertile. Nearby Can Tho City is a famous flooding market where agricultures bring their crops and all the transactions are done from one boat to another. In all of the Mekong Delta, there are over 70 underground churches and we visited some of them. We accessed each village by a small boat and we traveled mostly at night so we could not attracted attention as a big group of westerners. First night after a trip of six hours with the bus and one more hour with boat, we arrived to the first church in the Delta. Here the church of about 100 members was waiting for us. We shared the word of God and gifts. Next day, we visited another three churches all over crowded and very open to the gospel. We encouraged them to be strong in the Lord and to invest in a generation of workers which will continue in spreading the Gospel. This was the first time where such a large team visited these churches. Even the presence of the team transmitted the message that God loves knows, loves and uses them for His purpose. One man surrendered his life to Jesus and we prayed for him and gave him a Holy Bible. During our tour in the Mekong Delta, James, a young Vietnamese college graduate, decided to receive the baptism in water. He surrendered his life to Jesus four months ago and was filled with the Holy Spirit. His baptism was done without the attention of a lot of people and only our team and Pastor David witnessed the baptism. Most importantly he did the baptism before the Lord and fulfilled the commandment of Jesus:

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Mark 16:15-16

“Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” Acts 2:41

“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” John 3:5

“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” Galatians 3:27

“The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.”1 Peter 3:21-22



In another service in a village of a remote area in the Mekong Delta another man also surrendered his life to Jesus Christ. We prayed for him and gave him the Holy Bible. The people from all the villages we visited responded with joy and proclaimed that it was such a great blessing for them. In one of the villages over one hundred children were waiting for us. This village is very poor with a lot of abandoned and orphaned children of which an elderly family took in some of them in their home and is taking care of them. Other Christian families are doing the same and raised them with a big sacrifice. Another day we visited a site named Cu Chi Tunnel from the time of the Vietnam War. We learned from them what the horrors of their war were. Lots of people lived underground during those times and fought for their lives and obtained their freedom from the south and their reunification of the country in April 30, 1975.


Cambodia is one of the poorest in Southeast Asia. It is a country with a lot of interior turmoil and wars. It was oppressed by a regime under the leadership of Pol Pot whom killed over 2 million people of which the majority were ethnic, educated and professionals. “Khmer Rouge” was the name King Norodom Sihanouk (king of Cambodia from 1941 – 1955) gave to his communist opponents in the 1960s. Almost all of those that wore glasses were considered a danger for the government. During the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia from April 1975 – January 1979, almost all the intellectuals were killed by the oppressive regime in order to bring the country into an agricultural age that of which was in the 11th century. The Khmer Rouge wanted to transform Cambodia into a rural, classless society in which there were no rich, no poor people and no exploitation. Public schools, pagodas, mosques, churches, universities, shops and government buildings were shut or turned into prison, stables, reeducation camps and granaries. The Khmer Rouge asked all Cambodians to believe, obey and respect only Angkar Padevat, which was to be everyone’s “mother and father”. One day we visited the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum which was formerly a high school in Phnom Penh known as Tuol Sleng. It was converted into a prison called S-21. More than 14,000 men, women and children passed through the gates of S-21 before being executed by the Khmer Rouge, their bodies dumped at Choeung Ek on the outskirts of town. In 1979, with the help from Vietnam, the country was liberated from the dictator Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge regime and is now enjoying peace and slow economic progress. Keeping the memory of the atrocities committed on Cambodia soil alive is the key to build a new strong and just society. Those that lived through that oppressed regime were severely traumatized by their experience.

From this historical platform, the country is rebuilding by a generation which desire to learn and make improvements. In the countryside, however, life is very difficult and people only earn enough to survive. Because of this, a lot of people moved to the city but the life in the city is very expensive. A lot of people are homeless and a lot of children are on the streets stealing and doing all kinds of immoral activities. Thousands of children are on the streets of the capital city, Phnom Penh. Because of these sad situations, a missionary from Malaysia by the name of pastor Bala, mobilized a family to start a small orphanage in Cambodia ten years ago. Now they have a facility where over a hundred children have food, shelter and school in the village of Ta Khmau. Here they also established a grammar school and a church in this facility. Pastor Bala came from a Hindu family and he was a Hindu priest before he was Christian. The Lord transformed his life and he has a passion for children ministry established in schools, kindergartens and churches. We encouraged the children to seek the Lord and have an encounter in the presence of Jesus who can change them and break the curses of their generation. We explained to them the importance and reason of the Christmas Holiday which is to focus on Jesus Christ who is the gift from God given to the world.“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” 1 John 3:16

Another objective we met was to visit the center of the FirstKids organization in Cambodia founded by Pastor Bala. Located in the city Phnom Penh is the first FirstKids kindergarten. The purpose of this kindergarten is to teach the children the English language and to introduce Christian values among the very young children. Learning English will give them a better chance and broader work path in Cambodia or elsewhere. As we passed by them they said “Take my picture, take my picture” in English. The kindergarten also offered jobs for teachers. The Agape Church is located on the last level of the building. The church offered two services; one in Khmer (the local language) and the other in English. Our team ministered to both services. Pastor Nelu Istrate and Natanael Costea encouraged the church to walk with God and served the needs of the people. I preached during the English service to a group of people that are working in Ta Khmau from Malaysia about the power of Jesus Christ which is available to us to overcome the flesh, circumstances and the devil. In the morning I ministered to the church in the village about God’s promise of Christ from the beginning. “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15

Pastor Bala had a vision to purchase a building for the church, for the kindergarten and he had done so by faith and the Lord performed miracles to help towards the purchase. We helped him purchase the AC units for the new building. Our vision for Cambodia is to help them to send some missionary that will be English teachers in the school. This mission trip was a success for the Glory of God. May the Lord be glorified in all that we do. Be strong in the Lord and we wish you blessings in Jesus Christ for 2012.Rev.

Constantin Lupancu together with the Blessed Hope International Mission Team  



Mission Trip to Austria
October 26th – 31st, 2011

Dear mission partners and friends,

By the Grace of God, I had the privilege to visit five churches from Vienna, Austria. Since a lot of Romanians after the revolution in 1989 have left former communist Romania and moved to Western Europe, a lot of them settled all over Austria. Some of my friends I grew up with live in Austria currently and it was in my heart to visit them. The last time I visited them on the way to Australia in January 2002. During this time, the Romanian community grew very strong and I was very impressed to see Elim Pentecostal Church in Vienna grew to have over 1000 members and was very organized with the outreach for the local Austrian population. I was hosted by a family that moved from Suceava to Austria a couple years ago. I visited churches and preached and encouraged them for the mission field. I challenged them to reach the unreached in Vienna and all of Austria. I reminded them that God has a purpose with Romanians in Austria. During this time of Western Europe Apostasy, the Lord brought Romanians with the purpose to revive and revitalize the Western churches. Old friends like Mircea Martincu with whom I grew up and spent four years also in Sibiu High School. I was able to restore the relation and also encourage him to stay close to the Lord during this difficult time that he is going through. We spent some quality time with Corneliu Barsan and his family on a Saturday evening.

A critical situation that I met was at Ciobanu’s house with his wife Lidia who suffered from a stroke and was paralyzed completely. I met them after 25 years and Lidia still cannot speak because of her situation. I reminded her of the time I lived in Romania and was very happy visiting her. I prayed with them asking the Lord Jesus to move on her behalf and heal her. I prayed and trusted God for a miracle but even though I could not see her walking, but could see her smile and encouragement. Her husband testified that his words are not enough to express his joy and words of encouragement during a time like this when no one visits them very often. With this occasion, her brother Adrian visited her and her cousin Corneliu came with me and visited her. I visited a few brothers in Gratz and also the church that was pastored by Traian Chira from a city near Gratz. I preached and encouraged the church to be strong in the Lord Jesus and to fulfill the Great Commission. That night, I was accommodated at his own house. I then visited three more churches in Vienna and blessed the people with the Word of God. I believed that (even though I spent a short time in this mission trip – but with great impact), the expenses and money spent was worth it.

On all our mission trips, we try to redeem the time and to reach as many people as we can and challenge them to build their life around the teaching of Jesus Christ who is the only fixed point in the Universe. Jesus came to lift up the world from the way of destruction and disintegration. He is the only one that is the same yesterday, today and forever!
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8

Rev. Constantin Lupancu together with the Blessed Hope International Mission Team

Haiti – Aug 2011


Mission Trip to Haiti
August 22nd – 29th, 2011

Dear mission partners and friends,


 is a great privilege for us to write to you about the mission work that, by the grace of God, we developed in Haiti. For about ten years, we traveled to different parts of the world to do prison ministry and evangelism. After the great quake of 2010 in Haiti, God put in our hearts to develop a more consistent missionary work in Haiti. Although the work will never be finished in this country, we are one tool in the hands of God to start a church project in Jacmel. We went to continue the project in Jacmel together with Pastor Alexandru Trombitas and brother Adrian Leuciuc from Golgotha Pentecostal Church in Chicago. God called more people from Arizona, California and Portland to join our missionary team and we met in Haiti on August 22.

From Portland: Viorel Gromic, Alin Achim and Nick Ghetes.
From California: Constantin Antimie, Ovidiu Hij and Joel Feceu.
From Arizona: Ionel Ilioi.


 Joseph Jasmin from Gonaives waited for us and we traveled together with him to Jacmel. This was a rainy season and we’re not sure if we can continue with the construction project due to the forecast. As we arrived in Jacmel it stopped raining and the second day it was sunny and after we cleaned the water from inside the building the electricians started their job and in three days the whole building was wired and the fixtures were installed. Pastor Medit Sanon had invited about 130 pastors and leaders for a seminar about ‘How to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ’ taught by Pastor Alexander Trombitas. All of those that came were very attentive and happy and were blessed by the teaching. In the meantime, the construction inside the building and the landscaping outside was progressing. We were able to finish the basement where for about 6 months they held church services. Every night we met for church service where we encouraged people to walk in God’s Word and be strong in the faith. Thursday night a lady surrendered her life to Jesus Christ and on Friday night, the Holy Spirit penetrated her aunt and she surrendered and committed her life to Jesus.  During Friday’s evening service, the children from the church had a celebration of Sunday school graduation. I was so excited to see over 20 children that memorized so many verses from the bible and sang songs. We saw the results of our involvement bring a blessing to the youth. Friday evening’s service was very blessed since the Lord really moved mightily and the people were touched to tears and were filled with the Holy Spirit of God.


 Saturday, I arrived in the Pastor’s house at around 2 a.m. and in the morning we left to Gonaives at 5 a.m. We arrived there at about 11 a.m. and about 90 people were waiting for us. Pastor Jean Inera and Joseph Jasmin made arrangements for the seminary in Gonaives. Even though we were very tired, we were able to minister to the people when we saw the hunger of the people. Pastor Joseph had started a church in a house that is rented in Gonaives. With the help from First Romanian Pentecostal Church in Seattle, he bought a piece of land to build a church. We are praying that the Lord will help him to accomplish this project. Sunday morning we attended the church in Gonaives. We also attended a church server in the afternoon pastored by Jean Inera in a rural area. After lunch, we headed toward Port Au Prince where we preached at a church called Groupe Soldats de Christ or “Soldiers for Christ” pastored by Jean Claude Oscar. This church has been completely devastated during the earthquake last year and they have not been able to rebuild it. Over 2000 people meet under a large tent for church service. People were so touched by the Holy Spirit of God when the message was preached from Nehemiah Ch. 4! We departed towards Chicago on Monday morning.

Blessed Hope International Mission has been legally registered in Haiti by the ‘Ministry of culte’ and is recognized by the government of Haiti. We also have a board of directors in Haiti who coordinate with us in the USA.


 this mission time, we were able to reach the poor, orphans, widows and sick people at their homes. We also helped those that paid for their stay, food and transportation coming from far away for the seminaries. For this purpose God called us to minister to the needs of the people – spiritually and materially. Preaching the Word of God makes soul-winning a priority and then gives room for the Holy Spirit to confirm the ministry of His Word with miracles, signs and wonders. Our mission’s commitment is to remain focused and true believers to his purpose until the Return of Jesus Christ.

Rev. Constantin Lupancu

Romania – Sept 2011

Mission Trip to Romania

September 6th – 19th, 2011

Dear mission partners and friends,


 I say Praise the Lord. I want to give you an update of our mission trip to Romania. Excitement filled our hearts when I met Pastor Nathaniel Barkat two years ago in Pakistan where the Lord used him to make a great impact. I felt the same excitement when I met Pastor Clifton Charles White this year in Sri Lanka. They both had something in common; both of them showed great interest to minister in Romania. God prepared the month of September for Pastor Clifton, Pastor Nathaniel, Pavel Sav and I together with my son Tiberiu to have the privilege to minister to the people of Romania. We ministered to jails, prisons, churches and families throughout Romania. The saving of souls is in great demand in Romania. Every day we hear the present Macedonian cry, “Come and help us, we’re dying, we’re sick, we’re oppressed, we’re prisoners, we are hopeless!” To accomplish God’s purpose, He needs faithful ministers that know to redeem the time: “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:16. A lot of things, thoughts, deeds and activities take our time in this time to redeem. We also have so many needs that want to take our time but there is a practical step that honors our God and it is to be an active part of soul deliverance, salvation, healing, rescuing orphans, starving children, helping widows, and to give Hope for a good life to those even at the margin of society. Some people have a negative attitude towards prison ministry. Even though inmates are convicted criminals, they don’t have to spend eternity where they deserve. God granted every soul a chance to repent in this life. This is why prison ministry is so compelling to us. It is good to never pray for justice instead, only pray for mercy. We are set free from the eternal consequences of our sin. We need to share the gift of Salvation with others because as miserable incarceration is; an eternity completely without God is indescribably worse. We need to extend the mercy of God everywhere. Remember the warning we are given in the book of James; “And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:” James 2:3. It is our job as Christians to carry the message of eternal mercy. Mercy does not mean we ignore sin and pretend it is somehow ok.  It does mean we recognize that being in prison doesn’t make a person any less in need of hearing the message of God’s grace. What good is ministering to only those we deem ‘good enough’ for God’s grace? We cannot limit the power of the cross. It is amazing how receptive inmates can be to the Message of the Gospel. There are people who often realize more than most how much they need God’s mercy and they are so grateful for it.


 a long flight we arrived in Bucharest and from the airport we began our mission in Jilava Prison where we ministered to about 60 inmates who were already waiting for us. The message proclaimed by Pastor Nathaniel and Pastor Clifton’s testimony was so encouraging and inspired the inmates to a Holy life and a life of dedication to Jesus Christ. Some of them surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ. Even though we were very exhausted, we were filled with joy to see those lives transformed. That same night we stopped in Urziceni where the church of Urziceni was helping the poor with hot meals and we helped paid for some of them. We were hosted by Pastor Constantin Gramada and his wife and we spent the night in their home.

Early in the morning we drove toward Suceava and arrive in the afternoon. At night, we ministered at a church in Balcauti. The church in Romania was so happy to meet for the first time, Pastor Potop Vasile from Pakistan and Pastor Clifton White. We ministered to about 50 inmates in a prison in Botosani the next day. Potop Vasile from ‘New Life’ accompanied us and made arrangements for approval and entrance to prisons throughout. We gave hygienic gifts to the inmates and prayed for them. Some of them surrendered their life to Jesus Christ while others that I’ve met before in previous trips and they are faithful to the gospel and growing in faith. After the prisons we went to the Patria Orphanage and visited the children and Director Mircea Boldea. We also visited an old friend Daniel Turcoman and his family. From there we went to Radauti, Bucovina where they were hosting an ordination service where Brother Ghita Crasnean was ordained as a deacon exhorter. After the ordination there was an extended night of prayer. We helped a few poor families in that region. Later, we met again with Mihaiuc, a brother that was diagnosed with severe leukemia in August 2006 and had no chance of living within months according to doctors (when I first met him in London and prayed for him in the hospital). God healed him while he was in London and he is now married with two children and lives in Adelaide, Australia!


 morning we went to Piatra Neamt where Pastor Liviu Axinte organized a youth conference where over 1800 youth from the region attended. The purpose of the conference was to teach the youth to walk in the integrity of God. After the conference, Pastor Liviu gave us a tour to a site in Dumbrava Rosie where they are building a center for children and elders. We donated to a few families in need there. We also visited the church in Piatra Neamt that afternoon. At night we ministered to the church in Voitinel. Pastor Clifton White from Good News Church in Wisconsin had a message to the church to walk in the narrow way where people stay in the presence of God. After the service, we went back to Suceava and arrived around midnight.


 morning, we ministered to Maranata Church in Radauti. Pastor Nathaniel Barkat from Pakistan had a message, “Be attentive to the cry of the people” because there are people all over in desperate need of help and their inner being cries for help and there aren’t many that help them and so we have to be like good Samaritans to show the mercy of Jesus to them. Through Jesus Christ, the void of the human heart is filled with God’s presence and your life is fulfilled and all your needs are met. We prayed for the people at the end of the service and the presence of the Lord filled and satisfied their hunger. The young leader, Florin Mitric, gave us a tour to the new church construction project and we asked for God’s blessing in fulfilling his plan. We also helped them with some money for the project. We had lunch at my mother-in-law’s house and we met with all the other members of the family from my wife’s side. In the afternoon, I visited the village of my birthplace and helped a few widows and families in need. At night, we ministered to Betel Church in Radauti.


 morning, I met with the overseer of Moldova and discussed a report of the churches in Falticeni, Olniceni, Boroaia and Vorniceni that our mission supported years ago. Aurel Soltuz presented the condition of some of the churches in Piriu Negru, Suharau, Comanesti, Radauti, Plut, Mitoc and others. Pastor Soltuz invited us to preach at his church to the youth. All three of us had a message for them to make choices involving God’s will that will help them build a life with a solid foundation with the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Tuesday morning on our way to Radauti, we stopped in Slobozia where we were called to pray for a friend named Sorohan who then gave his life to Jesus Christ. In Radauti we stopped at our relatives and friends’ houses; Petru and Otelia Moloceniuc, Catalin Sireagu our affiliates and partners in the mission field in Romania. After lunch we headed toward Putna – a legendary village with monasteries and historical sights. We had a prayer meeting there at a family’s house. On the way back to Suceava, we stopped in Radauti where the Suceava Chief of Police who is born again came to meet us and exchanged badges with Pastor Clifton also a Chaplain for the Police of Beloit,

 Wisconsin. Afterward we stopped in Satu Mare where my parent’s home was donated to ‘Nadejdea Binecuvantata’ with a purpose to develop a plan to build an elderly home because we see the need of the elderly people that were neglected in that village. We have to pray for God’s will to be done in this matter also.


 morning, our driver Danut Mazareanu (a police officer that gave his life to Christ), drove us from Suceava to Timisoara with another team which was on their way to Italy. We stopped at Cimpulung Moldovenesc and prayed for and helped Negriuc Garafina and a few other families that were in great need of help. Other stops were made in the afternoon was in Campia Turzi where my brother-in-law’s mother lives whom was diagnosed with cancer. Five other women were there that came for a special prayer and anointing with oil. God in his mercy touched a few of them and they were healed instantly. What a great God we serve who is a leader, deliverer, provider and much more! Through us, He also provided them with some monetary help. The road was with some obstacles and dangers but the Lord protected us and we arrived safely Thursday morning in Timisoara where brother Pavel was waiting for us. During the day a police officer from the area came to us and asked to pray for family. After the Revolution, a lot of officers repented and turned to Christ.


 night, we ministered to the church in Timisoara on Romulus Street. It was a very blessed night with the presence of the Lord and mighty manifestation of the Holy Spirit that melted the cold hearts of people to the tears. Some of them were convicted of their sin and confessed it to receive forgiveness and make peace with God. “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Proverbs 28:13. After the church service on the street, we visited a memorial site where the Romanian Revolution began in December 1989.


 morning, we visited the jail from Timisoara located on Popa Sapca Street. About 55 inmates responded to the Gospel of Jesus Christ presented by us to their hearts in this prison. Some of them were already believers who committed their life to Jesus Christ during our previous mission trips there. We rejoiced to see them in their serious walk in faith and not easy going. Goods were offered to them and prayed for them. Friday night, we had a service at Maranata Church in Ghiroda where we preached the Word of God and prayed for the people.


 morning, we visited Casa Betania a center built for the orphan children of the streets and the elderly. In the afternoon we went to Village of Comlusu Mare where we held a church service where we enjoyed the presence of God once again. We prayed for the sick people there helped with the new construction project of the new church. We arrived home very late that night at Pastor Liviu’s house in Ghiroda.

Sunday morning and night, we ministered again at Maranata Church and the messages were so powerful and the hearts of people were opened. Pastor Nathaniel Barkat spoke of “A sleepless church”; encouraging the church to be awake and not sleepy which was a revival message and refreshed the first love for Jesus Christ. “Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.” Matthew 13:24-25.

We prayed for the people and anointed the sick with oil. I spoke about “..for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10. At night, Pastor Clifton and I preached the Word of God on the topic “Words have power” encouraging the people to be careful of what words they choose to speak.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 18:21


 in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. 19. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward forever. And presently the fig tree withered away. 20. And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! 21. Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. 22. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew 21:18-22


 morning, we departed from Timisoara and headed back home. Our faith is the heartbeat of this ministry which is to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, working with the poor and oppressed, to promote human transformation and bear witnessed to the Good News of the Kingdom of God and hope because many people are without hope and without God in the world. Across Romania and around the world this year, we are proclaiming hope in Jesus Christ and lives are being changed. We are not only called to promote humanitarian aid but we are called to share the gospel. As the Apostle Paul wrote to the Church of Corinth, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-20.

We are ambassadors who represent Christ in all circumstances to reflect Christ’s character. Love and compassion flow out naturally when we show people love. They feel the love of God themselves. It is our prayer that we redeem our time efficiently choosing to share God’s mercy with others and in doing so, God will grant mercy to our self. Let’s actively strive for the blessings Jesus promised in his famous Sermon on the Mount; “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” Matthew 5:7.

Rev. Constantin Lupancu together with the Blessed Hope International Mission Team.

Sri Lanka

Mission Trip to Sri Lanka
April 18th – 28th, 2011


 many calls we received from an Asian brother asking us to minister in the country of Sri Lanka which is an island surrounded by theIndian Ocean. We prayed and we received the confirmation from God that it is His will to go even during the Easter holiday. Sri Lanka is a land like no others. In ancient times, Sri Lanka was known by a variety of names; the ancient Greeks called it Taprobane, the Arabs  referred to it as Serendib, the Portuguese called it Ceilao and the British called it Ceylon. Its climate can be described as tropical and warm. Sri Lanka’s historical and cultural heritage spans more than 2,000 years.


 is a very strong Buddhist country which flourished in the early 2nd century BC. The island was very influenced by Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism but now Christians, which are a minority, are praying and believing that God is going to release this country from religion. Pastor Robinson from Faith Covenant, Pastor Clifton White from Good News Christian Center in Beloit, WI, Pastor David Phillips from River of Life Church in Winnsboro, LA, along with my son,  Tiberius Lupancu and I had the privilege of ministering in churches, conferences, prisons and recovery homes throughout Sri Lanka. Brothers in Christ from Shanti Nagar, Pakistan also came to meet us in Sri Lanka. We ministered in Shanti Nagar, Pakistan in 2009.


 first, we held a conference of pastors and ministers from all over Sri Lanka for two days. It was organized by Pastor Antonio from a church in Colombo. Everyone was encouraged and challenged by us to be strong in the faith of Jesus Christ and to be a testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ in the midst of the darkness of religions because the Light shines in the darkness and darkness cannot overcome. Over 400 people attended the conference which was held in the restaurant hall. On the second day it rained heavily in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, but this did not stop anyone from attending. After each conference, we prayed for the ministers to receive refreshment and a new fire and desire to move with the gospel of Jesus Christ in the land of Sri Lanka. The Holy Spirit touched so many hearts that the ministers confessed it  was what they needed at the time – more fire and desire to seek God’s presence more and more. Many were filled with the Holy Spirit to continue to do God’s work in their villages, towns or cities. Each night we were asked to preach in different churches throughout the capital.

On Good Friday, I was invited to preach in a jail close to Galle city since I was involved in prison ministry. The jail was about a 2-hour drive from Colombo City. As I was driving along the shore of the Indian Ocean, one of the pastors shared a memory of the tsunami that hit their country in 2004 claiming over 50,000 lives. Still, the remaining damaged buildings have not all been rebuilt especially in the city of Galle. In this city, I met a pastor from a Dutch reformed church who testified that only four to six people attended his church before the tsunami and he was very discouraged at times. Due to the fact that his church was built in the headquarters of the Dutch colony in 1775 – it was surrounded by a large tall wall of protection, the tsunami could not reach it and the church building was spared from any damage and became a shelter for a lot of people. From that time until now, over 120 people attend the church regularly. Many times, God uses catastrophes to wake people up to show that He exists and people need to turn to Him in faith and surrender all to Him.

 When I arrived to the prison, Pastor Raja Wijekone was waiting for us and he introduced me and my son to the director of prisons who welcomed us and brought us over 100 inmates all dressed in white to minister to them in this day of Good Friday, April 22nd. Because all the inmates were from a Buddhist background, I had the privilege to preach about the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ with the title of ‘Which thief are you?’


 there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death. And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God. And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself. And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture references are from the King James Version of the BHoly Bible And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:32-43


 message challenged almost all the inmates to confess that they are sinners and they need the mercy of Jesus Christ to forgive and set them free of the power of sin. We all prayed the sinner’s prayer and asked God to forgive them and to surrender their life to Jesus Christ. The director who was very busy that day with security meetings was so touched by the Word of God that he could not leave until we finished. We gave the inmates hygienic goods and blessed them in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Since it was Good Friday, the director granted that 5 inmates can be released if an amount of rupee would be paid for each as ransom. This was another testimony to share the Love of God and the price of redemption that Jesus Christ paid for all of mankind.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23 “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” Titus 2:11-14

I paid the price for the 5 inmates selected by the director to their court. What a great and blessed Good Friday to spend in a ‘land like no others’.


 director invited me to come back on Sunday, the day of Passover. From there, I went to a recovery home founded by Pastor Raja. I visited his office and home near the ocean shore and prayed for his family, wife and 3 children. The recovery home was on a mountain near the ocean. This is a very isolated place deep in the forest, where people with alcohol and drug addictions come to receive freedom in Jesus Christ and enjoy the nature. I preached to about 50 people that were worshipping God when I arrived. Later at night, I returned to the motel and shared with the other pastors of the blessed day God gave to us. Saturday morning at the conference, I shared the Word of God from the book of Judges with a purpose to inspire people that the fire of the Holy Spirit will destroy the work of the devil. Jesus Christ ordained His disciples to go two by two into the world.

“And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between two tails. And when he had set the brands on fire, he let them go into the standing corn of the Philistines, and burnt up both the shocks, and also the standing corn, with the vineyards and olives.” Judges 15:4-5

I introduced the ministers to the jail and prison evangelism that we are involved in around the world and how desperate this ministry is needed everywhere even in Sri Lanka. How desperate the inmates are to receive the Truth of Jesus but who is volunteering to go? Some of them responded and promised that they will get involved. 

 Sunday morning – the day of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ – while churches are commemorating the empty tomb (Returning of the Tomb that Jesus borrowed from Joseph of Arimathea), I preached in two churches. The power of Resurrection was and remains real in the life of Christians. This power manifested and people were touched, healed and blessed. 


 prayed for all of them. Communion in the remembrance of our Lord Jesus was held in one of the churches pastored by Antonio. I prayed for and blessed a baby that was brought by his parents for the first time. We had another meeting with pastors that want to start Bible schools throughout the Sri Lanka country. One of our pastors from our team gave the curriculum and motivated them to start these schools and he will find sponsors throughout the churches in the USA. We prayed that the Lord will provide funds to fulfill this vision of raising a new generation of leaders.

Rev. Constantin Lupancu  

New Location

New Building Location Grand Opening
Hope for Chicago and All the World
April 30th, 2011

It was in my heart since the Lord Jesus Christ saved me and moved in me with compassion in the spring of 1992 to found Blessed Hope Mission to have a house of harvest which is a building location to operate the mission. Last year (2010), with the economy in distress, the property value collapsed and I was able to purchase a building on the same street where the Lord had inspired me a couple of decades ago as I was driving in the same area and gave me the inspiration to found a mission with the purpose to bring hope for the hopeless. That was the time when Blessed Hope Mission was born in the same area of 63rd and Kildare where I lived at and worked for about two decades. My heart was moved with compassion towards the people that I helped to buy houses to accomplish the America dream. While others which did not have a roof to live under, I accepted them with joy to live on rehab properties for free until I sold them and moved in another. It was not because of my abilities or capacities that I was moved to help those in prisons in the Cook County jail and those in other countries but because of the blessings from God.
“God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah. That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.” Psalm 67:1-2
“THE KING [David] shall joy in Your strength, O Lord; and in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! You have given him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah [pause, and think of that]! For You send blessings of good things to meet him; You set a crown of pure gold on his head. He asked life of You, and You gave it to him–long life forever and evermore. His glory is great because of Your aid; splendor and majesty You bestow upon him. For You make him to be blessed and a blessing forever; You make him exceedingly glad with the joy of Your presence. For the king trusts, relies on, and is confident in the Lord, and through the mercy and steadfast love of the Most High he will never be moved.” Psalm 21:1-7 [Amplified Bible]
God blesses us and gifts us so that we might serve and bless others and also blessing others will bring Glory to His name.
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let h im give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;” 2 Corinthians 9:6-12

Mission Statement:
Originally, Blessed Hope Mission is a charitable Christian organization through which many families have been lifted up spiritually and materially. Blessed Hope International Mission is a prayer, evangelistic, and charity based ministry. It is the calling of God to pray for those that are lost and not saved that the Light of Christ, who is the image of God, would shine upon them. There are three main aspects that define our mission.
The first aspect is to join an international prayer group, which will seek God’s leading for ministering in different parts of the world, and would ask Him to open new opportunities so that His Gospel will reach the lost and hopeless.
The second aspect is to share the Good News through crusades and jail ministries, and to train a new generation of evangelists that will be ready to share the Gospel, in any circumstances, through the power of the Holy Spirit. International affiliates will be established, developed, and maintained as the Lord leads.
The third aspect is to provide help for the families in desperate needs through distribution of goods. Scriptures and other Christian literature will also be provided.

The Grand Opening ceremony and celebration was held on April 30th, 2011 as gratitude towards our Lord Jesus Christ who sustained this mission for the past two decades and gave us this location. About fifty people from Golgotha and other churches attended the event. The event started with prayer and Chairman Constantin Lupancu appointed Pavel Sav an active participant at the mission trips to lead the service. I believe the season was orchestrated by God to coincide with approximately the same time as our 20th anniversary of Blessed Hope Mission which started to help distressed people after the Romanian Revolution in 1989. Chairman Constantin Lupancu presented the history of Blessed Hope International Mission on how God, who initiated, moved and inspired him to help the poor and needy people. President Edgar Garza of BHIM had a speech about his testimony on how BHIIM had impacted and changed his personal life and his family. All this started for him when he was called to translate the evangelical message in the country of Ecuador. God touched his heart and he was transformed and born again. From that time onward, he had a burning desire to reach the unreached from around the world. He began by sharing the Good News to his family and most of them received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Petru Amarei from Christian Television Network filmed the entire event. Rob Brown from Chaplains for Christ International also had a speech. This event moved us to a time of reflection on the past on how God (who is always faithful) showed His grace and mercy and blessed us more abundantly than we could ever ask for or imagine.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

Rev. Constantin Lupancu together with the Blessed Hope International Mission Team

Pastoral Conference, Haiti Trip

Romanian Pastoral Conference in Hollywood, FL Mission Trip to Haiti
April 7th – 9th and April 10th – 13th, 2011

My wife Bradusa and I along with Senior Pastor Alexandru Trombitas from Golgotha Romanian Church together with his wife had the privilege to join the Pastoral Conference by the grace of God in Hollywood, FL. Pastors from the USA and Canada attended at this conference for a time of fellowship and spiritual refreshment. Seminars on different topics were held by pastors and Christian leaders.


 of the topics in this seminar were ‘Legal protection of pastors’ which was held by Dr. Harry Mihet from Liberty Counsel whose purpose is to protect and advance religious freedom, the sanctity of human life and the family. Another topic was ‘Pastoral Support’ held by Pastor Lazar Gog. Ioan Szazs spoke about ‘Connecting the youth generation with the church’. Ghita Ritisan from Romania held a seminar about ‘Serving in the local church with a global impact’. Witnessing the Lord Jesus Christ must have a global impact and every church should have an apostolic mentality. We attended church service each night at the local church pastored by Gelu Strimbu. Pastor Alexandru and I planned on continuing with a ministry in Haiti immediately after the Pastoral Conference because our Romanian community is involved building a church in Jacmel, Haiti.


 the first year after the land for the church was purchased, numerous teams have arrived from Chicago, Nashville, Houston, North Carolina, Detroit, California, Atlanta, Arizona, Indiana, Portland and Seattle with more than 200 men and women spending from a few days to two weeks of work. Constantin Antemie oversaw the construction of the church and also mobilized people and raised funds for the construction. Besides the construction, 23 children have been adopted and were sponsored by different families from the USA. The adopted children were very happy to see us and that we love them. We brought all of them to the beach and had a good time. Pastor Medit Sanon and his church have been involved in raising these orphans until we finish the church building which we believe will have a multiple purpose. The basement of the church has been almost completed.  This is where the church is gathering right now and God willing, we expect do the finishing for the main sanctuary on our next trip there.   We also visited the local prison where we held services and encouraged the inmates with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Hygienic goods and bibles were delivered to them gladly. The second day, the entire floor of the prison mobilized to sing the song ‘How Great Thou Art’ which brought God’s presence among everyone. Some inmates prayed in repentance and wished to change their lifestyle. God guides, he provides.


 a result of the quake, there are currently over a million homeless Haiti residents. Our plan is to make an impact in the lives of those people that are hopeless with the gospel of Jesus Christ and also to train leaders to make a difference in the lives of the Haitian people. Pastor Alexandru held a seminar with the topic of leadership for two days and about 55 pastors attended from the Jacmel area. We held a service in the church building and every one of us shared the gospel and blessed the people. This entire project is a blessing from God for this community more than we thought when we first purchased the land last year.


 pray that God will provide for us Romanian missionaries that will remain in Haiti for a long period of time. God Bless all of you with your prayer, funds, personal efforts mission trips while making a difference in the life of this distressed nation. You are fulfilling the great commission that Jesus Christ has commanded us to do.


Pilgrimage Journey in the Land of the Bible – Israel & Palestine
Missionary Trip & Study
February 4th – February 14th, 2011


great joy the six of us were welcomed to the Land that has been called by various names such as Canaan, Palestine and now; Israel.  It was a great privilege for us to walk in footsteps of our roots and inheritance in our Lord Jesus Christ.  Our team included the following persons:  Sorin Iacoban and Cornel Buliga from Betel Church in Detroit, Toader Stirbu from Gethsemane Church in Chicago, Edgar Garza – Pavel Sav – Constantin Lupancu from Golgotha Church; active members of Blessed Hope International Mission.  Visiting Israel has been on my mind for a long time but I did not want to go for the sole purpose of visiting the sites.  I wanted to have a ministry at the same time.  Last year I met Pastor Steven Khoury from Bethlehem at the VOM Convention.  He invited our ministry to come to Israel to minister to his churches where he and his father are pastors.  During that same year, I met Pastor Ionel Skoblo from Tel Aviv(meaning: something new) when I visited Romania whom also invited us to come to visit his church in Tel Aviv.  When I made the arrangements to plan the trip and called Pastor Ionel and Pastor Steven, I felt greatly moved by the Holy Spirit to go.  Our mission had three objectives which were to minister to churches, visit persecuted Christians and see the historical sites of the Bible.  Israel was the center of the world during Biblical times.  It is a geographical location that is worthy of reflection because it has been the scene of manifestation of divine power.  Visiting this land helped all of us better understand the history of the bible and the bible itself.  We familiarized with the lay of the land, its customs and religious practices.  As we explored biblical sites we prayed in seeking God, our hearts were warmed and opened to fresh insights and the scripture came alive and we developed a deeper appreciation of our Lord and Savior and strength of our faith.

On Saturday when we arrived to Tel Aviv, Pastor Ionel brought us to his home and his wife prepared a great meal.  After resting a few hours, we joined Pastor Ionel on a city tour on that sabbatical Saturday.  We met some Romanian brothers in Tel Aviv who settled with their families.  Their names:  Daniel and Narcis Ciuruc and their Jewish wives originally from Bucovina; Nicu Cirdei from Dornesti; Nathanael from Suceava and many others.  “Then I came to the captives at Tel Abib (Aviv), who dwelt by the River Chebar; and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days.”Ezekiel 3:15


first site that we visited was Joppa which is among the oldest city ports in the world – a port where a lot of Jews came from all over the world.  This city has a lot of biblical references and is named after Japheth, the son of Noah.  The following references refer to the location of Joppa.

But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarhish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.”Jonah 1:3

“And we will cut wood from Lebanon, as much as you need; we will bring it to you in rafts by sea to Joppa, and you will carry it up to Jerusalem.”2 Chronicles 2:16

“They also gave money to the masons and the carpenters, and food, drink, and oil to the people of Sidon and Tyre to bring cedar logs from Lebanon to the sea, to Joppa, according to the permission which they had from Cyrus king of Persia.”Ezra 3:7

“In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor.”Acts 9:36

“Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!””Acts 9:38

“This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.”Acts 9:42

“Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.”Acts 9:43

“Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter.”Acts 10:5

“He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa.”Acts 10:8

“Then he invited them in and lodged them.  On the next day Peter went away with them, and some brethren from Joppa accompanied him.”Acts 10:23

“Send therefore to Joppa and call Simon here, whose surname is Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.  When he comes, he will speak to you.’”Acts 10:32

“I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, an object descending like a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came to me.”Acts 11:5

“And he told us how he had seen an angel standing in his house, who said to him, ‘Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon whose surname is Peter, who will tell you words by which you and all your household will be saved.’”Acts 11:13-14

On Sunday morning, Nicu and Robert drove us to Jerusalem where we ministered in Calvary Church which is pastored by Steve Khoury, where Messianic Jew and Arab come to worship Jesus.  Each of us greeted the church and prayed for the sick towards the end of the service.  It was a great blessing for them because a lot of them are going through a lot of persecutions and we encouraged them to take stronghold in the Lord who called them to be a witness during this time in Jerusalem.  The body of Christ still suffers today and we are to remember and pray for those that are persecuted.  ”Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.Hebrews 13:3


the service, we were invited to lunch by a family from the church.  In the afternoon, we visited Jerusalem’s City Hall and met with the Assistant Mayor.  We had a privilege to present our mission to him and he was very impressed of our worldwide mission.  We prayed for him and promised we would keep praying for the peace of Jerusalem.  “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:  “May they prosper who love you.  Peace be within your walls, Prosperity within your palaces.”  For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, “Peace be within you.”  Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek your good.”Psalm 122:6-9

In the evening, we crossed the wall to Palestine territory (just one mile from Jerusalem near the edge of the Judean desert) where we ministered to Bethlehem which means ‘the house of bread’ in Hebrew. 

In this town, the story of Ruth with Boaz, their son Obed became the grandfather of King David who was born and first anointed in Bethlehem 3,000 years ago.  Since Joseph was of the house and lineage of David, he brought Mary his espoused wife, who was with child, to Bethlehem to register for the census.  “Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.”1 Samuel 16:13


Steve Khoury’s father is the main pastor at the church there.  It was evening of communion with the elements of Christ.  People were encouraged by our visit and message.  This church went through a lot of trials.  It has been attacked 14 times by Muslims and the pastor had been shot during one of those attacks.  Even though this church went through a lot of persecutions, the pastor remained firm in the gospel of Jesus and did not cease preaching it.  He installed large speakers on the roof that the entire city of Bethlehem hears the good news of Salvation through Jesus Christ.  Our message was translated in the Arabic language by the pastor and heard by the church and the entire city.  At the end, lots of people came for prayer and words of revelation were spoken by God through Cornel Buliga.  Testimony of healing has been given by those that were touched by the power of God.

Monday morning, we visited Bethlehem, where Jesus Christ was born and the Church of the Nativity is built over the traditional site of the manger where Jesus Christ was born.  It is the oldest Christian church in the world.  During the Persian invasion in 614 AD, this church was spared while other Constantinian churches were razed to the ground.  The church was originally built by the Emperor Constantin in 326 AD. 

The church used to have 3 entrances but only one is left and is called ‘the door of humility”.  Matthew’s gospel says that the birth took place here in order to fulfill the Old Testament prophecy; “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me, the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.”Micah 5:2


also visited nearby shepherd fields and walked through their caves where they would spend their nights.  At the shepherd field, we reflected on the glory of God that manifested when the angels brought the good news and as we prayed and mediated on what happened at that time, the glory of God was manifested over us and we began to pray and rejoice.  One brother received a new song in heavenly language.  What a place of His glory where the shepherds were the first people on earth to receive the good news of the birth of the Messiah!  “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.  Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you:  You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:  “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”Luke 2:8-14  Within Bethlehem lies the town of Rachel who was the wife of Jacob and which gave birth to Benjamin.  “This is the genealogy of Isaac, Abraham’s son. Abraham begot Isaac.  Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah as wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padan Aram, the sister of Laban the Syrian.”Genesis 25:19-20


of the persecutions of the Christians in Bethlehem and Gaza and other parts in Israel a book store manager has been killed by Muslims leaving behind a wife and three children which later moved from Gaza to Bethlehem.  We visited the family, encouraged and prayed with them and helped them pay their rent.  In the afternoon, we visited the Jerusalem temple with its roots reflected in Judaism and Christianity in the early centuries.  This temple was built by Solomon and later rebuilt by Herod the Great which is important for the Jew in us.  The city where the temple is has nine gates one of which is closed.  The closed gate is called “The Golden Gate”.  It was through the Golden Gate that Jesus made his triumphant entrance into Jerusalem known today as Palm Sunday.  It is within these walls that Jesus Christ, the founder of Christianity, was crucified on Calvary and then rose from his tomb.  In the early 1500’s the Ottoman Empire permanently closed the gate.  A violent group called Hamas took over Gaza in 2007.  Has said they would protect Christians but persecutions against Christians increased instead and most Christians left Gaza, Bethlehem, Jerusalem and other places in the West Bank.  The Golden Gate is believed to be the Water Gate.  “Moreover the Nethinim who dwelt in Ophel made repairs as far as the place in front of the Water Gate toward the east, and on the projecting tower.”Nehemiah 3:26  The Golden gate is located on the eastern wall of the old city of Jerusalem, leading to the temple mount. It is regarded as a Holy site for all faiths – Jewish (arrival of the Messiah) and Christian (entrance of Jesus on Palm Sunday) and Muslim (site of future resurrection).  The gate was built in the 6th/7th C AD over the ruins of the second temple gate, and sealed since the 16th Century AD.  "And the LORD said to me, “This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter by it, because the LORD God of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be shut.”Ezekiel 44:2

The gates are: 

The New gate (on the western site), the Damascus gate (on the north-western side), Herod's gate (on the north side), the Lions gate (near St. Anna also called the Stephen’s gate), the Golden gate (a closed double gate,  also called the gate of mercy), the Dung gate (on south side, near the western wall), the Zion gate (on the south-west side) and the Jaffa gate (tower of David).


very interesting site we visited is The Western or Wailing Wall which is Judaism’s holiest site.  When the Temple was destroyed in 70 AD, the remembrance of its destruction brought sorrow for the Jews.  The present day wall is called ‘The Synagogue of the Wall’.  The wailing wall is the exterior wall of the yard of the Temple.  The Temple was built on the place where Abraham brought Isaac as a sacrifice to God on the Mount of Moriah.  “But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!”  And he said, “Here I am, my son.”  Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”  And Abraham said, “My son, God will "provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” Genesis 22:7-8

“And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided.” Genesis 22:14

This land was later purchased by King David from Aravna as a place for Sacrifice.  It was also here that his son King Solomon built the Temple.  It was also here that God provided Jesus Christ as a human sacrifice for all of mankind.  Today it is called the Dome of the Rock which is an Islamic site.


Gad came that day to David and said to him, “Go up, erect an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.” 19 So David, according to the word of Gad, went up as the LORD commanded. 20 Now Araunah looked, and saw the king and his servants coming toward him.  So Araunah went out and bowed before the king with his face to the ground.  Then Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?”  And David said, “To buy the threshing floor from you, to build an altar to the LORD, that the plague may be withdrawn from the people.”  Now Araunah said to David, “Let my lord the king take and offer up whatever seems good to him. Look, here are oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing implements and the yokes of the oxen for wood.  All these, O king, Araunah has given to the king.” And Araunah said to the king, “May the LORD your God accept you.”  Then the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God with that which costs me nothing.”  So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.  And David built there an altar to the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.  So the LORD heeded the prayers for the land, and the plague was withdrawn from Israel.” 2 Samuel 24:18-25

We also visited the Mount of Olives which was located on Jesus’ daily route in and out of the city.  It stands about 300 feet above Jerusalem.  It is a mountain where the more important events of Christ took place.  And in the daytime He was teaching in the temple, but at night He went out and stayed on the mountain called Olivet.”Luke 21:37  It was here that Ezekiel 11:23 says, “And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city and stood on the mountain, which is on the east side of the city.”and Zechariah 14:3 prophesied, “Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle.”  It was while crossing these slopes, the day after He cleared the Temple of merchants and moneychangers, that Jesus cursed the fig tree in Matthew 21:18, “Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry.”and Mark 11:13, “And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.”


this mountain, Steve Khoury’s uncle was martyred by the Muslims a few years ago.  In the memory of Jesus weeping over the faith of Jerusalem, a church has been built called the Church of Dominus Flevit – The Lord Wept.  Close to the church is a spot where Jesus delivered what has become known as the Olivet Discourse.  Prophetic questions regarding the end of the days, stretches over two chapters of Matthew’s Gospel.  “Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.  For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.  And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.  “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.  And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.  Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.  But he who endures to the end shall be saved.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”Matthew 24:3-14


Zion is hallowed for the Last Supper, the Apparition of the Risen Christ and the Descent of the Holy Spirit, all of which are said to have occurred here.  It was also on Mount Zion that the birthday of the Christian Church began at Pentecost.  This hill was incorporated into the city during Hezekiah’s expansion in the 8th century BC, and like the rest of the ancient metropolis, Mount Zion was enclosed within the city walls during the New Testament period.  When the Roman’s destroyed the city, the church stood on Mount Zion and the Christians heard the words of the Prophet Isaiah speaking directly to them, “Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.”  For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.”Isaiah 2:3  “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in His holy mountain.  Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.”Psalm 48:1-2

At the Mount of Olives, we visited the church of Agony which is also called the Church of All Nations because it was built by worldwide contributions.  We then headed to the place called Via Dolorosa or ‘Way of sorrow’ which is the path Jesus took on the faithful journey to the crucifixion at Calvary (or the place of a skull).  Nearby this is the chapel of Condemnation and Flagellation.  It was the place that brings alive the scene of Pilot washing his hands of the guilt for Jesus’ death.  “So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified.”Mark 15:15

It was here that Jesus mounted a donkey on Palm Sunday (Bethpage).  It was here that Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Dominus Flevit).  It also was here that Jesus agonized in the garden (Gethsemane) and it was here that Jesus ascended into heaven (Ascension).  “Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”  And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.  But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.  And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven?  This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:6-11

From the tower in Jerusalem city, we walked over the brook of Cedron to the Garden of Gethsemane.  The Garden of Gethsemane with some of the original ancient Olive trees is still there along the lower slopes of the mountain and we remembered Jesus’ prayer before He was crucified.  Some of the olive trees are believed to have heard Jesus’ final words of prayer, “nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”Luke 22:42.  It is a fact that when an olive tree is cut down, it always grows back.  The present trees in the Garden are actually the saplings of the original olive trees from the time of Jesus.  Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” 

And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.  Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”  He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”Matthew 26:36-39


the same courtyard, at the Chapel of Flagellation, which remembers that Jesus was bound and scourged and the crown of thorns was placed on his head as the event was told in the gospel.  “And they clothed Him with purple; and they twisted a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and began to salute Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”Mark 15:17-18.  The place where it is believed that the house of the priest was located with the shrine house, the dungeons and the pits used by the High Priest to keep Jesus a prisoner after his condemnation by the Sanhedrin.  It was also here that Peter, a disciple of Jesus, denied Him three times in the courtyard of the high priest.  Outside the Chapel is a pavement where Jesus took up the cross and carried it to be crucified as a common criminal.  In the memory of the words written in John 19:5 – “Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe.  And Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!” which in Latin is Ecce Homo (A Chapel has been built with this name), it is believed that this is the place where Pilot tried Jesus.  “When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus out and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha.”John 19:13

On this place of Via Dolorosa, the Lithostrotos pavement can also be seen where the Roman soldiers used to gamble the clothes of those condemned to die.  “And when they crucified Him, they divided His garments, casting lots for them to determine what every man should take.”Mark 15:24.  Here is also where Jesus first fell while carrying the cross – doing so, meeting this mother.  A lot of pilgrims come and read from the book of Lamentations, “For these things I weep; “My eye, my eye overflows with water; because the comforter, who should restore my life, is far from me.  My children are desolate because the enemy prevailed.”Lamentations 1:16.  Simon of Syrene, a man from northern Africa, was compelled to help Jesus carry the cross.  “Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross.”Matthew 27:32


the way out of the city through Via Dolorosa, it is sad that a gate of judgment stood there where the authority placed the notice with the convicted criminals – also where Jesus fell for the second time while carrying the cross.  Jesus, knowing the future devastation that awaits those following him, he comforted the women of Jerusalem.  “And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women who also mourned and lamented Him.  But Jesus, turning to them, said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.”Luke 23:27-28.  As Jesus passed through the doorway exiting Via Dolorosa towards Calvary, he fell for the third time.  “And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center.”John 19:17-18“Afterward, they stripped Him of his garments and nailed him to the cross.”Matthew 27:35  Visiting this place, we remembered the sufferance of Jesus and the fulfillment of the prophecy of Simeon when Mary brought the infant Jesus to the temple.  “Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”Luke 2:34-35  “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.”John 19:25


four gospels narrate how Jesus Christ was crucified by the Romans next to two common criminals.  On top of Jesus’ cross was written in Latin, Greek and Hebrew the words, “Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.”Matthew 27:37

Matthew 27:45-56 describes the Death of Jesus.

“From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.  About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ (meaning “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”)  When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”  Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge.  He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink.  The rest said, “Now leave him alone.  Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”  And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.  At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.  The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open.  The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.  They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.  When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”  Many women were there, watching from a distance.  They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs.  Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.”Matthew 27:45-56

Carrying our bibles as we walked through these historical places, the bible became alive and we remembered that after Jesus died on the cross, the disciples and close family came and took the body of Jesus to be buried.  “But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.  Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.”John 19:33-34

“Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus.  Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders.  With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.  He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night.  Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.  Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen.  This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.”John 19:38-40


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the Passover Sabbath, Jesus was taken down from the cross and was laid in the newly cut tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.  A great round stone was rolled over the entrance to seal the tomb (now called the Garden Tomb) which was outside the walls of Jerusalem near the Damascus Gate.  During the century, the structure around the tomb has changed but the inside is the first chamber (where the resurrection took place) remained the same since then.  We held a prayer in that place and thanked God for the power of resurrection that resurrected us from the death of sin and trespasses.  “Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.  But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.  Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.  Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but is risen!  Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’”  And they remembered His words.”Luke 24:1-8

From Jerusalem we went to a village called Emmaus which is 7 miles from Jerusalem.  The village had existed since the Greek period.  It grew to become Nicopolis city during the Byzantine time.  We visited the road which is known as the road to Emmaus where Jesus met two of his disciples.  Some of the ruins are still there.  “Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem.  And they talked together of all these things which had happened.  So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them.” Luke 24:13

“Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.  Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.” Luke 24:30-31

The next day, Narcis Ciuruc and Nicolae drove us to the northern part of Israel where we were able to see the ruins of Caesarea, which was the capital of Judea as well as the seat of Roman procurators including Pontius Pilate.  Apostle Paul in his missionary journey came to this seacoast to travel to Antioch, Ephesus and others.  Apostle Peter baptized the household of a Roman nobleman, Cornelius.  Eusebius; a student of Origin, the disciple of apostles, became the bishop of Caesarea in the 3rd century and was the first Christian historian. “There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, 2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always.” Acts 10:1-2


there we went to Mount Carmel where Elijah the prophet prayed for rain.  We also visited Elijah’s grottos and his tomb.  “Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.”  So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.”  Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!”  So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’”  Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain. So Ahab rode away and went to Jezreel.  Then the hand of the LORD came upon Elijah; and he girded up his loins and ran ahead of Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.”1 Kings 18:41-46


there, we visited the city of Haifa which is also the world center of the Bahai religion (a monotheistic faith which emerged in the middle of the last century in Iran).  This religion began in Persia and emphasizing the spiritual unity of all humankind and is a religion of idolatry.  This coastal town has been the home of the Israel navy and is the third largest city in Israel.  We then visited Cana of Galilee (presently called Kefar-Kanna), the place where Jesus performed his first public miracle – changing water into wine for the wedding and partying at Cana.  “Three days later a wedding took place in the city of Cana in Galilee.  Jesus’ mother was there.  Jesus and his disciples had been invited too.  When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They’re out of wine.”  Jesus said to her, “Why did you come to me?  My time has not yet come.”  5His mother told the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.”  Six stone water jars were there.  They were used for Jewish purification rituals.  Each jar held 18 to 27 gallons.  Jesus told the servers, “Fill the jars with water.”  The servers filled the jars to the brim.  Jesus said to them, “Pour some, and take it to the person in charge.”  The servers did as they were told.  The person in charge tasted the water that had become wine.  He didn’t know where it had come from, although the servers who had poured the water knew.  The person in charge called the groom 10and said to him, “Everyone serves the best wine first.  When people are drunk, the host serves cheap wine.  But you have saved the best wine for now.”  Cana in Galilee was the place where Jesus began to perform miracles.  He made his glory public there, and his disciples believed in him.” John 2:1-11

We then passed by the place where Jesus ministered in the villages around the Sea of Galilee where Jesus called his first disciples – Peter, Andrew, James and John.  He also calmed the storm at sea and walked on water.
Located near Tabgha is the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount of which the Beatitudes (Latin for "Blessings) are the most important.  “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.  Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.  Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.  Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:3-12

On a clear day, the Mount of Hermon can be seen from Mount Tabor along the northern border of Israel.

“And at that time we took the land from the hand of the two kings of the Amorites who were on this side of the Jordan, from the River Arnon to Mount Hermon (the Sidonians call Hermon Sirion, and the Amorites call it Senir), all the cities of the plain, all Gilead, and all Bashan, as far as Salcah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan.” Deuteronomy 3:8-10


“So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine.  And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum.  When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death.  Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.”  The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!”  Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.”  So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way.”John 4:46-50

Tabgha“And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.  When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late.  Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.”  But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away.  You give them something to eat.”  And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”  He said, “Bring them here to Me.”  Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass.  And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes.  So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained.  Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.”Matthew 14:14-21

Dalmanutha:  “So they ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets of leftover fragments.  Now those who had eaten were about four thousand.  And He sent them away, immediately got into the boat with His disciples, and came to the region of Dalmanutha.”Mark 8:-9-10

Magdala:  “Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God.  And the twelve were with Him, and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance.”Luke 8:2


“And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.  But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow.  And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”  Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!”  And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” Mark 4:37-39


“Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.  And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”  But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was.  Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.” Luke 1:26-31

In the city of Nazareth, we stopped and visited a few churches and also met a Christian family from Russia.  In the afternoon, we went to Mount Tabor the place where the miracle Transfiguration of Christ occurred.
“Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them.  His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.  And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.  Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”  While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  Hear Him!” Matthew 17:1-5


also as the Holy Mountain, the Biblical Psalmist called on it and Mount Hermon to witness the glory of the Lord, “The north and the south, You have created them; Tabor and Hermon rejoice in Your name” Psalm 89:12.  When you are on this mountain and think about biblical facts and times, your faith increases.  “Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became shining, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them.  And Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.” Mark 9:2-4

On our way back to Tel Aviv, we stopped at the River Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ.  “Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.  And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?”  But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”  Then he allowed Him.  When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.  And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:13-17

The next day, Brother Nathanael (a Romanian pastor who relocated to Israel 30 years ago), offered himself to tour us to other sites of Israel.  We first went to Kibbutz, Yad Mordecai which it is on the main road leading northward to Tel Aviv, and are the first settlement to receive the full weight of the invading Egyptian army for six days in the War of Liberation.  It’s military and political significance are profound because this small group of people stood up in a difficult time while Israel was reestablished in 1948.  The meaning of Kibbutz is ‘everybody is a form of organization that everybody works as much as they can and receive as much as he needs.  This form of organization has been born in Israel when the Lord put in the hearts of the Jewish people that were scattered all over the world to come back to their land.  When they came to what now is Israel – famine, malaria and Arabic thieves were throughout the desert.  It was very difficult for these newcomers to survive by themselves especially for most of them being young.  An elderly Jewish woman that was already living there, advised the young newcomers I will be like your mother and I will guide you and direct you on what you need to do.  They all worked and brought the money to her and she organized all their needs and they obeyed her respectfully as if she was their mother.  This form of collaboration called ‘Kibbutz’ still exists throughout Israel to this day.  Jews bring money to the Kibbutz center and give everybody else to their needs.  John the Baptist also preached this form of living.  “So the people asked him, saying, “What shall we do then?”  He answered and said to them, “He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.” Luke 3:10-11  We also visited Prophet Samuel’s tomb.  “So Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. 

And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the LORD.  Then the LORD appeared again in Shiloh. For the LORD revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD.” 1 Samuel 3:19-21  From there we went to Timna Park, one of the most breathtaking places in Israel, a site which combines amazing landscapes with a fascinating historical story.  Here we saw the pillars of Solomon, which are a natural part of the cliff wall in the Judean desert. 


also visited the world’s oldest copper mine – a special site in Israel.  Here is an authentic reconstruction of the Holy Tabernacle which was constructed precisely according to the dimensions and colors commanded to the Israelites upon their Exodus from Egypt.  This journey took us on a journey to the depth of the history of the Hebrew people.  It was an unforgettable biblical experience.  Inside the tabernacle is where we also saw the altar, the copper wash stand, the show bread table, the menorah and other items. A messianic guide described to us the importance of the Tabernacle and God’s plan for Salvation through Jesus Christ.


Messiah as fulfillment:
The Only way in/back to God (The Way, The Truth, The Life)
The Once and for all time sacrifice to remove sin
The Word that washes and cleanses
The Living Bread that feeds us
The Light of the world to show us the Truth and light our path
The Great Eternal High Priest that represents us by name before the Father
The One who ever lives to intercede for us before the Father
The One whose shed blood has caused the guarding Cherubim to be removed and opened the way permanently back to the Father
The Bread from Heaven
The (Resurrected) Messiah chosen/sent by God
The King who came from Heaven and shed His Blood to Purify us; Who is Pure and has Shed his Blood; returned to Heaven and sits on the Throne as King of ALL.


our way to Timna Park we visited Abraham’s well in Bathsheba.  About 3,700 years ago, the Patriarch Abraham and his family wandered from Ur of the Chaldees to Canaan, and in the land of Canaan, wandered from the north to Canaan’s southern border in the Negev desert.  “Now the LORD had said to Abram:  “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.  I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”  So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him, and Lot went with him.  And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.  Then Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan.  So they came to the land of Canaan.  Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, as far as the terebinth tree of Moreh.  And the Canaanites were then in the land.  Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.”  And there he built an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him.  And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD.  So Abram journeyed, going on still toward the South.” Genesis 12:1-9


also visited the Ramon Crater which contains geological formations unparalleled elsewhere in the world.  We drove by the Moab Mountains to the Eilat desert, located in the southernmost tip of Israel and occupies only 30 miles of the coast.  King Solomon’s fleet sailed out of ‘Ezion-geber which is by Eloth, on the shore of the Red Sea’ to bring back 420 talents of gold from Ofir, thought to be either Ethiopia or India (1 Kings 9).  In Eilat we visited the underwater Red Sea observatory.   This brought us to the aquatic world with all kinds of fish and corals.

The next day, we visited Jericho where we visited the oldest walled city in the world.  Jericho was ancient when Joshua marched the Children of Israel into the Promised Land.  According to book of Deutoronomy, the Israel people refused to enter the Promised Land at first.  “Then they came to the Valley of Eshcol, and there cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes; they carried it between two of them on a pole.  They also brought some of the pomegranates and figs.  The place was called the Valley of Eshcol, because of the cluster which the men of Israel cut down there.  And they returned from spying out the land after forty days. 

Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land.  Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us.  It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.  Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.  The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.”  Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”  But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.”  And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.  There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” Numbers 13:23-33

So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night.  And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt!  Or if only we had died in this wilderness!  Why has the LORD brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims?  Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?”  So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.”  Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.  But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.  If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’  Only do not rebel against the LORD, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the LORD is with us.  Do not fear them.”  And all the congregation said to stone them with stones.  Now the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of meeting before all the children of Israel.  Then the LORD said to Moses:  “How long will these people reject Me?  And how long will they not believe Me, with all the signs which I have performed among them?  I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they.”  And Moses said to the LORD:  “Then the Egyptians will hear it, for by Your might You brought these people up from among them, and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land.  They have heard that You, LORD, are among these people; that You, LORD, are seen face to face and Your cloud stands above them, and You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night.  Now if You kill these people as one man, then the nations which have heard of Your fame will speak, saying, ‘Because the LORD was not able to bring this people to the land which He swore to give them, therefore He killed them in the wilderness.’ And now, I pray, let the power of my Lord be great, just as You have spoken, saying, ‘The LORD is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.’ Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.”  Then the LORD said:  “I have pardoned, according to your word; but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD – because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice, they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it.  But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.  Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwell in the valley; tomorrow turn and move out into the wilderness by the Way of the Red Sea.” Numbers 14:1-25

Due to the fact that they disobeyed God even after witnessing miracles and signs from God and that they people cried on that night (Numbers 14:1), God caused a motive for the people of Israel to cry from generation to generation onward.  That day was the 9th on the month of Av in the Hebrew calendar.  “It is the month of the "low point" of the Jewish calendar (the 9th of Av, the day of the sin of the spies and the destruction of both the first and second Temples in Jerusalem) as well as the month of the "high point" of the Jewish calender (the 15th of Av–"there are no happier days for Israel than the 15th of Av and Yom HaKippurim" (Mishnah Ta'anit 26:)–the day of finding one's predestined soul-mate).”

For the people of Israel, this day was the beginning of pains.  The Holocaust also began on that day and month.  The wailing wall is a place of weeping even to this day.  It is for us to learn that we should NEVER complain and disobey God’s will in unbelief or fear.  It was also here that Jesus healed blind Bartimaeus.  “Now they came to Jericho.  As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging.  And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”  So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. 

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Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer.  Rise, He is calling you.”  And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus.  So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?”  The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.”  Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.”  And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.” Mark 10:46-52

It is said that Jesus was tempted on Jericho’s mountain – the Mount of Temptation where the Greek Monastery is now built.  “Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.” Luke 4:1-2  It was here that the tax collector, Zacchaeus – touched by Jesus’ spirit, gave half of his belongings to the poor.


there we went to Qumran, 25 miles southeast of Jerusalem and 10 kilometers south of Jericho, by the Dead Sea.  According to the words in the gospel of Luke, it is said that John the Baptist grew up in this desert.  Copies of almost eight hundred manuscripts were found in the caves – from tiny fragments to twelve almost complete scrolls.  One spring morning of 1947, a Bedouin boy went into a cave looking for forgotten treasure – and came out with rolls of rotting leather.  He had no idea that these Dead Sea Scrolls would provide the world’s greatest insight into the life of ancient Israel.  The Bedouins were descendants of various migrating tribes from the horn of Africa and Arabic peninsulas.  They were merchants bringing myrrh, oil, and other fragrances from distant horizons.  The scrolls include the oldest copies of the Old Testament ever found showing that the Bible we know today is almost identical to the one studied around the time of Jesus Christ.  They contain all the books of the Old Testament except the book of Esther.  Some of the texts are commentaries that made the Bible relevant to their own days.  The Dead Sea contains no life and is the lowest point below sea level.  We swam and enjoyed the salty water and mud.  On our way back to Jerusalem, we passed by Shen and Mizpah.  “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.”” 1 Samuel 7:12  Not far from the Dead Sea is En Gedi where David hid from King Saul.  Then David went up from there and dwelt in strongholds at En Gedi.” 1 Samuel 23:29

We also had an attitude of reverence towards God for what he has done for us.  The next day we attended a church service in Tel Aviv because Brother Nathanael wished for us to go to home town where he was running a messianic church.  We decided to split the group as follows:  Toader Stirbu, Cornel Buliga and I went to Tel Aviv Church and ministered to the Romanian brothers and sisters that there are settled in Tel Aviv and surrounding areas.  The Lord moved mightily and prophetic words from God were delivered to them.  One brother was baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence with speaking in other tongues.  Other brothers were also moved by the Holy Spirit and we all experienced a great joy.  Where God is present, there is great joy.  The next day after, we went to brother Nathanael’s church where Sorin, Edgar and Pavel Sav ministered.  In this church, we also ministered to the messianic group in this church.  This church has experienced a mighty move of God and their children were very rooted in the word of God.  Most of the young men experienced God’s mighty protection during their military service in the war with Gaza.  Testimonies of God were given by those that were released from the army.  This gave them a confidence in God.  A messianic Christian girl attends bible competitions and won the first prize in all of Israel among her peers.  Another girl raised the children of a high official and gained their favor because of her Christian testimony.  Later in the evening, we came back to Tel Aviv and we held a prayer meeting until midnight.


the end of our trip, we went back to Jerusalem to meet Pastor Eugen Mitrea who runs a Romanian church in Jerusalem.  Brother Nathanael drove us to Jerusalem and on our way there we passed by the Valley of Elah where David killed Goliath.  So the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, there it is, wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod.  If you will take that, take it.  For there is no other except that one here.”  And David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.” 1 Samuel 21:9


Saul dressed David in his own tunic.  He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head.  David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.  “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.”  So he took them off.  Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. 1 Samuel 17:38-40


Jerusalem, we met Pastor Eugen and a group of messianic brothers from Ephraim invited us into their home to dinner with their families.  After dinner, brother Gherson from Ephraim and his wife, Ana Liga, drove us to Tel Aviv Church where we held a late night prayer.  On our way to Tel Aviv, we stopped by Esthaol where Samson was moved by the Spirit of God.  “And the Spirit of the LORD began to move upon him at Mahaneh Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.” Judges 13:25  After midnight we went to Nicu Cirdei’s family where we rested for an hour and they drove to the airport.  In addition to touring this beautiful lane, we had great services in the churches.  We believed this trip released a miraculous power of the Holy Spirit that will provoke the people we met – Jew or Romania, Arabic, or other ethnicity, to increase their faith in the living Messiah who has come to seek and save the lost and have life more abundantly.  “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.  I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10  Jewish, Muslim and other people need to see a demonstration of God’s power before they believe that God Is, that He loves and cares for them and that His Son – Jesus Christ – had already come and is getting ready to return!  We believe that God is making everything possible in these last days to reach out to His chosen people – the Jewish – because of the promises He made to their father to bring them into right relationship with   Him.  What a blessed trip we had that refreshed our knowledge of the Bible.  May God receive all the.

Veracruz, Mexico

Mission Trip Report to Veracruz, Mexico
January 20th – January 26th, 2011


to the fact that it is harvest season for the unsaved, we didn’t want to miss any opportunity to minister anywhere God opened for us. This is our second mission trip we had in Mexico.
Last year my daughter Anna had to put her studying on hold for a year and decided to with ‘Youth With a Mission’ (YWM) in Australia. After her theoretical study with YWM, her team was appointed to a practical experience in Gospel ministry in Mexico City. When I heard of the news, I visited her on the mission field in Mexico City. In order to work for the Lord while being in Mexico, I contacted Sam and Sera Qarau, a missionary couple in Mexico from Fiji. To accomplish the work in an efficient way, I would require a Spanish translator and so after calling a few mission members, but they all had other priorities. As I was praying and asking the Lord for guidance, the Lord inspired me to call Dinu Rodila from Gethsemane Romanian Church and Cornel Ianchici from Philadelphia Church. Both of them responded and felt compelled by the Lord to take part in this mission trip.


we arrived in Mexico City, Pastor Sam and a pastor from Restoration Church in Mexico City waited for us and brought us to his church. As we departed the airport, he spoke of a church that he had a vision of a night before which had white pillars in front and he also described the entire perimeter of the church and the Lord said that this is a church that is mission oriented. Afterward, Cornel showed him a picture of Philadelphia Romanian Church, he was amazed that it matched the one in his vision. That night, we ministered to the Restoration Church where people were delivered and set free of addictions; others were blessed by the word of God. Dinu Rodila, translated very accurately from Romanian to Spanish. There was a great blessed night in which people rejoiced and were so happy.


church was located in a bad neighborhood of violence and cartel. The pastor had been attacked a few times but the Lord had miraculously saved him. He gave us testimonies of how the Lord intervened and saved him from the hands of the cartels. His father, a former police officer, was killed by the cartels years ago. His mother is now leading the church. The next day, we went through heavy traffic to visit my daughter Anna. She and her team were staying in the church apartment and during the day they had a schedule to minister to children, nursing homes and other churches. I was a little concerned about her safety, being in Mexico City, but after I met her and saw what she was doing, I gained confidence that she was under the Lord’s protection. She was very happy to see us and my team prayed for them.


evening, we left Mexico City together with Pastor Sam Qarau and the three of us drove by bus to Veracruz. A pastor from the area came with his truck early in the morning and drove us to the mountains of Chicontepec region in Veracruz. That Saturday morning, we ministered to a Church of God Bible School where Pastor Vicente Baez Torres is a director. At night, we ministered to the church in Ahuimol in Veracruz pastored by Vicente. This church was so open to the gospel that night and many of them repented their sin and rededicated their lives to Jesus Christ. Despite the critical situation involving crime and the cartels in Mexico, we found that the town Ahuimol doesn’t have a police station since the gospel changed 80% of the town’s people. There used to be a prison there years ago but since lots of people converted to Jesus Christ, the delinquency percentage was so low that the community transformed the prison into a grocery and material store. A Christian brother later purchased and is operating the site. Isn’t it amazing what the gospel can do when people obey and fear the Lord instead of the authorities?

“Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, “ Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.” Isaiah 2:2-4


Sunday morning, a group of youth was praying and interceding for almost two hours. This is the secret action when you want to have a revival within a church and challenge the community. Intercession for the unsaved brings God’s presence to the hardened human heart and causes them to surrender all to Christ. On the same day, we ministered to the people of Ahuimol. There was also a funeral in the afternoon and we encouraged the family of the deceased with words of life.


morning, Dinu and I went to a church named La Puerta in Cristo in Tlanempa Comon pastored by Antonio Hernandez Tolentino. We arrived there a couple hours after passing through the mountain. This was a very poor area but people had a great faith in God.
“Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?” James 2:5

When we arrived to Pastor Antonio’s house, we felt compelled to pray and intercede for the evening service. We prayed for an hour and I knew in my spirit that the Lord had a surprise for us that night. Even though it was not a regular church service that Monday evening; we were impressed to see a great multitude of people that could not fit inside the church and the service was held outside. The surprise from the Lord was His deep presence that touched the hearts of people and lots of them came with tears in their eyes

and confessed their sins out loud without shame. Dinu was unusually impressed to hear them confess in their language. This is really the work of the Holy Spirit at which people did not consider the public of their shameful sins because of the deeper desire to be right with God. If you confess your sin, he is just and merciful to forgive you.

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” 1 John 1:8-10

“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” 1 John 2:1-2

“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your loving-kindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge. Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.” Psalm 51:1-5

“He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” Proverbs 28:13

At the same time, Cornel ministered to the Palma Sola Church in Tlaquextla both located on the mountain. Pastor Eugenio Cruz is pastoring Palma Sola Church. Roberto Bautista Martinez has translated for Cornel. Dinu and I drove almost four hours Monday night through the mountains to find the village of Palma Sola Church.


Morning, we drove back to Veracruz and headed to Mexico City and attended the service at Restoration Church where a few people were miraculously delivered of unclean spirits. While I was preaching from Acts 16, I heard a noise all of a sudden caused by a woman falling down. I was a bit concerned since I didn’t know what happened but the pastor told me that she fainted after hearing that a possessed woman was delivered from a spirit of fortune-telling.

“Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour.” Acts 16:16-18


possessed woman came to church the previous Sunday with her husband for the first time. Towards the end, we prayed for the sick and other people seeking the freedom from our Lord Jesus Christ. Our mission is to fulfill the Great commission. God has opened for us connections with individuals, churches, families and prison ministry. Our main areas of focus are evangelism, teaching, preaching, healing and deliverance, prison ministry and rehabilitation centers, feeding the needy and hungry and restoring hope in the lives that lost it.

“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.” 2 Timothy 4:1-2


Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:1-3

Rev. Constantin Lupancu

Romania, Republic of Moldova & Ukraine

Mission Trip to the Romania, Republic of Moldova & Ukraine

November 29th – December 14th, 2010


cannot forget our country ever since God called us and blessed us with the privilege of teaching the bible all over the world and do the charity work – it is after visiting Romania and helping its people that we feel motivated and compelled to continue in this mission year after year by the Grace of God for about 55 missions in Romania since 1990. This was possible only by the Grace of God because He has provided abundantly towards us to share with others. There is no better season to renew your commitment to the work of the Lord than the winter holiday season when people give gifts to each other. There is a great joy when you give the gift of Jesus Christ to others because this gift truly makes a difference and lives on eternally. It changes lives of men, women and children who choose to receive the gift of Christ. This gift has an indescribable value to those that receive His gift.

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15 [NKJV]

He gave us the right to become Children of God – “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:2-13 [NKJV]


years ago, God granted us the resources and put in our hearts to help start a church building in Mitoc, Prut. In the month of November, Pastor Viorel Ignat has called us and told us the dedication will be in December 4th this year and he wants us to be part of that Joy. Together with my parents who have traveled 17 times to and from Romania, we planned to make a mission trip in Romania with brother Pavel Sav, Emanuel Margelu, and Daniel Turcoman. God has given us the privilege to arrive safely in Bucharest and start the ministry even there. We stopped at the Urziceni church and visited the ministry of Costel Gramada (an old friend). We then visited a family who had a completely paralyzed member living with them for many years. We encouraged the family to receive the Lord Jesus – the greatest gift that anyone can receive. After we prayed and helped them, we departed and left them to the grace of our Lord Jesus. I met some of our team members in Bucharest who delivered the documents to the minister of Romania for the project we are going to start. After hearing the report of approval for the project, I was a little bit concerned about how we would complete such a big project. God always shows up when it is His will to do something to encourage us and give us direction. I received a word from God that night not to worry but to trust him as I have seen his hand at work during the years before I will see this again. Due to the Romanian National Holiday, our plan to visit the Bucharest prison was cancelled. We departed toward northern Romania as we drove on a very icy and snowy road, a belt from our car broke near the city of Marasest and we had to stay there a motel and find a belt. In the morning, the owner of the hotel came and welcomed us and we started sharing with him the greatest gift which Jesus Christ life-changing. He was very open and we shared with him the love of Christ for over an hour. The driver, who was working hard to change the belt, said it was because of the owner’s need to hear the gospel that this happened to us. God has a purpose with everything be it good or bad. He works out His sovereign will due to the fact that this man was a highly influential person in that town. In the meantime the car was repaired and we departed with joy in our hearts to continue towards northern Romania. We ministered in the churches Sfantul Ilie, Dorohoi Church, Radauti Church, Vicov Church and others. As we traveled to a mountainous area near the village of Nisisipiu we met the pastor from the church in Nisisipiu and we learned something very interesting about the history of this church. In this village, people are addicted to alcohol, witchcraft and other evil. Years ago, a church was burned by the evildoers in their opposition to the Light of Christ. Christians from other villages helped to build another church but two years ago a big flood happened and destroyed the new project completely. The president of the country Traian Basescu came to see the devastation of the flood and met with the victims and questioned the ruins. People answered and said there was a Pentecostal church being built to which he responded, “I want a Pentecostal church rebuilt in another place.” The Christian brothers were discouraged to continue building again because of the previous experience and they concluded there was no resolution but God spoke through the president who had no affairs in the matter. They started building again and the church was completed. Years ago I spoke with one brother who was originally from that area – Mihai Zunichi – who currently lives in Arizona, US. He asked me what can be done regarding evangelism of Nisisipiu and I told him the only way that somebody would move and live the life of Christ, this would challenge the people. During the time of flooding, the news was spread all over and a family from Bucharest saw the devastation. God put in their hearts to go there and be generous. When they arrived in Nisisipiu and saw the area, they were compelled to move there and minister to the village people. God fulfilled that desire that I had for a family to move there years ago. Now this family lives in the church apartment and God moves in their ministry with signs and miracles. I heard many testimonies from this pastor on how God has blessed and challenged certain situations miraculously. Praised be His name.

The dedication of the church in Mitoc Prut had great impact on the lives of its village. The entire village was invited. The mayor had a speech and he was highly impressed by the service and the atmosphere of God’s presence really touched his heart. He apologized during his speech for having a negative perspective regarding the Pentecostal Christians because he was indoctrinated with atheism from the Communist party and never paid attention during the past twenty years of opportunity to have a relation with Christ. This was the day when the vice mayor committed his life to Jesus Christ. Other people were touched by the presence of God. We helped some people in poverty with money.


crossed the border from Radauti Prut that night and headed to the Republic of Moldova. After a few hours, we arrived in the village of Corjauti. We were invited by Pastor Vasile Antoci to preach in his church. This church is built on top of a mountain hill and can be seen from far away. It is like it is described in the book of Mica 4:1 – “Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And peoples shall flow to it.” Mica 4:1 [NKJV]. This was a testimony of God’s power and grace, because the church used to be in the valley during the communist movement. We preached to this church and visited also the bible school and helped them with some money. On this trip, I met Vasile Asimonese, a very old friend who used to come to the states in 1993. He is currently a mayor in the village of Balasinesti.


next day, we ministered to the prison of Botosani to about 100 inmates and helped them with some goods. I was able to visit a friend who is an inmate in this prison, Tcaciuc Severin. We encouraged him to remain strong in the Lord Jesus Christ. Together with my father, I had a trip to the village in which I was born, Satu Mare. People were very happy to see him. My parents agreed to donate the house to the Blessed Hope Mission as an asset to be used towards the Glory of God in future ministries. We prayed that God will give us a purpose for it and bless others.


the sick in their homes and pray for their healing was another purpose in this trip. I remember one place where we held a prayer for healing for a woman that got married in September 2010 and now both her kidneys failed. We prayed for her restoration. A brother also had a vision and a word of knowledge regarding the project – the Lord showed him a miniature version of our project covered with plastic that I could barely see through. The Lord said to start by faith even though I do not see clearly because He will bring other people to this project and I will rejoice because of the completion and that I can see it. When the right word penetrates your heart at precisely the right time, something supernatural happens.


change more in a single moment than you changed in years. It’s like there is a special grace in your life and what you have been praying for and believing for – hits you all at once. This gave me another confirmation that the project is according to the will of God. And as soon as we arrived to the states, I sent the money for the steel material to be purchased. This was truly amazing and I am thrilled to be able to share it with you now even before I see this project. Since the very day we started this ministry, I have dreamed of being used by God to bring freedom and new life in Jesus to as many people as we can. We need help and faith to accomplish it and will also be able to help others. We continued praying that night in one church from 7 PM to about 1 AM and departed toward Ukraine afterward.


arrived in Ukraine in Kamenka village around 4 AM and rested a few hours. In our team were a few brothers that the Lord used them mightily with a prophetic ministry. Acsenti Dorel, Jonerciuc Anton, Mazareanu Danut and Moloceniuc Filon. We ministered to the church in Kamenka, Bahrenesti and Ijesti. The brothers from Ukraine are very friendly and open to the word of God. God worked mightily among them and the plans of the devil were revealed to the prophets of our team. We prayed that the work of the devil to be destroyed and people freely and happily serve the Lord. “Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Galatians 1:3-5 [NKJV]. Brother Pavel Sav and Emanuel Margelu crossed the Carpati Mountains and ministered to the church of Cluj, Zalau and Timisoara while we were in Ukraine. They were also able to minister to the prison in Timisoara. We met again in Germany where we boarded our flight to the states.