If we want to change a nation, we must impact its leaders. God calls us to at Canadian Fire Missions to make a difference in the lives of leaders. While Jesus spent some of His time preaching the Gospel and healing the sick in the multitudes, He spent a great deal of His time with 12 men that He called to be leaders. These 12 men that Jesus impacted left a great impact on the world of their day, literally scattering the Gospel far and wide from their starting point in Jerusalem. The key to reaching nations is to reach leaders who will reach those nations.
It was a pleasure to spend a lot of time with a young evangelist in Romania this summer. Even though we did a lot of other things, reaching out to children, doing drama and evangelism in public locations, and ministering in churches - I felt my primary purpose on this last trip was to invest in the lives of young leaders. If Romania is to be reached, then Romanians need to be at the forefront. They understand the language and the culture, and their heart is intertwined with their homeland in such a way that God will use them to impact their cities and villages. Pray for us as we develop this part of Canadian Fire Missions... the avenue of developing leaders who will reach their nations.
Crossing the border from Romania into Moldova was the first time I really felt like I was passing behind the 'iron curtain.' This former communist nation had evidences of days past with numerous concrete block buildings and Soviet-era lookouts at the border crossing. Maybe the signs in Russian style Cyrillic lettering added to the flavour for us.
The people were hungry for the Gospel though and it was great to minister with a pastor who not only had a church in Cahul, Moldova, but he was planting another church in Galati, Romania not far away. Pray for this nation that God would move where many women are unfortunately the victims of human trafficking.