Friday, December 20, 2013

December Outreach

December Outreach

For 4 cold days in December the OSCEB students organized a proxy station about Christmas in the center of Bucuresti. 

We stopped students to ask them to take a quick test to see what Character of Christmas they most represented (the Grinch, Santa Claus, Rudolf or the Magi)

Then the students would put a sticker in one of the 4 characters

Most people who took the test ended up as Santa, meaning Christmas to them was a time to be with family & friends and lots of Christmas parties

Then we would engage the students in a discussion about the true meaning of Christmas

 Many of the students enjoyed talking and many knew that the birth of Christ was the reason for Christmas, but they saw no connection with this to their own life.  Most Romanians still see Christmas as a religious holiday and most know the meaning of the holiday.  We find many students open to talking at Christmas and Easter about a spiritual subject. But then when you want to go deeper into what does the Bible say and about faith in Christ, most respond that these are things they will think about when they are older.

On Monday night we invited students to come to a Christmas concert held in a lecture hall in the literature university.  A group from our church led the singing and did a very good job.

Fall Happenings!!

Our fall was full of many events.  We feel so privileged to see God working in many different ways in the lives of students!


Our bi-annual discipleship conference was held in Micesti at the Word of Life camp!

Florin, from Suceava, was in Mike's group and upon returning home the students in Suceava have started 13 discipleship groups.  This is amazing because for the past 2 years they have not had one group!

It was nice to have some fun activities during Formacion as well, here we had an afternoon of paintball and above this we had a teamwork game.

Taking time to hear about some of the history of OSCER.  I was privileged to be in a panel discussion with 2 of our former national leaders (Titi & Alex)

BCA Secondary Retreat

In late September we were part of a team that presented the theme of studying the Bible to the students of BCA at their annual secondary fall retreat.  The students got really excited as they saw God speaking to them through the discovery Bible study method.  We have even had one chapel a month were the students have continued to go through Luke using this method!

OSCER's National Leaders Assembly

In Oct we met with over 30 leaders from OSCER to discuss the upcoming years and what goals we have as a national movement.  We were also encouraged as the national evaluation of last year was presented and we saw how we are growing in evangelism and discipleship.  This year we are praying for God to give us even more fruit as we try and touch more students across Romania with the Gospel