***EHM SEPTEMBER 2019 NEWSLETTER***
“WHEN THOU PASSEST THROUGH THE WATERS, IWILL BE WITH THEE; AND THROUGH THE RIVERS, THEY SHALL NOT OVERFLOW THEE: WHEN THOU WALKEST THROUGH THE FIRE, THOU SHALT NOT BE BURNED; NEITHER SHALL THE FLAME KINDLE UPON THEE.” (ISAIAH 43:2)
2019 has been one of those years, seems we have been through it all, and someone kindly reminded me recently that we have not sent out a newsletter since Christmas of last year and that people can not know how to pray without hearing from us. Although Albert has sent some updates, we do apologize, there just does not seem to be enough time to juggle all the duties and maintain the home and ministry! However, we covet your prayers and are so thankful for those of you who continue to stand behind us, in prayer, in encouragement and financially and so we will give you a brief update on what has been happening in our lives this year!
Albert travelled to Canada in March and was blessed to be able to catch up with some of you then and was sorry he was not able to see more of you. However, there just does not seem to be enough time to see everyone! When he arrived in Romania, he was in a lot of pain and says something happened on the flight, perhaps a pinched nerve in the neck/ back from sitting in close quarters for such a long time!
In June, we moved out of the Rupea apartment as the church pastor and his new wife were in need of the apartment. Immediately after, we ran the June semester of Bible School and were once again blessed by God’s faithfulness in providing professors and we continue to see the students grow – although not without facing many personal challenges of their own! The young man who has done maintenance and translating for us over the last 7 years decided he wanted to move on and try something else, leaving us with no regular help. On the Monday after Bible School we went out to New Hope Camp to get it ready for camps and on the trip home, something snapped in Albert’s back, while driving, leaving him unable to move his right leg and arm. By the time he arrived home, with God doing the driving — he was unable to weight bear and had to be moved by wheel chair, into the kitchen, where he had to remain until we could get him transported to Bucharest to the hospital. After a 10 day stint of a multitude of tests, the doctors determined that he needed surgery but that his muscles and physical condition would not permit surgery at this time. Albert attempted travelling into Brasov for kinetic therapy but the length of trip and the bad condition of the road made the trips useless. We were then led to a private kinetic therapy hospital where he was able to stay and after 6 weeks, gained some of the use of his right leg and hand. He continues to do therapy/ exercises at home and is slowly gaining strength and muscle mass. The doctors are amazed and pleased with the improvement and we give the glory to God and pray for continued improvement and strength.
So, with Albert in hospital all summer and no maintenance worker, Laurentiu and Elvira were left to keep the 2 yards and campsite in some sort of order! With hospital trips to visit Albert, trying to get all the boxes from Rupea unpacked, medical calls and trying to keep 2 very energetic boys entertained, Elvira was very busy, often running only on God’s strength (which is not a bad place to be), but there just was no energy left for other activities! However, once again, God showed His faithfulness and gave the needed strength and energy to do the things which had to be done! So thankful for His unending love and patience for us!
In August, Valentina decided that she wanted to get married and there was no talking her out of it. So, Elvira took Albert out of hospital for the day and we travelled to Sibiu for a wedding at the justice of peace. We pray God’s blessings on Valentina and Octavian (Tavi) and pray that they will make God centre of their lives! At present they are living with Tavi’s mother but hoping to get their own apartment next year. Tavi has started a job and Valentina will be returning to university as well as working part time. Joshua will be staying with us for the time being as they do not have the resources or help to be able to take care of him at this time. They plan to come home for weekends so that Joshua does not miss his mother so badly.
Because of the bad education system in Romania and the special situations of our boys, we have decided to try and home school them this year! A big undertaking!! Please pray for wisdom and patience and everything else that is needed to make this a good experience for all of us! Words of wisdom from any of you who have done this would be appreciated as we never thought we would be home schooling and have always stood in awe of people who are able to do this!
In July, Frank and Rita had, a baby girl, Rahela, sister to Timo and Abi! She is beautiful and a blessing to their family. In January, Dana and Alyn will give us another granddaughter!! Our family continues to grow! We are so blessed! We were able to spend a day with them all in Turgu Mures recently and it was awesome to see how God has worked in their lives and how He continues to bless them and their ministries.
In October, we will have another Bible School semester and Albert hopes to start a new class. We are thankful that God continues to provide professors and we are praying for young men who are ready and willing to serve God and to give of their time to become disciples and leaders that will bring honour and glory to the Kingdom of God.
Albert is back on the schedule for teaching/preaching in the gypsy churches. His first evening back they had more people than ever and witnessed many healings and God touched many lives. Even in hospital, Albert took every opportunity to share God’s word and to witness to those who were around him, including the visiting pope (priest)! Although we do not understand the things we go through, we know that God has a plan and wants to reach everyone with His love and knowledge of His saving grace!
Because of Albert’s physical disabilities, and the fact that we do not plan to return to Canada in the near future, we have realized that it would be beneficial to add an addition to the ground floor level of our home as we have no bathroom facilities there and Albert – and Elvira both struggle with the many stairs in our home. We would like to add a bathroom and bedroom so that we do not have to deal with the stairs. During the time that Albert was unable to move, our kitchen became a bedroom – bathroom! Needless to say, we are looking for financial aid as well as help to do this ($30,000.00 Cdn). We know that God sees the need and will supply!
Unfortunately, we also have to tell you that we continue to struggle financially. We recognize that we have not been able to visit Canada as many of you would like and due to all the things going on in our lives, we also have not kept you informed as we would like to. We pray you would understand and prayerfully consider helping us in this area. We appreciate each one of you and the sacrifices you make to help us spread the gospel and love of God here in Romania.
Though we have been through much this year already, we continue to thank God that no matter what comes our way – He continues to protect and provide and walks with us each step of the way! We depend on His strength and know He loves us enough to see us through each difficulty, each struggle and we give Him glory and praise Him for His faithfulness.
Extending God’s love in Romania – Albert and Elvira Enns
EHM PRAISE REPORTS AND PRAYER REQUESTS
1. HEALTH: Thankful that God continues to give strength to do His work, even with pain in our bodies!
-Pray for complete healing for Albert and no more pain! For strength and wisdom!
2. BIBLE SCHOOL: Thankful for the faithful professors who continue to give of their time and resources to teach and speak into the lives of the students God has sent us..
-Pray that God will send new students and that He will give them all they need to dedicate their time and lives to serving Him.
– Pray for traveling mercies as Albert travels throughout Romania itinerating for students over the next 6 weeks.
3. CHURCH MINISTRY; Thankful for the opportunity to minister to the gypsy community. Pray for wisdom for Albert as He brings the Word of God and its truths to the hungry people.
4. HOME SCHOOLING: Pray for wisdom as we try to teach Joshua and Laurentiu at home.
5. FAMILY: Thankful for our family! Thankful for each new member who God brings to us – son in law – grand children! We are blessed! Pray that those around us would see the love of Jesus in our family!
6. FINANCES: Thankful for God’s faithfulness in providing for our daily needs even when it seems that the needs are bigger than the resources — God finds a way to make them meet!
7. PRAY: For God’s direction in how you can be prayerfully, physically and financially involved in the ministry God has given us here in Romania!
Albert and Elvira Enns – Extending God’s Hands in Romania!