Why Romania? [Alternate Title: Mutiny on the Podcast]
This episode’s rearranged cast:
- Host: Jim Kerwin
- Co-Host: Denise Kerwin
- Guest Co-Host: Al Strickland (remember him from last episode, 50 Years? What’s Your Secret?)
- Guest: Jim Kerwin (who wants to know: Is this a demotion or a promotion? And is he still responsible for audio editing and writing the shownotes, or does Denise have to do it?)
Al’s Short Report on His Guatemala Recent Trip
Lord willing, the second-story construction on the Coatepeque church (the one pastored by Fermin and Lilian Chávez) can commence in March 2014.
- For background, please listen to The Coatepeque Kitchen Interview (KernelsOfWheat.com/b3) with Fermin and Lilian, and The Lake Atitlán Interview (KernelsOfWheat.com/b5) with Atilio and Gladys Chávez.
- The initial construction team on this multi-month project will consist mainly of members from Trinity Worship Center in Burlington, North Carolina, working in conjunction with LendAHand Mission Teams. For more on LendAHand, listen to our interview with LAH founder Bobby Hoyle in We Lend a Hand with LendAHand (KernelsOfWheat.com/k22).
- The completion of the project will afford the Coatepeque church Sunday school and youth space, training space for regional pastors and leaders, and more living space for the Coatepeque pastors and their family. You can donate towards this project.
- And then there’s the part about the friend-to-friend clothesline upgrade…
Jim Kerwin Responds to the Question “Why Romania?”
During a year’s time (October 15, 2012 to October 15, 2013), Jim has spent over five weeks in Romania, trying to get a sense of what God is doing, and finding ways to serve the Church there. During the interview he shares some thoughts and experiences:
- The strategic location of Romania – at the crossroads of Europe (where the Gospel has fallen on hard times) and a corner of the 10/40 Window.
- The Economic Diaspora of Romania: In a country of 23 million people, over 6 million have fanned out across Europe seeeking employment. In a sense, the result is similar to what happened to the early Church because of the first persecution (Acts 7-8). Romanian churches are being raised up in many European countries. If Romania catches fire…
- The blessings of establishing friendships and personal relationships with leaders
- Seminars for ongoing education for pastors and leaders, like the Conference on Mentoring we did in 2012 or the Power of Forgiveness Conferences in 2013
- The importance of including children when it comes to training and Bible teaching
Upcoming Interviews from Romania
- Pastor Teofil Ciartuz from Grace Baptist Church in Lugoj. While Romania was still under Communism, Brother Teofil attended clandestine Bible classes during his university days. He shares the story of how he left his teaching career and entered the ministry, how God provided for his theological education, and how the Lord led him back to Romania to serve.
- Ruben and Karen Popet, founders of Beraca Foundation Orphanage in Jdioara. File this one in the “God’s Sense of Humor” folder. A record-setting 6′-2″ American college basketball center with a heart for missions in Eastern Europe marries a lucky Romanian fellow with a heart for abandoned and at-risk Romanian children. Ruben, Karen, Beraca, and the kids – a three-point swoosh!
- An exciting update from Roy Olsen on the work at Apa Vie Ministries in Pestere. You may remember Roy from the KernelsOfWheat.com/b1 interview — but a LOT has happened since then!
Would You Please “Liken” Us?
When I was a young Christian, I remember a simple brother from South Carolina sharing from one of Jesus’ parables which began, “The Kingdom of Heaven is likened unto…” Then the brother proceeded to explain how happily we respond “if we’re really likin’ somethin’.” (Gotta love that Southern drawl!) If you’re on Facebook, we’re hopin’ that you’re “likin’ ” us enough to like the Finest of the Wheat Facebook page, to help us spread the word about these missions trips, the precious brothers and sisters we encounter, and our podcasts and publications. Thanks, y’all!