RAISING AN ARMY OF CHILDREN AND POOR TO BRING THE GOSPEL TO THE UNREACHED PARTS OF ROMANIA

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We are very happy to introduce you to Flori Enache from the neighborhood of Obor, where the Outstretched Hands Hope Community Centre is located. Flori is a very precious girl who has been coming to the Hope Centre for a few years. We have seen the Lord working wonders in her and her family's life. We asked if she would be willing to tell us in this video what the Lord has done.
We are very thankful to be able to provide this short video report with Carmen Stoian, the director of our Hope Centre, about what has been happening at the Centre recently. The Lord has been doing a very deep and wonderful work at the Hope Centre which is part of the revival we are experiencing in many of our locations.
We are very thankful to send you this video about the good things that are happening in the "Jesus with Education" ministry in Chiselet, Romania. Our Open Door Church in Chiselet started their Community Centre just two years ago and they already have between 80-100 kids that they work with 4 days per week.
In just under 4 minutes, our "2016 Mission Trip Video" highlights a mission trip taken by a Filipino Bible School from Oslo, Norway to Outstretched Hands.
The main reason I share this story now is to encourage you to never stop reaching out to, investing in, and loving people around you. Always look for good things to come from what you do for Jesus! To end 2016, the Lord surprised us in a different way. We had the joy of baptizing 24 people (of all ages) at a special Christmas baptism service. We normally do our baptisms in the warmer months, but in November and early December, the Lord was working in a powerful way, leading to this baptism.
We are sending out this cute two minute "Thank You>" video from children at our Hope Community Centre as a way to say Thank You to the Lord Jesus for all of His goodness to us in our lives and ministry this past year. This video is also a way to say Thank You from our team and all of the children in all of our ministry locations, to all of our supporters, who by prayer and finances and other material helps have enabled us to do what we do in Romania each year. Enjoy the video and God bless all of you!
This is a special letter inviting you to help with our Christmas project . . . it is called the "Christmas Bag Project". We've done this in the past and it blessed a lot of children! Each bag costs $10 to make and transport to locations and conduct the accompanying event. Our Christmas project events include a gospel presentation, singing, treats, and a follow up plan. The pictures with this article show examples of what go into the bags. I am asking you to use the information I've provided in this letter, and the pictures we've placed here to inspire you to give and/or help raise money for the bags.
The Hope Centre is located in the poorest neighborhood in the county of Calarasi. The process of developing this community center began in 2009 with the initiative of the Outstretched Hands of Romania team. The history of this place is absolutely extraordinary. It has really amazed me to see what the Lord is able to do when people are ready to surrender all to Him and begin to fulfill His will.
Greetings from Romania, We want to make it a priority to catch you up on some of the good things that have happened this year through Outstretched Hands of Romania. This report is the first of the regular reports you should expect to receive from now until the end of the year. In August we had the joy of baptizing 3 people from the Roseti Church; Gabi, Mihai, and Andreea. It was a service full of joy and peace. We asked Andreea to share a bit about her experience and why she decided to be baptized. Here is what she said:
This update is the third in our video series called "Inside Outstretched Hands". We want to give some Outstretched Hands team members an opportunity to share from their hearts and experiences about what Outstretched Hands means to them. We asked them the question: "What does Outstretched Hands mean to you?"
Let's start 2016 by counting our blessings and expressing our thankfulness! Last year (2015) was good and we have many reasons to be thankful and have hope for 2016. In December 2015, Nora and I were able to be together with our five children and their families for the first time since 2011. We are so thankful!
Outstretched Hands (OH) of Romania planted the Roseti Church in 2009. We first started our activities in Roseti by gathering children to teach the Bible and this opened the door for us to work with their parents. Roseti is an important Church Plant for us because it is the only church we have that is east of Calarasi. The Roseti Church is a strategic church in building the Kingdom of God in that direction. We did a Childrens Evangelistic Tent event in Borcea last week, a village just past Roseti. We averaged 140 children each day plus adults. People are very open to Jesus in that area and we are called to reach them with the Love of Jesus Christ. Enjoy this months report and photos about Roseti ministry and know that together with your help, Outstretched Hands of Romania is making a difference here in Romania. We need your help in Roseti . . . the "door" to the east. God bless you! Brad Hayes
Since our inception in 2003, Outstretched Hands has encouraged people to visit Romania on short term mission trips. The number of visitors each year has steadily increased. In 2014 we had 300 international visitors . . . double the number of visitors from 2013. I want to highlight this very important aspect of our ministry by sending you chapter 10 from my "Missions Is Possible" booklet. If you have not visited us in Romania yet, please consider a trip to Romania as an individual, family, or group. Or, if you have some other country or missionary on your heart . . . take a step of faith and GO. You will be glad you went! God bless you . . Brad Hayes
We received good feedback from the article we sent out earlier in March, called "Creatively Invest In Missions". This current report is chapter 3 from my "Missions Is Possible" booklet, called "Spend Time With A Missionary". In two weeks I fly to the States with my son-in-law Aurel Stoian, Nicu Constantin, and Dennis Petrick, all from our Outstretched Hands team. We will meet with people individually and will conduct special meetings about Outstretched Hands activities in Romania. We are always thankful to meet with people who are interested to be with us. Sometimes people assume we are too busy to get together but it is not true. We travel 5000+ miles just to be with people and celebrate what the Lord has done here and there! God bless you. Pastor Brad Hayes
This update from Romania is part 1 of 2 in the month of March. The March reports are chapters from my booklet "Missions Is Possible". If you click on the link above it will take you to chapter 7 which is called "Creatively Invest in Missions". This chapter tells how the Lord has blessed our family and ministry over the years through people like you, and will give you many practical ways to enhance your support of Missions and Missionaries anywhere. This chapter will take about 10 minutes to read, but for anybody looking for practical ways to support missions in addition to their financial giving, this is the chapter for you! Blessings, Pastor Brad Hayes . . . director of Outstretched Hands of Romania
To begin 2015, we want to use the January report to accomplish 3 things. First, to share a 3 minute video called "Adriana's Story". Adriana is a woman from a village who heard the gospel of Jesus at one of our Pro Life meetings. Outstretched Hands is committed to develop insightful and inspirational resources like this to educate about the traumatic effects of abortion on women and society. Adriana's Story is very heartfelt and reminds us that there is hope and healing in the Lord Jesus for anything in our lives!
This update is the second in our video series called "Inside Outstretched Hands". We want to give some Outstretched Hands team members an opportunity to share from their hearts and experiences about what Outstretched Hands means to them. We asked them the question: "What does Outstretched Hands mean to you?" If you are interested in donating, please follow the link, and click on the DONATE NOW button at the top of the page.
Ma bucur sa va anunt, din partea Maini Deschise, despre Conferinta de Conducere si Misiune care urmeaza sa aiba loc pe 17 si 18 sept. in Chiselet. Vedeti posterul mai jos pentru detalii. E o mare cinste sa il avem pe un om ca Barney Coombs care va fi cu noi pentru învatatura si partasie. Slujirea lui Barney, de-a lungul anilor, a avut un impact major in zidirea Imparatiei lui Dumnezeu prin mentorarea altor slujitori, care, la randul lor, au plantat mii de biserici in intreaga lume. Învataturile lui Barney au ca tinta sanatatea spirituala a slujitorilor si multiplicarea in slujire.
Please pray for us here in Romania. Outstretched Hands is organizing a National Pro Life Conference in Romania, being held on May 10th in Calarasi. There are a few videos listed below that you can view which we have made recently to provide some testimonies of how our Pro Life ministry has changed lives in our area.
We apologize for the inconvenience of our video not working yesterday. We have corrected the problem and the video is working now. This video update is the first in a new series called "Inside Outstretched Hands". We regularly draw attention to our activities, but rarely talk about the impact our team members have in their serving.
Our 'Friend Raiser' is an annual event in which friends of Outstretched Hands (OH) come together to celebrate the accomplishments of the OH Team, and to continue their partnership to help 'raise an army of children and poor to bring the gospel to the unreached parts of Romania'. Come out to support The Hayes Family and the OH Team in their activities as Missionaries to Romania on Saturday, March 29th, 2014.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Outstretched Hands Team, some ministry locations, and children from our ministry programs. If you would like to give a year end financial gift to Outstretched Hands . . . Visit us at www.handsofromania.org and click "donate now" on our homepage.
From the very beginning of our activities in 2005 in the neighborhood of Caramidari, Sunita, Iasar and Nusa were there, attending the children's programs. They formed part of the second kindergarten intake in 2007, after which they started first grade. We still remember going to their homes in the early mornings to wake them up for school!
This video is for you. "Never Give Up on Anybody" is a story about a 16 year old Turkish Gypsy named Ghiuler Ali from Calarasi, Romania. We wanted to make a video that would inspire every person to not give up on the people that the Lord brings into our lives, whose hearts and minds are particularly difficult to penetrate and understand. Jesus was never intimidated by the difficult people and situations He faced. He is always ready to say to us, "Bring them here to me". What we cannot do, He can always do!
At the end of July our Outstretched Hands Team put up our big tent in the village of Roseti for an evangelistic event. Even though we have been working in Roseti now for about 5 years and have a church there, we had never had one of our trademark tent events there. Our team was encouraged to have such a great turnout including over 300 children each day.
Greetings from Romania! This is the second part of our 2013 Summer Series highlighting aspects of the Outstretched Hands ministry in Romania. Please view the Chiselet Church Plant video. We also want to inform you (below the video) of what we have learned or have done in Chiselet which may have contributed to the good things we experienced.
This update is the first part of a five part Summer Series (May-Sept). I think it is important to communicate more regularly about Outstretched Hands activities in Romania. We plan to send you a monthly video update in these next five months.
Our 'Friend Raiser' is an annual event in which friends of Outstretched Hands (OH) come together to celebrate the accomplishments of the OH Team, and to continue their partnership to help 'raise an army of children and poor to bring the gospel to the unreached parts of Romania'. Come out to support The Hayes Family and the OH Team in their activities as Missionaries to Romania on April 6th, 2013.
Abortion is legal, cheap, and accessible in Romania and is commonly promoted and accepted as a form of birth control. Combined with the elimination of foreign adoption and general poverty, plus other factors, contributes to the extremely high abortion rate in Romania. It is somewhere between 50-75%, depending on the source. It is common for some women to have 15-plus abortions during their child-bearing years.
On March 19, 2012 I was interviewed on the Romanian Television Network (RTN) in Chicago. The hour long interview was edited and posted online in early April. If you have already received and watched the video, feel free to pass it on to your friends by email or facebook.
Inside look!! The most popular activity that people enjoy on short term mission trips to Romania is visiting inside the homes of people we serve and getting to know them personally. We cannot bring all of you to Romania but we can bring a bit of Romania to you in video. Click on the video link and have an inside look at the Hope Community Centre.
Our 'Friend Raiser' is an annual event in which friends of Outstretched Hands (OH) come together to celebrate the accomplishments of the OH Team, and to continue their partnership to help 'raise an army of children and poor to bring the gospel to the unreached parts of Romania'. Come out to support The Hayes Family and the OH Team in their activities as Missionaries to Romania on March 31th, 2012.
In June 2011, a group (ACCESS218) from Florida, USA and a group (Awakening) from Cambridge, UK united and came to Romania to visit the Outstretched Hands ministry. Even though their trip was short, they had numerous opportunities to serve as they touched the lives of countless children and adults. Click on the link below to view the excellent video their team leader made after their visit with us.
I've heard many reasons why people cannot go on a short term mission trip. Consequently, I thought it would be a huge blessing to share with you a story about a man who visited us in June 2011. Most people would think that he could not go on a short term mission trip. But, this man's personal challenges shows us, with the Lord's help, we can overcome any obstacle we face, and go wherever the Lord wants . . . whenever the Lord wants!
Our 'Friend Raiser' is an annual event in which friends of Outstretched Hands (OH) come together to celebrate the accomplishments of the OH Team, and to continue their partnership to help 'raise an army of children and poor to bring the gospel to the unreached parts of Romania'. Come out to support The Hayes Family and the OH Team in their activities as Missionaries to Romania on March 26th, 2011.
Outstretched Hands (OH) is very excited to introduce you to our new website, created by OH team members Scott Sprout and Dennis Petrick. We know it is difficult for people thousands of miles away to feel close to what we are involved in, but we believe our new site offers that possibility. OH ministry is expanding and we trust that our new site will allow many of you to better interact with us, encourage us, and become a bigger part of what is happening through us. (Continue reading this newsletter to learn more about the new website features.)
Scott Sprout and Elisei Dragu share about a recent ministry event in Roseti, Romania, and the circumstances leading up to this event. After meeting a woman named Vasilica for the first time and praying for her, she offered her property for us to do an evangelistic outreach event.
In December 2009, Outstretched Hands of Romania distributed 1000 Christmas gift bags to children at various events around Calarasi, Romania. Enjoy this video showing an update from Brad Hayes, and videos and photos from each location!
This video shows an overview of the ministry of Outstretched Hands of Romania (OH), going on location to hear an update from some of the OH team members and lives that God has touched through the ministry. Come with us and enjoy this video and be a part of what God is doing in Romania!
This video highlights the ministry of Outstretched Hands of Romania in Roseti, Romania. Brad Hayes begins by sharing about the vision of Outstretched Hands of Romania for this village and how activities began at this ministry location in 2008. Scott Sprout shares a story about a 2 year old boy from Roseti named Florian, and how God has used a medical problem he has faced to bring about a faith in Jesus Christ in Florian's family.
This video highlights the Outstretched Hands of Romania Impact event that took place in July 2009 in Soldanu, Romania. This was the first such event in this village and received a tremendous response, with over 300 people attending. Brad Hayes shares about this event, and the how this response fits in the overall vision of Outstretched Hands of Romania.
In June 2009, Outstretched Hands of Romania held an Impact event in Chiselet, Romania. Brad Hayes provides a ministry update on location at this event.
In 2009, Outstretched Hands of Romania started a new soccer ministry in Chiselet, Romania. This video is an update during one of the Saturday ministry events, where Aurel Stoian provides an update on this new ministry opportunity.
God is doing a great work through Outstretched Hands of Romania (OH) and we would like to share some of the many things for which we give praise. Please enjoy the pictures as you read this month's praise and prayer report. And, continue to keep OH in your prayers. This report features OH's Women's Ministry in the locations of Calarasi, Chiselet, Chirnogi and Caramidari.
At the soccer stadium in Calarasi, Romania, Brad Hayes speaks about the vision of Outstretched Hands of Romania.
Costi is a boy from Calarasi, Romania. He lives in a very poor neighborhood called Caramidari. Costi was born with a cleft palette. He needs surgeries to fix the hole that he continues to have in the roof of his mouth. In January 2009, Outstretched Hands of Romania began the surgery process, by bringing him to a children's hospital in Bucharest Romania. This video update was taken at the hospital in Bucharest.
This report features ministry in the area of Caramidari, Romania. Caramidari is a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of the city of Calarasi, where mostly Gypsy and Turkish people are living. Ministry here has been going on for 3 1/2 years. We now have a core team of nine people who provide life-changing ministry for both children and adults.
"Who would ever want to live in this town... it's so ugly?" I heard these words coming from the back of my van recently as I was driving a group through a small town. Although I agreed that the town didn't look so good, I also wondered how many places in this world that professing Christians will not go to because we think of the place as ugly or undesirable or we just don't want to leave the comforts of our homes.
We are sending out this special letter inviting you to help with our Christmas project this year . . . it is called the "Christmas Bag Project". We did this same project two years ago and it was wonderful and blessed so many children. . .please don't underestimate how much you can do if you try and how blessed the children will be who receive because of your effort!
Each year, Outstretched Hands of Romania (OH) works to provide Kids Camps, which we call "Saptamana Copiilor", to children in the villages of Romania. They come to our event hungry for love and curious about our message and then leave having been deeply touched by the Holy Spirit and wanting more. These children need a place to meet when they leave, so OH works toward connecting them into the local church. In the upcoming years, OH will begin to branch out and use the children outreaches to penetrate into villages where there are not local churches now.
Tsunami . . .earthquakes . . .hurricanes . . .war . . .violence . . . murder . . . corruption . . . such topics as these seem to be what characterize the world news each day. Where is the balance? We need to hear the "good news" too! Unfortunately, there are so many bad things happening in the world today that the negative obscures the positive and the good that people do is so easily lost, overlooked, or forgotten. How sad. But Jesus said, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven." The following story, "a feat to beat cold feet", was a newspaper article that was written about three Wisconsin teens who visited us in Calarasi, Romania this past October. I am very proud of these three teens and what they did for children as a response to their short term mission trip to Romania with their fathers.
God is doing a great work through Outstretched Hands of Romania and we would like to share some of the many things for which we give praise. Enjoy the pictures and testimonies as you read this month's praise and prayer report. Continue to keep Outstretched Hands in your prayers.
Please forward this article to anyone that you know. Prayer and financial support to provide humanitarian assistance is of great need at this time. Outstretched Hands of Romania is actively supplying relief to those devastated by this natural disaster. "I have 6 children and no place to go. . . I don't know what we are going to do"! These are the words of a distraught woman that I sat and talked with two days ago at an evacuee camp just outside Chiselet, Romania. Thousands of Romanians from 12 counties ravaged by the overflowing Danube River in the last week shares this woman's dilemma and despair.
This article was prepared and printed on the front page of a recent issue of the Christian Courier, a Christian publication circulated in the Milwaukee area of Wisconsin, USA. The Christian Courier wanted to do an article about the Hayes family and the Outstretched Hands ministry. "Lord, if you want, I will go wherever, do whatever, and become whatever, to bring the gospel to the children of Romania". These were the words I spoke to the Lord in June of 1996 on the return flight of my first trip to Romania. I was deeply impacted by all that I saw while traveling through Romania, especially in the lives of the street kids commonly referred to as "nobody's children".
At the beginning of each year our OH team sets aside time to pray and consider what we believe we need to trust the Lord for and do through us in the coming year. We write down those things, they become our goals for the year, and then we diligently work towards their accomplishment. At the end of each year we look back and reflect on what the Lord did in and through our team.
VISION sees the future . . . as if it already IS REALITY! I mentioned last month in part 1 of this article that I would share some specific testimonies of how our vision is becoming reality. I will now share just a few. Our vision statement is, "Raise an army of children and poor to bring the Gospel to the unreached parts of Romania". The testimonies I want to share can be characterized by the first word in our vision statement . . .raise. I knew that I needed to actively ...
"Lord, what do you want me to do in Romania"? This was my constant prayer before I moved to Romania in 2001. From that prayer came two distinct impressions in my mind. The first impression was an understanding of what the Lord wanted to do in the area of Romania that I would be moving to and working in. From this understanding, I prayed for the words which would help me to communicate...
"Pray for me . . . I'm paralyzed". When the woman said these words from the back of the room, all the church leaders who had gathered for this service looked at me as if I was the person to fix the problem. I shouldn't have even come to this meeting in the first place. I was totally exhausted from the Children's Week activities in Chiselet and had a flu virus. The pastor of this church called me three times, each time I said no. He called late on Saturday again and due to his persistence I said that I would try to come if I was feeling better.
This months article is written with the intention that we would be more thankful for what we have and also that we would better appreciate those who sacrifice much for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Due to the sensitivity of this story I will not state the name or village of the Pastor of whom I write about. I have been working more regularly with some village Gypsy churches along the southern border of Romania. Some of these pastors had wanted to spend more time with me to discuss ways to evangelize their area.
During the harsh years of Communism in Romania led by the dictator Nicolai Ceaucescu, the population was driven upwards for the sake of power. Ceaucescu's desire was to build Romania's military into Europe's second largest outfit, second only to Russia. Although he had a good relationship with the government of Russia, Ceaucescu was very insecure and built this army to protect his Kingdom. One of the ways he built the army was to drive the population upwards in order to extract the males from it and make it mandatory that all males join the army. He drove the population upwards through "forced childbearing". His government did provide jobs and apartments for families but required most women to work.
This video is for you. "Never Give Up on Anybody" is a story about a 16 year old Turkish Gypsy named Ghiuler Ali from Calarasi, Romania. We wanted to make a video that would inspire every person to not give up on the people that the Lord brings into our lives, whose hearts and minds are particularly difficult to penetrate and understand. Jesus was never intimidated by the difficult people and situations He faced. He is always ready to say to us, "Bring them here to me". What we cannot do, He can always do!

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