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Romania, Ukraine

 

Mission Trip to Romania and Ukraine 

May 5th – June 11th, 2014

Dedication of the new Elderly Nursing Home – Chritian Social Blessed Hope (Nadejde Binecuvantata)

I want to thank God for what He is doing when we are moving in obedience according to His Will. It is always important to move where God moves first and be blessed by the Work that He is already doing. In the last twenty seven years, I was blessed to visit Romania many times for the purpose of mission and charity. Our goal and purpose was to reach families in distress, hopeless or broken from all over the country. Whilst travelling all over the country after the revolution, I could see the effects of the former communist regime that ran the country from 1965 to 1989 and that motivated me to do something for the poor and needy. Years ago, we had a plan to construct a school center in Romania. After making a lot of efforts to obtain a prime land from the government in the city of Radauti, our efforts were not granted by the government. When I visited Europe and Romania in May/June 2013, I passed through my village and my eyes were opened to see the elderly that were ignored living in houses that were collapsing. A lady approached me and asked me with a soft tone, “Are you not doing something for us?” I was very touched by her voice and moved with determination to do something for the first time in the village where I was born despite the attitude that I had when I departed Romania (deciding not to return to or visit this country again). The Lord changed me and I visited it many times with this purpose – bringing hope to the hopeless. Due to the attitude and cruelty of the people from this village, Satu Mare, I told my parents to move from that area permanently because of the theft and other crimes. When you are serving the Lord, you have to move in obedience where the Lord moves and so He moved me to start a house project for the elderly. Since we donated the money already for the school project, the BHIM and Nadejde Binecuvantata boards both approved to start the project on the land that my parents donated to Nadejde Binecuvantata Association years ago. With determination not to change the plan, we met the mayor of the city and architect from the village and told them of our plan. The officials welcomed and agreed with this project so the construction company was hired and the work began. When I had a visit in October, they already had poured the foundation and built the structure because the winter weather was still favorable and they were able to continue with the interior. In the month of February 2014, my sister Tabita and my brother in law Cornel Muresan (treasurer of BHIM), called me and asked when we will do the inauguration of the center. This motivated us to accelerate the work and finish by June 7th, 2014 which was also the date that Cornel planned to visit Romania with his family. This date accommodated my schedule due to the fact that I had a school seminary to attend and other obligations. God orchestrated everything and I departed from Chicago with my father and Pavel Sav on May 5th. Arriving in Bucharest, our team separated – My father and I went to Satu Mare and Pavel Sav went to Timisoara. When I arrived in Satu Mare, the work had advanced rapidly. I could use my BHIM credit card to purchase the materials from Radauti for the finishing touches from a warehouse named Olint. I stayed in the house and worked from the morning until late evening and coordinated everything according with our plan. I fenced the property all around with an iron fence.

When I decided to build the nursing home in the back of the old house behind the barn, I noticed there was a problem with the access to the house and I talked to my uncle Valerian (who owns the land nearby) to allow us to pave a path; which he agreed to. However, after we started building the house, he changed his mind. The Lord gave me wisdom to open the barn and have access to the house through the barn. Despite the plan of others that wanted to destroy the barn, I convinced them to open a driveway and keep the barn to raise chickens because the elders that we will help will be sheltered and fed here. On some evenings, I preached in Satu Mare and the nearby villages (Voitinel, Bilca and Vicov). I also went to Timisoara where I preached to the church in Ghiroda and attended a service where Hristic Mission was celebrating 16 years of musical ministry and charity. On May 27th – 30th, I attended RoMisCon of APME (Agentia Penticostala de Misiune Externa) in Calimanesti Caciulata, Valea Oltului. At this conference, I met a lot of Romanian missionaries that are working all over the world. I was able to speak to them and motivate them to continue the good work because the reward is great for those that don’t give up. To my surprise, I met a pastor that was attending high school in 1977 in Sibiu where I met him but have not seen him again since then. After the conference, I passed through Cluj where my brother in law Cornel and Tabita and his family came from Chicago. Together with them came the VP of BHIM, brother Edgar Garza. We had a great time in Cluj with his family and departed to Bucovina and arrived at midnight in the northern part of Bucovina in the village Nisipitu.

Great Work in Satu Mare (the Grand Village)GOD Still Performs Miracles Today!!

From the time that I sensed the call of God to mission, I consider this a great privilege and responsibility and I based on clear vision that must be fulfilled with much passion. I learn to seek and depend on the guidance of the Holy Spirit and cooperate with God in all my mission trips that God moved and empowered me to join Him in on the work that He was doing in so many places around the world. When I left communist Romania in the summer of June 1987, never thinking or hoping that I would return back to the country or the village where I was born and raised in. However, God has His way of changing and transforming our stubbornness and mentality. After my born again experience and baptism in the Holy Spirit in the Chicago Southside Romanian Church of God my first desire and affection was to go back to Romania and give my testimony of my changed life to my family, neighbors and the village where I first heard about God. Since my first visit in Romania in 1990, I have seen the hand of God moving and guiding me to join God in the work that He was doing throughout Romania changing lives in prisons, jails, helping the poor and needy many times. Through my all the trips to Romania I have joined God in building churches in many villages and cities around the country, but never thought of any project to be done in the village of Satu Mare (close to Ukraine border). As I visited the poor and elderly people last year, I was moved by the words of a very old widow whose house was with a damaged roof and the structure beyond repairs. “Can you do something for us, the old people that live in damaged homes?” she asked. I was moved to tears by her words and the Holy Spirit moved me with determination to start a home for the elders and those without shelter. I decided the same day and contacted the village architect for blue prints and city permits to build the house for elders on the land that my parents donated to Blessed Hope International Mission (BHIM) years ago. Now God was doing something new for the elderly. With the funds that the Lord had provided years ago, the home was built and finished on June 7th, 2014, the day of inauguration, dedication to the Lord, and the day when the elderly came in very happily and moved in. Our team that came from USA together with the local church had prepared for this event with fervent prayer and fasting pleading and asking God to move and attract many unsaved people to hear the gospel of good news. In spite of the big opposition and ignorance, God’s hand moved and mobilized over 250 peoples that responded to come and were stirred up in their soul by an atmosphere of music, and the word of GOD was preached like words of fire that melted the frozen hearts. Almost everyone was touched and blessed by God’s mighty presence. Those that participated in the service were pastors and leaders from different churches around the country. To name a few; Liviu Axinte – overseer of Moldova Pentecostal Church, pastor Stefan Morar from Radauti Maranata Church, Viorel Bordei that was born in Satu Mare but is currently a pastor in Radauti, Constantin Moisa from Bucharest former Orthodox priest, Bogdan Ionescu from Ploiesti. Lidia Rascol an 82-year-old lady that resides in Detroit but works with poor people in Vaslui, pastor Ilioi from Phoenix Arizona, singer Costel Busuioc from Timisoara, Dorel Pantea with Hristic Worship Group from Timisoara, Petrica and Filon Moloceniuc from Radauti that had a very big contribution during the construction project, and other leaders from the local church of Satu Mare.

On the next day, Sunday June 8th, the day of Pentecost, I decided to attend the local church with the desire to build a strong relationship between the church and the Christian Center for Elderly. On this day, I was surprised by the Lord like never before in my walk with Him. At the service that morning Adina Nistor (a lady from another village) attended our church service for the first time. She was crippled due to a car accident that happened 2 years ago in which her sister in law died in the car accident. This woman that came that morning to the house of prayer came with her crutches to the altar as I made the invitation for the sick and needy to come with expectation to approach the throne of grace and mercy and I would pray for them. As I joined them in prayer with the church in unity I saw the portal of heaven open and the glory of God manifesting and touching people. I was part in a service that is hard for me to describe. I was not even preaching on the topic of healing, because it was a Sunday when we remember the event of Pentecost with its demonstration and experience “Jesus went up and Holy Spirit came down”. When the glory of God touched the body of the woman supported by the crutches, she raised her hands toward haven in a sudden praise to the Lord for what she felt was happening in her body, forgetting about the crutches that supported her body and help her to move about. As she raises the arms the crutches got loose and fell on the floor. While praying for her and being a witness of all this confirmation and demonstration of the healing power, I was moved and compelled to grab her hand instantly and encouraged her to continue exercising faith looking at Jesus (like Peter waking on the seawater), standing on her feet jumping up and down (without the help of the crutches) to the back of the church and returning back to the altar where she came to thank the Lord for her miraculous healing saying: “I thank God, I thank God.” All of the church was moved to tears and revived the life of their spirit in the Holy Spirit.

The most moving testimony was when she described in her own words when she said how surprised she was when she felt the surge of the Holy Spirit’s real warmth, not imaginary. She actually felt her legs on fire (during the prayer). She felt astonished as the heat surged throughout her body; she was moved with excitement to lift her hands towards heaven and forgetting about her crutches. The cloud of magnificent splendor changed the condition of this woman and brought revival to the church that never experienced such a move of God’s power. After this healing experience, Adina went and visited many churches and testified what the Lord has done to her. I spoke with her a few weeks ago on the phone and full of joy and great thanksgiving she said, “I am so happy to walk and run like before the accident.” Adina was totally released and restored from her conditions and completely healed by the power of the Holy Spirit confirming the words and works of the gospel with signs and wonders. We can continue to keep the declaration that great work started and is growing in Satu Mare and not only there but also everywhere where people proclaim a declaration by faith and believe that the power of God is greater than every sickness, difficulty or any other adverse circumstances.

Nothing can replace the joy of seeing others come to know our amazing God and no great fulfillment comes in our life until we find our self doing and working for the purpose of what God created you to do. Our desire is to show everybody that it is possible to have a vibrant and passionate life for Jesus Christ and to give to the people around the world a flavor of what the Christians were doing in the book of Acts when they were working together with the Power of the Holy Spirit to reach the lost and help the needy. If people can get close to God and a hold of God’s heart, they can influence and change a community through mobilization of others to care for their community and reach others for Christ. For this purpose, it is going to take men and women who see their life as purposeful for Jesus Christ and not for their self. This will elevate them for influence to do the greater things God has called them to do.

“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

Romania, Republic of Moldova & Ukraine

Mission Trip to the Romania, Republic of Moldova & Ukraine

November 29th – December 14th, 2010

We

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]

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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.

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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.

The

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.

Visiting

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.

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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.

We

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.