S-au căsătorit în 2013. După câțiva ani de slujire în biroul Wycliffe România, facilitând lucrarea celorlalți misionari, a venit timpul ca și ei să ia parte la lucrarea directă de pe câmpul de misiune. În ianuarie 2017 ei au plecat în Papua Noua Guinee (PNG), cu dorința de a sluji pe termen lung (cel puțin 3-4 ani), în domeniul “Promovarea Folosirii Scripturii”.
As we mentioned in our previous letter, we finished the study on Deuteronomy in November, and we were glad to see how the Lord began to open the minds and hearts of the attendees of the Bible study course.
After the last course of the year, we participated once more in the translation workshop in Lae, which lasted for two weeks. Mihai worked with the revision committee on the book of Mark and Hajni helped with the administrative/financial matters of the workshop.
After that, we finally took few days off in Madang. While there, we visited our “wasfemili” who hosted us for a month when we were learning the culture of Papua New Guinea (PNG) in March 2017.
We spent the holidays in Ukarumpa and then we returned to Bulolo on January 7th. We started with renewed force this year, which will be a very busy one. The first five days, we had a Dutch couple with us. They are serving in Scripture Use as we do, but they came to help us with practical things. Willem is a good handyman, and he helped us to fix things in the house. He spent most of his time repairing the taps, faucets and water tanks. Finally we have hot water, with an electric shower that heats the water instantly. We covered the holes in the walls through which uninvited “guests” have been coming in. There was also work to be done at the electrical installation. We did not have much time to spend with them in fellowship, but, we believe that the Lord sent them at the right time, as many things were barely working. May the Lord bless them as they sacrificed lots of time and energy to help us!
We thank our Lord Jesus, the one born of Mary, but proven to be the Son of God through His resurrection from the dead, for the privilege He has given us to serve in Papua New Guinea. With His help, we managed to finish studying the book of Deuteronomy with the Patep people. We also made a panorama of “the steps of God” through history until the time of Isaiah; the book of Isaiah being the next book we are planning to study this year.
In our study with the Patep people we concluded that in the book of Deuteronomy, which is a contract book, God first tells what He has done for the salvation of His people, then He tells what He expects the people should do (keep His commandments), and finally gives the opportunity to the people to say “yes” or “no” to Gods demand. Then we discussed about the new covenant in the blood of Jesus and the commandment He gave us in Matthew 28:19-20 to go and make disciples. We concluded with the challenge of saying “yes” or “no” to His commandment, thus saying “yes” or “no” to His covenant. A brother from Patep, who is a regular participant in this study, as a result of this challenge, realized, that we, too, in the new contract, must say “yes” or “no” to the Lord, just as those of Deuteronomy had to do. This brought him to tears because he realized that they, the Patep people, do not practice what the Lord commanded. They do not make disciples, as God would have liked. What do we, the Christians of today, say to the Lord? Yes or no?