2003 Team Chronicles
Team Member Ramona Lewis
June 12th, 14 volunteer missionaries will gather at Easley First Baptist Church
to begin their long two- day journey to a little gypsy village called Sarata in
Romania. Our mission… to share with the people there our personal
knowledge of the love and grace of God that is found in Jesus Christ.
HELLO. My name is Ramona
Lewis and I am one of the 14. I will be reporting daily to this website of In
His Grip Ministries from our location in
Romania with news and information about all that is happening.
And we do anticipate an exciting and busy time as we work and play with
the children of Sarata using a
School format; hopefully complete the construction of a church building there in the
village, and conduct Bible Studies for the adults in the evenings.
I invite you to join us on our mission via the Internet and this journal.
I invoke your participation in our mission by way of intercessory prayer.
Pray that God will stretch us and
bend us until we become the vessels He wants to use to accomplish all that He
has planned for us and the gypsy people of Sarata.
PREPARATION MAY 20, 2003
Although the actual beginning of the journey is not for
three weeks yet, our group has been busy making preparations for several months.
There is much to do…..planning, organizing, and then planning some
more. Supplies have to be gathered, reservations for travel and accommodations
made, personal provisions attended to (gotta have that passport and some one to
feed the pets for two weeks), education about a different culture (sure don’t
want to offend anyone) and most of all, spiritual preparedness.
We are a diversified group, coming from four different
churches, three different cities and varied backgrounds. But we share the common
denominator of a desire to respond to the command
Christ gave His followers over two thousand years ago in
Matthew 28:19. And that is to make disciples.
To my knowledge, He hasn’t recended that command or
changed the requirements of the commission,
The first of which is “to go”.
JUNE 8, 2003
day this has been for the team. You
may remember the “A” Team from classic TV in days of yore?
Well, they don’t hold a candle to the “R” Team – R as in Romania.
Let me introduce you to them...
Taylors, SC will be helping in the children’s ministry.
Easley, SC is Minister to Children at Easley First Baptist Church and has
coordinated the planned activities
of the Romanian children’s ministry.
Easley, SC is a part of the construction team.
Atlanta, GA., is a member of the team working with children.
Mac and Patty
Lawton, Easley, SC. Mac will be
primarily working in the construction project.
Patty will be working with the children .
Easley, SC., is a part of the construction project team. He is also married to
Easley, SC. Will be teaching the Women’s Bible Study in Sarata , as well as
reporting daily by way of this journal .
Patterson, Easley, SC will be working on the construction team.
Greenville, SC. Is the “R” team leader and will be directing the Evangelism
team. All of us are on that team.
Anderson, SC. Will be leading the Women’s Bible Study in Bistrita.
David and Janet
Wright, Easley, SC. Janet is on the
children’s ministry team and David is on the construction team,.
Greenville, SC and Bistrita, Romania. Doug is the director and founder of
In His Grip Ministries and is in residence in Bistrita
now paving the way, crossing the “T’s and dotting the “I’s” so
that we can hit the ground running on arrival.
About the day?
Well, it began for us as we came together in worship at First Baptist,
Easley where Pastor John Adams led in a
commissioning service for the missionaries.
laid hands on each one of us as he prayed for us.
church family stood in unity, vowing prayer support as we go, as well as the
financial support they have already provided .[What a joy it is to be a part of
a church who has a heart for missions!!] Then we adjourned to the home of Mac
and Patty Lawton for lunch and fellowship before we returned to EFBC to begin
packing our supplies. Do you know how much stuff it takes to do Vacation Bible
School projects every day for a week for 250 – 300 kids? I can tell you---
A WHOLE LOT!! Not to mention the items to make up personal hygiene bags
for each child. (soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, etc) But now it is all packed
and ready to go on Thursday morning. And just working together on this today
seemed to cement the bond between us, making us, not fourteen individuals, but
one team of ordinary people with an extraordinary anticipation for what God has
in store for us. TO GOD BE THE
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