Volume 9 Issue 2
(Romanian for "Good
THE WHOLE WORLD NEEDS
As most readers know,
I was called back to the states to hold my mother’s funeral last
May. Subsequently, there were some affairs regarding her passing
that needed attending. After addressing these needs,
Martha and I returned to Romania with a week’s layover in
Germany. We had a time of rest there and were able
to visit the infamous concentration camp located at Dachau near
Munich. After it’s liberation by the American army
in 1945 the whole truth of what had happened there and other
camps like it came to light. It is peaceful there
now. But the location of the gallows, firing squads
and even the gas chambers and ovens where the bodies of the
innocent were burned are designated and recreated so the world
will never forget the atrocities of Adolph Hitler and the
equally depraved cohorts that propagated the Nazi regime.
Twenty years ago in Romania a police state under Nicolae
Ceausescu fell from power. The people of Romania chanted
Liberatati, Liberatati or freedom, freedom. The LORD spoke
softly into my ear as I watched in amazement saying the people
of Romania will never know true freedom until they know Christ.
The entry gate at Dachau concentration camp mocks the word
freedom by saying work will make you free. Only a sick
mind could place such a slogan over the heads of persecuted
people whose only crime was they were opposed to a maniac and
his political regime.
My question was, how could these things have happened? As a long
time student of history, I can think of many other atrocities
all around the world. My own country has recorded
its own history of very wicked actions, such as the Trail of
Tears, the treatment of the Indians under President Andrew
Jackson. Russia under Joseph Stalin murdered even
more than the Nazis under Hitler. Even, so, how can
all these terrible things happen throughout the world, even on
There are economic , socio-political explanations which some
historians espouse. But these do not truly lay the
foundation or tell the real truth about how these wicked and
evil actions happened and are still happening today.
There is only one possible and true explanation. Man
is capable of the most heinous acts when he is separated from
his creator, God. Anything less than walking with
the Lord will not do us any good. Christ is the
world’s only hope. Any other is just not acceptable
to God, and will sooner or later the history of mankind will be
doomed to repeat itself in ever more despicable ways.
To turn the tide of depravity is to turn to Jesus wholly and
completely. Not with only a mental nod to Christ,
but allowing him to renew your mind; thinking not about the
world but focused above. Wise in the things of God,
but simple in the ways of the world. Thy kingdom
come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Think about that statement and look freshly at it.
Maybe it’s too familiar to us and merits a new look through the
eyes of the one who taught us to pray it.
ON THE FARM FRONT
Most of you who read our newsletter called Veste Buna (Good
News), are aware of our pig program. For about three
years I have searched in vain for a Duroc boar to improve our
swine herd. In our part of Romania only Chester
White, Yorkshire and Hampshire are prevalent. These
are good pigs, but most folk agree that the Duroc in its
unmistakable red color are the best for producing a less fatty
more lean meat. Matthew’s House has had an
individual waiting to purchase this boar for us, if one could be
found here. Periodic searches had turned up some
leads for 3 years, but nothing was found.
Then one day this last September a visiting veterinarian was
here from Dorohoi (a nearby town) vaccinating our animals, when
I mentioned I was looking for a Duroc boar. He
immediately told me where I could find one within 5 miles of
where I was standing.
It seems a nearby farmer had bought a Duroc boar and sow from
Bacau, Romania. (Bacau is a large city about 3 hours from
Matthew’s House by car) The veterinarian told me the
sow had given birth to piglets and these were available for
sale. He even had the phone number of the farmer
with him. I immediately borrowed a cell phone and
made a call to make arrangements to view the piglets the next
week. In less
time than it takes to tell about it a pig was selected and with
Matthew’s House is anticipating a new blood line for it’s pork
It is true that good things come to those that wait and practice
families and other mission’s groups have benefited from
pork. In the next year they will be served with
leaner cuts because of our new Red Duroc boar made possible by a
caring supporter there in the states. We always give
our boars a name—any suggestions?
“I need a name!” says this little boar.
Email us with your
ideas for a name for the
duroc boar at firstname.lastname@example.org
A winter ride to work
|A VISIT FROM FOLKS AT HOME
Evergreen Work Team and
Matthew’s House workers.
I am pleased to write about
a wonderful visit Matthew’s House had from my pastor and many of
my brothers from my home church, Evergreen Freewill Baptist
Erwin, Tennessee. The last week of August and the
first of September saw a gathering at Matthew’s House in Dersca,
Romania. These men were workers of the first order.
When the smoke cleared and the dust settled, Matthew’s House had
a sheeted roof and winter wood was in. The Romanian
workers were amazed how these Tennesseans completed their work
in such a short time. They were also amazed how each
one worked hand in hand reminding me of Nehemiah’s time and
accomplishment. When they left, they left a great
testimony that will last a long time to come. Send
us more like these. Together we will change the
world for Christ one village at a time. We have
heard that some are already looking forward to next year. So are
I have been seriously trying to determine the greatest lesson I
have learned in the four months I have been here in Romania.
I could tell you about carrying well water to basins for
washing, or how I am still learning to adjust the firewood to
maximize the warmth in the cottage, or how to cook on an
electric eye and find new and inventive ways to cook tuna fish.
But, I think by far the greatest lesson I have learned is to
quietly rest in God and trust him.
I knew to trust in God while living in Tennessee.
But, there my resources were almost unlimited. There
were cars, phones, doctors, insurances, schools, all sorts on
institutions, police and on and on the list goes. For any
problem there the possibility of solving it was infinite.
Here, on the other hand the safety nets are few and far between.
When a problem presents itself, our option is to present it to
Though I have searched the Bible the scripture, “God helps them
that help themselves,” eludes me. Why do we go first
to the medicine chest, or the lawyer, or psychologist for our
help? David said, “I will lift up my eyes unto the
hills, where does my help come from? My help comes
from the Lord. David was referring to the people’s
habit of looking to the high places in Israel where against
God’s word they had built altars to Canaanite gods among the
groves. David was defining the world’s solutions.
I got to see a wonderful film on You Tube called “Faith like
Potatoes”, a film about Angus Buchan in South Africa, they call
him God’s Farmer. He said, “The seed for a great
miracle lies not in difficulty, but in impossibility.
I guess that is why I had to come here to learn an unshakable
fashion to live and walk. I had to come to a land
where so little is possible to intimately discover that with
God, nothing is impossible.