Pastors Conference In Satu Mare, Bethel Baptist Church
On the morning of February 6, 2017, we departed for our pastor’s conference at Satu Mare, fifteen miles from the Ukrainian border. It was held at Bethel Baptist Church, the flagship evangelistic church in Satu Mare. I preached at this church on September 15, 2005 and was blessed with a profession of faith during the service (refer to the category for Hungary/Romania 2005). Mehi, I was pleased to see, was still the pastor at Bethel Baptist Church twelve and one half years later. He looked aged and weathered since I last saw him. His twin daughters translated for us on our previous trip, and Mehi’s trademark is the twenty eight children he has adopted! Perhaps this has matured him as well as the pastorate!
Our pastor’s conference commenced after we arrived and settled in for an hour or so. Nine Romanian pastors came the first day, and twenty Romanian pastors came the second day, in some cases bringing their wives and/or families. When I say they are Romanian pastors, I use that term representing the main people group, because there were those present who had backgrounds from Russia, Belarus, the Ukraine, Hungary, etc., etc. Intermarriage among the Slavic and Eastern European Countries is not uncommon.
Bobby Herrell was assisted by Aaron Gowen, and they did the bulk of the teaching in the conference, as once again Elijah Morar did a great job translating English to Romanian. Especially noteworthy was the great chemistry between Bobby and Elijah, both teaching with unction from the Holy Spirit and enthusiasm. The curriculum of the conference was the Global Effect Ministry. This was great discipleship training and well received by all of the pastors from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Two questions especially challenged the students: 1)What am I asking them to do? 2)What do I want them to know?
From the North American standpoint, Cornerstone Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, led this mission trip. Their senior pastor is Bobby Herrell and their discipleship pastor is Aaron Gowen. They do a very unique work and I would ask that you pray for their ministry. They represent a thriving church in Texas, and a brief word about their overseas mission ventures: They currently go to Romania twice a year (every six months), and they work in India twice a year as well. That means their team is on mission every three months! What a great model for the Great Commission – Matthew 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8.
We later departed for Budapest in order to make our flight early in the morning. There was a lot of light snow and sleet throughout our trip. I was concerned about the possibility of “black ice,” but the Lord watched over us. We rested well that night, preparing for our thirty hour journey home. The mission trip could not have gone better, and we attribute that to the Lord’s blessings and to the prayers of the saints. We traveled home tired and spiritually fulfilled.
Revelation 22:20 King James Version (KJV)
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Saved, Secure, and Forever His, Pastor Steve
When we get involved in the Lord’s work, additional opportunities always open up. We are living in a day of international networking and advanced technology. When I got home from this mission trip, I met Attila Kulcsar at a meeting with pastors. Attila is the pastor of Open Bible Hungarian Church in Venice, Florida. He speaks three languages fluently- Hungarian, Romanian and English. He has friends in Hungary and in Budapest. As mentioned, our lead pastor during this mission venture was Bobby Herrell. I previously referenced that Bobby is looking for a couple of native Hungarians to help establish a foothold in Budapest for a church plant. It seems to me, that Attila could be of great assistance in this endeavor. Hence I passed this information on to lead pastor Bobby Herrell and to Partners In Missions International (PIMI) president Elijah Morar. Please pray for the Lord to bless the efforts of these men to plant a church in Budapest if it His will!