|Len, pastor Linu, and Nella in front of horse in barn|
He says the enemy is trying to destroy the work here. Their son Vadar was killed in a freak, train accident seven years ago at age 18. He had gone to Bucharest to sell flowers from the forest for tea and was killed. He was mysteriously thrown from a train, but no one else was thrown from the train.
The previous pastor here, Tom, was killed in a car accident. When he was still alive, Linu’s son, Vadar would pull him in snow sled to the bus stop. Vadar would bring children from off streets to church to hear God’s Word. He knew the Lord and was loving people.
Then their daughter Raluka was killed 10 months ago at age seven in a “car accident.” Their daughter Raluka had a visit one year ago from Jesus while picking flowers. He was dressed in a white robe to His feet. and His face shined like sun. He held her in His chest. When Raluka told her mother about this experience, Nella said, “Jesus is loving you.” Six months later the Lord took her, when she was killed in a car accident. A van from the gas company hit her doing 100km/hr in a 30km/hr zone. The van made a 22-meter skid, which indicated high speed was a factor. However, the police sided with the driver.
On his way to an April baptismal service this past April, Linu's car rolled down an embankment in the woods. His brakes had suddenly failed! Seven people were in the car. They slid hundreds of meters on the roof of car, yet no one was hurt. Although another car at another time with three people lost its brakes and had same kind of accident on same road and all died!!! Linu had shared the gospel with them, more than once, but they refused to receive it.
He began with this work around seven or eight years ago, first as a member, then a deacon. This church was started in 1993. They have a total of nine children -- originally five boys and four girls. But now that they have lost two, there are only seven. Their oldest child is 34 years old.
Linu's testimony of how the Lord saved him
He drank a lot. God told him to stop or else there would be serious consequences. He heard an audible voice say, “You should have died a long time ago. But because of sacrifices and prayers” of his, the Lord was merciful. He always wanted to serve Lord and pray, but never knew the best way. He was a God-fearing man, but a violent drunk. One day at 3AM in December, his house was burning, and they were engulfed in flames. A neighbor shouted to them to get out. The house was destroyed, but they all made it out alive.
He said, “God, if you help me to rebuild our house, I’ll become a Christian.” He sent word to the pastor that he wanted to dedicate his life to Christ. It was two days before New Year’s Eve. So he went to the church and spoke with the pastor. However, the pastor told him he would go back to drinking. But Linu insisted he must dedicate himself now or never! He and his wife did so together on 29 December 1993.
Right after he gave his life to Christ, a demon visibly appeared to him. It was a short one. It appeared human, standing about three feet tall in a child-size body with a big head that had a strange shape. The demon asked him, “Why do you give your life to Christ? Because I had a lot of work to do with you.” The Holy Spirit spoke to him to confront the demon strongly in faith and he will run. When Linu resisted the demon, it left.
Signs and wonders are happening here; God is healing many people here. Two children were raised from the dead -- a boy and girl. The boy was their grandson, Reuben (see photo above). When this happened, his mother was in the hospital with fourth and fifth degree burns on 75 % of her body, close to death. Doctors said she would die. Linu went to hospital to pray for the boy's mother, which is Linu's daughter. When they prayed, she was able to stand and open her hands that had been clenched. It was a miracle!!! She completely recovered, and the doctors witnessed it.
|Sara (green dress and red shoes)|
After his daughter was healed of burns, she got saved, attended church, and dedicated her children to the Lord.
When I met this man, his family and his church, I sensed that this was a true man of God doing a great work for the Lord in this place. There is a lot of love and a lot of peace there. The enemy hates him and has been unsuccessful at destroying the Lord's work in this village. I did sense that there was a curse on their lives, and we prayed together to revoke that in Jesus' Name. Praise God for what He has done in this pastor's life, even raising the dead and protecting the lives of those in his car. And praise God that Linu and his wife Nella have kept their faith in the Lord through all the suffering they've experienced. They are an example of patience in the face of suffering.
Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International. He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.