Romanian Ministries Update

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Dear Philippian Fellowship,

50 YEARS OLD!  How in the world did that happen???  As I sit here and reflect on the thought that I just turned 50 years old yesterday, and to think that half of those 50 have been spent here in Romania, I am overwhelmed by the love and encouragement that so many have been to us to allow us the privilege to serve the Lord here for that length of time.  God continues to guide us and direct our steps.

We are very thankful for your faithful prayers and support in August and September. We had the privilege to host approximately 1,000 people at Camp Eli this summer, and over 100 accepted Christ as Savior.  Thanks again for your investment!

I was able to travel to the states for a short time in September to take Zach and Ionut to the Word of Life Bible Institute in Hudson, FL.  What a joy to visit with a few friends and supporting churches during this brief visit!  They are doing well and adjusting to life in America.  They are living with my parents (Ziemers) and keeping them on their toes I am sure!  Notice their two pictures taken a couple years apart!!!

The Sunday before I left, I had the opportunity to baptize Vali and Madalin.  Vali got saved within the last couple years and has been very encouraged by the others in our young families small group to follow Christ!  We led Madalin’s parents to Christ a few years ago, and he has grown up in our church.  Upon returning from the states we baptized Dary, Traian, Gina, and Flory.  Dary is from Fundulea and was raised by his grandparents.  He was part of our children and youth programs growing up but had strayed far from the Lord.  God used some extremely difficult physical ailments to get ahold of him this year.  His wife Valentina is now in our new believer’s class preparing for baptism.  Traian and Gina accepted Christ earlier this year, and along with their niece Flory, are from our church plant in Florica.  They have been a huge source of encouragement for brother Lucian and the team that is ministering in this town and neighboring villages!

October 5 also brought the arrival of our first grandson into the world.  Joshua Matthew Ziemer made his arrival and we praise the Lord for a healthy baby and a safe delivery.  Alina and Joshua are doing great, it is awesome to watch Michael as a father to his young son!  We are planning furlough this winter, so it will be hard to be apart as he makes those first little growth spurts!  We will be greatly anticipating May 22 to see them again, as they are remaining here in Romania.

We are planning a trip to South Africa in November as I have been asked to speak at the Word of Life summer camp there for children and teens.  Obviously, it will delight our hearts to minister alongside Corina, but also the directors there, John and Christy Page.  They are great friends from college, and I was actually in their wedding years ago!

Mid December we return to the states for five months and look forward to time with family, friends, and faithful partners in the ministry.  Pray with us also as we once again need to make some new contacts to raise our support level to the needed amount.  God continues to expand the ministry and along with this comes the need for new resources.  He has been faithful for 25 years, and I believe will remain faithful!

Gerald and Kristin Ziemer


Beni Indru & Efrata Church in Lugoj, Romania

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Dear Brothers and sisters,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support for this year of 2019. It is a great privilege to serve God in Romania with my family. 

Our mission is to pastor Efrata Baptist Church to preach the Gospel, to help men, women and children who are living in extreme poverty in our area. 

We thank all who make these special donations throughout the year. Today, you can now see just how much impact it truly makes. 

I want to share a few pictures with our activities in the last months:

•Since April 2019, I am responsible with the youth ministry in our Baptist Association. I am responsible for the youth in 160 churches.
•The new Board of our Association for the next 4 years. 
• I was responsible for this first youth meeting in Lugoj at Grace Baptist Church.
• Baptism at Efrata
• Ladies meeting from our church. 
• VBS with over 190 children in the last day! June 2019
• Women’s Conference – July 209, 288 ladies attended. 
• Baby da dedication August 2019
• Youth camps

Since August 2019, I started to pastor the second church. Our church will be responsible for a baptist church from Criciova (first village on the way to orphanage from Jdioara).

I will be their pastor until they will have a new pastor.

Thank you for all your support.
Blessings, Gratiela & Beni

Beni Indru & Efrata Church in Lugoj, Romania

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

With God’s help our church had a great time in April 29 when many people came and visit us. It was an evangelistic night with many people that are not saved. 
God allowed us to prepare for this evening with invitations we shared in our neighborhood.
Thank you for your prayers and support. Thank you for loving us and sharing with others about our needs. 
Here are some pictures.

Materials provided by Morrill church. These are for children. We do not have Bibles for adults. We used most of the money to provide this bibles for students as a support for our VBS. We will expect to have this year at VBS over 200 children every day. We will have another evangelistic night in 1st of July when we want to give a bible for every person that will come and is not a Christian. We have 60 days beginning today to provide 300 bibles. Please pray for that night. Right now we ordered bible for students because they were able to send it (funding) to us. For regular bibles we must order in advance with 45 days to buy one time 300 bibles.


With love in Christ!
Beni

Beni Indru & Efrata Church in Lugoj, Romania

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
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.

Beni Indru & Efrata Church in Lugoj, Romania

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

The following information is a transcription of a telephone call from Pastor Beni Indru of Efrata Church, Lugoj, Romania, received by Susan Greeley on November 25, 2017.

Beni was very excited and gave much praise for the recent meeting he had had with the people who oversee the permitting process and work progress at Efrata. They were favorably impressed with the volume of work done in the last two months and he was very encouraged that he will not have to face permit petition work in 2018. (That is a huge answer to prayer!)

The people with whom Beni talked have addressed the issue of installing all of the “fire” doors in Efrata. There are four fire doors, and only one has been installed. The doors have been purchased, but before two of them can be installed downstairs, the floor must be completed. They need about $3800 (US funds) to complete the floor work.

There is a deadline for total completion of the building construction and that occurs in two years.

Another item for praise is that the fence surrounding all of Efrata’s compound is paid for and will be installed by December 21. The back wall of the church is done. We can also rejoice that last Sunday (November 19) there were 180 people in attendance.

Continued prayer support is greatly appreciated as work continues. And, Beni expressed much appreciation for the funding received to date in order to continue the needed construction work.

Beni Indru & Efrata Church in Lugoj, Romania

Monday, November 27th, 2017
Pastor Beni writes:

Amazing!  This is a miracle (receiving funds recently) of being able to continue the work at Efrata!

We started to work at this back wall for the roof and painting. Also we are trying to provide all the insulation and other things in order to demonstrate that we are moving forward.
I made connection for our food bank with a big European concern. Recently, I introduced a man in a nearby ministry to one of the managers and we have a contract for donations. Imagine that only in a recent week we served over 100 families with food.
And we will support until Christmas every week those families. They (European concern people) want to come and see the food bank. At the moment we do not have the proper place to store all the food. They can’t give us frozen food because we can’t manage everything with the space. This is another strong reason to hurry up finishing the basement. We have room downstairs and we want to provide the right place for this project. They want to make sure that we have space and good conditions to store everything.
This is what they donated to us.
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This is the back wall of the church. In 4 working days they did a lot.  The roof was to soon be finished and by 11 November, the wall finished.Screen Shot 2017-11-27 at 4.23.19 PM




Beni Indru & Efrata Church in Lugoj, Romania

Monday, October 23rd, 2017
Recent news from Efrata Church in Lugoj, Romania follows:
Pastor Beni, his wife and youngest child, were privileged in August to travel to the USA.  A friend of Beni’s helped make the trip possible.  The continuing need of funds to complete the construction work at Efrata was presented to people in Illinois, Virginia, Morrill Baptist Church (Maine), and California.  The financial need to complete Efrata’s construction was placed at $73,500.  By the time Beni had returned to Lugoj in early September, the need had been reduced to about $61,000.  Since then, the need has been reduced by another $1,000.  Some recent pictures appear below showing some of the work and construction materials.  There is a very immediate need to complete the work required by the local permitting process.  The deadline is December 31, 2017.  If the work is not completed by that date, costly permitting processes must be undertaken once again.  PRAYER SUPPORT is requested at this time, and is greatly appreciated.  Thank you.  If you would like to financially help with this final push toward completion, donations can be made here, through the Philippian Fellowship, and checks or a note accompanying funds marked “Efrata construction”.  Thank you, again, for your prayer support, and any financial assistance that the Lord might lead you to provide for HIS work there in Lugoj.  A bit more information appears below, along with a few pictures.

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Below Pastor Beni shares some particulars of the project. And as we see that the needs are great, we will do well to remember our God is greater, and He will accomplish His sovereign plans in His perfect timing.

Beni writes…   They (government officials) put pressure on the church to accomplish some tasks. There is a tax we must pay to the State. And another big tax will be in January. Based on their words for October we must pay 3860 lei ($992.29). If we do not pay this before 1st of November it will be double. I do not want to imagine what will be in January.
This is what we have to do. Insulation for the ceiling of the church to not waste heat. We have 400 square meters and the insulation must be double (20 cm, two layers). We did 24 meters buying 60 packages. Imagine what is the final cost for all 400 meters.    …One box it cost 57,75 lei ($14.85) as you can see in the image and the price is reduced.

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We need insulation for outside the walls. We need 280 packages of white polyester, plus the rest of the materials.
One box is 51 lei ($13.11).
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We must finish the fence and we must provide the tiles for the basement. They ask for many things. We are in the process to have the hand rails for the stairs. But this is a process of 20 working days in case we have all the money for labour.
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Romanian Ministries Update

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Dear Friends at the Philippian Fellowship,

 

Thank you so much for your faithfulness in helping us to spread the gospel here in Romania.  Thanks for your prayers and support in June and July.  I would love to see you guys in September, I will be in the northeast for a few days bringing Corina to WOLBI in NY.

 

The Lord has given us many opportunities for ministry this spring and summer.  What a joy to have all our children home for the summer and ministering alongside of us.  At the beginning of the summer, our oldest son Michael asked Alina to be his wife, (she said yes).  We are excited about the opportunities the Lord has placed before them, using their medical and sports professions to give forth the message of the gospel here in Romania.

 

We hosted many different groups that came to assist with the new church construction in Valea Argovei, and leading weeks of camp and VBS in four different ministry locations.  In the spring Kristin purchased a new tablecloth, white with black outlined flowers.  I suggested that we should have all our guests sign their name and color a flower or leaf.  You see the result of 78 overnight guests in the beautiful artwork they designed on the attached picture.

 

Camp Eli was again a blessing to many, we hosted 880 folks this summer with different groups, and took nearly 300 of our own children, teens, leaders to camps as well.  We are thankful for the opportunity to host these children who are truly thankful for the opportunity to spend a week in a wonderful setting among God’s people who love them.  A special thanks to the different teams that gave of their time and resources to come and help us lead these weeks of camp.

 

We have just begun a new believers class at church with people who have decided to follow the Lord in believer’s baptism.  Many of them are youth from within our church who were challenged this summer with their need to publicly proclaim their faith in the Lord.  Pray with us for this group of 14 who have just begun.

 

We are so thankful for the Godly heritage of those who have gone before us.  My godly grandma Fannie went home to be with the Lord August 11 at the age of 97. She faithfully served the Lord (taught second grade SS class for 60 years) and was looking forward to going to be with Him.  Thanks for all your encouraging words during this time.  It is difficult to be far from family during times like this.

We love you and are thankful for your investment in our lives and the ministry here in Romania.

Gerald and Kristin Ziemer

Beni Indru & Efrata Church in Lugoj, Romania

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Recent News from Efrata Church

Beni Indru & Efrata Church in Lugoj, Romania

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Recent news from Pastor Beni Indru at Efrata Baptist Church