Beni Indru & Efrata Church in Lugoj, Romania

Today, (December 13),  Ed and Sue Greeley received a telephone call from Pastor Beni Indru of our sister church, Efrata, in Lugoj, Romania.  WONDERFUL NEWS was one part of Beni’s call.  A meeting of 12 people was held with 9 of them being government officials overseeing the building process of Efrata (and other construction projects in that area).  Besides Beni and the 9 officials, Ruben and Karen Popet, (who operate the Beraca Orphanage in nearby Jdioara), were also in attendance.  They attended as they assist The Philippian Fellowship (based here in Maine, on whose Board the Greeleys are privileged to serve) in dispensing funds to Beni and a few other ministries in their area.  Those ministries receive some support from a number of other churches and individuals here in the US.  The Popets’ presence was to provide testimony as to where most of Efrata’s support source has been in order for construction work to continue as it has over time.
The meeting began at 11:00 a.m. with a tour of the church building by the entire group.  Following the tour, the group had lunch together and after that proceeded to address the paperwork associated with Efrata’s construction.  The meeting lasted until 3:30 in the afternoon.  For a while, in reviewing many of the documents with the officials, it appeared the final papers might not be signed by the officials authorized to do so.  In the end, the papers were signed!  There are a number of “loose ends” that need attention in the construction work, but there is a process in place for the officials to see that progress is being made as time goes on.  The most significant factor is that there will now NO LONGER be any more papers, taxes, etc. involved!  This result is a huge answer to the prayers of many people!  This paperwork process has been expensive, over time, and has been in place over the last 12 years.  In short, all paperwork is now done!   As noted, there are construction issues needing completion – for example, railings and fence work, etc. will continue until finished.  Continuing prayers and additional financial support are needed to continue meeting these needs.  THANK YOU, each one, for your prayer and financial support in the past and as progress continues!
Some other news was shared by Beni, as well.  His wife, Gratzy, has some health issues that have been going on for several months, and to date, no real improvement has been noted.  She has hyperthyroid issues, resulting in weight loss and a low white blood cell count.  She is taking a prescriptive regimen at this time.  If improvement is not seen in the near term, a specialist in Cluj, some distance from Lugoj, will need to be consulted, as there may be another issue causing difficulty.  Your prayer support on behalf of Gratzy is appreciated, and will be especially so in the coming days.
Thank you, again, for your support for the Indrus and for Efrata.