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Matthew’s House                                                               Volume 9 Issue 3

Veste Buna
(Romanian for "Good News")

 

Matthew’s House Farm and Coins for Calves



Pet the milk cow being delivered to the nearby
village of Horleceni.  She is part of Matthew's
House program of giving away milk cows to
poor families.

      Through this past winter and spring Matthew’s House was blessed with a program of giving called Coins for Calves.  Over $2000 was raised to buy calves for Matthew’s House beef program.  Similar to the pig program in orientation we give away milk cows and steers for beef to the poor and needy families with young children and orphan children in Christian child placement.

      Mature beef cows and milk cows represent a large investment not readily affordable to the poor.  So with the success of the pig program we have had over the last decade (literally dozens of sows have been given away and many more swine slaughtered for pork) we prayerfully decided to embark on a similar program with cows.  Many problems existed then and some still do.  Cows being bigger than pigs take a longer time to mature and produce calves.  And we had to start from scratch with the local calves we had to buy and house.  We had no fenced pasture, and this idea of fenced pasture is a new one for Romania.  Quality calves, especially of beef breeds are almost non-existent, so we took what we could find.  This is still a problem though somewhat eased over the last couple of years. Now we are able to artificially inseminate local heifers with good sires.

Before this service was not available in the villages.  We now have available to us sires from both beef and milk breeds of good quality.  And we no longer have to keep a bull.

      Last year when my pastor with other brothers from my home church, Evergreen Freewill Baptist Church of Erwin, Tennessee, came to help; Chris Godsey asked, “What can we do to help you?”  I responded that we could use some funds to purchase a few calves.  That was when Coins for Calves was born.  Over the next months Chris and his wife, Michelle, made little Holstein hide covered Pringle’s Potato Chip cans challenging theirs and other Sunday School Classes, along with other folks to help buy calves for Matthew’s House.  Three calves have already been bought and three are scheduled to be bought in October when we will slaughter two steers to feed hungry orphans in Romania.  We have also just recently given away a young milk cow.  As the harvest is taken new calves of milk and beef stock will be added.  Meanwhile, we are building more fences and preparing more grazing acres for these cows.  It has taken a lot of labor and materials along with much patience:  but slowly and to the joy of local Romanians Matthew’s House is looking a little more like Tennessee or Texas than Romania; with its grazing cattle, hayfields fenced grazing acres; etc.  But, as always, we want Matthew’s House to look more like Jesus everyday, because it is like the Bible states, it is more blessed to give than to receive.  Because of motives that are pure and consistent in Christ, Coins for Calves is already paying dividends for the poor and orphaned children here in Romania. We also establish a stronger testimony of Christ here at Matthew’s House and back there at home also.  The short term value of Coins for Calves is already being realized.  And who can say what the far reaching value of this act of kindness in Jesus name will be.  One thing is certain; we cannot out give our Lord Jesus. He paid it all.



Here is the beef, burgers for children

20th Anniversary

 
At this very moment 20 years ago,
the LORD JESUS asked me to represent
his wonderful Gospel message of love
to the people of Romania

       The 14th of September of 2010 marks 20 years since I first set foot in Romania.  My prayer for this mission is that the coming years will be greater than the former ones.  My personal prayer is “My heart, my heart, O Lord, is fixed on thee.”


His calling to represent THE GOSPEL
has not changed through to present day

The Construction 

      In short, much work has been accomplished and much more needs to be.  The roof is on, many of the interior walls are in, the spiral staircase leading to the prayer tower is being built at this time.  The area between the two buildings is being dried in and finished both without and within.  Wooden window frames have been built and installed.  The windows themselves have been bought except for the 3rd floor.  Praise the Lord!  A container has been bought and paid for to ship the windows and other needed materials from the U.S.  (Yes, the cost of building materials are so expensive here, it can be bought there and shipped here for a substantially cheaper price!  With the bonus of keeping the container here for vermin free grain storage.)

      We are pleased that the construction, fences and well fed animals plus the lovely verse in scripted well make such a beautiful presentation of God’s work here in Romania.  The hard work is not lost on the villagers who live here. 

      There is still much to be done here.  Electrical supplies, plumbing supplies and experts in these trades are needed, along with plasterers and dry wall installers and finish carpenter, tile layers, concrete finishers and those experienced with exterior finishing of stucco and so on.  Perhaps the Lord would speak to your heart about joining with us to bringing this construction to a close; and this part of the vision to fruition.  “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.”  Many thanks to all those who have helped so much all ready.

      Many types of materials for the above trades are also still needed.  Shipping costs to bring the container from Tennessee to Romania are also needed; along with volunteers to help pack and prepare the container for shipment.  Please pray for all of this and our encouragement and strength in the Lord to be strong and powerful.


Marin and Stelica install the window frames

Contending for the Faith

 

     Over the last year, I have made an in depth study in the Epistle of Jude and the book of the Revelation.  I think both these books are timely for the Church today.

      Verse 4 of Jude proclaims “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”

      This problem was encountered at the time this verse was originally written and has continued to this very day!  The remedy was given in the previous verse.  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort [you] that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 

      Since our Christian faith rests in Christ; let’s see what He speaks in His letter to the Church at Ephesus from Revelation chapter 2.  Remember that Christ still today walks among the churches. (Rev 1:13)  If we are Christ’s he is walking among us.  What does he see?  Look what he said to the Church of Ephesus.  Sound doctrine alone is not the answer.  Please do not misunderstand me.  Sound doctrine is super important, but it alone misses the mark.  The church at Ephesus had sound doctrine.  They had good works (Rev 2:2)  They had patience.  They could not bear them which were evil.  They had tried those who were false apostles and exposed them as liars.  Verse 3  And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.”  But verse 4 shows their greatest weakness: they had left their first love.  They had all those other things just about perfect, but their love was not perfect.  They had left their first love.  So how can we contend for the faith in these wicked times?  (By the way, more people have died for the cause of Christ in this last century than all the centuries put together before these “modern” times.)  The best way is to hate evil and love evildoers.  If we lack this one thing, we are outside the will of God.  I repent of this, for my Lord commands it.  Let us contend for the faith together in this time of evil.  This is the hope of the world, that we love others as Christ has loved us.  We have nothing to fear as dear children of our wonderful Father.  The lost world cannot see this through any other means than Christ’s love.  Contend for the faith through the love of Jesus; and watch what he does.

 

Pace si dragoste din Romania,

Frate Delbert

 

(Peace and Love of the Lord from Romania

Brother Delbert)


"Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
Matthew 25:40

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