by Sue Volpe
While I was stateside I was asked to share at “God’s heart for Justice.” This event sought to bring awareness to the body of Christ of the injustices in the world and God’s heart for the Body to get involved. Jim Martin from International Justice Mission shared testimonies from all over the world. On the panel, there were missionaries working with trafficking in Columbia, in the brothels of Haiti, with refugees in Austria and myself. The coordinator asked me to share an “undone testimony.” It was very emotional for me but it was a privilege to do so. Now, I want to share with you three stories so you will join me in prayer.
‘And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. ‘ – Matthew 13:3-4
Very rarely are we asked to share the “undone testimony” and so I thought I would share with you also about the mom whose story I shared at the event. This mom left our residentional home in October 2017, to return to Germany were her daughter’s father lives. Six months later, she was floundering and asked if we would help her get back on her feet in Oradea…of course we did. We got her into an apartment and she was working at McDonalds. In October, she began failing to keep her commitments, lost her childcare and then her job. She called one of the other moms who came through our program and she sent her money for food even though she is struggling herself. When we hear of this, we stepped in as she was on the verge of being evicted. We came up with a plan of restoration and she was willing to do the work. She agreed that just fixing her financial issues would not solve her problem, but that she has to change the way she deals with life. We were made aware that she had some legal problems in another country, but not the full scope of the situation.Two days later, we h She claims she has to stay there and make restitution. She has yet to produce any documentation from the courts proving this claim. The more we ask for details the more it doesn’t make sense. It seems that every time we make some headway in her case something or someone snatches her away and her daughter suffers. I am not legally allowed to keep her daughter long-term until I get a residence card. Please join me in prayer, we don’t want this little girl to end up in the system that brought her mother to such an unhealthy place.
‘Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. ‘ – Matthew 13:5-6
Valentina left our ministry a year and a half ago. Frustrated with dealing with the other personalities in the residence, she was quick to the aid of her birth mom in Moldova when she fell ill. After that summer she wanted to continue her Romanian education, but wanted to be close to her mother, just in case. It was a good thing she was there, as her mother passed away in the winter that followed. Much like me when I was in my early 20’s, the one thing that we hoped would fulfill us doesn’t last (a relationship). When she wants out of the relationship, she has asked if we would help her if she returned to Oradea and of course the answer is always yes. Yet, thus far, she has not broken away. This week I received a phone call once again and she went to her school to get a transfer, which she was denied. She came for a short visit to clear her head, but returned to finish her nursing degree. She feels so stuck. She is seeking God in this situation so please pray for her. Pray that she can break free from this unhealthy relationship and come back with her darling daughter.
‘Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. ‘ – Matthew 13:7
If you have been following our ministry for any amount of time you know that Alina has been living successfully with her daughter for two years now. Our relationship continues to grow. She has been working as a maid even though she has a college degree. However, the field of social work is so saturated here; you really have to know your stuff to get a job doing it. (I have two friends that are very capable social workers and they aren’t even working in the field.) While I was in The States, it became clear to me that we should do more to invest in her life by equipping her to do a job she would enjoy. She wants to go to cosmetology school and we are now researching to find something that is in the evening so she can go after work. She is still seeking the truth of God’s Word and she has been attending a more traditional Baptist church which she likes. Please pray that she surrenders to the Lordship of Jesus.
‘Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty,
some thirty. ‘ – Matthew 13:8