This year we are very excited to be able to have for the first time two family camps. More families were able to participate, altogether we were close to 50 families. We are thankful to God for making this possible, for all the families that were on staff serving in the family camps, for all the families that took this time to invest in their family, and for all the people that supported financially. We could see God in all this, because for us it would have been impossible. How big is your God? This is one of our family mottos, and we get to experience this every day more and more in our lives and in the ministry. We serve a BIG God that deserves all the glory.

The first camp was in a mountain area and was led by 2 beautiful couples: Dani and Lidia Pop and Nicu and Roxy Nicolaescu. In this camp, among other things we have seen how God has spoken to the families and how He challenged them to a new depth of love and respect for one another. The couples that came to the camp only walking shoulder to shoulder so to speak left the camp hugging each other, and the couples that came without a direction for their family left with passion from God and what He has prepared for them. We saw children excited to see their parents hugging. It was a bit of an effort to see this camp happen, but it was worth it. The speakers for the camp were M. and L.  who are missionaries in Asia from Romania. It was such a blessing to have them speak from their lives.

The second camp was led by Beni and Daniela Simion and Dorel and Vasi Veja. This camp was different from all the camps we have had in past years. We feel like we went to a different level in ministering to the families. We had a special time of prayer in which each individual family went under a parachute and we prayed and committed each family into God’s hands. This changed the atmosphere of the camp. Families started to open and share their struggles and took new decisions for their family life. Christian and Fabiane Sollberger from Switzerland were the speakers for this camp. We were very touched by their humility and their openness to share from their lives. They connected so well with each family. Also, the kids were happy and we had a great group of teenagers that were responsible for the children’s ministry lead by Toni and Ionela Lazar.

We are looking with joy and high expectations to see how God will continue to lead us in Family Ministry here in Romania. We feel God has spoken to us and through different people that we should continue in a spirit of unity to have an impact outside. We need to have unity among the bases and ministries that we have in YWAM, and together we will have influence. Even if this can be challenging sometimes we have decided to take up the challenge to fight for this kind of unity.

Beni and Daniela Simion

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